Maui Day 5 (Part 2, Sandcastles & Luau)

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?

And on our way back to hotel, we stopped by the pool for a dip. Isn’t that the funnest kiddie pool ever?

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.

Then, around 4pm, we headed down to the huge luau that the hotel puts on nearly every night. It was a short walk, but a pretty one.

We did a quick photo session while waiting in line.

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!

This article has 21 comments

  1. Sizzle

    how could anyone get sick of it? it’s Hawaii! it just makes me long for beach and sun since all we’ve got is rain and rain and more rain under a blanket of gray. blech!

  2. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    love your new photo!

  3. zipper

    Love that first shot where Declan is out of focus.

  4. Anonymous

    I am going to be so sad when these are over.

  5. Anonymous

    Love it, Love it, Love it!

  6. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    Glad to be of service, Huckdoll! And welcome! 😉 P.S. Did you catch that Lady and I used to be next door neighbors???

  7. Meghann

    When I hear or read “Mele Kalikimaka” all I can think of is that scene in National Lampoon’s Christmas vacation where he is daydreaming about a pool.

  8. lauren

    no, not sick at all! Loved the sandcastle shots!!

  9. Huckdoll

    After seventeen near-fatal panick attacks this Christmas season combined with an entire bottle of Pepto Bismol to calm my stomach in less than a week (pre xmas), my guy and I recently decided that we’re taking our girls to Hawaii for Christmas next year.

    Your Maui pictures and blog entires were the nail in the (Christmas 2008 @ Home) coffin! THANK YOU!!!

    PS. New reader here via Mr. Lady @ WIMSC

  10. zenrain

    couldn’t ever get sick of it! i’m trying to convince jim this is what we need to do next christmas, too!!

  11. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    MB, it was really awesome. And we decided it was much more relaxing than going away in the beginning of Dec, like we did for San Diego. That was TOO crazy, trying to get everything done when we got back.

  12. Ali

    i am in love with your dress!!

  13. Colleen

    I started with the first picture thinking… oh that is the best picture. Then the next I had to think… no this one is. And then… no this one. The sand castle beach shots are all just amazing!

    And the rest of your Christmas Eve makes me terribly jealous.

    Only 2 more days?

  14. Sarah O.

    You’ve got me dreaming of a black (sand) Christmas.

  15. Anonymous

    LOVE IT!

  16. Sarah O.

    Off topic, I can’t help but marvel at the fact that every time I leave a comment on any blog I’ve discovered, you’ve been there first! Great minds think alike?

  17. Anonymous

    All these things, still true as far as my recollection goes.

    My name is Bryan, and I approved this message.

  18. Stacey

    I love the luau animation. What a riot.

  19. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    ha ha, true Allison! But trust me, it was in the bag, just bugging me, because we could not find my favorite one to pack. But I had loads of sunscreen on, even along my part!

  20. carrie

    Not sick of it at all! SILLY!

    But dude, I thinkg poi tastes like glue. Can’t find one good thing to say about that stuff.

    Love the sandcastles!

  21. soccer mom in denial

    Not sick at ALL!! Although where was YOUR sun hat?

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