"My car has four tires,
Your car has four tires,
Our car has four tires,
Four tires, four tires, four tires!”
- Ancient Sibling Rivalry chant
Apologies for not getting these last two days updated to all of you who are waiting with baited breath to learn of our latest moves. We’ve been having too much fun!
Day #5 of the trip was full-up with a great visit to the marketplace up at the University of Hawai’i. We got some great momentos and fresh, cold coconut milk!
Afterwards, we hurried back to the apartment to get ready for Germaine’s Luau. Boy oh boy, no one could have prepared us for the experience we had. Located away from the hubub of Honolulu, we took a bus up to the venue just in time for an AMAZING sunset on the beach. We watched the good people of Germaine’s pull a cooked pig out of the sand and remove the hot rocks with their bare hands! Then, we were treated to front-sand seats as the hula dancers (and some notable members of our party) performed an impressive series of dance numbers featuring hula styles from all different parts of the Hawaiian and Polynesian islands.
We got back to the city just in time to party with our new Improvaganza friends! After five days on the islands, we can now say we have friends from Hawai’i, Brazil, San Francisco, New Zealand, Italy, New York, Austin, Los Angeles, and Seattle. In our natural habitat of “a bar with a free karaoke machine and darts”, we sang/drank/danced the night away and closed down the bar in the only way that we know how. We can’t thank the good people at Improvaganza enough for making our experience unforgettably wonderful. Even after all the festivities were completed, they made sure to let us know that they were available if we had any questions or issues, or needed recommendations for restaurants or activities. In a modern world lacking in human contact and sincerity, these wonderful people represented the epitome of hospitality and we’re so honored to be included in their world for even just a little while. Mahalo nui loa, Improvaganza!
It’s closing in on the end of Day #6 now. The Sibs are slowly grabbing rides to the airport and catching the last bits of sunlight on any beach we can find. We started this journey as friends and “Siblings,” all connected by a common love and respect for improvisation. Now that our experience is coming to a close, we can all confidently say that we are truly ohana. Living in close proximity for the better part of a week, watching artists from all over the globe participating in a craft that we hold dear to our hearts, and witnessing natural beauty like we’ve never seen has definitely changed each one of us for the better. To quote a notable epitaph from the cinematic classic “Dirty Dancing” - we’ve had the time of our lives.
Just like a car cannot move without each of its four tires - we cannot imagine our experience without each member of our extended family. It takes a village to raise our family, and we are nothing without each citizen. Even the town drunk. So we raise a mai tai to you, and to Hawai’i! My car has four tires, your car has four tires, our car has four tires. Four tires, four tires, four tires!