Makahiki Luau

Saturday night, the hubs and I went out to celebrate our friend K’s 32nd birthday. Ok, I don’t know for sure that she’s 32, but that’s my guess. When your friends are younger than you, the only thing that matters is that you can stay awake as long as them.

K’s choice of birthday entertainment came in the form of the Makahiki Luau at Sea World. The luau is $46 a person and comes with and all you can eat dinner and a show. They had me at “all you can eat.”

Hubs and I met up with K, her main man Steve, and Susan and Elton at the Sea World entrance.

The pictures of the boys didn’t come out so well, so let’s see more pictures of me, K, and Susan! (Remember, K and I went on the Bahamas cruise together a few weeks ago.)

K got a $189 speeding ticket on the way to her birthday celebration, so she prayed to the Mai Tai gods to help her forget.

Dinner before the show was tilapia in a Pina Colada sauce, Hawaiian chicken, Polynesian-style BBQ pork, and stir-fried rice and veggies.

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “she should be a food photographer.” I get that a lot. It’s not easy getting that one stripe of light right down the middle of a plate.

Everything tasted ok. The sauce on top of the fish was so salty I almost didn’t eat it. But then I found out you can dip a dinner roll in anything and it still tastes pretty good.

Dessert was a sampler with a chocolate crème tort, a tart lemon bar, and a cake bar that had so many nuts in it, I was sure I was going to hate it. In fact, I was counting on hating at least 2 of the desserts so I could at least fit in my pants the next day. But that didn’t happen.

All those desserts joined the Smurf ice cream I had at the mall earlier. Anyone remember Smurf flavored ice cream? I used to get it all the time as a teenager. I don’t even know what the flavor is supposed to be but it has marshmallows in it and that’s all that matters.

The show itself was ok. It was a lot of choreographed numbers and outfit changes. There was also some audience participation that was pretty cute.

At the end of the show, a net was drawn around the stage for the fire twirler.

Honestly, I thought the show lacked authenticity. And I can say that because I’ve been to a real luau in Maui. The real luau had a lot more storytelling to it and the dancing seemed less showy. This one was a theme park’s version of a luau, so I can’t knock it too much but I don’t think I’d go back. I had fun but a lot of it had to do with the company.

After the show, we found a bird that was not afraid to approach us.

I think he recognized me from the blog, so we took a picture together.

After leaving Sea World, we all met back up at Susan and Elton’s house where I brought this little beauty for K.

A layered (and monogramed!) cookies and cream cake made by yours truly. The middle layer was more frosting and crushed up Oreos. This was the first time I’ve ever made anything like this and I think it came out pretty good for a newbie.

We all had a piece of cake while watching Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome on TV. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried cookies and cream cake and Mad Max together, but I highly recommend it. Oh, and this was my fifth dessert of the day. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I ate on Saturday, but it’s safe to say I’ll be in elastic all week.


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14 responses to “Makahiki Luau

  1. Pam

    That looks so fun! I’m super jealous. I’m a total sucker for anything tropical-themed. Also multiple desserts.

  2. That duck was obviously star struck when he saw you! Gotta love faithful animal-readers 😉

  3. So glad y’all had fun. Sure miss outings like this with everyone. Sniff sniff. Bummer about her speeding ticket…and wowsa on the 5 desserts! Congrats on a what looks like a very nicely done cake, Ms. Paula! Oh, wait…Mrs. Paula! ;)~ Watch out Betty Crocker!

  4. Your hair looks FAN-TASTIC! (yes, with a hyphen)

    I’m right there with you on the multiple desserts. I was at a wedding on Saturday night where I didn’t know a soul except the bride and I still had multiple pieces of wedding cake. People were looking at me like I was nuts, but I didn’t care. I’ll endure their stares in the name of cake.

  5. There’s nothing better than dinner and a show with friends. Looked like a great time. Makes me wonder how fast you have to go to get a $189 speeding ticket =)

  6. ooooooooooooo i want a luau! badly. when i was in college, my friends and i would blast the heat and have luau parties hahaha.

  7. That cake looks incredible!! Anything with Oreos gets an A from me 🙂

  8. Ooooo FUN! You always have such fun nights out.

  9. I made a cake like that once and it was awesome!

  10. the ONLY thing that would’ve made my birthday OK after a speeding ticket on the WAY to the party… would be a piece of that oreo cake. sounds like everything turned out ok. 🙂

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  12. Stefanie

    I will take one of those cakes please. YUM.

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