BIg Time Tourists on Maui

Kerry and I spent last week on Maui. Taking a trip like that is pretty uncharacteristic of us. Most of our long distance travel for many years has been to visit family on the East Coast. Plus, it seemed like a week on Maui was too much of an extravagance for us. We've been talking ourselves out of such a trip for years primarily because of the expense. My good friend, Rich Cotruvo, suggested we start saving a little every month for more than a year for the trip. He and his family have a time share in Kahana and have been going to Maui for about 25 years. They obviously love the place. The savings plan was just the ticket. It was pretty painless, and when it came time to book our flights and our condominium paying out of the set-aside savings was easy. We also got some great tips from Rich on things to do. Now some people are too cool for things like a luau. Fortunately, we're not. So we made reservations for the Old Lahaina Luau for last Wednesday, June 25th. Honestly, by the time Wednesday evening came around we were pretty sure we wouldn't last half-way through the three-hour show, sort of like ducking out of a baseball game after the bottom of the fifth. Once things got going, we were in for the whole deal and it was great. The dancing was beautiful, the music was terrific, the service was great, and the food was solid. I don't know much about Hawaiian culture, but it seemed like the show was geared towards authenticity rather than schmalz. Three hours after arriving, we were sorry it was over. It's hard to think of a more "touristy" thing to do on a Hawaiian island, and like I said, I'm sure lots of people are too cool to do it. I'm really glad we're not.

A Hawaiian band warms up the crowd at the Old Lahaina Luau on Maui.

A Hawaiian band warms up the crowd at the Old Lahaina Luau on Maui.