Friday, June 10, 2016

Parasailing and a Luau

Yesterday was a big day. We had our first parasailing experience, which was really awesome! The three older kids went up together on a 1200-foot line. They got to simulate a free fall and had their feet dunked in the water, which they were thrilled about. Clay and I went up on an 800-foot line, and though I had planned on us skipping the foot dunking at the end, Clay had his heart set on it after seeing the big kids do it. I was afraid that by the time his feet reached the water, I would be half submerged, but I only got wet up to my knees, so it wasn't too bad. It was so fun to fly up above the water. The blue of the sea was amazing, and the silence we experienced at that height was divine.

After our parasailing experience, we spent some time in town, visiting the Donkey Balls store, shopping in the souvenir shops, and sipping drinks on a lanai overlooking the sea. It was a lovely afternoon!

Finally, it was time for our luau. When we checked in, we received fresh flower and kukui nut leis and then made our way to the open-air luau grounds. We got to see the kalua pig emerge from the imu (underground oven) and then spent the next couple of hours enjoying the spectacular buffet and the outstanding entertainment in a truly beautiful setting. Jeff and I have been to several luaus in the past, and this one was by far our favorite.

Ready to fly

These guys had so much fun on our parasailing adventure!

Big fun with my little guy

Donkey Balls (chocolate covered macadamia nuts)
are a Kona specialty, and we can't get enough of them!

The delectable kalua pig emerges from the imu

Luau Entertainment

Island Tats

Some of the delicious offerings of the luau

Dancing with my sweetie to the Hawaiian wedding song

The obligatory luau photo

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