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:
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:
A story about the ocean
While the men often told of war or travel:
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:
Then things got a little… “South Pacific”:
And towards the end, we finally got the the FLAME THROWER, YES!
What started as this...
...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.
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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