Todays SOTD (song of the day just in case anyone forgot) goes to an absolute favorite band of mine, Local Natives and their song You & I. Now, if you haven't listened to this band before or have maybe heard of them but never gave it a second thought to look them up: stop what your doing right now, no matter what it is, and look up some of their songs on YouTube. This band is incredible and their sound is out of this world unique. Originally from LA, Taylor Kelcey Ryan Matt and Nik are currently traveling and preforming songs from their two albums, Gorilla Manor and Hummingbird. Keep it up Local Natives, you guys rock. (side note: wait for that first note he hits when the song starts, its chilling)
Yesterday I had the pleasure of experiencing my first ever Pure Aloha Festival outside of the Rio Hotel. What a beautiful day it was yesterday as well! The sun was shining and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. My friends and I made it to the event about an hour after it opened that day, perfect timing. We paid our admission ($8) and made our way in. The set up of the event was almost maze like and the end was a wonderful circle of food venders (I'm jumping ahead of myself though). Both sides of the walking path were filled with shops of all kinds. Clothes, jewelry, and even a real tattoo tent. Once we made it to the "end of the maze" we made it to the food area. There was also a huge white tent with seating under so we decided to grab some grub then grab a seat before the next performance of dancers began on the big stage up front. So the first course was chicken teriyaki on a stick with rice. As the kids would say today, it was bomb (aka really really good meat on a stick). Next was fresh poke (or yellow fin tuna cut in small squares served salad style) served with rice and some veggies. Super fresh and had a great citrusy taste (probably my favorite from the day). Next up was spam musubi (spam sushi). Once a person hears the word "spam" they run for the hills , but I encourage every person to try this version of it. All of the flavors blend so perfectly that you almost can't believe you're eating meat from a can! With a can of Hawaiian Sun Iced Tea (canned sweet tea with a hint of pineapple) the meal was complete (all pictures are below). While indulging with friends, we had the opportunity to watch several groups of woman and men dancers. The style of Hawaiian dancing is amazing and scary at the same time. Lots of hips thrusting and load screams; it all keeps you on your toes. (SOS in need of a Hawaiian dance teacher, I want to move my hips like they do).
And what's a festival with out something deep fried?!? That's right: deep fried snickers, deep fried pineapple, and deep fried cheesecake were up next. (still waiting to hear from the doctor about my forming diabetes). All three deliciously, heart hurting, melt in your mouth treats were all the perfect combinations of sweet and regret (pictures below).
Over all, MY 1st annual Pure Aloha Festival was a complete success. The festival combined everything from the islands and brought it right here to the 9th island, Las Vegas. If you did not get a chance to par take in the festivities this year, do not forget to mark it down in your calendar for next year! Mahalo!
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