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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:

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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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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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