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Welcome to Part II of the Grand Wailea Resort Luau! Once we ate (Part I) and the sun started to set it was time to get down to business:

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Welcome!

There were a couple of pre-show dances, and then after the procession (above) an older woman came out and started telling various stories of Maui, which would then be performed through a luau dance. There was a pretty big mix of all-female, all-male and mixed stories/dances, which were all really entertaining.

The women had a lot of flashy clothing:

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swish, swish

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A story about the ocean

While the men often told of war or travel:

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Not to say it was all like that. Take this story of protection/battle (I’m pretty sure).  I love the uber-intense look of this girl:

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Then things got a little… “South Pacific”:

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Sailor Hat!

And towards the end, we finally got the the FLAME THROWER, YES!

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What started as this...

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...ended up as THIS!

After the Luau, we explored the Grand Wailea Resort a little. It was definitely nice, but apparently very, very crowded, so I’m glad we were back at our slightly smaller hotel with way better pool access. It had a much different style than our hotel as well — less laid-back polynesian, way more Grand Floridian.

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Apologies if some of the pictures are a little on the blurrier side — I’m a bit of a staunch anti-flash user, to the the point of ridiculousness sometimes, but I didn’t want to blow out the fantastic colors of the fire/luau costumes or the details of the background, so there’s a bit of a balance there.

On the bright side, I’m going to dump a TON of video of the luau in the next Adventures in Maui post, so you won’t really have as much of a “blur” issue.

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Confessions of a TV Addict

In lieu of some photo/video heavy posts (more from my Adventures in Maui: Luau and snorkeling additions, some bittersweet end to GREEK posts, and a meetup with an old Disney friend!) here’s a confession:

I’m addicted to entertainment. Specifically film and tv, hence why I now work in LA. Even more specifically though, all through college my dorm friends and sorority sisters called me a “Walking TV Guide” because I knew so much about fall/spring premiere dates, what shows were on when, and how to successfully manage the viewing schedules of a 40+ person house when 3 things were on at 8 on a Monday, but we could only DVR 2.

That’s the long way of saying the majority of the network fall premiere schedule has been released, and this is what I’ll be watching:

Disclaimer:
* ( ) are maybes, depending on how much I get sucked in even though I don’t want to (cough CW shows cough) or new shows I’m not sure of yet.
* Being part of the entertainment industry, we often get the chance to view pilots before they air (normally in May/June) so the new shows (bold) I’ve listed are ones that I’ve had the opportunity to watch, and liked, and want to see more of.

MONDAYS
8 PM: (90210 — 9/13); How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM!!) — 9/20
9 PM: Gossip Girl (most likely…I kind of ebb in and out on this one) — 9/20
930 PM: Mike + Molly — 9/20 (this was cuter that the premise of two people meeting at Overeaters Anoynmous makes it sound) 10 PM: Castle — 9/20; Hawaii 5-0 (very fun show) — 9/20

TUESDAYS
8 PM: (One Tree Hill…leave me alone! — 9/14); GLEE (!!) — 9/21
9 PM: Life Unexpected –9/14; No Ordinary Family (looks promising, don’t let the very bizarre marketing campaign on ABC’s part fool you) — 9/28
930 PM: (Running Wilde…love Keri Russell, but on the fence) — 9/21

WEDNESDAYS
8 PM: (Undercovers…great pilot, not sure if I can handle another show though so this would probably be an early one to go) — 9/22
830 PM: Better With You (One of my favorite/most-excited-for new comedies. Joanna Garcia is great) — 9/22
9 PM: Hellcats (kinda like a slightly grittier Bring It On) — 9/8; Modern Family — 9/22
930 PM: Cougar Town (again…no judgements) — 9/22

THURSDAYS
8 PM: Vampire Diaries — 9/9; Big Bang Theory — 9/23
9 PM: Grey’s Anatomy (I’ll be on this ship til it sinks) — 9/23
10 PM: Private Practice (this ship too) — 9/23

…and on Sundays if I’m bored, I might watch Desperate Housewives or Brothers + Sisters (both return 9/26).

This doesn’t even take into account cable programming/shows starting in a weird season/general mid-season shows and I’m already at 20+ shows (if I watched everything on this list all the time). As you can see, I’m pretty addicted to the CW and ABC, as far as networks go, though I am a sucker for CBS sitcoms.

As far as new shows go, I’m particularly excited about aforementioned Better With You, Hawaii 5-0 and Hellcats. For old, I’m hoping Glee can live up to it’s continued hype, and I’m honestly really interested to see where the super-suspenseful, scared-the-crap-out-of-me Grey’s finale goes this fall. Good thing this all counts as “career research” now right? …Right?

And I wonder where my time goes sometimes…Happy Friday!

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Alooooha! We’re FINALLY here. After some much needed hula lessons, and some other posts about my family vacation to Hawaii, we’re moving on in the most long-winded recounting of a week-long vacation (read the rest here) to the super awesome LUAU — in THREE parts!

Part I – the introduction to the gorgeous Grand Wailea Resort, some surroundings and the unveiling of the pig (mmm, dinner).

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Welcome to the Grand Wailea!

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Ready for food and fun

It was a GORGEOUS day.
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Pre-dinner and show, there were a lot of booths next to the bar with a lot of handmade island goods. Including TIKIS! We got one later that night from this guy:
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DSC_0851.JPGSince we had wristbands that got us in early, we were hanging out for a long time before the rest of the audience got drinks and got seated. Once that happened though, it was time to dig up the pig!! (Beware — piggy guts pictures ahead!)

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Buried pretty deep...

I wish I could insert smell-o-vision into this post so you could smell the intense, hazy, wood-piggy smell that erupted from the ground as they were digging up and uncovering the pig. Holy moly! So yummy.

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Finally all unwrapped

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Getting carried over to the buffet. Like Cleopatra...but food.

And, because I’ve been a little video-happy lately, and actually remembered to record things on vacation (just wait til I get to the SHOW part of the luau), here’s a video of the full piggy unveiling:

Happy Friday!

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