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Dress: Banana Republic Floral Tie-Neck Maxi – over 50% off! (print also as a top, more similar maxis)
worn with this strapless bra (review)
Belt: borrowed from dress (similar, similar)
Shoes: Steve Madden ‘Belma’ – runs small, size up
Clutch: Ross Dress For Less (old, similar, similar)
Hat: Morning Lavender ‘Victoria’ Striped Hat (also comes in black/white)
Watch: Citizen Eco-Drive Crystal Silhouette c/o
Earrings: Modcloth ‘Gynko A Long Way’
I’m slowly but surely making my way through my Kauai trip pictures and had to share one of my favorite maxi dresses as well as an amazing luau experience I had while on the island! I’ve been loving the maxi dress options at Banana Republic this season (you might remember this pretty blue one I wore a couple months ago — I found a similar if you’re interested!) and love that their petite sizing actually hits at the perfect length so that no alterations are necessary. The quality is amazing as per typical Banana Republic — the fabric is lightweight, drapes well, and even machine washable! The dress is fully lined and there’s even an elastic waistband to give it a figure-flattering shape. I found that the bodice did pouf out a bit so I added a belt and pushed some of the excess fabric to the back and loved that it pulled double duty in accentuating an hourglass silhouette too!
I wore this dress a couple times actually one my Kauai trip — I switched into it first thing after we landed and wore it again a few days later as we headed out for a luau dinner. No first-time visit to Kauai is complete with a Hawaiian luau so I was super excited as we stepped out onto Kilohana Plantation for Luau Kalamaku.
Laua Kalamaku offers a truly unique experience as you can actually explore the plantation before the show and enjoy a train ride, tour the plantation and even feed the animals (I had a goat eat bread out of my hand!). There is so much of Kauai’s history that is rooted in the sugar plantation days so it was super interesting to see that aspect first-hand. If you know me, you know that I LOVE taro and it was super cool so see fields of taro as we cruised by on the train.
I also didn’t know this before I went to my first luau, but the signature shredded kalua pork is cooked in an underground oven called the imu, which uses a combination of hot coals, stones and layers of leaves and cloth or mats to steam food. I watched the imu ceremony which basically consisted of of removing the layers of cloth and leaves from the pit oven to expose the cooked pork. The pork is removed from the pit and taken to the kitchen for shredding. I had never seen anything like it before so it was really interesting to see this ancient cooking process still in practice.
The buffet dinner opened up shortly afterwards and I was excited to eat! The spread featured all the signature authentic Polynesian , including selections such as lomi lomi salmon, mahi mahi, shredded kalua pork, Okinawan purple sweet potatoes, poi (a sweet paste made from taro), and a super delicious teriyaki chicken.
Of course, no luau is complete without dessert! I took a sampling of everything which included pineapple upside-down cake (probably my favorite), rice pudding with dark rum sauce, banana cream pie, and haupia (the white coconut pudding below).
While the food was good, the performance was truly spectacular! I loved that the stage was actually at the center of the room so there were seats all around that offered front-row views. While I had attended a luau previously when I visited Maui a couple years ago, the one at Luau Kalamaku was quite different in that instead of just having various hula dancers and drummers performing various skits on stage, this one was absolutely theatrical!
The performance told a story of the original Tahitian voyage to the Hawaiian Islands and it was almost like watching a show by Cirque de Soleil! The lighting, costumes, and incredible dancing made it a completely immersive experience. The show ended with fire poi balls and even fire knife dancing!
If you ever get the chance to visit Kauai, the Luau Kalamaku is definitely a one-of-a-kind experience that I would highly recommend and one that you won’t forget! You can read more about a few of my other Kauai trip adventures here including horseback riding and a helicopter island tour!
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