26 April 2018 – Waikiki, Hawaii – Day 2 – Luau Night

We took our time this morning as we had no plans yet. We had seen a McDonald’s just up the street, so headed there for breakfast. Bet everyone is surprised at that! NOT! Can’t believe I forgot to take pictures. Just kidding. I have lots of McDonald’s breakfast photos already. No need for more unless it is some unusual food item.

We wanted to book a couple of tours so went in search of some place to do that. Found an Expedia kiosk close to the hotel, actually attached to the hotel, so that was very convenient. Chatted with the guy for a while and managed to book a luau for tonight. Roberts Hawaii – Oahu – Chief’s Luau. Hawaii’s #1 rated luau on TripAdvisor which is produced by Chief Sielu, the original world champion fire-knife dancer. What more could we ask for? Well, we splurged and went for Royal Experience. This included

  • Seating in Royal Section (closest to buffet)
  • All-You-Can-Eat Hawaiian Luau Buffet
  • Fresh flower lei with Mai Tai greeting
  • Two Adult Beverages
  • Souvenir gift, which turned out to be Chief’s Luau t-shirt
  • Round trip transportation from Waikiki

All for the low price of US $374.00 We must have been out of our minds! I think our Sucker tattoo must be back on our foreheads.

We also booked the Robert’s Stars & Strips Tour at a more reasonable price of US $198.00 for tomorrow.

We headed back down the main strip just like tourists do, since our pickup time for the luau wasn’t until 4:00 pm.

Duke Paoa Kahanamoku August 24, 1890 – January 22, 1968

OMG SPAM is everywhere!

And we came across one of my favourite restaurants. We will be back to eat here.

Don Ho August 13, 1930 – April 14, 2007

We headed off the main road and came across a food truck section and decided we could use a good smoothie.

These trees were so beautiful, but I have no idea what they are.

Time to head back to the hotel to rest up and clean up a little before the luau tonight. Pickup was in a couple of hours and we would have to head over to the Waikiki Beach Marriott, a few blocks away for pickup.

Our guide was very personable and like most good tour guides, had a lot of stories to tell us. Many were about his heritage, but the most surprising story, was about him as a child. I don’t remember all the facts now, but it went something like this. He was a performer at one of these luaus along with other dancers and guest performers at times. One time they had a guest performer who everyone thought was just great. This guest performer was a young Peter Gene Hernandez. AKA Bruno Mars, before he became famous. Wish I could remember more of of the story now as it was quite fascinating.

It was probably a good hour drive before we got to the luau location and passed through a great variety of areas, some residential.

We finally arrived and we weren’t expecting the luau to be held at a water park area. This was quite disappointing as you could see the water slides in the background of the show. We thought luaus were held on beaches.

Our welcome.

Doug got lei’d (The act of putting a lei (pl. leis) over someone’s neck).

And we were shown to our table. Since we had the Royal Package we were at the front by the stage, but off to the side as our bus obviously arrived much later than some of the other busses did. View was still good. Probably could have saved a lot of money, as I don’t think there was really any bad location of the tables.

Almost as soon as we got there, it started to rain. They handed out rain capes to everyone, but it still put a damper on it. After getting our rain capes we headed off to see the exhibits. You were supposed to be involved in them, but I am guessing due to the rain, not too many were getting involved.

This is where we picked up our free drinks. Royals only!

Soon it was time to get our food and thankfully it had stopped raining by now. It was supposed to be an all you can eat buffet, but as soon as everyone had gone up once, they started to clear all the food away. Not sure if it was because of the rain or whether they always do this and therefore really isn’t an all you can eat buffet.

Show began as soon as everyone had their food. The show was over 1 1/2 hours long, but much of that time was spent acknowledging birthdays, anniversaries and any other special occasion possible. We could have done without this part. Otherwise the show was pretty good. Also enjoyed a few costume changes which was nice. Dancers were enjoyable and apparently some world champion Hawaiian dancers amongst them. The fire dancers were good, but we have seen some equally as good on our travels and they were free to watch. Here are quite a few pictures of the show. Remember it was over 1 1/2 hours long = LOTS of pictures.

This was all the people on stage celebrating something or the other.

Now it was time to head back to the busses for our drive back. Talk about herding cattle!!! Took in a quick bathroom break before getting on the bus. Why are the woman’s washroom line up ALWAYS SO LONG? Must be because we wash our hands longer. Ha Ha Ha

We got back to our hotel shortly after 9:00 pm and we laid our leis to rest. We had had a great day.