Christmas Eve was really one of my favorite days from our trip. Not only did I get my nature walk in that morning, but we spent the afternoon building sand castles. How often can you say that on Christmas Eve, hrrm?
The hotel – well, the whole island, really – was fully decorated for Christmas. It was a bit disconcerting at first to be wearing shorts and flip-slops and seeing Christmas trees everywhere (not to mention the ubiquitous Mele Kalikimaka. I swear if I hear that song any time soon, I think I might slit my wrists).
We loved looking at the carved tikis too. In fact, one evening in Lahaina, we watched a street vendor making one for at least a half hour.
And then we tuckered in to the food and drinks. We tried everything, even the poi. Which, to me, tasted like unsweetened yogurt.
Then, the big show of the evening started. Hula dancers, drums, fire dancers and even a Christmas medley – it was, after all, Christmas Eve. Here is an animated gif of the highlights of the luau. Sure, some parts were cheesy, but some parts were really great and either way – who cares – what a fun way to spend Christmas!
Are you getting sick of this yet? Only 2 more days to go!