Aloha from our Adventure Tour guides!

Ohana means family in Hawaiian. When you hire Epic Experience Maui for one of our private tours, you become part of our ohana during your adventure and after we part ways.

Our guides are an amazing group of Maui adventure seekers who are thoroughly trained, highly experienced, very professional, safe, skilled and extremely knowledgable. We pride ourselves in taking great care of you, your family and friends, and enjoy nothing more than sharing the beautiful Island of Maui!


 

 

Emily Machernis

Founder | Type-A Wanderluster

 
 

What’s your Maui story?

My family had visited the Big Island for about the past 12 years for vacation. I always knew I would be out here someday, and finally when my lease was up living in NYC I decided it was time! I landed on the Big Island first, and was so attracted to the beautiful playground of Maui that it became my happy home :-)

What is your favorite hobby or pastime on Maui?

Surfing! Always surfing. I am lucky to be able to hike and adventure as a guide, and in any free time I have I am looking for waves. It’s a continual process, and I am always trying to get better!

What do you never leave home without?

Pretty much everything and anything. My car typically looks like I live out of it. Too many things to do in the day!

What emoticon do you use the most?

Definitely the face that is laughing so hard it’s crying. I love to laugh and do it often!

magen schifiliti

Guide | upcountry Science Geek

 
 

What’s your Maui story?

I was living in Perth, Western Australia getting my masters degree. My visa expired and I had 10 days to figure out my next move. Maui, Hawaii had always captivated me, so I sold everything I had and moved to the Valley Isle. I'm here because I believe that Maui never stops giving if you open yourself up to it.

What REALLY gets you stoked?

NUDIBRANCHES, and please ask me to tell you more.

What emoticon do you use the most?

The thumbs up!

Why are you a Tour Guide with Epic Experience Maui?

I am an a Tour Guide for Epic Experience Maui because I love sharing my knowledge with people and showing them why I love the island of Maui so much. I like to take people out of their comfort zone and help them do things they normally would not do on their own. Seeing the joy they get from their accomplishments and these adventure experiences is one of the most rewarding parts of my job.

Drew Sulock

Guide | The Optimistic Cynic

 
 

What is your favorite hobby or pastime on Maui?

You can always find me rock climbing, and if not there then surfing, diving, or discovering a new adventure to embark on!

What is your favorite aspect of Hawaiian culture?

The thing that most impresses me is their connection with the land. Every nook and hillside has a name, every place seems to have a sacred meaning and an important place in history, I love that.

What do you never leave home without?

I rarely leave home without my camera bag. It saved my life (literally) and now I make a living with it.

Why are you a Tour Guide with Epic Experience Maui?

I get to show people the most spectacular parts of Maui. And, after the short "getting to know you phase of the day", our tours genuinely feel like I'm showing close friends around the epic beaches and waterfalls of Maui, which is what I would want to be doing on any given day anyway.

Dave Ponce

Guide | The Many-Hatted Explorer

 
 

What’s your Maui story?

Proudly hailing from the tropical paradise of Wisconsin, I decided early on to explore our country and the world (especially those parts spared of -25°F winters). After a couple years volunteering across the USA with AmeriCorps and another 5 years teaching and traveling Latin America and Southeast Asia, I found myself a Dive-master in Komodo, Indonesia.  Lured by easier proximity to family, friends, and good beer; I decided that it was time to leave behind the visas and the squat toilets and head to the USA. Given my pick of anywhere in the country, I decided to make my home on the beautiful laid-back island of Maui.

What REALLY gets you stoked?

Getting out in nature- I feel the most alive when I'm outside.  Last summer I hiked 1,000 miles of the absolutely stunning Pacific Crest Trail. For 70 days I simplified. I stepped back from the bustle of civilization to get back to the basics of simple living, and took the time to listen to whatever inspired and spoke to me. It was an experience that changed me forever.

What is your favorite aspect of Hawaiian culture?

When you’re on the beach and you hear adults and kids talking, it seems they refer to all the adults as Auntie or Uncle. What you’re really hearing, however, is the strength of the Hawaiian culture and its tight-knit community. Hawaiian culture believes it takes a village to raise a child, and so kids refer to the adults in their lives as Aunties or Uncles.  I love this aspect of Hawaiian culture and I think that interconnectedness is a big part of the reason why Hawaii is always rated the USA’s “happiest state.”