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Luau After Party in the Dorms

June 28th, 2009 · 1 Comment

As it got later in the night of the luau and nobody wanted to leave again. Everyone was having such a good time.

Back row: Garmon, Alika, Dallas, Kilo, Alan, xxx, Koa (and son), Lisa, Brandy
Middle row: BJ, Nalani, Donovan, Jacque, Roxanne, Monte, Rachelle, Jay, xxx, xxx, Hoku
Front row: Sheri, Kamu

The band Kapena was playing again. They’d played the night before at the Gordon Biersch party.

Kapena, Kamehameha Schools, Oahu

The girls danced a lot and the guys stood around with their hands in their pockets trying to look cool. Just like high school.

Back row: Alika, Jay. Front row: Haunani, Sheri, Jacque.

These guys all lived together for years when they boarded at the school.

Dallas, Jay, Kamu, Donovan, BJ, Alika, Kilo

Monte, Dallas, Jay, Kamu, Donovan, Alika, BJ, Kilo

After the luau a bunch of people went up to the dorms where there was a big party going on. We passed by this bench where all of the boarders used to always hang out, so everyone got there photo taken there for old times sake.

Back row: BJ, Dallas, Nalani, Kilo, Jay, Kamu, Monte.
Front row: Alika, Hoku, Roxanne, Donovan, Jacque, Sheri, Brandy

Nobody can remember what spurred this, but everyone was going crazy in this next photo.

Back row: BJ, Dallas, Nalani, Kilo, Jay, Kamu, Monte.
Front row: Alika, Hoku, Roxanne, Donovan, Jacque, Sheri, Brandy

Dallas loves this fruit punch. Probably 0% fruit. He stole a whole bunch of it to bring back to the dorms.


Walking through campus for the first time in 15 years was quite a trip for a lot of people. When we got to the dorm there was food and drink as far as the eye could see. Many stories to be told and memories to be shared. There were at least 1 or 2 rounds of everyone singing the Kamehameha Schools fight song. Everyone stayed and hung out well into the morning hours.



It was kind of sad to finally leave. And to think the next day how far it was in between the last time Dallas saw his friends til now and how long it may be til we see them again. But if we all make an effort we will stay in touch, even if it’s just online. A hui hou!

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Kamehameha Schools Luau

June 27th, 2009 · No Comments

On our last day in Oahu our big plans were to attend the Kamehameha Schools Luau, but first we went and visited Dallas’s grandma one more time. Dallas and I were up really late the night before and Grandma is getting up there in age so it was really just like Dallas, Grandma and I sitting on the sofas trying not to fall asleep while Kala watched some 80s countdown show on VH1. Nevermind that Kala was born in 1992 and didn’t know any of the songs. Grandma would keep waking up and making comments like how she didn’t like Flock of Seagulls hairdos and stuff like that. Kind of funny.


Later in the afternoon we drove up to the Kamehameha Schools campus for the all-class luau. All of the classes from the 1930s or 1940s on were in attendance.. well, every 5 years.. so like 5 year reunion, 10 year reunion, etc. Each year the class celebrating their 29th year reunion puts on the luau to honor the class celebrating their 30th year reunion. And all of the kids that are coming back as seniors have traditionally been servers at the luau. This year, though, they couldn’t serve because alcohol was being served at the luau so the parents of the seniors had to do it. Dallas’s Uncle Bob and Aunty Helen had to serve because Kala is an incoming senior.

First off, each class had to get their official photograph taking. I think some people just blew this off, so the Class of ’94 photo is looking pretty sparse.




After this we hit up the beer booth and the pupu stand and then made our way to the designated Class of ’94 area under the big tent where Kilo had saved us seats.



The pupus at the booth changed out every half hour so people from our table just kept going up and getting more. I had previously had many of the dishes served, but there were definitely some I had not. I was sitting by Donovan and he kept passing me all the pupus and making sure I tried everything I’d never had before. Like pickled Maui onion, a’ama crabs, limu salad, and raw Maui onions dipped in Hawaiian sea salt. And other favorites I’d had before like boiled peanuts, poke, smoked meat, edamame.

The whole time we were socializing and eating and drinking there was a big stage at the middle front of the tent and people were speaking and playing music. We couldn’t really see because we were too far off to the side. I heard there were something like 1,600 guests at the luau, so you can imagine how big that tent was! We were alerted when Monte and Kilo went up to do the hula. Kekoa’s band Holunape was playing (same classmate and band that played earlier in the week at Aku Bone). So I ran up to get a few photos.




In years past I heard the luau dinner was served buffet style. This year each person got served a plate. Some people were leery about this but everyone agreed the food was really ono and the portions were generous. Here’s what we had:


Clockwise, starting with rice: Rice, kalua pig, chicken long rice, sweet potato, Heineken, poke, lomi-lomi salmon, poi, squid luau, fruit punch.

And for dessert there were trays in the center of the tables with chocolate cake, haupia and kulolo.

It was great to see many of Dallas’s friends again. I wasn’t sure what to expect really from alumni week. I thought I’d be on my own more. I knew I’d be designated driver and do whatever for Dallas to do everything he wanted to… but I didn’t expect to have so much fun. All of Dallas’ classmates were really nice and welcoming me into the group. It was fun to meet a lot of people that mean so much in Dallas’s life.

And I always knew that he went to Kamehameha Schools, but I never really “got” it. So.. you went to a school.. So what. But Kamehameha Schools is so rich in Hawaiian culture and tradition. Generations of Dallas’s family have attended. Going to these reunion parties finally made me realize what it’s all about. It’s like a family. Everyone was nice to me because through Dallas, I’m ohana.


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Smith’s Luau – Kapa’a, Kaua’i

May 12th, 2004 · 4 Comments

Smith’s Luau Grounds

Smith’s Entrance

Smith’s Luau Grounds

Smith’s Luau Grounds

Imu Ceremony (photo by Kristin)

Imu Ceremony (photo by Kristin)

Imu Ceremony (photo by Kristin)

Imu Ceremony (photo by Kristin)

Rachelle makes buddies with the Mai Tai Guy

Rachelle makes buddies with the Mai Tai Guy

Dinner entertainment

Dinner entertainment

Luau Buffet

Candle on our table

Our table

Don’t eat too much at the Luau or this will happen to you!

Dallas learning to Hula (Photo by Rob)

Dallas learning to Hula (Photo by Rob)

Dallas learning to Hula (Photo by Rob)

Dallas learning to Hula (Photo by Rob)

Dallas learning to Hula (Photo by Rob)

Dallas, Kristin, Cousin, Rob & Sarah wating for the International Pageant to begin

Tahitian Dancers (Photo by Kristin)

oooh.. cousin likes them!

(Photo by Kristin)

(Photo by Kristin)

(Photo by Kristin)

(Photo by Kristin)

Expensive Gas

Monday night we went to Smith’s Luau. First thing on the schedule was to attend the Imu Ceremony. It is here that we meet the Smith family, who despite their English name, have a long Hawaiian history. Grandma Smith waves at us, she is 97 years old. Next starts the ceremony. The imu is the underground oven that is used to make Kalua pork for the Luau. The meat is seasoned with Hawaiian sea salt and placed in the Imu. It is then surrounded with banana leaves, which produce a smoke flavor that is called Kalua. The imu is usually about 4-6 feet deep and is lined with lava rocks that get and stay very hot for a very long time. A fire is set and the food is placed inside, covered with banana leaves and other vegetation. This produces a cover and seals in flavors.

There is a short wait while the Smith’s prepare the meat from the imu. We take advantage of this time to start drinking our unlimited supply of mai tais that are included in the price of the luau. We plan a strategy since we know we are going to be cut off the free mai tais in about 1 1/2 hours and also since it is a Hawaiian law that you can only have one drink per person at a time.

When we get to the food it is amazing and abundant. The pork is excellent, as is the beef, and most everything else. I liked the sweet potatoes which were surprisingly purple in color. I tried poi for the first time. Poi is a kind of purplish pudding made from taro. It wasn’t very good. Dallas doesn’t even like it.. which I translate to mean that the haolies don’t have to pretend they do! Everything else in the buffet was excellent. I was introduced to Papaya seed dressing for the first time and loved it. I ended up buying some later on to take home with me.

During dinner we were entertained by some Hawaiian musicians and after dinner they taught people who were selected from the audience how to hula. Somehow Dallas got chosen, which is suspect.. but was very funny. We had a great time laughing at him as he hulaed with the little girls and drunk tourists.

Next we walked through the Smith’s beautiful gardens to the amphitheater to see the International Pageant. Here we saw performances by each of the ethnic groups who have come to call Hawaii home. Each of these groups also did dances – Tahiti, Hawaii, China, Japan, the Philippines, New Zealand, and Samoa. My favorite were the Tahitian headdresses, the dance with the flaming poi balls, the huli huli dance with the flowered rattles and when, during the Phillipino ceremony this guy was supposed to be demonstrating how to put a chicken to sleep and it just wasn’t tired I guess. It took a while and made for a nervous moment in the spotlight. We joked for the rest of vacation that at the end the guy just snapped the chicken’s neck.

On the way home from the Luau we stopped to get gas. The gas prices in Kaua’i are about $2.50/gallon plus a $0.47/gallon tax. Expensive!

See also:
» Dallas’ Dancing Lesson 1 (.mov, 960k)
» Dallas’ Dancing Lesson 2 (.mov, 956k)

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