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The Peanut Gallery's Hawaiian Vacation, Day 3

If you haven't read the previous installment, go here first.

So we woke up early this morning - Schondy was up about 7:30 and woke me up so we were ready to go to breakfast at 8:30. Just like yesterday, we went to the Shells restaurant, where we greatly confused the wait staff by not getting the buffet and instead ordering from the menu.

We had tried yesterday to reserve one of the beach cabanas, but they told us that you can't do that - you basically reserve a cabana for an entire day, so you have to do it at least one day in advance. So we reserved one for today. After breakfast, we went and changed into our swimsuits, but when Schondy put his on, he discovered that it was a bit on the big side. So he put on regular clothes instead and decided that if he wanted to go in the ocean we'd just have to go get him one at the store later.

On our way to the cabana, we stopped by the office of the car rental company and reserved a car for Saturday. (We realized later that this was the first time either of us had ever reserved a car) They told us that it would be either a Sebring or a PT Cruiser. She sounded a little apologetic, though I'm not sure why...

So we headed to the beach, crawled into the cabana, and stayed there until about 2:30. In that time, though, I did go in the water, and Schondy had his telephoto lens on the camera to be able to take pictures of me from the cabana. So to fulfill Mom's request of a picture of me in my swimsuit on the beach, here's me as I walked out of the water.

Turns out Schondy hadn't put nearly enough sunscreen on his legs and feet, so he's having a bit of trouble with the sunburn on his feet, and his knees look like lobster knees (whatever that looks like), but we've got some Aloe with Lidocaine to make it feel a little better. So far, this has been our only major burn. Here's hoping it stays that way. Schondy did get some really nice pictures of the various surfers. They were out in force and the water was cooperating beautifully.

We went to one of the resort restaurants for lunch, which proved to be a challenge. Schondy ordered a burger and I had a salad. But as we sat there waiting (funny thing about staying at a resort - NOTHING moves very fast. Hope you've got plenty of time.), the waitress came back and told us that their fryer had just quit working, so she couldn't give him any of the fries he'd ordered. So he had a salad. And apparently she felt bad enough about it that she gave us a discount on the entire order.

By the time we finished eating, it was time to go get changed because we had reservations for the luau! Our resort has their own luau and we'd made reservations back on the first day to go. So we cleaned ourselves up and went to the luau, where there was lots of interesting food, including poi (doesn't actually taste like much, by the way), and lots of other things. Schondy LOVED the coconut pudding. There were two young couples across the table from us, both of whom were on their honeymoons, and we heard about another couple two tables over, also on their honeymoon. Awwwwwwwww.

As we were finishing up our food, the hula dancing started, and so did the rain. It sprinkled on us a little, but not enough to do anything major. But it did mean that by the time the show really got going good, there was a beautiful rainbow in the sky above the stage.

The show went on for about 3 hours. I'm including just a few of the pictures Schondy took - there were lots. So this is what we did for the 4th of July. There was a fireworks show elsewhere on the island, but we didn't go to that. EVERYONE goes and sees fireworks on the 4th. How many people can say they saw a luau on the 4th? We were quite happy with our choice.

The hula girls were beautiful and I kept thinking I needed to go ask them what they do to keep their hair so pretty.

This guy was quite a character. He came back on stage a few times in different roles. This time, he was being a Maori warrior and he danced around and waved his spear and stuck his tongue out a lot. Apparently, sticking your tongue out and making your eyes really wide is supposed to be intimidating. I think I'll have to try that some time.

In this picture, they're swinging the poi balls like the Maori warriors used to do. It was amazing to see them do that without tangling the strings.

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