Monday, August 13, 2012

Maui - Part 5 - The Gazebo and The Old Lahaina Luau

Saturday morning we decided to go out for breakfast at The Gazebo restaurant.  We had heard the macadamia nut pancakes with coconut syrup were to die for!  Well everyone else must have heard the same thing because we waited in line for over 1 hour!  Fortunately the restaurant sits right on the beach and there were some tide pools to entertain the kids.  
The girls also decorated their hair with flowers.  

Once we finally sat down - they gave the kids some bendaroos to play with.  That kept them busy for a while.

They served us yummy juice with guava and papaya and pineapple and other tropical fruits and yes - the pancakes were amazing!!!  It was definitely worth the wait!

We spent the afternoon perusing the shops in Old Lahaina where the kids picked up some souvenirs.  Then that evening we went to the Old Lahaina Luau.  
The Luau was quite the event - the hosts make every effort to make you feel welcome.  As we arrived they handed out fruit drinks decorated with a flower (flowers, flowers, everywhere in Maui!) and gave us these seed leis.  Many men and women (all gorgeous!) welcomed us, dressed in their traditional costumes.  As it turns out the man who took this picture actually played football for BYU and knew someone we went to high school with.  Random! 
(not sure why Sarah is doing that in the picture)
They taught us how to make a real flower decoration for our hair.

And roasted a pig.
There was an all-you-can-eat buffet and then a lively show with traditional dancing.  
At the end they sent us home with mini loaves of banana bread.  It was a wonderful evening.  It was the perfect way to immerse ourselves in the traditional food and culture of Hawaii!

1 comment:

The Harrises said...

Those pancakes sound good!