Sports in Maui: Tadd Fujikawa and pineapple maze mini-putt

I feel as if I should begin this column with an apology. I haven’t been doing my job. I haven’t been following sports all that closely this past week.

The truth of the matter is, I’m on vacation in Maui. I haven’t watched a minute of any televised games. I haven’t spent hours on the computer looking at sports-related Web sites. I haven’t made the effort to run to any store to get the latest printed sports material.

By overhearing someone’s radio on the beach, I did catch the hottest sports news in the islands. Seems like every time there is a sports report, it is about a young Hawaiian golfer named Tadd Fujikawa. From what I was able to hear, the 15-year-old phenom is the youngest ever to compete in the U.S. Open golf tournament. On the way to a luau last night, I turned on the car radio. The first thing I heard was Fujikawa didn’t make the cut. After that piece of headline news, I then found out that neither did some other golfer named Tiger Woods.

I have been participating in more sports than usual this week. I’ve been swimming every day, either in the ocean or at the pool. I got in a couple of snorkeling trips. (Is snorkeling actually a sport?) I took a 38-mile bike ride yesterday. It wasn’t as grueling as that might sound at first. Thirty-seven of the 38 miles were coasting down an inactive volcano. The other mile or so was the killer. Today, my 5-year-old daughter and I have a big game of mini-putt on the schedule. As you can see, I’ve been trying to stay busy participating in sports, rather than trying to cover them.

I hope you’ll accept my (in) sincere apology. I’ll get back to the real world and work next week. Right now, it’s off to see if I can hit a golf ball through a pineapple maze and hopefully win a free game by getting the ball into a shark’s mouth.

Doug Halberstadt is a local resident and is track announcer at Rockford Speedway. He can be reached via e-mail at

From the June 21-27, 2006, issue

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