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About the Luau
As long as I can remember, my mother wanted to have a luau at our house. She went to Hawaii twice in a month in the 70's. When we were kids, my mom had a few packs of bamboo skewers that my sister & I would want to use to roast marshmallows. We'd always be told told "No, they're for the luau!"
After my father spent several months in the hospital this year, I decided that we should celebrate my parents' 30th anniversary and my father's 70th birthday with a luau. My parents' anniversary isn't for a few more months, but winter isn't the best time for a luau. My dad's birthday was earlier in the year, but he couldn't enjoy it because he was in the hospital. We totally surprised him by having a cake and celebrating it at the luau.
After 2 months of careful planning, weeks of watching the weather forecast and 3 days of cooking, the party went off without a hitch. We turned the shed into aTiki Hut, decorated every inch of the yard and I cooked all Hawaiian dishes.
I created a 40 minute photo slideshow that was shown on a 10 foot screen. I intended for it to be a background thing that would repeat throughout the evening but amazingly everyone sat in silence and watched the whole thing. If I had known that was going to happen, I would've made it shorter! :-)