Lu'au Island Breeze

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David and Ray .... The best of the best!

Linda and Ray said a visit to Hawaii isn't complete without a Lu'au.   Linda and I looked at the internet to try to find the best one...... How do you choose???   Linda had been the the Island Breeze Lu'au that is located at the King Kamehameha Hotel.  We  arrived over an hour early but found the choice seating was spoken for already.   Then we found out it cost extra....  so we didn't feel bad then.... We were shown to a great area to watch it from.....  We weren't the first row of tables but we felt we would be able to see the overall production easier from where we were sitting.    We were given a shell lei .... and David bought me an orchid lei as well.   They took our picture but I noticed they took it with flash although it was not completly dark.

Linda & Sylvia ..... ready to party!
... knowing David would have blinked I talked them into retaking the shot with no flash....   We watched some arts and crafts things being created and strolled out to get a free Mai Tai.....  Great start!    

The master of Ceremonies kept things going.....  there was a torch lighting cermony then we walked out to the beach area to see the recreation of the King arriving......  they blew a conch shell and the "king" arrived standing on a catamaran looking craft.....  It was corny but interesting to see this.....   His group walked past us  and into the back area. 

We  went over to the emu (oven) to watch the Kalua pig being recovered from the underground oven.  The pig was covered with leaves and it was laying waiting to be transported to the area it was cut up in.

King K.... entrance...
....  A couple of kids picked them up and placed them on a traditional stainless steel trolly to wheel them to the kitchen....

 The menu of the Lu'au was quite diverse....   

 Through the magic of "cut and paste" it was 

Lomi salmon
Kona-style poke, Relishes
Cucumber namasu
Kona tomatoes
Macaroni salad  (why???)
Waimea garden greens
Legume salad vinaigrette
Pineapple wedges
Cinnamon-spiced bananas
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Entrée -Banana bread,

Poi   (poi was very interesting.

Dancers....genuine smiles and great movement
...)
Steamed white rice
Uala (Hawaiian sweet potato)
Kalua Pua'a (pork)
Lau lau, Kona broil
Chicken long rice
Catch of the day tropicale
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Dessert -

Coconut cake
Haupia (coconut pudding)
Kona coffee

We felt it was well presented .....  sort of a long buffet table ..... there were lots of choices ........   although some things we didn't know what it was......It was all really good and well prepared.   I have to question whether macaroni salad is an authentic Hawaiian lu'au food.... and skipped it in case it was a modern add in....lol.... do ya think??....  .     We were told we could have seconds but they cleared it pretty quickly.

solo singer
..  I barely got seconds on Coffee. 

The actual entertainment was very good .....  We saw graceful and romantic Hawaiian hula dancers, ......  Fijian dancing and  Maori dances of war ......   there was a Samoan fire knife dancer....  (I thought Linda was going to faint..... )   It was very entertaining and fast moving....   half way through it started raining really hard....  most of the tables directly in front of the stage emptied.....  We just put our table napkins on our heads and looked like dorks....  but we didn't leave...  It didn't get chilly and eventually the rain stopped.   We laughed and cheered the dancers....  it was fun!   We got some good photos......   and felt it was a fun and different night.   It cost $50 each with a discount but with the dinner show and free drinks we didn't feel it was a bad value.

kulua Pig wrapped in leaves.
     The bar was open for free mai tai's from 5 to 8:30.    

As we left David and I stopped to buy a cd they were offering of the Lu'au.   David was laughing and telling the man (who was one of the dancers) that I hooted the whole show....  He said.... 'Oh, You're the loud mouth" and gave me two orchid lei's .....   WOW!   I was so excited!  Now I had 3!  As we left we walked and read the signs and looked at the pictures in the motel.......  What an amazing place Hawaii is.....

Sunflower300 says:
What a fantastic night! I haven't been to a Luau yet, it is one of the things I wanted to do next time. It will definitely be on the itinerary now, thank you for sharing your fun night. I had to laugh at the "Oh, you're the loud mouth" comment. How funny. You go girl!
Posted on: Feb 28, 2008
Sweetski says:
Sylvia, you had me laughing out loud with your ...and placed them on a traditional stainless steel trolly to wheel them to the kitchen... hahaha. What a great evening.
Posted on: Feb 20, 2008
sylviandavid says:
Helen, It was fun.... We were pretty shocked when it rained but it did clear out the area.... The dancers kept going.... They actually had a live band accompanying them... and I love a band.... so it was a blast! I always have fun... and how could I miss with my best pal, David and our best friends, Linda & Ray! Thanks for looking at this Lu'au blog Helen. I only have a few more things to add for Hawaii to be complete. Hello to Pete! Sylvia
Posted on: Feb 07, 2008
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David and Ray ....  The best of th…
David and Ray .... The best of t…
Linda & Sylvia ..... ready to part…
Linda & Sylvia ..... ready to par…
King K.... entrance...
King K.... entrance...
Dancers....genuine smiles and grea…
Dancers....genuine smiles and gre…
solo singer
solo singer
kulua Pig wrapped in leaves.
kulua Pig wrapped in leaves.
lifting the pig (I was disappointe…
lifting the pig (I was disappoint…
Taking the leaves off of the Pig..
Taking the leaves off of the Pig..
preparing to pick up the pig....
preparing to pick up the pig....
Ok....  Yep.... hes done...
Ok.... Yep.... he's done...
Lifting it onto a traditional stai…
Lifting it onto a traditional sta…
Re-enactment of king....
Re-enactment of king....
Reenactment of Kings landing
Reenactment of King's landing
marker for the historial site we w…
marker for the historial site we …
The kings entrance... this guy cl…
The king's entrance... this guy c…
Make way..... for king K....
Make way..... for king K....
This guy may have been one of the …
This guy may have been one of the…
wonderful energy & great smiles
wonderful energy & great smiles
Hula....
Hula....
Final dance....
Final dance....
the lady in the front left as soon…
the lady in the front left as soo…
great costumes.
great costumes.
Dancers......
Dancers......
swish
swish
Look.... the blonde lady.... its …
Look.... the blonde lady.... it's…
Island breeze production...
Island breeze production...
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