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 in the past, and I’ve been looking forward to this trip as almost a pilgrimage in a time when I feel life has been throwing me a few more fast balls than I can juggle. I’m here for ten days — five high-pace days of adventure with the Maui Visitor’s Bureau followed by five days of true vacation visiting friends.
I’m pretty busy running around the island (this dispatch is coming to you pre-sunrise from my balcony) so forgive this brief post, but I wanted to share some of my excitement in real time! What’s keeping me on the move? Here’s just a few of things I’m getting up to over the next few days — feel free to follow along on my Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #seeMaui.
• Paragliding over East Maui
• Scuba diving around Molokini Crater
• Farm hopping in Upcountry
• Trying a traditional lomi lomi Hawaiian spa treatment
• A helicopter ride over Haleakala
I wanted to announce this trip by sending one of you a little piece of it in the form of some goodies from the Aloha State — we haven’t done a giveaway in a while! Here’s what’s inside.
My friend and true Maui expert Kyle Ellison (who helped put together my itinerary for this trip!) recently released his first edition of the Moon Maui Guidebook, and future tourists to Maui are all the luckier for it. Kyle was raised right here on Maui — in the adorable town of Makawao — and knows pretty much everything there is to know about this little piece of paradise. Though I spend two and a half weeks on Maui last year I was amazed how much I learned about not just which beaches or restaurants to hit, but also local culture and customs while reading through this book.
Last time I visited, Kyle took me scuba diving in Lana’i and hiking through the bamboo forest, and I felt like I got the VIP experience doing both — now anyone who picks up a copy can have the same insider access. And, ahem, not to brag or anything here, but I’M IN THE BOOK. Yes, I considered hiring private security for this visit when I realized the fans I’d be inundated with based on my scuba diving glamour shot (from our dive together on Lana’i) 0n page 25! But Kyle has assured me that Maui residents know how to keep cool around guidebook celebrities.
Also in the box of summery goodness? A new blend of honey from one of my favorite Hawaiian farms, Rare Island Honey. I fell bees over nectar for this stuff on my last trip, and squealed with happiness when I opened my own new jar. A banana, some peanut butter, a splash of milk and a dollop of this honey in the blender has become my latest indulgence.
And while Sun Bum products aren’t manufactured in Hawaii, it’s where I discovered them — so in my heart they’ll always be associated. Cruelty free, eco-friendly and delicious smelling — anyone who’s ever read any of my packing posts knows I’m nuts for the stuff!
Alright guys, have at it! Note: I love my international readers too and therefore I will ship this box of goodies anywhere! However, you may have to pay duty depending on your country of residence.
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