Longtime Maui resident Kyle Ellison knows the best ways to experience this beautiful island, from catching a wave in Lahaina to hiking through the Bamboo Forest to strolling Baldwin Beach at sunrise. Ellison includes unique trip ideas like Maui for Adventure Lovers and Maui by Foot and Trail, as well as information on dining, transportation, and accommodations for a wide range of travel budgets. Complete with details on everything from the best beaches and restaurants to when to go for whale watching, Moon Maui gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
About the Author
Kyle Ellison began researching the island of Maui when he first moved there at the tender age of five. Back then, the island still had three sugar mills, Wailea didn’t exist, and early mornings were punctuated by the sound of bombs falling on Kaho'olawe. The island has changed considerably since then, but Kyle’s love of Maui has remained.
Born on the Caribbean island of St. Thomas, a place so small it could fit inside Haleakala Crater, Kyle earned a bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College before going walkabout for the better part of five years. Over the course of his wanderings, he visited 60 countries and 49 U.S. states. He worked as a nightclub DJ in Spain, a bartender in Greece, an oyster chef in Florida, a boat captain and tennis instructor in Lake Tahoe, a sea kayak guide in Alaska, a Snuba instructor on Lana'i, and an ukulele musician in Australia. There was also a one-day stint at a vineyard in New Zealand that just didn’t work out. Through it all, however, he has called Maui home.
When not stand-up paddling, surfing, or hiking to waterfalls, Kyle works as a freelance writer for Gadling, Viator, AOL Travel, Matador, and Journey. He currently lives in Lahaina with his wife Heather, a photographer who provides the images accompanying much of his work. His wanderings are documented on his website, kylethevagabond.com.