Since we only had one full day in Oahu, I booked us a late inter-island flight over to the Island of Hawaii (aka the Big Island), where we spent the majority of our Honeymoon. We had a list of things we knew we wanted to do while on the Big Island, including Volcano City, Black Sand Beach, the Waterfalls, and a Luau. When we booked with the Waikoloa Beach Mariott Resort & Spa we checked out some of the events listed on their website and noticed a sunset Luau is offered every Monday and Wednesday – reserve online in advance, they fill up quickly.
We checked in on Tuesday evening and headed down to the Hawaii Calls Restaurant & Lounge to enjoy our complementary sparkling wine and the daily special, lobster! One of the things we loved most about the resort is that there are lots of daily activities included in the resort fee, and they have great daily specials at the restaurants!
We spent Wednesday at the shops and restaurants across the street (another bonus!), then making Lei’s, one of the activities offered in the resort fee, and relaxing by the beach until it was time to get ready for the Luau.
Both of us were blown away by how gorgeous the resort grounds are, especially at sunset. The Luau took place overlooking the beach and fish ponds, it was stunning! The food and show at the Sunset Luau didn’t disappoint either, and it was certainly worth the cost. You may be able to spot my food baby in some of these photos haha. I usually try to just eat until I am satisfied, as that is how I was raised. My father would always say something along the lines of “if you’re full it’s going to waste either way” or “let it go to waste, rather than your waist” to encourage us to just eat until we were no longer hungry, not until our plates were clear or our stomachs stuffed, but that’s another post for another day. What I am getting at is the food here was the-bomb-dot-com (don’t google that) and I totally forgot my upbringing for a hot minute.
I wore this floral off-the-shoulder dress, which fit in perfectly with the evening, and Josh wore his new green Banana Republic shorts, which I had to force him to try on, and this checkered shirt, also from BR. We both wore our Lei’s from the class earlier in the day 🙂 It may not be the total authentic Luau experience Gabrielle Iglesias speaks of (who else loves this guy!?) in his Aloha Fluffy performance, but it was definitely fun and worthwhile!