Sunday, March 22, 2015

Slice of Life Day 22: Feast of Lele Luau

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 When in Hawaii, everyone said we just had to go to at least one luau. We got ours booked before we ever left the mainland. Our travel agent helped us pick out Feast of Lele on Maui. There were several reasons for this.  The first is that this luau was noted in several books as the best one in Hawaii. The second reason is because it was actually on the beach!
There were about 200 people at our luau, but we had a table for two and it was close to the front. It was a perfect spot. Before the luau started, we were given lei's and also had a photo shoot with the ocean as our background. We had plenty to do before the show actually started.
This is a selfie...not the one the photographer took!
The name of the luau was Feast of Lele. Lahaina, which is the town for this luau, was first named Lele, thus the name of this luau.
This  luau was a journey through four Pacific islands: Tahiti, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Samoa and Hawaii. These are Polynesian islands.  We would get three items to eat from an island for each course. The waiter we had would explain what the food was. We sampled and ate that course. When it was done, the dancers would come and perform dances from that island. Along with this was a narrator who told us the history of that island and how the dances would show that history.
We ate things that we had never heard of...including poi. We had been told to be sure and try that. While there we found out that poi is a condiment (like ketchup). You don't eat condiments alone (like ketchup). When one of our meats was a little salty, the waiter suggested that we try a little poi with it. That would take out the saltiness. It worked. We also found out that poi is made from taro root.
The sky was amazing with the ocean in front of it. The food really was good and the entertainment was awesome! The same dancers would do their dance for that island then change while we ate another course and be back to do more from the next island.
The music was great. The food was, too. The dancers were so entertaining and we could see them so well since we were close.

The whole evening was perfect. We were so glad we saved this activity for the end of our trip. It just made us feel closer to these islands.  The only drawback was: it lasted three hours. Normally that wouldn't be a problem, but we were to be ready to board a tour bus in the morning at 3:00. We were going to see the sun rise on Haleakala. But, that's for tomorrow's blog!  Aloha!


  1. I wish we'd done the sunrise on Haleakala. We'd talked about riding bikes down, but I didn't think my bike riding skills were up for it. It's been fun revisiting our trip with you.

  2. what a lovely evening! the photo with the sunset over the ocean is just gorgeous. maybe someday I'll get to travel, but for now I'll live vicariously through your slice!

  3. It is great to read about someone else's travels. There is so much to see in the world and it reminds me that even though I am sitting on my couch, it doesn't hurt to dream and see what else there is to do in this great big world. Enjoy!

  4. Oh, you make me want to be there again. What fabulous pictures. I hope the sunrise on Haleakala is fantastic.