As N. American Christmas music, played on a ‘Ukulele, filled the perfect 68 degree morning at the Aulani Disney Resort, I began to observe and think about what this amazing vacation is really about.
My answer was clearly FAMILY. Well, the duck is a guest among us.
Sitting behind me in a coffee shop I caught the dialect of the Holland people. A tall Swede strode by with his yellowish blond hair waving in the morning breeze. Numerous differentiations of Asians glanced away from the tables as they walked past as culturally they don’t usually like to make direct eye contact the way we Americans do. One of the surprises for me was that likley 10% or more of the guests at the Aulana were Japanese Honeymooners, looking to be not more than 17, but were likely ten years older than that. (You should see my wedding photos) I made friends with an obviously Indian family but when asked about home they noted Allenstown Pa. And likewise a beautiful Vitenamese family were on our Ocean Sailing Day who call N. Carolina home. The Aulani is certainly a cosmopolitan destination.
So I asked myself, “who is THE PRIMARY people group here and the target demagraphic for the resort marketing?” Aha…. I am!
In all likelyhood nearly 65% of the vacationers were three generational families with grandpa and grandma paying the bill for their children and grandchildren to enjoy, and that of all nationalities. Take for instance the Mexican couple our age who are from Canada. They had their children and two grands here from Mexico, then had stayed over a second week to recover! Yep, that’s me.
There is absolutely nothing new here to report but sometimes we forget. It takes a family to raise the next generation. We who have gone down life’s pathway before are needed to guide, instruct, encourage and provide for the development of those coming along.
In that spirit I honor Curtis and Pam Chastain, Great-grandmothers Mary and Wynona and all of our siblings for being such a great guiding light to Keith, Lacy, Judah and Asher–the object of our excursion. And we shall not soon forget Chip and Dale either.
From the island of Oahu—Aloha and Mahalo