July 1, 2022
We are off to a fantastic start here during our epic Maui adventure! Right at the start of our journey in the Kahului airport, this crew has grown very close with one another, and it has been so amazing to watch everyone’s incredible personalities come out. We are so ecstatic to see this group continue to bond closer and we can’t wait to see what the future has in store for our group. Thank you so much for giving us the opportunities to be with your remarkable kids!
Airport day was an absolute blast because everyone arriving came into the group with so much positive and outgoing energy towards each member of our crew. After all 12 kiddos arrived, the entire gang set off to arrive at our wonderful campsite, Maui Montessori, to set up camp! Following the kids setting up their tents and gear, the crew set off to grab a couple pizzas and eat dinner at the beach! Everyone eagerly grabbed their things and the food and ran onto the sand to catch the sunset. Annabel was super speedy in being the first to jump into the refreshing water and then cheered everyone on to do the same! She also made everyone in the group laugh when she jumped out of the water and ran over to one of our leaders to give her a massive hug.
After grabbing a couple pizza slices while enjoying the spectacular view, a bunch of the boys quickly grabbed the football and started a friendly football game that lasted until the sun went down. Right after the sunset, the crew got in a big circle on the beach and had our first moonup together before piling back in the van and heading back to camp for bed.
Our first morning on our campsite went great and everyone quickly grabbed their swim gear while eating some hot oatmeal and fruit. Delicious! Then we all went in the van to head out to Lahaina to hang out at the beautiful beach for some fun in the sun before our zipline adventure. In the car ride, Julian captivated the conversation by rattling off countless sports facts and statistics. I know what we’re going to be talking about for the next two weeks! Once there, half the crew set out immediately for the water while the other half organized a friendly game of touch football on the sand.
After rinsing off and heading back to the van, the gang set out back to camp to make some delicious homemade chicken quesadillas to satisfy our appetite. They were absolutely delicious! Grady had the expert idea of putting hot sauce inside our chicken quesadillas, which really turned up the heat for everyone.
After eating and chilling at our campsite for a little, the kiddos excitedly jumped back into the van to arrive at our amazing zipline tour with Skyline Adventures! The girls set off in their harnesses with our trusty instructor Zach to begin our activity! Each of the girls fearlessly zipped through the incredible Maui skyline that was so high up in the mountains, you felt like you were up in the clouds. Sarah was an absolute master at getting the best running start before jumping to start the zipline. She even almost reached the top of our final zipline portion where you go so fast that you reach the top of the line and come back down! Tommy captured a few epic shots on the GoPro that I can’t wait to see in a few weeks.
While waiting for the second group, the girls grabbed the football and started to show off their skills and even came up with a few plays of their own! Catherine led the group as quarterback with her incredible leadership and her powerful but precise passes. After the rest of the crew returned, everyone traveled back to camp and started prepping for dinner right away. Our trusty cook crew, Catherine, Coco and Finn, did an amazing job helping cook a mouthwatering dinner of cheeseburgers that were grilled to perfection! Coco even had the super cute idea of shaping some of the patties into hearts, which the rest of the group loved. While waiting for the burgers to finish grilling, cook crew began an intense game of Ratslap that was taught by our very own Finn. Finn was an absolute beast at this game and the rest of us were so impressed at his amazing reflexes whenever a car would be played. After eating dinner, the crew reflected on the spectacular day during moonup and then got ready for a great night of sleep before our sea kayaking and snorkel activity in the morning!
The next morning, the gang had an early start to arrive on time for our sea kayaking and snorkeling lesson with our very own legendary past Moondance leader, Griff Dempsey! After devouring toasted breakfast bagels and fresh fruit, the crew put on their swim gear and jumped into our van to meet with Griff at Kihei. Griff greeted the crew with massive energy and after distributing gear and helping everyone get out in the ocean, the gang was kayaking in the open water like pros! Miles and Lila were super quick in the water as they skillfully paddled in unison through the waves. The group set off to arrive at a coral reef that was filled with numerous sea turtles. After slipping into our fins and snorkel gear, each kiddo excitedly jumped off their kayak into the water! Everyone was swimming around and marveling at the exotic underwater wildlife and each person was constantly pointing out to other group members new animals that would pop into view. So incredibly cool! The gang happily swam beside numerous sea turtles and even caught sight of a few baby ones as well.
Every member of the group had massive smiles on their faces after getting their kayaks in, and the car ride back to camp was buzzing with laughter and singing. Hungry from kayaking all morning, the gang quickly devoured the sandwiches and chips they made. After everyone finished eating and was sitting and laughing with each other, the crew piled into the van and headed to an awesome beach in Paia to splash around in the water and even play a couple games of soccer on the sand. While on the beach, the gang noticed the dark clouds that started to surround them and smartly decided to rush back to the van to beat the rain.
When we got back to camp dinner crew started right away at whipping up a tasty meal of chicken and veggie stir fry! Tommy was an excellent chef in the kitchen and did a superb job at making sure all the vegetables were sautéed perfectly. While dinner was being cooked, a couple members of the group started a fun game of pickup basketball. Drew put his team on the back and shot the lights out despite the 30 MPH winds we were playing in. When dinner was done, everyone in the crew was called over to sit down together and enjoy the food while it was hot. It was so yummy! Tired from our day’s activities, the crew had a quick moonup to talk about our magnificent day together and then went to bed.
After a great night of sleep, the gang excitedly woke up for our super-fun day of surfing in Kihei! After a delicious breakfast of fruit and oatmeal, the gang headed out to our destination to meet with South Pacific Outfitters to get suited up for catching some gnarly waves. After practicing our skills, a little on shore, the gang set out with their boards to the waves. Everyone in the crew was a natural and quickly became confident in their skills. Lily quickly stood out as a star in the group and showed us all how it’s done, catching both the first and last wave of the day. Drew and Miles were also super impressive as they both caught countless waves despite it being their first time. Sarah and Catherine even caught a wave sharing a board! This tandem ride was quite the feat. Salty and smiling, we headed back to camp for a delicious lunch and break from the action.
This afternoon, we departed to the beautiful Kapalua Bay for a brief walk along the coast. Our hike culminated at a jagged crag of black lava rocks jutting into the Pacific, aptly named “Dragon’s Tooth”. We took in the breathtaking views and snapped a few photos before heading to camp for a dinner of spaghetti and meatballs.
What a start to the trip we had! We absolutely love the energy and distinct humor this group brings to the table. They are already so close, and we can’t wait to see what the next week and a half holds together. Would love to chat more, but we’ve gotta roll!
Until next time,
Annie, Philip, and Read
June 28, 2022
Hello Maui Families!
We heard from our leaders late last night that the group has landed safely in Maui! The trip is off to a great start, and we cannot wait to hear more stories from their adventure.
Please remember our leaders and students will be unplugged during their trips but we will be posting up to three trip updates throughout the next couple of weeks! This will allow you to follow along with the trip and the students will also give a special shout out mid-way through! You can also follow us on Instagram, @moondanceadventures, to see more of what we are up to this summer!