How to get ahead in Maui without the beach, sun or ocean

As we’ve written countless times before, Maui is one of the world’s finest places to relax under the sun, roam the beach and enjoy the abundance of the ocean.

But what if you want more than a good tan and sand between your toes? After all, beach brain isn’t all there is to life — sometimes we need new experiences to learn, grow and become better people.

Here are five ways to make progress on Maui without the beach, sun or ocean:

Get involved in a startup

Wordcamp Maui

Wordcamp Maui

Believe it or not, there’s a small but growing tech scene on Maui. The people involved are a mix of local residents and entrepreneurs / “techies” who migrated from the mainland for a slower pace of life.

One great way to break in is to attend a Startup Weekend event (the last one in Maui was May 15-17 in Kihei) or reach out to mbloom, Maui Tech Park and High Tech Maui. If you’re a developer, check out Shaka Code.

Work on an organic farm

organic farm Maui

If you’re drawn to issues of climate change, sustainability and responsible food sourcing, you might want to consider “World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms,” or WWOOF for short.

WWOOFing is simple: you offer your time and energy on an organic farm in exchange for room and board. If you’re motivated and don’t mind the time away from your “normal life,” you can learn a whole lot about organic farming practices, lifestyle and challenges.

There are 50 WWOOF opportunities on Maui!

Expand your consciousness

yoga on Maui

Sometimes we hit a point in our life where we can’t make progress without spiritual change. For some of us, yoga and meditation are a wholesome opportunity to release our old habits, toxic thinking and get more in the present moment.

Maui — all of Hawaii, in fact — is a place of great healing and restoration, and there is no shortage of yoga teachers, wellness retreats and sacred places to “find yourself.” Many people swear by it!

Here are some places to get you started:

House hunting

maui home

Imagine knowing that at any time, you can pull the escape hatch, hop on a plane ticket and be kicking back on your lanai…on Maui of all places!

The Garden Isle offers a nice variety of terrains, climates and lifestyles from beach to jungle to cool, upcountry pastures. Contact us for our personal realtor recommendations.

Embark on a culinary adventure


Are you a foodie on a culinary adventure? Or a chef searching for some savory menu inspiration?

Maui’s regional cuisine fuses Hawaii’s diverse, cultural flavors with fresh-grown produce, grass-fed cattle and an excellent variety of fresh-caught seafood.

You can also find coffee and exotic fruit farms, craft breweries, as well as a rum distillery and wineries.

We would be delighted to be part of your next Maui vacation. If we can assist you with planning your perfect Maui vacation, please contact our Sunny Maui Vacations’ team at or at 808-240-1311 Extension 21. Let us help you reserve your vacation rental condo in South Maui and assist you with island recommendations and activity planning through our in-house Concierge at 808-240-1311 Extension 71.

Photo credits: govisitmaui, WordCamp Maui, andyorozco, David Morgan, mauitime

Need a hand with your next Maui vacation? Please contact the Sunny Maui Vacations team at or call 808-240-1311, ext. 21. We’ll find you the best vacation rental condo or rental home in South Maui and help you with any and all recommendations and activities across Maui.