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HAWAII—-PARADISE AT A PRICE

$50 chair
Moana Surfrider Resort and Spa

  Spending a few days on Oahu ostensibly to interview the stars of the new Warner Bros. movie Journey 2: Mysterious Island but in reality to get some Waikiki sand between my toes and warm Hawaiian sun on my back. 
  That was easily accomplished on my first day here—but at something of a price. The grandly-named, impressive looking but not-quite-luxurious Moana Surfrider Resort and Spa, where I am staying, has found a way to ensure that sun-seeking guests pay for the privilege of acquiring a sun tan in relative comfort.
  Towels can be borrowed free of charge but anyone wanting to sit on a chair on the beach in front of the hotel is charged $50—yes, $50—for the day.
   Smokers have it even worse. A friend of mine who hasn’t yet given up the habit and has to diligently search out corners and alleys where smoking is still tolerated, is smarting over the $11 he is charged for a packet of cigarettes.
   Yes, it’s paradise—-but at a price. 

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