A comfortable tour bus picked us up in front of our hotel. We were greeted by the lovely Cousin April. She was all business as she checked us in so we had no idea we were going to be laughing with her the entire way to the Hawaiian luau grounds. Once everyone was on the bus (Bus 9 aka “the Good Lookin Bus” for those of you who have been to Germaine’s) she welcomed everyone and the jokes began! We called her Cousin April because we were treated like Ohana which is a Hawaiian expression for family.
When we got off of the bus we were greeted at Germaines Luau with an authentic shell lei. The event began with the Royal Procession.
We had a few minutes to walk around and check out the lovely beachfront grounds and take in the beautiful sunset.
The bar was hopping! After we got a cold refreshment we made our way over to the Imu Ceremony.
The Imu Ceremony gave new meaning to the phrase “Pig Out!” We watched as the succulent roasting pig was raised from the underground oven.
Following the Imu Ceremony the band played some Hawaiian music while we were meeting and socializing with everyone our table (remember they were now Ohana). Then it was Buffet Time!
For those of us from the South barbeque is basically its own food group but I must confess that the Kalua Pig at Germaines Luau was one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten! Germaines Luau offered a wonderful variety of food and it was delicious. We even ate poi! We were given the tip to eat the poi with a bite of lomi lomi salmon and it was actually good! Poi is a nutritious Hawaiian staple but many people from the mainland like to compare it to wallpaper paste. (Who knew so many people had tasted wallpaper paste?) Poi is not only nutritious but is a sacred part of Hawaiian life.
After dinner the dazzling show began.
One of my favorite things about Germaines Luau was the audience participation. They had several parts in the show where they invited audience members on stage to have fun and participate. They even invited the ladies up on stage to learn the hula. Heather and I got on stage and gave it our all. Despite the fact that I had trouble channeling my inner hula girl everyone had a blast showing off their new moves.
We sat back and enjoyed the Polynesian entertainment. Tahiti, Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand and Hawaii were all represented.
We were captivated by the dancing and the bora bora drums. The hula dancing, the music and the costumes were magnificent. You could tell the dancers were truly enjoying the performance.
Toward the end of the show we were treated to an amazing fire dance that had everyone on the edge of their seats.
When the show was over everyone headed back to their bus but the fun didn’t end. Cousin April had us laughing the entire way home.