Sunset Beach welcomes flowered shirts, hula skirts

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Since Labor Day is often considered the unofficial end of summer, Maui Monday is fast becoming another popular tradition in the community.

Many agreed that this year’s aloha-to-summer luau was the biggest yet with a crowd of hundreds gathered to enjoy the festivities and each other. The shade from the trees on the beach, along with evening temperatures, were a welcomed cool-down from the 100-degree-plus temperatures earlier in the day. Ice-cold drinks and Hawaiian shaved ice helped as well!

Good Time Entertainment’s Mike Shroyer kept everything moving as he played music and, in addition to dance, held contests for Limbo and hula-hoop in the spirit of the islands. ABC Bounce had a bounce house/slide for the children. The cuisine included traditional Taco Tuesday fare with a bit of Hawaiian flare. Quite a few Canyon Lakers dressed for the occasion in Hawaiian-style clothing and leis.

After the sun set, the highlight of the evening was the dancers and fire show put on by the Polynesian Entertainment Group. Before the show, children were invited to come out and Limbo on the sand. The entertainers in bright costumes danced to the beat of drums, and the fire dancers wowed everyone with their flaming stunts.

At various times during the show, groups of spectators were invited to join in and dance with the hula girls. “Paradise” is not just in the tropics!

Photo by Donna Kupke.

Photo by Donna Kupke.

Photo by Donna Kupke.

Photo by Donna Kupke.

Photo by Donna Kupke.

Photo by Donna Kupke.

Photo by Donna Kupke.

Photo by Donna Kupke.

Photo by Donna Kupke.

Photo by Donna Kupke.

Photo by Donna Kupke.

Photo by Donna Kupke.

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