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Drumroll please — for the Friday before this much deserved weekend, please enjoy some highlights of the Grand Wailea Luau (previously seen in Parts I and II) via VIDEO CLIPS.

I love the sailors, who make an appearance in the first, longer video, and I think anything with fire (#3) is pretty cool — plus their crazy butt-putting-out-fire antics make me laugh.

Have a great long weekend everybody!

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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:




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:


swish, swish


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”:


Sailor Hat!

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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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).


Welcome to the Grand Wailea!


Ready for food and fun

It was a GORGEOUS day.
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:

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!)


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.


Finally all unwrapped


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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