1986 Old Lāhainā Lūʻau Opens
Robert and Michael developed and opened the Lūʻau for a large ocean recreation company, which had leased the land fronting 505 Front Street in Lāhainā. The small shopping complex on the southern edge of Lāhainā town had recently reopened following bankruptcy. The recreation company operated the Lūʻau for approximately five months, when it was decided that it was not in their best interests to continue the operation. Although naturally it would take time, Robert and Michael were convinced that the Old Lāhainā Lūʻau was a great opportunity. Rather than see it close down, they recruited the support of Tim and Kevin, gathered their limited savings and presented the owners with an offer to purchase the Lūʻau. It took many more meetings and a lot of “pencil sharpening” for an acceptable deal to be made, but eventually the young partners purchased the Old Lāhainā Lūʻau.