Golden Jubilee Afternoon Tea at the Kahala

I was first introduced to afternoon tea several years ago by one of my friends, Lorie.  Along with some of our female co-workers, we would get together to celebrate her birthday with afternoon tea at the Veranda at the Kahala Hotel and Resort.

Earlier this year, Lorie and I had gone for afternoon tea during the hotel’s Golden Jubilee celebration, marking 50 years since the hotel’s opening in 1964. At that time, we noticed that the furniture at the Veranda had changed to furnishings from the Tommy Bahamas line. Gone were the  delicate Oriental-inspired dresses worn by the female staff as well.

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The Luxurious Grand Wailea At Night

For my 32nd birthday, my wife Michelle swept me away to Maui’s luxurious Grand Wailea. The Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, is known for its winding paths, world-renown collection of art, and open-air architecture.

We arrived in Maui late in the evening, and by the time we reached the the Grand Wailea, it was already dark. The first thing that catches your eye is a large sweeping waterfall to the right of the main lobby. To the left, is a large statue of King Kamehameha by local legend, Herb Kane. Both Michelle and I were eager to jump out of our Dodge Charger to check out what the resort had to offer. I was especially excited to see what our room looked like.

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Discovering The Art of Herb Kane at The Grand Wailea

I’m a long time fan of Herb Kane’s work. I can still remember visiting the Bishop Museum, where his artwork would bring life to the Hawaiian folklore that we would learn about in Hawaiiana class. If you grew up in Hawaii, then you can probably relate. Maybe not to seeing Herb Kane’s work at Bishop Museum, but surely you can remember sitting Indian-style in Hawaiiana class as your Kumu (Hawaiian teacher) taught you how to count in Hawaiian, play the ukulele, and told you stories about the ancient Hawaiians. Yes, going to elementary school in Hawaii is way better than going to elementary school anywhere else (if you can look beyond national standardized test score averages). Of course, I’m bias, but I digress. The point is, Herb Kane is not just a talented artist, but a living legend. Herb Kane is an author, historian, and cultural leader. So, I was very pleased when I stumbled upon his work during a recent stay at the Grand Wailea in Maui.

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