Friday, February 27, 2015

Not Your Average Hula Girls

Our first port of call was Lahaina, Maui where we spent the morning snorkeling.  It wasn't the best location - just a broken up concrete pier near the shore where the water was cloudy and there weren't many fish - but we did see two white-tipped reef sharks that were each about 4-5 feet in length.  They were lying side-by-side, on the bottom of the ocean, about 25 feet below us.  Lots of snorkelers were swimming around above them, pointing and gesturing wildly with their hands.  The sharks didn't move.  That was about the most exciting part of the snorkeling portion of our trip.

After we all got back on the catamaran, the crew took us for a ride around the bay where we were lucky enough to see humpback whales breaching the water right before our very eyes.  I didn't get any great pictures but Ed got a few that I'll share in another post.

After the snorkeling/whale watching thing, we went back to the ship to get cleaned up for the Drums of the Pacific Lu'au that was held at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa.

The place was packed.  It was an open event so cruise ship passengers mingled with hotel guests and tourists from other locations.   

The show started as the evening sun was setting.  We were directed by table to enjoy the all-you-can-eat buffet which included Kalua Pork, Huli Huli Chicken, Grilled Fish, Polynesian Rice, Vegetables Makamaka, Tropical Fruits Anuenue, Soba Noodles, Lomi Lomi Salmon, Pacific Ahi Poke, Tossed Green Salad, and Poi (taro).  There was an open bar service beer, wine, mixed drinks, mai tais, and fruit punch.

After dinner, the dessert spread was just as delicious - 
Macadamia Nut Lu'au Cream Pie, Haupia with Toasted Coconut, Pineapple Cake and Bread Pudding. 

I had been to a lu'au once before - 29 years ago on my first visit to Hawaii - but didn't remember a thing about it except the pig in the ground.  This show was spectacular.  
The performers are exceptionally talented and put on a beautiful performance for us.  It was well worth the money.  Check out a short preview here.

Here are a few photos taken by Ed:

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2014: Some Links Are Sexier Than Others

2013: Who Says I'm Spoiled?
2012: So That’s How It’s Done
2011: Sunny Bright Yellow Moments Ahead
2010: Loaded
2009: C’mon, Just Do It Already!
2008: Counterproductive
2007: If You Need A Reason To Cook More Often, I Think I Have One
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