Mike mentioned that one of the things Annabel really, really wanted to do was dance with a “real hula girl.” We thought a luau would be perfect for that, so I procured tickets for everyone except my parents (we told them to have a night together to celebrate my mom’s birthday, which is today!), and off we went.

When we arrived, everyone received a drink and a lei, and the women were given flowers for their hair. Annie was so thrilled the night could have ended right then.

at the luau
Her face says, “Hurry up and take the picture, I found the dancers!”

We walked around the grounds of the luau and looked at all the activities. There was a dancer giving hula lessons, and that’s the only place Annie wanted to be. She couldn’t stand in front of the teacher with the rest of the class. Oh no. She had to stand right next to the dancer as if she were helping to lead the class. Luckily, the hula instructor loved the “help” and told me not to worry about Annie.

learning to hula

We were finally able to drag Annie away to look at some of the other activities and games.


ukulele annie
Goggle face!

Mike and I even managed a picture together!

at the luau

The show itself was very cool. The dancers were amazing! If I tried to move my body like that, I’d break a hip. Hula dancers are the original twerkers.


Annie was disappointed that she couldn’t go on stage with the dancers, but she perked up when she realized she could still meet two of the dancers, the “beautiful hula girls” as Annie called them.

Annabel and the hula dancers

It’s been so great watching Annie enjoy our trip so much. Mike and I were out in the ocean with her before the luau, and she hugged us and said, “I love it here, this is the best.” Now that she’s completed her three must-do items, it’s all just icing on the cake.