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Getting More out of Maui: Volunteering and Giving Back thumbnail

It doesn't take long to realize there is something special about Hawaii. I was trying to explain it to a friend recently, to put in to words why my love for these islands runs so deep. Yes, Hawaii has beautiful beaches and lush mountains and fabulous opportunities for adventure, but it has something more. The people…

A Scuba Playground: Diving in Maui thumbnail

By the time I arrived in Hawaii I was so desperate to be back in the water it was a feeling akin to homesickness. I hadn't been diving in four months, which suddenly felt like four years. I couldn't wait to strap on a tank and descend below the surface. On my previous trips to the…

Hawaii Surfing

I have a goal. Someday, at some point in my life, I am going to head somewhere with great waves, rent a shack for a month or two, and surf every single day. At the end of the month I hope to emerge a decent enough surfer that along my travels, I can confidently rent a…

Taking a Bite Out of Maui thumbnail

Did you know Hawaii imports 85-90% of its food? As the local food movement has taught us, eating food grown in our own communities is important for the economy, the environment, our health, and our ability to brag about our localganic diets. Snarking aside, one of the highlights of my trip to The Big Island in…

Making My Way Back to Maui thumbnail

Those of you who have been around for a while know that Hawaii is a place of almost spiritual significance to me. It brought me back to life at a time when I was feeling lost, and I've been scheming how to get back ever since the moment my six week stint there in late 2012…

Aloha from Maui… and a Giveaway! thumbnail

Aloha from Maui! I could not be more blissed about my return to my second favorite state (don't worry New York, you'll always fill the top slot) or more fired up about all the new exploring I'm going to do while I'm here. As many of you know, Hawaii has been a healing place for me…

At this point, you might think all I did at The Banana Bungalow was hike up enough muscle soreness to justify an entire evening spent in the jacuzzi. But far from it -- a vast majority of every Bungalow week is spent beach bumming. Monday is hiking in the 'Iao Valley, Tuesday is surviving the twisting…

My stomach flipped a few rounds as I dragged myself out of bed and towards the tour vans, regretting my last few drinks the night before. "There is no way I can do this trip unless I'm in the front seat," I said to the guide Isaac, partially hoping for a swift return to my bed…

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