Michael and his partner Llevellyn moved to Maui a little over 12 years ago from Dallas, Texas. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia you can still hear a little accent in his voice. Michael has spent over 25 years working in various operational and sales manage roles. Primarily working in large scale-high technology companies, Michael was ready for a big move to beautiful Maui.
The last 8 plus years have been almost exclusively at the Sunseeker except for a short 18 months in 2008-2009. Life is good and he enjoy’s spending time with Llevellyn, his partner of almost 39 years.
Michael’s one hidden talent that he thinks the other staff members don’t knows is that he has eyes in the back of his head. Guess he can keep track of the world around him.
His favorite spot on Keanae Penninsula on Hana Highway….he loves to just sit and listen to the waves crash. Michael eats out a lot and says that his favorite place is Market Fresh Bistro (if you go, tell them Michael sent you.) He suggests that if you choose to book an activity you should definitely go to Piiholo Zipline (he is now a convert after Hotel Impossible made him face his fears of heights.).
Michael has a special note about his favorite recipe:
This is my step-mother, Betty’s, recipe. When she wrote out (pretty special having it in her own hand writing) this recipe for me, she said this was one of the most requested dishes to bring to any food events with her church or family or whatever the function. I often use it when we have people for dinner or if I need something unique to take to a covered dish type party. You can double this recipe as well,…just have to double the size of the baking dish. The big thing if you double it is to not get the layers any thicker than the single recipe. No need to cook longer if you double as long as the layers are about the same as a single recipe.:
Betty’s Baked Pineapple
2 large (20 oz each) cans pineapple tidbits in juice – drain slightly in a colander and then immediately dump into a bowl so it does not completely drain out
¾ cups sugar
5 Tablespoons of flour
1 ½ cups grated cheddar cheese (I buy the kind already grated in a zip lock bag)
1 stack Ritz Crackers (crushed)
1 stick oleo margarine – you can use real butter as well – either work fine.
- Layer in a casserole dish – I use a glass dish
- Layer 1 – Pineapple
- Layer 2 – Mixture of flour and sugar together
- Layer 3 – Grated cheese
- Layer 4 – Ritz crackers
- Layer 5 – Margarine
Bake in a square 8-9 inch casserole dish at 350 degrees for 30 minutes – no longer or it will be dry. This can easily be served as a side dish with a meal or could even be desert with some vanilla ice cream on the side.
The next time you check in at the Maui Sunseeker, be sure to say “Aloha” to Michael. He has a great smile and wants to make sure each of our guests has a FABULOUS time in Maui.