Thursday, February 27, 2014

The island of Kauai

We arrived in Kauai and spent the morning on a nice walk to do some shopping in Kalapali.  We stopped at the Marriott Kauai Beach Club hotel to see the beautiful beach, pools, magnificent gardens and accommodations, just in case we ever head back this way on a trip to the South Pacific.
The evening was one of the highlights of our trip, the Lu'au Kalamaku.  We experienced plantation life and learned about Kauai agriculture as we explored a 100 acre plantation on an authentic narrow-gauge train. Once we boarded the King Kalakaua-style wooden cars at the station we began a very informative 30 minute journey back through time, touring fields of sugar, pineapple, banana, papaya, coffee, tropical flowers and hardwood trees that show the plantations history, as well as the story of commercial farming on Kauai today.  The entertainment was hula dancers, fire poi ball twirlers, traditional fire knife dancing and a wonderful story of a fathers concern for his daughter, her meeting and falling in love, marriage, and birth of a baby boy come together for this once in a lifetime authentic experience. In addition, to a traditionally roasted pig, the buffet of local delicacies such as poi, purple sweet potato, veggies, fruits and lavish desserts. I forgot, all the free Mai Tai's and Blue Hawaiians that you could drink.  Lu'ua Kalamaku was another highlight on this wonderful journey discovering Hawaii and it's people. All we can saw is "Wow!"
a beautiful view of the beach pool, bay and mountains at the Marriott
A couple and their instructor rowing for some excercise
Hawaiian geese are different from those on the ranch back home
The Plantation train
Debbie is ready to party at the Lu'au
Debbie volunteered to learn the hula

Dancers celebrating
They fall in love
The Wedding
More celebrating at the reception
The next generation arrives

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