Experience the aloha spirit and Hawaiian Ho’okipa at a joyful Hawaiian luau.
While traveling in Maui this Southern girl truly felt the aloha spirit. It was evident everywhere we went from the warm greetings of “Aloha!” to the giving of lei and the ready extension of a helping hand to the pleasant conversation offered by complete strangers. Aloha is much more than a salutation. Aloha is a positive state of being that exudes a respectful and loving energy.
Given this, it is no wonder that Hawaiian Ho’okipa (hospitality) is legendary, and it very much reminded me of the truly best Southern hospitality. Then my family and I attended the Te Au Moana luau and parallels to the South only intensified. From the alfresco setting to the smoky emu roasted kalua pork and the baked sweet potatoes to the variety of slaws…we all felt right at home!
The Hawaiian luau is of course it’s own unique experience just as the Carolina BBQ is, but when traveling and experiencing new adventures it is always meaningful to find resonance with home. The luau music and dance was exceptional and wonderfully exuberant. We even got a lesson in hula dancing with the blackmail videos to prove it.
The aloha spirit was truly represented by the joyful abundance of the Hawaiian luau!
I’m sharing my luau outfit details in a separate post. Check it out here! The dress is Lilly of course!
The Te Au Moana luau was held right on the ocean, so as the dancing and singing progressed we enjoyed a beautiful Hawaiian sunset with vivid russet orange and golden yellow in the background. The thing about Hawaiian sunsets though is they are fleeting – over in the blink of an eye. I never quite got use to it while we were there, but it certainly was a perfect way to end the evening!
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