Tikis in Paradise: Welcome Hukilau

After our day at Baldwin Beach, we invited everyone to join us for a Welcome Hukilau. This hukilau was packed full of all kinds of excitement from dinner, to giving out of town bags, to crazy fun with sparklers to celebrate the 4th of July to showing everyone the wedding ceremony location to celebrating a birthday. Yes, so much in one night!

Because of that, we'll be splitting this night up into two posts. There's just so many pictures to share! Of course, we won't be posting all of them. You will just have to make sure to come to our Portland celebration to see all of the pictures.

Nicki, Mykie and I left the beach early to pick up some trays of food from Da Kitchen and get everything set up. We though it'd make things a lot easier for everyone to have the main food catered and only have to add a couple smaller things ourselves. Plus, Da Kitchen has great local grinds and their catering is really affordable. We highly recommend them when you are on the islands.

We served kalua pork, chow fun noodles, a salad of organic spring mix, tropical fruits and papaya poppy seed dressing, taro and Hawaiian sweet bread rolls, tropical fruits and some of our favorite local snacks like Hurricane Popcorn. Everyone seemed to enjoy the food and was ready to big in and eat after a long day at the beach. We also set up a self-serve bar of local liquors like coconut vodka and tropical fruit juices.

Cutting up papaya for the salad. 

Utensil bundles in our wedding colors. 

Little bags of Hawaiian potato chips. 

Drew's never shy about jumping right in there and getting some food. 

Making the way through the food and drink line. 

After everyone served up, they all settled in on the lanai to enjoy each other's company and conversation. Laughs were had, stories were told and questions about the wedding week were answered. It was a nice way to spend the evening with all of our wedding guests. Not to mention, the food was great.



Clint & Matt



After dinner we surprised Mykie with a hupia (coconut pudding) cake to celebrate her 15th birthday. We also had Roselani's ice cream in hupia and macadamia nut to go with it. And since it was the 4th of July, we also had a selection of marshmallows and chocolate for everyone to make s'mores. It was a delicious dessert spread with something for everyone.

The hupia cake at Costco in Hawaii is seriously amazing! 

Singing Happy Birthday to Mykie. 

Blew out all the candles at once. 

Our night wasn't over there. Be sure to come back tomorrow for the exciting conclusion of our Welcome Hukilau. There's still so much more to share! Like the parrot! You won't want to miss the parrot!

Miss one of our posts from our trip to Maui? Get caught up here:
*We traveled to Maui.
*We settled into Paradise.
*We gave you a sneak peak of our wedding activities kicking-off.
*We got things ready for the wedding, worked on DIY projects and ate like locals.
*We got our marriage license.
*Friends and family joined us for a day at Baldwin beach. 

*All photographs by Sara Sanger Photography.

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