Lu'au Island Breeze
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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.
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.
The menu of the Lu'au was quite diverse....
Through the magic of "cut and paste" it was
: Lomi salmon
Kona-style poke, Relishes
Macaroni salad (why???)
Waimea garden greens
Legume salad vinaigrette
Entrée -Banana bread,
Poi (poi was very interesting.
Steamed white rice
Uala (Hawaiian sweet potato)
Kalua Pua'a (pork)
Lau lau, Kona broil
Chicken long rice
Catch of the day tropicale-
Haupia (coconut pudding)
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.
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.
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.....