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Ice skating and magic

December 6, 2012 - Leah Sherman

Last week, The Maui News ran a story about an ice skating rink on Maui for the holidays. It sounded like a really cool idea, so I dragged my husband out to the west side on Wednesday to check it out.

Maybe my expectations were too high. Maybe the ambiance would have been more what I was hoping for if I'd gone after the sun went down.

Whatever the reason, I was disappointed — it wasn't like ice skating and there weren't enough holiday decorations for my liking.

Skaters are allowed 20 minutes on the synthetic ice for $15 (which includes skate rental — bring socks). I didn't last anywhere near my allotted time. I wonder how many people do.

Keep in my mind, this is just my personal opinion. There were three little boys and their mother (or grandmother, I'm not sure) inquiring about skating as I left. They probably had a wonderful time.

The ice skating rink is open through Jan. 1 at the Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas, 6 Kai Ala Drive. According to our published story, weekday hours are 4 to 9 p.m., weekends 1 to 9 p.m. The rink is located between the resort's south lobby and a pool.

After skating, we met some friends for Warren & Annabelle's Magic Dinner Show in Lahaina. We're pushing 13 years on Maui and we'd never been there, but our friends had been multiple times and raved about it.

The night starts out with in the parlor for pupus, drinks and desserts while the ghost Annabelle plays the piano. Then you move into the intimate theater setting for the show.

Warren Gibson is hilarious in addition to being an amazing magician.

The tricks are mainly done with cards and coins, although one included a lit candle and the rings of three men from the audience. My husband offered up his, which proves to me (because I tend to be a skeptic) that Warren didn't have "plants" in the audience. He somehow managed to link the three rings after passing them over the candle's flame. I have no idea how he did it. And when my husband got his ring back, it looked exactly the same and he said it was neither hot or nor covered in wax.

But the very best trick of the night was when Warren turned a piece of wire clinched in a Chicago woman's hand into a very sparkly diamond ring. Her boyfriend then proposed in front of everyone. I'm sure that doesn't happen every show. But I'll definitely be back to find out if it does.

Warren & Annabelle's is located in the Lahaina Center, 900 Front St., Suite A202. Two shows (5 and 7:30 p.m.) are offered Mondays through Saturdays. Parking is available at the Lahaina Center and guests are given a 4-hour parking validation. Pupus, drinks and desserts are available ala carte or in the Royal Flush package, which includes the show, an individual pupu sampler, two drinks and dessert. Call (808) 667-6244 or see the website (see link at right) for more information.


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Me ice skating at the Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas on Wednesday.


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