Maui trip August 2006. Part 3 Doing the touristy stuff

Since Denise had never been to Hawaii I agreed that we would do some touristy stuff.
First off to make reservations for a snorkeling trip to Molokini and the Old Lahaina Luau (known as the most authentic luau on any of the islands). We went to Expedia Fun which was located at the next condo complex south of ours. We were helped by a very friendly, not pushy woman. She could have pushed a timeshare pitch to us but didn’t. We booked a snorkel trip on the Paragon, a catamaran that only takes 38 passengers. We wanted something small and that sailed. Then the woman called the Old Lahaina Luau for us. This was August 21st and the next reservations were not until September 8th. We decided to pass on that luau and book for the Feast at LeLe which is the only sit down dinner luau on the island. LeLe only seats about 140 guests. This sounded good to us. We had to be put on a waiting list hoping for a cancellation since they too were fully booked the rest of the week.

The snorkel trip was a lot of fun. We had to be at Maalaea Harbor at 7:00AM. The cat was just the right size. We motored out of the harbor then set sail to Molikini. The snorkeling was pretty good. The part of Molokini where our boat was anchored had some pretty incredible coral. The 3 member crew on the Paragon were great. The owner’s son was spending his last summer vacation day crewing before going back to Colorado to college. They served a continental breakfast and sandwiches and salad for lunch, sodas and beers. Cost $85 + tax per person.
Sailing back in to the harbor was pretty rough at times. Those of us who were not smart enough to move to the back of the boat when we had a chance to got pummled when tacking. Everything was soaked. Good thing nothing of value was with me on the front of the cat. It was a lot of fun though. One young man thought he could safely get to the back of the boat but fell down the stairs. After hearing his fall I knew not to even try to get back there.

Looking at Haleakala from the water.

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The Paragon

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She may be small but when she was working the sails she was all muscle!

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The Feast at LELE

The luau is held ocean front so the views were spectatular. The five course dinner represented the islands of Hawaii, New Zealand, Tahiti and Samoa and a dessert course. Wines were recommended for each course and we tried all of them. The food was nicely presented and for the most part was very good. There were a couple of dishes that we didn’t rave about but others that were fabulous. The Hawaiian dishes of Pahole Fern and Heart of Palm salad and the Kahula Pork were probably my two favorite.
The caramel macadamia nut tort with Haupi (coconut pudding) and the Hawaiian vintage chocolate truffles were to die for. And I am not much of a dessert eater. After the first course it was too dark to take photos.

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The little cutie who was at the table next to us. Her mother agreed with me that the diapers added a nice touch to her hula outfit.

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Our wait staff

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My lei

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The show
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I don’t know who this man is but I got many photos of the back of his bald head because of where our table was.

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The cost of the luau and show was $105 and was worth every penny of it.
It was a great evening.
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