Saturday, January 21, 2012

HAWAII----PARADISE AT A PRICE

$50 chair
Moana Surfrider Resort and Spa
  Spending a few days on Oahu ostensibly to interview the stars of the new Warner Bros. movie Journey 2: Mysterious Island but in reality to get some Waikiki sand between my toes and warm Hawaiian sun on my back. 
  That was easily accomplished on my first day here---but at something of a price. The grandly-named, impressive looking but not-quite-luxurious Moana Surfrider Resort and Spa, where I am staying, has found a way to ensure that sun-seeking guests pay for the privilege of acquiring a sun tan in relative comfort.
  Towels can be borrowed free of charge but anyone wanting to sit on a chair on the beach in front of the hotel is charged $50---yes, $50---for the day.
   Smokers have it even worse. A friend of mine who hasn't yet given up the habit and has to diligently search out corners and alleys where smoking is still tolerated, is smarting over the $11 he is charged for a packet of cigarettes.
   Yes, it's paradise----but at a price. 

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