We watched 20-foot waves breaking against the reefs today while enjoying a light, tasty breakfast at Ho’okipa Beach Park. When we were finished, we all jumped back in the van to start our adventure to Hana (Ho’okipa, by the way, is famous for its windsurfing. It hosts world class events that are frequently sponsored on ESPN sports television). As we pulled back onto the Hana Highway, there was anticipation in the air. The legend of the road was about unfold.
Some of our guests today included a sweet middle-aged couple with two 6-year-old twin boys, as cute as they could be. One of the other couples on board, Sam and Bettie from Indiana, were happy to be part of the adventure (Little did we know that Sam would end up having a incredible effect on the tour in the hours to come). Sitting directly behind me, was a really friendly couple from Canada, Cal and Susan. They were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Eric and Robin, a young couple from the tri-state area, were on Maui enjoying her 30th birthday. Eric had surprised her this morning with two tickets he had booked for our excursion, something she had always dreamed of.
Our first planned stop is always the Kaenae Peninsula. This is where the lava flowed out of the Koalaui millions of years ago to create this magnificent lava formation that we now see today. Once we arrived, I informed everybody that we would be taking a short break. I suggested we all meet back at the van soon. As I mentioned before, the high surf was pounding the north shorelines of Maui and the Kaenae Peninsula was no exception. The waves, hitting the sheer cliffs, were shooting 20 to 30 feet into the air. Truly a sight to behold!
One of the traditions on my tour is the last person to return to the van has to do the hula. I started this tradition as a way to have fun with the groups and everyone really enjoys it. As time went by, I began to notice that the hula dances the groups were doing actually seemed to be having a noticeable affect on the weather. If it was raining, the rain would stop, the sun would come out and a beautiful day would ensue, with clear blue skies usually continuing for the rest of the day! Once everyone was back on the van, and the last person stepped on board, I discovered that on this particular day I had a very shy group. No one wanted to do the Hula. After a few moments, Sam stood up and said “I got this covered!” He stepped out of the van, walked around to the front, and proceeded to do these fabulously colorful and animated moves that we later all referred to as The Crazy Man Hula Dance (I can’t recall who came up with the name but it stuck!). He instantly had us all in stitches and the other tour groups nearby were all cracking up too. This instantly earned him the nickname Crazy Hulu Sam! It also so happens that within the next half hour or so after Sam did his dance, the dark clouds began to dissipate and the sun peaked its way through. Within the hour, it was all blue, sunny skies and, true to form, it lasted for the remainder of our fabulous trip that day. Everyone was thrilled!
One of the services that we provide for the town of Hana is to deliver the local newspaper called The Maui News. As we pulled up to The Hasegawa General Store, where the papers were to be delivered, I announced to the group that we needed a couple of paper boys to do the delivery and would anybody like to volunteer? Immediately the twins’ hands shot into the air. “We’ll do it! We’ll do it!”, they cried out enthusiastically. Walking side-by-side, holding the papers in their little arms, the twins delivered newspapers for the entire town of Hana that day with proud grins that stretched from ear to ear. It was one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen and they were the talk of the town that day. Once again, Hula Sam did his crazy dance, and we headed off to the next part of our legendary adventure.