Much of what is written here has been pulled directly off my Hearts In Hawai`i blog. For those who have been following my blog, this is a rehash.
Want the numbers? Here they are!
1. Leilani’s (93.00 pts)
In the atmosphere area, not quite up to Kimo’s standards. In the food area, better. My filet mignon was as good as any I’ve ever had, on a par with the one I had at Ruth’s Chris in 2012. It was placed on a bed of mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus, and was cooked to perfection. Patty was equally enthusiastic about her baby back ribs. Service was impeccable and extremely friendly. And since we each had an entree, we were able to utilize our coupon for a free Hula Pie. Excellent!
This is a project I started back in 1999; using PageStat to determine who the favorites are in each of the 16 sections in Minnesota, who has a decent chance and who has any chance in the section playoffs. A “favorite” is described as being within one point from the top of that section. “Decent Chance” is a team within two points, and “You Never Know” shows teams within three points.
This is how PageStat sees the sections at this point in the 2016-17 season:
1AA: Favorite: Lakeville North, Lakeville South Decent Chance: none You Never Know: none
2AA: Favorite: Eden Prairie, Holy Family Decent Chance: Minnetonka You Never Know: none
3AA: Favorite: St. Thomas Academy Decent Chance: none You Never Know: Burnsville
It’s our final day on Maui, and it starts early for Patty at 5:15. I sleep in for an extra house–getting out of bed, I then sit on the lanai, drinking my mornng coffee and marveling at how the shadows come up over Lanai nearly every day.
We walk over to the Pioneer Inn for a final breakfast at 7 a.m. Alex is there, of course, and yapping a little bit so we sit somewhat further away from him than we did on our first visit. Patty gets her usual oatmeal–she loves how they make that stuff here–and I get the two egg breakfast with an added order of whole wheat toast and Portuguese Sausage. It’s a great meal to start off our final morning on Maui.
Our final full day on Maui!
Patty and I are both up by 6 a.m., with the usual breakfast and coffee on the lanai, followed by dropping her off for her workout. This pretty much sums up how most early mornings have gone for us on this trip. After dropping her off, I hit the road for more pictures, stopping at the Jodo Mission and Baby Beach, then working my way south of Lahaina to 14-mile Beach, Ukumehame, McGregor Point and Ma`alaea. I find out Porto (a very good pizza joint) is permanently closed. There is a four-car accident on Highway 380 reported on KPOA radio, and I decide to stay away from that area. It’s sunny when I return to Lahaina so I get one final sun session in of 2 1/2 hours.
Early mornings before 7 a.m. are the best time here, being out on the lanai with coffee, Patty at the fitness center. Trade winds are back and will be on the strong side today, blowing some showers over to the leeward side of Maui.
When Patty returns, we take off in the car with the goal of getting to Kanaha Beach to see some windsurfing, and then proceed to Baldwin and Ho`okipa Beaches. This doesn’t pan out–it starts sprinkling, then raining, then pouring by the time we get near Kahului. We head back south on highway 380, then proceed to Kihei. We eventually find our way to our wedding spot on a hill alongside the Four Seasons Resort in Wailea. From there we head to Po`olenalena Beach and finally down to Makena Beach. This is our first time at Makena. What a beach! It’s long and wide with great sand and surf. Fabulous place.
Patty is awake at 5 a.m., but I sleep an extra hour. This morning, I’m trying to update our trip journal on paper, with the Netbook being dead.
After driving Patty to her workout, I head out to take some pictures with the Nikon. It’s Memorial Day so the beaches will be heavily used by locals. On weekends and holidays, I tend to leave the beaches to residents. There are plenty of other opportunities to snap images. I drive down as far as Puamana Beach before I decide to return to the hotel.
Patty is up at 5 a.m., me at 6:00. Following the traditional peanut butter toast breakfast, we find ourselves on the road just after 7:00 with the Kapalua Coastal Trail being our destination. We decide to park at Kapalua Bay this time (as opposed to parking at DT Fleming Beach), and head to the end of Oneloa Beach, eliminating the relatively boring section where you have to walk on the Lower Honoapi`ilani Road and through the grounds at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua to DT Fleming.
We’ve already been gone from Proctor for two weeks, and it doesn’t feel like it. Time flies when you’re living easy and don’t have to get up early for work each morning.
We out the door early this morning. 808 Grindz opens at 7:00 and we want to make sure we’re among the first people to be let in the door when they open. I’m told the tables (eight of them) fill up very fast, so we’re in line ten minutes before opening. As hoped, we’re first in line, and this line fills up quickly. By the time we’re seated and place our order, the line outside the door is a lengthy one.
We made a necessary trip to Safeway this morning to restock some supplies, after which we walked the Ka`anapali Beachwalk. Starting at the Hyatt Regency and heading north, I made it all the way to the Sheraton Maui before returning. It was early but already getting hot! Back at our hotel, I had another good session in the sun. The prediction is for light winds and muggy conditions this weekend.
Another morning strolling down Front Street in Lahaina
Maui Hands, one of many dozens of shops on Front Street