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.
Shower, nap, and then we walk over to Captain Jack’s Island Grill at 5:00. Interestingly, our final day dinner usually changes from what we plan whenever we visit Maui. This year is no exception as we had planned on Duke’s Beach House in Ka`anapali, but changed our mind just this morning. Two years ago, we had changed our final meal to Longhi’s and it was an unfortunate decision.
We’re glad we made this change. Patty was a little less enthusiastic about visiting Captain Jack’s than I was, even though she had thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here two years ago.
It’s a little loud here at Captain Jack’s with the televisions blaring, but the bartender eventually mutes the volume and puts on music. It’s a fun place to dine, with killer views of Front Street–it’s a people-watchers’ dream come true. Patty gets the Black Bart’s Grilled Chicken Salad, I have the Bucaneer’s Penne. Both dishes are very tasty.
Patty is going to one last Alanon meeting tonight, and we have some time to kill, so we decide to check out the Harbor area one final time, working our way along the backside and taking some pictures. We run into a guy who is carrying a tripod and we strike up a long conversation–longer than I had planned. He gives us a DVD, and his name is Dr. George Harker. He’s involved in protecting monk seals. He bristles a bit at my comment that Blackfish (a documentary devoted to killer whales in captivity) may not be 100% objective, that there may be another side to this story. He says he’s planning on doing a similar documentary on what has happened to monk seals in captivity that will go much further than Blackfish in expoing mammal abuse. He’d kind of “out there”, but one has to appreciate his passion for the topic.
Back at the hotel, I print up tomorrow’s boarding passes, chat with Kaulana one final time. She’s very nice with a great sense of humor. Nearly everyone here is.