Just finished reading your article entitled “Spoiled by Spago” (Apr.
5, 2007). They had to know you were coming and who you were. We have
been to Spago four times in the past years and never have had a good
experience at said establishment. We reside in Maui and decided to give
them one more chance.
This last time as the other three times we made our reservations in
advance and on the evening of our dinner we were greeted very politely
and given our table. After that it was downhill all the way. After
sitting for 10 minutes, no one came over to take a drink order, pour
water or hand us menus.
A young man came by and asked if we would like more bread and we
said we have not had one piece let alone have a waiter come to our
table. He said something to our waiter, who then came over. He never
said he was sorry; just “Oh.”
He dropped off menus, did not ask if we wanted a cocktail or wine,
and left. I was ready to get up and leave but we decided to stick it
out. The service never got any better.
When we returned home I sent an email to Spago and explained what
had happened and received an immediate return of email apologizing and
asking us to be sure to ask for the maitre d’ and he would take care of
our reservation personally and take care of us. This is not what we
We wanted to enter Spago and get decent service. We can afford to
eat at many of the wonderful establishments we have here on Maui but it
will be a cold day in you know where before we go to Spago and the very
OVERPRICED DUO which just opened in Four Seasons.
I am happy to hear that you and your friend had a wonderful time,
but go in one day unannounced and see what happens. Mahalo for taking
the time to read this.
-Florence M. Johnson, via email
Hawai`i’s Electric Companies are proposing a move towards biofuels
(“No Fuel Like a Biofuel,” Apr. 5, 2007). That is growing a single crop
in massive quantities as a form of energy production. This would
require rezoning of significant amounts of Hawai`i’s land.
It would allow them support (from our tax dollars) to the sum
of $59 million, a dispensation from the state. It would mean special
tax considerations. It would also allow for considerable water use.
The world’s foremost energy experts have stated clearly that
biofuels are not a responsible or equitable energy choice for our
future. Biofuels require too much energy use in planting, harvesting,
refining and production. Biofuels use petroleum based pesticides and
Biofuels also demand excessive use of water, perhaps our
most precious and threatened natural resource. This monoculture would
also destroy the last bit of topsoil in Hawai`i.
Please express disdain for this potential move, it is not a good energy option and not good for Hawai`i’s future!
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