OBAMA IN HAWAII
NAPILI, Maui, Hawaii - Choosing between breakfast and the presidential inauguration is a no-brainer.
The restaurant at my hotel doesn't have a TV. How is this possible in America? Don't five-star Michelin restaurants have television sets in this country?
So, instead of watching the Obama inauguration over bacon and eggs, I'm watching him on the TV in my room. I walked out to check the restaurant situation and could hear the sounds of Aretha Franklin singing My Country Tis of Thee (she was great) wafting out of the rooms of other guests. It's cloudy and slighty cool this morning (well, cool for Hawaii) but there's still nobody on Napili Beach, which is unusual.
I keep hoping Obama will step it up a bit, but it looks like he's deliberately keeping his speech low-key. Okay, a nice ending. Good job.
WHAT A VIEW
Ed LIndsey, a Maui activist who pushes in every direction imaginable and is a delightful tour guide, took me intot the West Maui mountains on Monday to show me how he and others are working to rid the mountains - where possible - of invasive plant species that destroy the environment and replace them with native species.
The views of Haleakala crater were stunning, and you could see the splash of whales in the distance and small boats dancing on the Pacific looking for views of the giants.
When it was over, he gave me a brief glimpse of an overlook over the Olawalu valley and Puu Kukui, the mountain top that's said to be the second wettest place on earth but was mostly clear and dry on Saturday.
Lindsey also is working to keep ancient archaeological sites intact and to keep Hawaii's oceans as clean and pure as possible. A wonderful man who should be given sainthood in this incredible state.