All of my kids birthdays are hard to plan for. We started with a December 16 birthday. It always falls when everyone is leaving school for Christmas break. Next up, is July 3rd. Need I say more? Then we added Bria’s birthday, Oct. 12. It ALWAYS falls during fall break. Then have the Mr. Spring Break and Ides of March, Jack with March 15. Seriously, how does this work anyway? As I’ve gotten older, I’ve decided that a birthday experience is so much better than a party that they will most likely forget. When you live in Hawaii, it’s not hard AT ALL to have an amazing experience.
We decided that since we haven’t done a luau as a family and Bria had talked about swimming with sharks… that’s right she’s her mother’s daughter…a dolphin encounter at Sea Life Park followed by the Chief’s Luau was the way to go. We did however emphasize to the kids that we might not do the luau for every birthday because holy cow 6 people at a luau is expensive. This was Bria’s day, but we all got to enjoy it. I should also say that I’m thankful I have a husband who lets me enjoy the experience too.
Can it get any better than this?
Hanan had a sea lion try to talk to her for a bit but Ray missed the photo op. We saw dolphin shows, Ray, Arleigh, Hanan and Jack caught the sea lion show while Bria and I cleaned up. Bria bought herself a dolphin with her birthday card money to remember her adventure. “Dolpha” has become the tag-a-long friend since Friday. She’s making an appearance at show and tell today.
The luau was nothing short of amazing! If you are coming to Hawaii, especially with kids this is the one to go to. We love Chief. We know him and his boys from our visits to the mac nut farm. They are hilarious, hospitable and so much fun. There were traditional Hawaiian games, hula, spear throwing, headband weaving, fire starting activities. The fun was good which you don’t hear at luaus very often. Then the show… it was just what I want, fast paced and fun. Clearly we will all remember Bria’s 6th birthday.
Here are some of the highlights…