4.01.2008

maui revealed, day 4

Day 4 of our vacation was perhaps my favorite day! There is nothing better than reconnecting with old friends. To make a long story short, my family (the Palmers) and the Glombs have been friends since the 70s! As a child, they were like our extended family and a perfect match to our family of 4. The Glombs were even in my parent's wedding (well, Pooky, Linda, and Johnny. Jenny wasn't around yet). Pooky and my dad surfed together, Linda and my mom did mom stuff together, Johnny and my brother also surfed together, and Jenny and I loved Madonna together. Actually, my brother and Jenny also teased me together when I was younger (they are closer in age than Jenny and I). We shared holidays and vacations together and eventually became neighbors in Encinitas. Somewhere in the late 90s, the Glombs packed up and moved to Maui and that's when we lost touch. I always thought about them and often wondered how they were and what they were up to. As our trip to Maui approached, I Googled them with no luck. When we arrived I had the bright idea to check the yellow pages and wouldn't you know it, Pooky was listed! I eagerly called him and was thrilled when he answered! They all live in Lahaina, over an hour from where we were staying, so we weren't that close to one another. We arranged to meet on Friday (day 4) for lunch and then again on Sunday for a day of beach fun. Jenny and I talked for over an hour and were so happy to reconnect. I was so excited and wanted the time to fly by, yet since were on vacation I also wanted to the time move slowly. We met up at Aloha Mixed Plate, where Jenny's husband works. The food was delicious, but the company was priceless.
Pooky and I
Me, Jenny, and Linda

After lunch Jenny had a ballet class she was signed up for. Kind of ironic: when we used to hang out all the time back in the 90s, she didn't really understand my passion for ballet. The table has completely turned and now her dream is to open her own dance studio in Lahaina. Rob and I went to see where Jenny currently takes and teaches ballet and crazily, at the last minute, I decided to join her for class. I haven't taken a ballet class in about 2 years, and before that 8 years. Wow, was I like a heavy beached whale...but I guess the cocktail, giant lunch, and dessert wasn't a proper preparation for ballet class. I still loved it and am definitely inspired to find an adult beginning ballet class to start attending locally. I am so happy that Jenny has found her passion in dance.

We relaxed a bit and then headed to Feast at Lele, a Polynesian dinner show recommended by Gerric and Jolene. We ate a 4-course meal on the beach and watched some incredible dancers perform traditional dances from Hawaii, New Zealand, Tahiti, and Somoa. We have never been to a real Hawaiian Laua, but from what we heard from the locals, Feast at Lele is the way to go. It was awesome!









The fire after dessert was my favorite part!
Star struck by the man who lit himself on fire...
Our fourth day was absolutely the best! I'm still smiling from our lunch with the Glombs!

8 comments:

WeezerMonkey said...

Few things are better than a day with old friends and a show with fire.

Nanette said...

That's great that you were able to meet up with Pooky and clan!

We ate lunch at Aloha Mixed Plate, and it was delicious! And we did Feast at Lele, too, which was fabulous!

dapotato said...

sounds like an awesome day!

amber said...

ballet in maui?! so fun! such a great trip :)

Lo said...

Sounds amazing. The picture of the single dancer at the luau with the clouds and sunset in the background is spectacular!

Lilcee said...

That's incredible that you got to reconnect w/ them.

R said...

Food, friends, and fire...I'd say you had all the ingredients for a kick ass day. ;)

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