Honolulu - Day 1 - Luau

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Uncovering the "pig in a blanket", so to speak. It's wrapped according to Hawaiian tradition in banana leaves.
While I was in Honolulu, I ran into a good friend from the Air Force and we agreed to take some girls we met to a Luau at the Hale Koa on Waikiki Beach (a beach resort for U.S. Military only, sorry).  I have to be honest, I was a little unsure what to expect at a Hawaiian Luau other than I knew there'd be food and probably lots to drink.  I mean, hey, growing up in the southern U.S. I've been to more than my share of cookouts but this was a cookout like no other - dancing girls and all. 

After fininshing about my third mai tai, these two guys in sarongs finally arrived to pull the pig out of this pit that had been covered in hot ashes and coals.  Fortunately, our pig had already been prepared earlier and food was being laid out as these two guys were doing their thing.  It's a good thing because I was starving and all of the alcohol was going to my head fast.  Didn't want any 'performance related issues' later on - if you get my drift.

Half way through a dinner of roasted pork that was great, they started the show.  Oh, and by the way, don't waste your time on the poi!   The show was filled with lots of dancing, yelling, smoke and flames.  Guys twirling batons that were on fire on the ends, more dancing, more music, etc.  I haven't seen girls shake their hips like that since - well, since ever.  We'll soon find out if my date can do that....
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Uncovering the pig in a blanket,…
Uncovering the "pig in a blanket"…
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This little piggy went to market.…
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The pig is wrapped in chicken wir…
Carrying the cooked pig away.
Carrying the cooked pig away.
Me finishing off yet another maita…
Me finishing off yet another mait…
Yes, that is a completely differen…
Yes, that is a completely differe…
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The dining area and the stage for…
The performers - check out that ha…
The performers - check out that h…
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And women complain about what the…
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Yes, they really do move that fas…
Me and a buddy from the Air Force …
Me and a buddy from the Air Force…
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