The Honolulu Hula
Let me make a suggestion.
If you ever have to spend a three day holiday in a place where it is going to rain a lot, make sure that one of the three conditions is true:
1 - You're extremely ill, and can't go outdoors. Or
On our trips to Honolulu, it's a given that rain will come
and go throughout our stay.
And in Honolulu, the only difficulty is in the choosing.
You could, for example, sit at the fabulous Halekulani Hotel's 'House without a Key' restaurant.
There, under the banyan tree, you can listen to the
Hiram Olsen Trio play Hawaiian classics, while sipping a Mai Tai. Order the excellent
appetizer combo plate, if you're hungry.
Best bargain in the Pacific!
Or you could sit by poolside at the Sheraton Princess, drinking a 'fire dancer', the hotels' potent specialty, while enjoying the fire of the real dancers.
Or you could go to Tapas, a bar in the Hilton Hawaiian Village, where a
duo plays until 11:00 each night.
The first time we went to Hawaii, eight years ago, it wasn't easy to find a good hula show. But the dance is in a period of renaissance, it appears.
The numbers of shows has increased.
A great moment on our last trip occurred when we were watching a local
trio in a lounge. A dancer in the audience rose from her table and danced an impromptu
hula to the song, wearing jeans and a contemporary shirt.
Seeing the dance go from 'showpiece' to a part of life gives one hope for the 'back to Hawaiianness' movement.
But if you want to expand your horizons beyond Hawaiian
dance, you could buy tickets to the spectacular 'Drums of Polynesia' show at the Sheraton,
and eat dinner while watching the dances of Samoa, Tahiti, Fiji, and Hawaii.
If you guys out there have been looking for a pickup line to use in
Hawaii, that doesn't use the word 'lei', try this.