Rum, Pineapple & Luaus

Thursday 20 October 

Today was a good day jam packed full of activity. 

As I woke at 6 am I decided to take a wander on the beach across the road.

I found out who Duke was!

Patrick arrived late last night so I got to finally meet him today. We went to Eggs & Stuff for breakfast but the grill was broken so no eggs, just stuff. The stuff was the biggest pile of pancakes one person could ever need!


You can tell a lot about someone by the way they eat their pancakes. I think Faith is some sort of sociopath…

I should mention that Faith, Patrick, Joey and Randy are here for the wedding of a college friend, Regina. (I’m just a ring in taking advantage of the fact that Hawaii is half way between Australia and New Jersey.) 

Today we added two more to that group – Janice & Julie – and headed off to our morning tasting session at the Manulele Rum Distillery. I was so glad I was not hungover!

Manulele Rum Distillery 

The Kohana Rum is an Agricole Rum as it is made from sugar cane juice, not molasses.

Patrick and Janice spent about 10 mins with an employee of the distillery discussing lunch options. We ended up at a supermarket to buy Poke Bowls. Some of us were not impressed with this venue and decided to wait until we got to the pineapple plantation to eat. Poke bowls are basically raw fish with rice and veggies. 

Dole Pineapple Plantation 

An Hawaiian ‘must do’ even if VERY touristy! Just ignore the pineapple EVERYTHING and the excessive use of the colour yellow because the Dole Whip is to die for and the Pineapple Express is good fun and actually interesting.

The gardens are beautiful to wander around.

Paradise Cove Luau

You have to do a tourist Luau in Hawaii at least once in your life and when you do, this one is the best of them all. The location is gorgeous and the pre show activities were fun. Dinner wasn’t the greatest but it wasn’t about the food despite the fact that part of the entertainment was digging up the roast pig dinner. The show itself was visually stunning. The Hula dancers and fire dancing were mesmerizing to watch. We all enjoyed the show and I got to meet the bride!


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