Paddle Boarding and a Luau

I had hoped to combine events so I wouldn’t bombard you with Hawaii posts, but I’m having trouble because it was such a beautiful trip.  I have way too many fun things to show you here, so bear with me.  🙂  Today I’m going to show you pics from the day that epitomizes a Hawaiian vacation- adventures at the beach and a luau.

We went to Ukumehame Park in Lahaina on a gorgeous afternoon for some water adventures.  I decided to attempt paddle boarding because it looked a little easier than surfing.  Unfortunately it wasn’t quite easy enough for me to master in a mere 20 minutes on the water, but it was fun to try it!  Shara’s husband, Mike, was incredibly patient with me and my meager attempt to balance on that large board.  And Shara and Samantha did a great job cheering me on from shore and capturing a few photos that made me look relatively skilled at staying up on the board!  They also captured my failed attempt to stay up on the board for any prolonged amount of time.   (See photos below).

After the paddle boarding/sitting on the beautiful beach adventure, Sam and I went to the quintessential Hawaiian tourist experience- the Old Lahaina Luau.  They have that thing down to a science- complete with a mid-meal light rain shower with a double rainbow for our enjoyment!  😉  It was a fun, educational experience with some delicious Hawaiian food, leis, a pig roast, hula dancing lessons, cultural demonstrations and hula show topped off with a beautiful beach sunset.  Sometimes you just got to embrace the whole tourist thing and go all out!  It was a fun time and gave me all sorts of flashbacks to TV shows that filmed Hawaii episodes like The Brady Bunch and Saved by the Bell.  🙂

Here is the photographic evidence of all the fun!

Ukumehame Park- the view from the paddle board of the West Maui mountains was seriously spectacular.

Ukumehame Park- the view from the paddle board of the West Maui mountains was seriously spectacular.

I'm doing it!

I’m doing it!

 

... and then this happened.

… and then this happened.

Ukumehame Park, Maui

Ukumehame Park, Maui

 

Luau time!

Luau time!

 

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Coconut being shaved, Hawaiian food to try, cultural demonstrations, and the pig roast (that buried thing)

 

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Do any of you also think of the Brady Bunch when you see these?

Do any of you also think of the Brady Bunch when you see these?

 

Our double rainbow present!

Our double rainbow present!

 

Samantha and I embracing tourism.  :)

Samantha and I embracing tourism. 🙂

 

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Hula dancing and dessert (passion fruit cake and lavender-iced cookies were my favorite)

Hula dancing and dessert (passion fruit cake and lavender-iced cookies were my favorite)

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There's just something about palm trees and a sunset.  Felt like I was in a postcard.  :)

There’s just something about palm trees and a sunset. Felt like I was in a postcard. 🙂

 

 

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