Smith's Tropical Paradise & Luau
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Luau At Smith's Tropical Garden
This is where the pig was roasted for our luau, although we never saw him. The luau at Smith's Tropical Garden is much bigger and touristy than I thought, but it's still a family run business, and you can see the care they've taken in perfecting what they do; after an opening ceremony, guests are summoned to the buffet table by table group, and then seamlessly ushered into the theater for the after dinner entertainment of native dances. I would skip the show if you don't have kids because it's kind of kitschy (they go through a "history of the island" dance show, with the Tahitian drum dance and hula, which was good, but the Japanese fan dance and Filipino folk dance was kind of cheesy). But the garden setting is lush and beautiful, and I finally got to eat lomi lomi salmon, and poi, which made it well worth the visit.
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