Our Luau excursion was not until 4.30pm so we decided to get off the ship and go exploring in the day time first. We boarded the free shuttle to the Queen's shopping Mall and once there we found a Sears! YAY - spent a couple of hours in Mall and bought some bargains in the sale! Whilst I was trying on clothes, Gaz went to the electrical department and saw an 80 inch flat screen TV for around $3000 including a leather chair!
After shopping we got the shuttle back to the ship, dropped our bags in our room and went off exploring again - with the laptop to try to find some "free" wifi.
Stumbled across a gorgeous little restaurant and bar named the "Hideaway" which was situated right on the beach - The couple who owned it were lovely and made us so welcome. We sat drinking our beers with Hawaiian music playing in the background, watching the little birds foraging in the garden, the waves in the ocean and the palm trees swaying in the breeze - BLISS!
After our beers the owner said we could walk out in the garden which went straight on to the beach - we walked along the beach paddling in the sea and then had to go back to the ship to get ready for the Luau.
After freshening up and changing we left the ship and boarded the coach for the Luau. It was approx 45 minute drive to the Hyatt hotel where it was taking place. We got off the coach and were directed to the back of the hotel - WOW the hotel backed onto a beautiful sandy beach and the ocean, we had our photo taken and were shown our seats. A family from Wisconsin introduced themselves to us - the Mother and her 5 grown up children (probably all in their 40's to 50's) - we learned she had treated them all to a 10 day holiday in Hawaii, they were all very friendly.
The drinks flowed and we went to help ourselves to the buffet - all traditional foods including pork, chicken, and fish. The desserts were equally as good - especially the bread pudding and macadamia and chocolate cream dessert!
The show started and we were treated to hula dancers and traditional dances from all of the Polynesian islands including Tahiti, Hawaii and New Zealand (The Hakka). The show also included a love story and fire dance. They asked everyone who was celebrating an anniversary to stand up - which we did and they played Hawaiian music while we danced!