One of our favorite editions of the year is The Maui News' "Best of Maui" publication on Labor Day weekend.
For months before the publication, readers send in ballots picking everything from Best All Around Restaurant to Best Sea, Best Land and Best Air Activities. There is no question, however, that a very large part of the "Best of" edition is dedicated to something Maui does very well - the preparation of food.
In addition to the aforementioned Best All Around Restaurant, there are selections for Best Appetizer, Best Ambience, Best Brunch Buffet, Best Burger, Best Caterer, Best Kid Friendly, Best Ethnic, Best Service, Best Noodles, Best Food Truck, Best Health Food, Best Resort Restaurant, Best Gluten-Free, Best Bakery, Best Business Lunch, Best Bento, Best Sushi Bar, Best Pizza, Best Seafood, Best Food Market and Best Steak.
And the Best Part of all these Best categories is that you, the readers, pick the winners. The newspaper not only does not select a single winner, the ballot does not even suggest possibilities.
So, if you are disappointed that your favorite restaurant didn't win in a certain category, stir up your friends next year to vote for it. The restaurant with the most votes wins, period.
We think it is a feather in the cap of these businesses to be chosen Best on Maui in their specialties. We enjoy seeing the winning certificates up in some of our favorite restaurants.
Remember to vote next year for your favorites. And, by the way, congratulations to all this year's winners.
* Editorials reflect the opinion of the publisher.