Moon Beach Luau sets piece of Hawaii to Okinawa
July 4 and 5 are days full of Aloha spirit and all things Hawaiian at Hotel Moon Beach as the resort creates its annual Hawaiian Luau party for the third time in as many years.
Hawaii has traditionally close ties to Okinawa because a large number of people from Okinawa emigrated to Hawaii early in the 20th century, mainly to work on the sugar fields. Also, the Hawaiian capital Honolulu is the official sister city of Naha, the capital of Okinawa Prefecture.
The idea is to recreate an authentic Hawaiian atmosphere for all Hawaii lovers on Okinawa and through the country to come and enjoy Hawaiian shows, experience events and traditional luau food. The luau and shows are free to enjoy, but visitors will have to pay for meals, drinks and goods purchased at the event. The party – “luau” means “a party” in Hawaiian – takes place on the beach and courtyard of Hotel Moon Beach in Onna.
The program both days opens at 9:45 a.m. with the Hukilau Experience, a Hawaiian-style communal beach seining (net fishing). A Lei Making lesson follows at 11 a.m. At noon and 1 p.m., there is a hula show at the Café Terrace VOILE, followed by a free hula lesson to visitors at 2 p.m. Melon splitting for kids and ukulele lessons take pace at 3 p.m. At 4 p.m. there’s more hula at Bar Lounge Lanai. Beach stage show ends the program starting at 6:30 p.m. The program is the same on both days, and fireworks lit the sky at the end of both days.
The beach stage at Moon Beach is a beautiful special venue, which uses the setting sun as the backdrop on the sandy beach that makes the performances extra special. Guests can dance with the night sky in the background that changes from blue to orange and finally to ultramarine.