Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Hale Koa Luau

The luau at the Hale Koa is always a wonderful experience. The food is great, it's not too crowded, and the dancers and entertainers are polished and professional.

We had a little more excitement than usual at the luau this time. One of the performers was up on the stage talking to us about native Hawaiian life. It's informative, but at the same time it's a comedy routine. It's very entertaining and we enjoy it a lot. He was part way through his spiel when someone a few tables over jumped up and yelled, "Is there a doctor in the house?!?!?! An EMT??? A nurse??? Anyone?!?!?" Someone at their table had collapsed.

The guy on stage stopped and repeated the request for a doctor into the microphone. Several people rushed over.

Then the performer wasn't sure what to do. He seemed badly flustered. I'm sure he was trying to decide how to continue on with a comedy routine when there was a possible life-and-death situation going on right there. It would be awful to be telling jokes and then find out there was a person in the audience who died.

He finally decided to continue on with his routine, but he toned it down and seemed to cut it a little short.

Another interesting element was that the Army's Soldier of the Year was in the audience and they pulled him up on stage and dressed him in a hula outfit and had the females dance around him. He was quite a character and had a lot of fun with it.

One of the gentlemen at our table fell asleep during the performance. His daughter was with him and she took a hilarious picture of herself grinning like a Cheshire cat while leaning in next to her snoozing father and then texted it to their family. I'm not making fun of him for falling asleep though. When they asked for the veterans of World War II to stand, he stood. When they asked for the veterans of Vietnam to stand, he stood. And when they asked for the veterans of the Korean War to stand he stood. The man deserved to rest. Plus, his daughter said he comes here every year and had seen the show many times.

Katie wanted to have her picture made with one of the dancers. I managed to snap a quick shot as we were making our way out. Unfortunately, Katie is not what you notice when you look at this picture, is she?

It's okay to admit it.

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