THE PADDLE ON! CREW

MAUI, HAWAII

Our Crew


Here at Paddle On! Maui, we are a small but tight-knit crew that is beyond passionate about what we do and the amazing people we get to meet and share it with. In line with our dedication to private tours for the sake of intimate and personal experiences, here is a little bit about us, where we come from, why we came to Maui, and what makes us love this magical little island so much. But if you really want to get to know us and all the great Maui experiences we have to offer, you’ll just have to book a tour and come see it all for yourself! 🙂

Peg

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  • Chevron down When I Came to Maui
  • I have lived in Maui for 7.2 years. Everyone here knows their “Born On” or Moved to Maui date… Mine is August 13, 2008.

  • Chevron down Why I Came to Maui
  • I guess I could give you the abbreviated version… but that’s no fun! I could easily write a book or two on moving to Maui as well (Stay tuned as that is part of my Master Plan). I will shoot for somewhere in between. My family owned a Condo in Maui for almost 30 years. I had just visited Maui to  help my Mother when she broke her hip and I stayed with her for about 3 weeks (at the time I was living in New Jersey). You could say I got my Maui “Groove” on while I was here…. I felt different. Connected. I returned home with some  major decisions about my life…

    Here are the results…

    1. I decided to get “Un-Married”
    2. It turned out that I could do my Job anywhere (who knew?)
    3. My Mother had returned home to Michigan to further recover, so the Condo was empty.

    Clearly, the solution was to move to Maui.

  • Chevron down Why Paddleboarding/Snorkling/ Whale Watching?
  • When I moved to Maui, I had a “real” job/profession as they say (“they” used to be me). I worked in the Credit Card Industry, selling Merchant Service, POS Systems and ATM’s. I was on Maui for only 5 months and got laid off from work. Meanwhile, when I first moved to Maui, I had met some friends who were Paddleboard/Kayak guides and they used to let me come down and use the Kayaks to go Whale Watching. I always stayed to help with the “clean-up” of the Kayaks etc. as a thank you for letting me get out on the ocean for a few hours. (Who knew this would be my future training…).

    As luck would have it, a month after I was laid off they (the Kayak/Paddleboard Company) asked if I wanted to start working with them. I was like, “Ummmm… you mean like as in a job? People do this for a living?” And that’s how I got my training and new awesome profession (AKA: Best Job in the World!)

    A couple of years later, I started a business that I was able to make my own, with all the “little something extras” that I would personally appreciate as a guest on a tour, that would escalate our tours from average to unforgettable.

  • Chevron down What Motivates Me?
  • I love to help our guests make an amazing memory on Maui. That is what motivates me (and our crew) the most. We are motivated by showing our guests an unforgettable ocean experience in the same way that we would treat a member of our own Family (Ohana). This is the reason I chose to do only Private Tours. We love to experience the people we are with and genuinely welcome them into our Island Ohana.

    I did group tours for about 3 weeks when I started this business and I realized quickly that there was no joy in it because I couldn’t get to know my guests… It was more like a “juggling act” between many different groups on the tour. With private tours I can take the time to make the experience “personal” for everyone including me… The best motivator is meeting and making new friends from all over the World, welcoming them into our Ohana and showing them an unforgettable Maui!

    Another thing that motivates me (you could say it is a passion) is getting the message out to people that they CAN move to Maui, or wherever their heart desires. There is ALWAYS an option in your life.

    I hear THIS a lot… “I wish I could move to Maui.” Well YOU CAN! If you don’t mean it… don’t say it to me… as I have shamelessly encouraged many people to take that leap of faith to GO FOR IT! Anyone can do it… It takes compromise and the little sacrifice of letting go of things that you only “think” you “need.” Living life in a simpler, more humble way is an easier road than you think if you want to achieve that feeling of peace, freedom and the satisfaction of living YOUR dream… It’s waiting for you… ANYONE can do it!

  • Chevron down Where do I like to go when I'm not on Maui?
  • We get this question often as well, “You live on Maui… where could you possibly go on vffacation?” My response is: “We go home.” We go see our families and friends, enjoy the crisp smell of Fall(and a fireplace) or the beauty of flowers blooming in the Spring. But, once I get THAT fix in, I love to go anywhere that I can get a “new” stamp in my passport! The list is long, as I just started my “passport stamping” adventures last year. I had a goal to go to every state in the U.S. before I went out of the country. And I did, with the exception of Alaska. I will be doing that next summer as I hope to follow our beloved Hawaiian Humpback Whales to their home away from home.

  • Chevron down Any hidden talents we need to know about?
  • Wow… I have so many, the list would be long haha… But I’ll give you the most important one. Only Guests who have been out on a tour with me during Whale Season know this…

    I speak Whale.

Brittany

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  • Chevron down My Hometown
  • Dunellen, NJ

  • Chevron down Why Maui?
  • My Mom’s best friend has lived on Maui since 1969. I came to the North Shore to visit her as a teenager and fell in love with island life!

  • Chevron down Why the activities industry?
  • I love working in nature and getting to share new experiences with people from all over the world! The ocean is the best office I’ve ever had!

  • Chevron down What do I do on my days off?
  • Adventure to hidden Maui waterfalls!

  • Chevron down My Favorite Sightseeing Spots on Maui
  • Hookipa Beach in Paia for turtles and surfing. Road to Hana rainforest drive. Iao valley for a peaceful jungle hike.

  • Chevron down My Favorite Restaurants
  • Maui Brew Co. Has great vibe, the best avocado toast and a wide variety of local beers… of course! 😉 Monkey Pod in Wailea is a must stop for Happy Hour Mai Thai! Cafe O’lei in Kihei is a great local lunch spot.

  • Chevron down My “Amakua” Spirit Ocean Animal
  • Chevron down Hidden Talents and Interesting Tidbits
  • I’m a Yogi

Bridget

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  • I grew up in a small town in North Carolina called Roxboro.

  • Chevron down Why Maui?
  • My boyfriend lived in Maui for 10 years, we met in Roxboro and decided to move to Maui.

  • Chevron down Why the activities industry?
  • The activity industry is new and exciting to me, I feel like it is an awesome way to show/teach about the history of Maui.

  • Chevron down What do I do on my days off?
  • On my days off I enjoy painting, laying out, and hanging out with my boyfriend.

  • Chevron down My Favorite Sightseeing Spots on Maui
  • My favorite sightseeing place on Maui is Ioa valley, it feels spiritual and welcoming.  

  • Chevron down Favorite restaurants
  • My favorite restaurant on Maui is tikki Lounge, because I love pizza and I think there’s is the best.

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  • Painter

Sarah

  • Chevron down My Hometown
  • Lakewood, CO

  • Chevron down Why Maui?
  • The laid-back lifestyle,  the people, waterfalls, the ocean, and NO SNOW!

  • Chevron down Why the activities industry?
  • I love meeting new people and sharing my knowledge of the ocean. Plus I get paid to work out AND play in the ocean!

  • Chevron down What do I do on my days off?
  • What’s that? I’m currently in nursing school so coming to work is like having a day off 😃

  • Chevron down My Favorite Sightseeing Spots on Maui
  • Nothing beats watching the sunset at Big Beach in Makena.

  • Chevron down My Favorite Restaurants
  • 3s happy hour

  • Chevron down My “Amakua” Spirit Ocean Animal
  • Sharks!!

  • Chevron down Hidden Talents and Interesting Tidbits
  • After graduating I plan to hike the Appalachian trail  (or at least attempt to…)

Melanie

  • Chevron down My Hometown
  • Norco, Ca AKA horse-town USA

  • Chevron down Why Maui?
  • Why not Maui!?

  • Chevron down Why the activities industry?
  • After traveling to over 50 countries I quickly learned how much tourism excited me, on both ends everyone is getting stoked!

  • Chevron down What do I do on my days off?
  • Travel! On island, off island, sometimes to the snow. I love having a ticket in my hand!

  • Chevron down My Favorite Sightseeing Spots on Maui
  • Anything in Hana! It’s my favorite getaway on earth! Venus pools and red sand beach are my favorite go to along with Prawnies Thai Food 🤤

  • Chevron down My Favorite Restaurants
  • Paia fish-market for overly generous portions of fish tacos and local beer.

    Kula Bistro for finer dining entree’s-  and above all you can bring your own wine 😉

  • Chevron down My “Amakua” Spirit Ocean Animal
  • Shark, while that sounds bad they’re actually smart creatures who generally keep to themselves. They only react when they are bothered. With that said I still wouldn’t swim with one 😅

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  • I’m afraid of the dark. I love to dance anywhere, anytime. Salsa and margaritas feed my soul.

Farel

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  • Portland, Oregon

  • Chevron down Why Maui?
  • I lost my job on wall street in NYC and wanted a no stress life so moved back to the islands after being gone for 10 years and my sis was already on Maui. No brainer to move to Maui to be near family.

  • Chevron down Why the activities industry?
  • Why not? You get to play at work.

  • Chevron down What do I do on my days off?
  • I like to surf when there are waves, beach it with my girls, diving, hike and run with my dogs and hubby. Practice my Portuguese, my husband is from Brazil.

  • Chevron down My Favorite Sightseeing Spots on Maui
  • Under the sea is where you will find me

  • Chevron down Favorite restaurants
  • Three’s holds a place in my heart. Great food, amazing service and it’s where my husband and I had our first date. Quattro is another gem. It’s byob and the most amazing fish I have ever had.

  • Chevron down My “Amakua” Spirit Ocean Animal
  • Considering I’m either in the sky working as a flight attendant or on the water paddling and crewing on the Alii Nui. My husband, Alex, says I’m a flying fish. Evidently, I don’t do land.

  • Chevron down Hidden Talents and Interesting Tidbits
  • While I’m working traveling around the world, I love to plan my trips to coincide with some sort of race, 5k, 10k, half marathon. It’s one way to see the city you are in. While I’m in Maui, I love to find pieces of furniture to refurbish…

Kendra

  • Chevron down My Hometown
  • Davenport, IA

  • Chevron down Why Maui?
  • I came to Maui after completing my first year of college right after high school. It was supposed to be a month long vacation but almost 10 years later is now my home.

  • Chevron down Why the activities industry?
  • My love for this beautiful island and the ocean lead me to the activities industry.

  • Chevron down What do I do on my days off?
  • On my days off I enjoy the company of my son and other half. We spend our time outside either going to the beach, hiking or exploring what this amazing my island has to offer.

  • Chevron down My Favorite Sightseeing Spots on Maui
  • One of my favorite spots to hangout and enjoy the views of Maui is Rice Memorial Park in Kula.

  • Chevron down Favorite restaurants
  • Because my love for food is real I have many favorite restaurants on this island. If I had to choose just one it would be Flatbread Company in Paia.

  • Chevron down My “Amakua” Spirit Ocean Animal
  • My “Aumakua” Spirit ocean animal is most definitely a dolphin. I love what they represent and they are beautiful creatures.

  • Chevron down Hidden Talents and Interesting Tidbits
  • I am one lucky momma to the coolest little toddler and am an aspiring nurse.