The Hawaii series continues. 😉

While we were in Hawaii, my parents treated all of us to the luau at the Mauna Kea, a sister hotel of the Hapuna Beach Prince. The pork was delicious, the flowers fragrant, the coconut dessert sublime, and the traditional dances mesmerizing. A beautiful and magical night…

My little family at our hotel, ready to head to the luau…

Hawaiian babies

My sweet husband

Katie looks for manta rays at the Mauna Kea… I remember standing in that very spot when I was close to her age.

Eric and his best buddy, Boppa

Lighting the torches

The imu ceremony



A feast


Eric and I played (and definitely with a sense of irony) “This Little Piggy.” We made up new rhymes, starting with “This little piggy went to the luau…” 😉

So yummy!

Katie and Daddy (and tired little Eric with his head down)

Katie went up to the stage to learn the hula! This was such a big step for her, as she usually prefers to be more of an observer with respect to things like this. Hawaii was such a magical place for her, a time of embracing more confidence: swimming, talking with little girls at the pool, and trying out the stage without Mommy. I relished her exploration of her freedom.

Following along with the teacher…

Great job, Katie!

With her favorite dancer and the fire man after the luau