A few months ago (sorry for the “old news” — I’m still catching up on blogging!), my friend Rebecca and her husband, Robert, came to visit from Corpus Christi, Texas. I have known Rebecca for a few years through cancer advocacy work, and she is such a die-hard crusader, she had earned this vacation a million times over. Plus, I just love her, so it was great to spend time with her!
Rebecca is a big planner, so she had asked me for some recommendations for her Hawaiian vacation months in advance. Since I’m not much of a beach-goer or outdoors-person, I’m not very good at suggesting the kind of things people are usually interested in when they come out to the middle of the Pacific . . . but somehow, our conversation took a turn towards luaus. It occurred to me that I had never been to one myself. I got in touch with my friend Sharon, who hooked us up with her staff rate at Germaine’s Luau, and before you know you it, we were booked for double date in Kapolei.
I’m not gonna lie: The luau show itself was super corny! But I think that was part of the fun, and the tourists around us were definitely into it — and we laughed quite a bit, at least. It was kinda cool to see the different forms of native dance from across the Pacific, probably more so for the tourists who I bet didn’t know that there was more than one type of hula and even more so for the brave (and/or inebriated) ones who got up on stage to try things out. The fire dancing was amazing, too. As far as food goes, the bread was a little dry, but you can’t judge a luau on mainland food like dinner rolls; this event is all about the freshly prepared kalua pig, and that was absolutely a winner. And did I mention that there were drink tickets with admission? So there’s that.
I would wholeheartedly recommend going to a luau if you’re going to be visiting Hawai‘i — heck, even if you live here and haven’t been to one before! I can’t vouch for all the different companies out there, but I can definitely say that we had a great time at Germaine’s. Kapolei is really far from Waikiki, where most tourists stay while on Oahu, but Germaine’s has shuttle service from the hotels, so you don’t have to worry about driving all the way out to the west side and/or getting lost at Kahe Power Plant. Definitely a good deal for a fun evening!