We ended our trip on the Hawaiian Islands in the best way we knew how -- an official island party!
Gigi’s sweet auntie gifted us tickets to the Paradise Cove luau at the Ko Olina Resort. According to locals, it is THE spot for a true Hawaiian cultural experience.
We’re not talking just coconut bras and grass skirts here. Upon arrival, you immediately feel at home as you’re welcomed with a drink and traditional lei, or in our case, a kukui--the Hawaiian nut necklace.
Before sunset, we dove right into some island arts & crafts and made our own haku headband, lei anklets and bracelets to match our Hawaiian garb. In a comical way, we were consistently reminded of our single-status since those who were unmarried had to wear everything on their right side!
By the time the sun went down, the pig had been roasted and it was showtime.
With the waves crashing in the background in the still of the night, it was a perfect way to culminate our trip with a touch of Polynesia and a hula dance or two.