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Thursday, May 11, 2006



At the very north end of Kihei is the Sugar Beach Resort.

It has this huge gear mounted at the entrance. Everyone refers to it as "The Big Wheel".

The beach is a soft powdery sand, about the texture of granulated sugar, hence the name. It is about 7 miles (11 km) long.

Looking north

Looking south

A beautiful view, all the way to Makena.

This is the normal wave action.

Many boats anchor off-shore.

A local canoe club is based about 1/2 mile (o.8 km) south.

Only two things keep it from being perfect.
From here to Maalaea is the windiest part of the island. The funneling effect between Mt. Haleakala and the West Mau'i Mountains, across the central isthmus, can raise 20 mph (32 kph) trade winds to over 50 mph (80 kph).

In the "looking north" photo, you'll see a stand of trees in the distance. Therein lies the second problem. A large number of homeless are camped there.


It was almost an exact copy of Tuesday night. The big change was that I had an OGG run early in the evening and another one at the end of my shift. Activity died about 9:45pm and I kicked back at home from 11:30pm to 1:15am.

There was a huge wedding reception at the Four Seasons yesterday afternoon/evening. The guest list had people from Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. I made one pickup of a 4-pax from there and met three very charming police officers from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. They (half seriously) were bitching about the "tipping" custom in the States. How'd they treat me? $20 on a $12.20 fare.

This was the bride & groom's rental car.

I am not sure what it is called, Concorde I think, but it has the look of the old Cords from the '20's and '30's.

Anybody out there know?


"Let's all be careful out there!"


Shadow said... bought the bullet hole car for....fond memories?! Looking at that hole everyday would give me the creeps.

While I hope that is the last time anyone ever takes a shot at me, it wasn't the first time. Not by the total of your fingers and toes, doubled, and more.

From steamy jungles of southeast asia to the jungle of a modern American ghetto. I've had more than my fair share of "close calls".

I've been shot (thank god for Kevlar) and I have shot back, very, very accurately.

This is my original "One-Nine" and it is in great shape. The mileage is high but the price was cheap and the "Mau'i cruiser" I had before was on its last legs.

Its funny. I drive between 75,000 to 90,000 miles a year in my cab but I only put about 2,000 miles a year on my POV. This baby is gonna be around a loooong time.


"Let's all be careful out there!"