Last week, on Wednesday, I arrived in Maui for the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons’ Annual Meeting. After getting the car, I picked up my parents and Alice before heading to Kapalua. We checked in at the beautiful Kapalua Villas, and our condo overlooked the golf course and ocean. That evening, it was an honor for me to become a member of the Association. I had a good time meeting everyone again.
The next two mornings were filled with paper presentations, all of which were very good and interesting. On Thursday afternoon, my family and I visited the foothills of Haleakala, including the ‘Ulupalakua Ranch. Then, my family dropped me off at the Mendes Ranch, which lies on a bluff above the northern shore. I presented our research on Friday morning. That afternoon, we went sightseeing around Honolua Bay, returning to swim in Kapalua Bay before getting ready for the luau at the Ritz Carlton.
My family and I woke up very early Sabbath morning with hopes to see the sunrise from Haleakala summit. We arrived about ten minutes after sunrise, but the views were beautiful, with clouds rolling over the dark mountains, in some areas churning like an angry sea. For the rest of the Sabbath, we took the Road to Hana. In the later part of the afternoon, we had time to relax and stroll through the resorts around Wailea.
I jointed the ABJS for breakfast Sunday morning. Then, Alice and I snorkeled in Kapalua Bay before checking out and heading back to Kahului. My flights to Honolulu and then to Los Angeles were uneventful. Luckily, Alice was able to get on an earlier standby flight, and we arrived in LAX via three separate flights—all around the same time.
Now, this week was spent trying to catch up.