Senyor in Hawaii: Paradise Cove Luau
What's a trip to Hawaii without a Luau, right?
After our Swap Meet splurge, we went back to the hotel to get ready for our main event that day.
Our bus was scheduled to pick us up a couple of blocks away from our hotel.
Cousin Rich, literally the best tour guide I have ever rode a bus with. He single-handedly made that hour-long bus ride with total strangers a bearable and enjoyable one.
We were offered refreshments as welcome drinks soon as we arrived; one alcoholic, the other a non-alcoholic punch. I opted to get the latter.
We were provided a shopping card that has $16 worth of credits that we can use to purchase photos, drinks and other souvenir items inside.
"E komo mai"
The place was packed but there were plenty room to accommodate everybody.
This is where most of the show will take place.
We were advised to wait and follow the sound of a conch shell while inside. While waiting, people are free to do whatever.
First drink from the bar for me.
Soon as the first sound of the conch shell was blown, we were gathered in front of a grandstand where this beautiful lady greeted us with her warm "aloha!".
After a few introductions, she then taught the audience different ways of wearing a sarong.
A second conch shell was then blown and we were next gathered in front of a tall coconut tree.
It was then explained that the gentleman will climb up the tree and once on top will shower us with Plumeria which you can pick up and place behind your ear; right if you're single, left if you're already taken.
The next sound gathered us by the shore where two gentlemen will demonstrate the hukilau, how fish were caught using nets.
I was just trying to get a little creative here.
Soon as we arrived, I noticed men roaming with grass skirts and looking like they were looking for men to put it on. I tried my best not to establish any eye contact with them. Little did I know this where it will lead to.
It was all fun. They were made to perform in front of us all and they didn't mind doing it at all.
We really had to give it up to them for being such a good sport.
We were then gathered in front of an amphitheater were bands serenaded us with island tunes while waiting for the program to continue.
This little fella in front me sure knows how to make use of his idle time.
Again, I'm trying to be creative here.
After the intermission number, gentlemen came out and explained what we will be having for dinner.
We were then led to our table while waiting for the buffet mechanics.
This was our view until the end of the show.
The parents went in line soon as our table was called for the buffet, my brothers and sister fell in line to get some body artworks done by the locals.
While they were busy falling in line and having artworks done, I was busy chasing sunset.
I immediately went in line for the food and soon as I sat, the show started.
It was a cultural show worth every second.
It was one dance, after another. But nevertheless, it was really entertaining.
The cultural show all in all will make you appreciate more the island culture Hawaii has.
The most requested Wedding Hula Dance was then performed for all of us to enjoy.
The stage was then set for the finale. Chief Ma'eva's dance with fire.
After Chief Ma'Eva's intense performance, it was time for an encore.
Before the night was over, two lucky audience were given a chance of a lifetime to share the stage with the awesome talents of Paradise Cove one last time.
That's it for the night. Cousin Rich brought us back to Waikiki safe and sound but not without his brand of bus entertainment.