Aloha San Diego!

I had the pleasure of taking a little mini-vacation for the evening last Friday.  The beauty of my “trip” was that I was transported to the islands of the South Pacific without having to drive more than 5 miles!  “How is this possible?” you ask?  Why, it’s possible at the Kona Kai Resort on Shelter Island – where they feature an authentic luau throughout the summer including buffet dinner, Mai Tais, Hula and Fire Dancers!

It’s been years since I was last in Hawaii to experience something like this in person, so I was super excited to have the opportunity to attend right here in my backyard!  Kona Kai has a great beach area on the marina that works perfectly for the luau and the setting is fantastic.  From the roasting pig in the sand, to the Conch Shell announcement, to the fire stick twirling dancers, I really did feel transported back to the islands!

The food was delicious – with entrees including mahi mahi, terriyaki steak and Kalua Pig (from the pig roasting in the ground!).   I was so full from eating the meal that I barely got a chance to touch the dessert table – but the pineapple upside down cake looked especially appealing!  A full bar is available for your drinking pleasure.  Whether you prefer to get tropical or go with your standard vodka tonic, they’ve got you covered.  (You get 2 Mai Tais included with your meal and additional drinks cost extra)

Fire dancer at the Kona Kai luau

The performances are done by the Motu Nehenehe Polynesian Dancers who do a fantastic job.  They’ve got a large group of dancers from all age ranges – the youngest looked to be about 6 years old, and the oldest dancer was probably in her late 60’s!  Dances are performed from many of the South Pacific islands with the MC explaining what the various poses and moves mean.  Luckily I escaped the “come up and dance with us on stage” experience, but not all my table-mates can say the same!  You definitely wouldn’t want to see me up on stage attempting to hula!

There are still a number of dates available to attend Kona’s luau this summer, so don’t miss out!  The program runs on Friday nights starting at 6:00pm through September 2nd.  Cost is $45.00/adult and $19.95 for kids 5-12 (kids under 5 are free) plus tax and service charge.  Since you’re getting both a delicious meal and a show, the cost is obviously well worth it!

** For those of you interested in going this Friday night (July 22nd), I’ve got at 20% off code for you.  Call to make your reservations at (800) 566-2524 and use code 7122 to get the 20% off.

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Benjamin Eastman

About Benjamin Eastman

I lead a pretty active lifestyle and try to spend as much time outdoors as possible. On any given Saturday morning you'll find me on one of San Diego's beach volleyball courts and quite possibly on the water or a hiking trail at some other point during the weekend. As a single professional I definitely enjoy experiencing the nightlife throughout the county - but lean more towards the Gaslamp Quarter, North Park or Hillcrest when planning a night out. I love to eat, and try to keep my ear to the grapevine about new and exciting restaurant openings.  And while I'm certainly excited to try the latest, trendiest restaurant in town, I am also infamously known for late night trips to 24-hour taco shops. Basically, whether I'm in board shorts or a bow tie, I try to enjoy all the many opportunities available to me in San Diego!What would you do on your ideal San Diego day?I’d start with a leisurely, late morning brunch.  Spend some time on the beach.  Grab some rolled tacos at a taco stand and then grab a nap.  In the evening I’d hit the Gaslamp District for dinner and then end the night at a rooftop bar/lounge.If you were invisible, where would you go?If I got to pick a superpower, I don’t know that I would pick invisibility…but if I were to become Mr. Invisible, I guess I would go to all the live music, theater and symphony performances in town.What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?On a beautiful, San Diego day there is nothing better than playing beach volleyball.  The sun on your back, a gentle ocean breeze, and a whole lot of bump, set, spiking!  And of course the perfect day of beach volleyball isn't complete without a grill to barbeque some burgers or carne asada on.Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?Both actually!  That’s the beauty of the San Diego food scene.  I CAN have my cake and eat it too!  Depending on my mood (and my finances!) I am happy to chow down at a hole-in-the-wall neighborhood burger joint or a luxury steakhouse. I'm actually a founding member of a Burger lunch group that eats at a different burger restaurant each month.  We've been going for 6 months now and still have plenty of locations to visit before we exhaust all our options!

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