Polipoli State Park

Off The Beaten Path

Polipoli State Park or Polipoli Spring is a really remote part of Maui that very few visitors and most kama’aina never get to see. It is 10 acres of forested wonderment situated in the 21,000 acre Kula Forest Reserve on the slopes of Haleakala.

Most of the trees are non- native and were planted in the 1930’s depression by The Civilian Conservation Corps. The extent to which they have grown and prospered is a testament to the power of nature.

Polipoli Forest
Hiking through the forest

You will be at around 6,200 feet and it is often damp and foggy but, not always. The temperature is from 10-20 degrees cooler than at sea level so, bring a jacket. The hiking is superb and the whole experience is kinda romantic. Take your significant other.

Polipoli Cabin
A cabin in the woods

There is an old ranger’s cabin available for rent in the middle of the forest. Personally, I found it a little creepy. But, that’s just me. Maybe you’ll like this hyper rustic stuff. You can contact: 808-981-8109 for more information on the cabin, camping permits and to check on     possible park closures. Continue reading Polipoli State Park

A Mother’s Poem

This little poem was given to me many years ago by a very good friend. I kept it with me in my wallet until the last. When I felt I was losing patience, I would take it out and read it to myself.

 

 A Mother’s Poem

When I spill some food on my nice clean dress
Or maybe forget to tie my shoe,
Please be patient and perhaps reminisce
About the many hours I spent with you.
When I taught you how to eat with care,
Plus tying laces and your numbers, too,
Dressing yourself and combing your hair,
Those were precious hours spent with you.
So when I forget what I was about to say,
Just give me a minute – or maybe two.
It probably wasn’t important anyway,
And I would much rather listen just to you.
If I tell the story one more time,
And you know the ending through and through,
Please remember your first nursery rhyme
When I rehearsed it a hundred times with you.
When my legs are tired and it’s hard to stand
Or walk the steady pace that I would like to do,
Please take me carefully by my hand,
And guide me now as I so often did for you.

Author Unknown

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Roy’s

Dining at Roy’s

As of this posting we have been dining at Roy’s for more than 26 years. I always wanted to write a little something about this great restaurant.

In December of 1988 Kathy (the creative force behind our business) was working for a PR firm and this new restaurant in Hawaii Kai on Oahu was a client. So, we got to attend the opening. We never looked back. Since then, we have been dining here for just about every special occasion that came along and often times just ’cause we felt like it.

As fate would have it, Roy opened a place on Maui and in Scottsdale, AZ, so we were always able to go here whenever.

Master Chef Roy Yamaguchi
Roy Ymaguchi

Roy Yamaguchi’s uncanny ability to match flavors is akin to a virtuoso composer writing a remarkable score.

A few of our favorites are the Blackened Ahi, Short Ribs, the amazing Crab Cakes, when available and of course the Chocolate Lava Cake. The Hawaiian Martini is outstanding.

Dinner for two will cost between $175 and $225 with drinks and tips and hanging out at the bar will cost about $75 for drinks and pupus.

Always a great experience!

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Pignatelli’s Eliis Island Gravy

An old family recipe, circa1896

This is the real thing.  And yes, we call it gravy not sauce.

The Statue of Liberty as seen by immigrants as the ships that brought them to America entered New York Harbor
The first glimpse of The Promised Land

Ingredients

2-cans of large peeled tomatoes

1-can of tomato paste

1lb-eye round

1-small slab of beef ribs (10) cracked and split

6-sweet Italian sausages

1-handful of Fresh basil

1-tsp Fresh oregano

1-tsp Salt

1-tsp Pepper

2-Tablespoons of sugar

1-Tablespoon of fresh Romano cheese

1-small onion (cut into medium thin rings and then cut the rings in half)

3-cloves of fresh garlic (chopped, but not too fine) Continue reading Pignatelli’s Eliis Island Gravy

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