Las Vegas Sun

January 18, 2019

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Blown away at the luau

I was blown away by the biweekly, Imperial Palace's poolside luau this week -- almost literally blown away.

With gale-force winds sweeping down into a canyon created by the Imperial Palace hotel on three sides and its casino on the fourth, it was hard to concentrate on the food and the entertainment.

A three-piece band and Rozita Lee's Polynesian Revue gamely performed on the raised stage in front of the swimming pool as winds gusted to 50 miles an hour.

A 500-pound stack of speakers on wheels parked beside the stage suddenly began moving toward the swimming pool.

Drink glasses flew in one direction, napkins in another. Props on the stage were blown off and chased by employees.

Men were in danger of losing their toupees, women of losing their extensions.

The fire dance was especially exciting.

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