Monday, July 7, 2008
Maui Day 7
Today was an amazing day. It was the kind of day that you expect in Maui. We took the girls to Baby Beach(a beach well known to the locals to be for the keikis or kids). This beach is very calm with lapping waves. The girls could swim and play in the water with little worries of being knocked down by waves. It is very shallow for many feet, because the reef breaks way out in the ocean. We spent 3 hours playing in the water and having a great time. There was some coral gardens as you went out further and an easy place for kids to snorkel. We tried to get the girls out there, but because of the distance from the shore they thought it was deep (it only came up to our waist) Ashlyn did find a sea cucumber. She was gathering broken coral and rocks when she found it picked it up thinking it was a rock and then noticed it was different. She ran over to us and said "I think I found a sea creature." We looked in her bucket and sure enough it was something squishy from the sea.We came home and rested for a couple hours and then got ourselves ready for the Luau. We went to Old Lahaina Luau. We have gone to this before and loved it. The price is a little steep, but we think the price is worth it. They opened the gates at 5:45 with live Hawaiian music playing. We were shown to our assigned seats and then we were free to wonder the beautiful Luau grounds. They had stations set up in various locations giving demonstrations of Hawaiian handicrafts and cultural items. After the pig was removed from the imu (an underground oven) we went back to the table to eat. They have an all you can eat buffet with lots of yummy traditional Hawaiian food and yummy tropical drinks. While we finished dinner they started their hour long show. The show is a history of Hawaiians. The story begins with the early Polynesian migration to the Hawaiian Islands, and the progression of hula from ancient to the present. It was a wonderful evening and the we all really enjoyed ourselves.