An ecofriendly luau opens on Oahu: Journey Weekly

Mele Luau, which opened final month at Coral Crater Journey Park in Kapolei, half-hour from Waikiki, gives every little thing anticipated at a luau: meals, drinks and a present. However this luau additionally prides itself on working sustainably. 

“The manufacturing is an ecofriendly luau,” mentioned Larry Pellegrini, producer and inventive director of Mele Luau. “We use solely photo voltaic power, and we work onerous to ensure that all the parts of the bodily manufacturing are used and given again to the land. We have now goats and chickens on property who obtain the good thing about the dinner’s leftovers.”

The Mele Luau ends with a medley of fire knife dancers.

The Mele Luau ends with a medley of fireplace knife dancers. Photograph Credit score: Courtesy Mele Luau

An intimate venue house, the manufacturing was completely created by Hawaiian locals who love the tradition and, particularly, hula. Household additionally participated within the present’s creation.

“We have now superb choreographers from Maui who’ve labored with two native choreographers on Oahu to create all of the dances based mostly on their particular cultural heritage,” he mentioned. “Our stage was constructed by the choreographer’s father who flew to Oahu on the weekends. He took three months to construct the stage, two dressing rooms and a lighting sales space that appears like a treehouse.”

The night begins with a shell lei greeting, a welcome drink and preshow actions that guests can participate in, together with poi ball twirling and making entrance hats from bushes on the property. The imu ceremony is subsequent, the place a cooked pig is taken out of the underground oven. This marks the beginning of the dinner — an all-you-can-eat buffet of kalua-pig sliders, teriyaki hen, mahimahi, macaroni salad, haupia for dessert and 4 signature tropical drinks.

Some of the food offered at Mele Luau’s all-you-can-eat buffet.

A few of the meals supplied at Mele Luau’s all-you-can-eat buffet. Photograph Credit score: Courtesy Mele Luau

The present is a love story that follows the male character, Tamatoa, as he searches the varied Pacific Islands for the girl of his goals. After touring to Samoa then Aotearoa (New Zealand), he arrives in Hawaii the place he finds her.

“It ends with a fireplace knife medley that showcases three generations of 1 household that has been honing their fireplace knife expertise for a lot of a long time,” Pellegrini mentioned. It additionally options authentic songs by Kaniala Masoe, a Na Hoku Hanohano-nominated author and performer.

The luau lasts three hours, and transportation is accessible from Waikiki and Ko Olina. Costs begin at $119.97 per individual.

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