On our final day in Hawaii, Papa Steve took us to Paradise Cove for a wonderful luau experience. We got to immerse ourselves in Hawaiian culture by doing arts and crafts, playing games and watching a Hawaiian performance while enjoying a nice dinner.
Parents looking very tropical in their floral printed outfits
My dad took these photos on the way to Paradise Cove:
(I didn’t see most of these sights because I was sleeping in the backseat. I woke up with a fever that morning T__T)
On our way to Paradise Cove, Papa Steve took us to see Aulani, the Disney Hawaiian Resort.
The resort is owned by Disney but aside from the gift shop, I didn’t really see any signs of Disney in there. It’s not like they had Mickey Mouse waiting to greet us in the lobby. (Although they might have Hidden Mickeys all over the place and I just didn’t notice.)
They had a lazy river. I would have loved to try this 🙂
Some fluffy stuff. Not sure what they are. Spears? Some kind of weapon? (They look a lot like feather dusters though.)
We were sitting in the lobby and chillin’ when this guy showed up:
He gave us a brief history of Hawaii
He was very passionate about it too
After his little history lesson, we walked around the hotel for a bit
After exploring the place and checking out the gift shop, we continued our drive to Paradise Cove
Posing in front as Daddy and Papa Steve buys our tickets for us
Despite our little detour to Aulani, we got there a bit early. They weren’t letting people in yet, so we grabbed a bench and waited for the opening
After a few minutes, the staff told us to form a line because they would be letting people in soon
Getting our leis from the staff
The sun was really harsh where the line was, but I found a good solution
Papa Steve though I was being sweet by coming up to stand so close to him, until he realized my true intent XD
Quick shot before we went inside. We were at the front of the line so we got to go in first, yay!
Time to get the line moving
We were welcomed by this lady’s singing
We were also given free drinks as we entered the place
This was the stage where the dancing would take place later that evening. We saved some spots in front before seeing what this place had to offer
Like this Polynesian Tattooing station
And these traditional Hawaiian games
We tried this spear throwing game
But none of us came close to hitting the target. We watched a few other people try it and no one managed to hit the board either. Some of them asked if it was even possible, so the guy in charge of the game showed us how it was done:
We did much better in this game than in the spear throwing one
They gave us these ball-like things on strings, which we were supposed to spin around
When the lady showed us how to do it, she looked so graceful and elegant, but I just kept getting the string tangled up
Mama too, lol
We saw that they had tables where you can make flower bracelet and headdresses, so we decided to do that next
Ezra went to a different table. The bracelet she made used leaves and flowers, while ours was used flowers and plastic beads
Aside from trying the activities they offered, we also checked out the gift shops around the area
Some wood carvings
I found flower clips, like the one Ezra’s wearing
My parents enjoying their drinks in the shade
They also taught us how to wear the sarong thing. This is for women
And this is for men
Afterwards they invited some people to come forward and dance with them
Ninang and my mom went for it
This guy climbed this coconut tree so quickly
After this everyone went to the shore to watch the fishing ceremony
(They didn’t actually catch any fish, it was just a demonstration for the audience)
There was also a short dance performance by these lovely ladies:
After this we were asked to move to this other stage area where they have the underground oven/pit. But before that, we took a few more pictures by the beach because the lighting was better and less harsh now:
Kurt posted this photo on his FB page just before he went to bed that evening and a lot of people thought that they got engaged/married that day. They woke up the next morning and found all their friends congratulating them. Brinks even texted me on Viber to ask what was up, lol. Ezra made Kurt post an update to clear things up. They were just showing their new couple rings in this photo. You gotta admit, it’s pretty misleading. A newlywed couple on the beach (real ones) even came up to Ezra and Kurt after we took this photo to congratulate them, lol. (But now they really are engaged and are planning their wedding :D)
After taking a few pictures, we watched another short performance
Here comes the king
More dancing girls
They talked about and showed us some of the food they would be serving us that evening
They asked for volunteers to taste this Hawaiian dish called “poi”, which is taro that has been blended to the consistency of baby food. They warned us that not a lot of people like it, but we should try it and see for ourselves. I tried it later that evening and it’s not bad (at least not as bad as they made it out to be). It reminds me a bit of unsweetened ube.
Bringing in the kalua pig
Putting it in the underground oven
After their performance they asked us to head over to our tables because they would be serving dinner shortly.
Pina colada, yumm~
I noticed the tag on the men’s lei 😀 It’s from the Philippines, surprise surprise~
Lots of guests that evening
Our food arrived shortly. The dinner was actually a buffet, but the tickets we got allowed us to stay in our seats and avoid the crowd. The servers brought us our food and we could just ask for more whenever we want.
While we ate our meals, we watched the performance on stage. I’m not going to bore you by posting all the photos I took, but here are some just to give you an idea of what the show was like:
There were lots of traditional dancing
The ball on string dance that we tried to learn earlier
I thought this girl was super pretty~
The performers wore a lot of colorful costumes
Ther was even a fire dancer
I was impressed by how graceful all the ladies looked
Here they were showing us a traditional Polynesian wedding dance
This guy was really popular with the ladies
There were a lot of people who volunteered. My mom was one of them, but she didn’t make it on stage because there were so many people. They mostly asked the kids to come up with the adults stayed on the sides and were asked to dance there.
See that pretty lady in the middle wearing a grass skirt and a coconut bra? That’s actually a guy that they pulled out from the audience. He seems to be enjoying himself. I think he mentioned that his family was there to celebrate his graduation … or his brother’s graduation, I can’t remember. (He didn’t actually come to the luau dressed like that, they made him change before he went up on stage XD)
After the show we got to take pictures with the performers
I got to take a picture with the pretty girl I pointed out earlier
My dad with two beautiful ladies
Kurt looks happy
And with this guy, who the ladies went crazy for. My mom put her arm on his waist for the photo and those guys behind him kept pulling it down so that it would be on his bum, lol.
This ends our amazing Hawaiian adventure last summer. It took me almost a year to post these entries, but I had fun looking back and remembering all those great moments we had. It’s been a while since the trip happened so seeing all these photos brought back a lot of wonderful memories 🙂
Thank you so much to Papa Steve and Tita Rachel for this wonderful Hawaiian vacation. Thank you for helping us plan our trip, for all the suggestions, the discounts, and (most importantly) taking the time to show us around this beautiful place 😀 We had an amazing time which we will cherish forever 😀
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- Hawaii Day 4 : Oahu Charity Walk 2013
- Hawaii : Sunset sailing
And if you prefer watching videos to reading long blog entries, then you can check out some videos that Kurt made of our Hawaii trip by CLICKING HERE.