Even though it was raining, I decided to go out for a stroll from where I was staying at the Aqua Ohia Hotel in Waikiki. Just after crossing the street of Kuhio Avenue, and to get out of the rain, I found myself walking through the International Market Place, an indoor-outdoor shopping mall.
Something caught my eye and I stopped to look through the store window. I looked at a t-shirt display inside the window. I thought – “What a cool shirt! Maybe I’ll go in and buy it.”
Then, out of the corner of my eye, I also saw a glimpse reflection of myself in the glass.
It hit me! My breath sucked itself right out of me.
Oh my god, I could not believe what I was transforming into.
But I wanted to buy that shirt. I avoided my own eye contact and walked into the store. I made a bee-line straight to the pile of shirts with the same saying on it of …
“I got lei’d in Hawaii.”
I whiffed through the pile but there weren’t any XXL’s!
What? Oh … NO! It can’t be. My first chance to go to tourist heaven seemed to dissolve as if I was part of a surreal mirage.
But then … I was saved …!
… when the store salesman … explained to another customer about … these fine and extra silky – just got in & brand new – shorts with 92% coconut fibers. Coconut fibers? Holy, leapin’ crap! That’s something I must have!
I jumped at the chance for tourist redemption and immediately tried on a pair, knowing the whole time, if there was even a remotest chance for a fit, I was going to walk out … a full-fledged vacationer-traveler who buys stuff that he doesn’t need and may never use!
Later, I put on my lei and felt that … like I had just been lei’d.