Helicopter and Luau
Trip Start Apr 12, 2014
15Trip End Apr 27, 2014
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Our tour took us clockwise around the island. So we flew over Lihue and Poipu where we could see the Tree Tunnel. Then we went more inland and saw mountains and fields and the area where The Descendants with George Clooney was filmed. We saw Jurassic Water Falls where they landed the helicopter in Jurrasic Park. They were far away but not for long. We circled down and right in front of them. We could see the west side of the island which is dryer and browner than where we are now. We went through canyons and past a lot of waterfalls. We got quite close too most of them with good views out the right and left sides. Jason gave us a lot of the history of the island as we flew. We were pretty quiet as we flew. It was just breathtaking! Before long we were flying through Waimea Canyon, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific as Mark Twain named it. We went way down into the side canyons to see even more waterfalls. When we came up out of the Canyon we could see Koke'e State Park. Then we crossed the tops of the mountains and went out into the Pacific Ocean where we could see the Napali Coast. Jason took us into some of the steep valleys to see waterfalls. We finally saw Hanakapi'ai Beach and River that Larry and Derek saw at the end of the hike yesterday. We flew past Ke'e Beach and the parking lot and ponds we had see yesterday
When we got back to the condo, I started this blog and then we got ready to go to the Smith Family Lauau. We needed to be there at 5:00 so Larry, Derek and Erin put on Hawaiian shirts and I put on my new mumu. The luau was close to our condo but it took us a while to get there because of traffic. We parked and went right in, had out picture taken, and got on a tram. Before the luau we toured the Botanical Garden where the luau is located. We saw lots of trees and flowers and zebra doves, spotted doves, peacocks, and chickens of course. We also saw some moorhens. The tram dropped us off where the imu ceremony would take place
At the beginning of the ceremony two men dressed in costume blew conch shells toward the mountains, toward the sea, toward the rising sun and toward the setting sun. Then they moved the sand off the top of the pit which was covered by a tarp to keep the sand out. Then they removed the banana leaves and then the pig. The stones for the roasting are lava rock because rock without holes in it will shatter from the heat. They put the stones inside and outside the pig which is roasted on its back. The only seasoning they use is Hawaiian sea salt. Then we all went for our free drinks. They had mai tais of course, beer, wine, juice, and water. There was a two limit drink per time to the bar. Other than that you could drink as much as you wanted. I only had a glass of wine as the designated driver.
When we sat at our table we found out from the woman sitting next to us that our table would be one of the first to go through the line. It was all you can eat buffet style
After dinner we headed down to the theater for the show. Our pictures were waiting for us and I bought ours because it was so good. We got seated and the show started soon after. The stage was on a pond with two ramps coming from back stage onto a bigger stage. There was also a ramp right in front of the audience. We got to see the dances of the many cultures who make up the Hawaiian people today. We saw Tahitian dances as the Tahitians are the ones who originally settled in the islands. Of course, there were traditional hula dances that tell a story with the hands. They also had Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, and Maori (New Zealand) dances. The back drop of the stage was a waterfall that turned off and became a volcano out of which Pele, the god of fire, appeared. Pele told of the golden people of Hawaii. There was also a Samoan Fire dancer. The Maori women did poi dancing in which they swung tethered weights rhythmically, and with weights that were on fire. It was all over too soon. I drove us back to the condo where I worked on the blog, Derek and Larry went to bed, and Erin went out to the beach to watch the moon on the water.
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