LAHAINA - Congenial Gene Honda, a big fan of Maui, has an annual gig here most Mainland people would die for. In November last year, it was an unseasonable nine degrees in Chicago, where Gene is the public address (PA) announcer for the Blackhawks hockey team at the United Center.
With March Madness about to unfold, this seems an appropriate time to run a column written last fall that never made it into the paper.
Here for seven straight years at Thanksgiving, Gene drives through the sunshine to Lahaina Civic Center to be the public address announcer for the EA Sports Maui Invitational Basketball Tournament. He is not complaining.