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Friday, August 25, 2006



Most metropolitan and tourist areas in America have a shuttle service that will transport you from the airport to your hotel/condo, on arrival, and back to the airport, on your departure. The fare for this service is very cheap.

On Mau'i, this company is Speedi-Shuttle. Speedi-Shuttle is a "cash cow" for taxis on Mau'i. Even though they have very modern vehicles, the latest in GPS tracking and two-way radios that cover the entire island, they just can't seem to cover those returns to the airport. It is at least a weekly event for Royal to get a call requesting that we pick up people they have left stranded.

I was having a very dull night. At 4:00am I had handled 11 runs but was barely over $100 on the meter. Then Steve, the night valet at The Grand, called. Speedi-Shuttle had failed to show for a 4:00am airport transfer. I was sitting right next door, at The Shops Of Wailea, and 5 minutes later, we were on our way to OGG. The first time I had been out of Kihei all shift. This windfall brought the meter to about $175 and made the shift one where I would actually go home with some decent cash in my pocket.

The fates seem to like toying with me this way.

Thunderstorm in Kahului

Two panoramic views of Honolulu

from Diamond Head

Diamond Head
from Waikiki


Palapa & Beer

And so ends another day of "Sun, Sand and Surf"


"Let's all be careful out there!"