Wednesday, August 03, 2011


A change is as good as a rest and with the Lanai Ukulele Festival coinciding with my friend Ian's birthday camping weekend, it was a no brainer to hop on the ferry and go.

Manele Bay is as picturesque as it gets. As the troops schlepped their coolers, tents, sleeping bags and made base camp, I travelled light with my American Express card. From the ferry I hopped onto the Four Seasons shuttle (I know it's becoming a habit), appreciatively accepted a chilled lemonade and checked in.

Even the roof was lovely.

I'm embarrassed to admit that I've only ever been to Lanai once before on my 40th birthday. Ten years later I had returned with Ukulele in hand and ready for a 1pm workshop at The Lodge at Koele. The lodge is just a 15 minute ride to upcountry Lanai, yet it's a world away from the energy and warmth of the beach.

I stood alone and awkwardly in the music room like the new kid on the first day of school. "Good you brought your Uke" said Benny "play something", so I took him literally and played that very song by the Beatles. "Nice" he said stopping me before I'd even got going, then he took a few measures and went off da hook with it! Thankfully as we'd been playing others trickled in and soon we were a cozy group and treated to a jam session with Brittini Paiva and Benny Uyetake.

Meanwhile back at base camp it was like a scene from Pretty Woman as Meesh produced evening wear t-shirt attire for pre dinner drinkies at the Four Seasons. Ian's birthday had brought out the breast in her creativity (see below).

Sure we'd get kicked out for misbehaving, a sharpie bra was added for modesty to Ian's shirt which did little to erase the birthday boy's concerns that he really is a ......

Pretty evening light washed over the bay.

I believe the same can be said of Mr. Hayward.

Lanai hasn't seen this much effort in a while, it's definitely a relaxing and mellow place.

Of course with all this tranquility and calm, you know the Brits from Maui were getting restless.
It was time to put the couch in the water.

Danny and Ian are roomies and have known each other a long time, they know each other a little more intimately now!

The shore break was insane jacking up at the last minute and thwacking onto the beach, here are the girls holding hands about take the drop!

Dan getting the best air of the day.

While Danny (seemingly unaware) teeters on the edge of oblivion.

Later that night as I lay on my dry land couch uploading photo's to facebook. I could hear the laughter from the day ringing out in the comments that were posting as quick as the photo's. Good times people, good times.


Mchumbie said...

Another fun weekend in Maui!

GW Bill Miller said...

You look like you are having entirely too much fun. Good for you.

Your mum has not visited me for some time.Is she ok. I probably bored her to death. Tell her to pop over and drop me a comment.