Thursday 26 May 2016
After our trip around the western end of Maui via the Kahekili Highway we were dropped off back at our hotel. We decided to have quick, late lunch of a hot dog and chips (or fries as the Americans say) at the hotel’s Tiki Grill. It was pleasant to sit there in the lovely grounds of the hotel for a little while.
We went back to our room to have a rest and get organised for the luau later. I dressed up a little more than my usual shorts and t-shirt and we walked to Whaler’s Village to catch the Maui bus for the short ride to Cannery Mall which is across the road from the Old Lahaina Luau. We had a look at the shops but there wasn’t a lot there then walked over the road to check in for the luau and wait to be let in.
We didn’t have to wait long to enter and as soon as we got in they gave us a lei, took our photo, handed us a Mai Tai each and showed us to our table. It was a really lovely setting right there on the beach.
There were displays and demonstrations set up along the beach side. While we were wondering around we became friendly with a guy in a wheel chair. Peter and I were talking and he was near us, heard us talking so noticed our accent and said in a poor Australia accent, “G’day mate”. He picked Peter as being from Australia but asked me if I was from England. Huh!? We got a great laugh out of that and every time we saw each other for the rest of the night we laughed together.
I really do love the look of the tikis
One of the food serving areas for the buffet dinner
The cocktails were free so we were taking the opportunity to taste some we hadn’t had before.
This is a Chi Chi and is so delicious – vodka, pineapple and coconut juice
The Cocktail menu – did I mention they were free and you can have as many as you want?
A little dancing while people were eating or waiting to get their meals.
While the eating and dancing was going on the sun was slowly setting
After dinner while the drinks and cocktails were still flowing, it was time for the entertainment. The dancing told the story of the Hawaiian people, with each dance was a new costume until you could see the costumes become much more modest reflecting the time when outsiders came to Hawaii and inflicted their ways and beliefs on the locals. It was sad to see, even though it was just in dance, because you knew that it actually happened and that for a time hula dancing was banned. I think that’s why I didn’t take photos of those dances. After a while the costumes changed became a lot less Victorian.
We had a great night and enjoyed the food, drinks and the entertainment. It was well worth the expense to have this Hawaiian experience.