The Maui Visitors Bureau has reached out to the new media community to help tell you about the wonders of visiting Maui. We will be traveling around Maui for almost a week, in conjunction with several traditional media representatives, adding our individual insights here on this blog as well as on our own blogs.
We are a diverse mix of text bloggers, photographers, and audio/video podcasters. We come from California, as well as neighboring Oahu and include two local Maui residents. We hope you will connect with us here, on Twitter, on Facebook, or even show up for one of our live events via live stream. We are not “travel writers” per se, but simply people who love to travel and who love Maui.
If you are ready to begin your trip planning, please go to VisitMaui.com where you can find all the people and places to help create your Maui vacation.
Chris Christensen – The Amateur Traveler
Chris is host of the Amateur Traveler Podcast, named one of the 50 Most Influential Travel Blogs, and numerous other awards. Chris is a former VP at LiveWorld, a company that runs online communities for companies like eBay, Marriott, American Express. He is also the producer of the the TravelCast Network, a podcast network for travel-related shows. He is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The Amateur Traveler Blog
The Travel Cast Network
Chris on Twitter
Judi Clark – Writer and Guest Blogger
Judi is a “geek girl” and Identity Coach who moved from San Francisco to Hawaii three years ago. She is what we call a “digital native” aka citizen of the internet and blends her knowledge of technology with excellent writing skills and active support for community development. She is one of the rare few who can “guest blog” like a native, as she dives into her subject matter as a professional researcher and applies her insider knowledge of writing for the web. She is based on O?ahu.
Judi’s Digital ID Coach Blog
Judi on Twitter
Roxanne Darling – Campaign Manager & Host of Beach Walks with Rox
Rox conceived of this Social Media Campaign for the Maui Visitors Bureau, and is responsible for putting together the team and making sure this initial exercise is a successful one! Beach Walks with Rox is her award-winning internet TV show, with over 750 episodes, 2 million downloads, and viewers in over 70 countries. It is co-produced by her partner Shane Robinson. Rox is also a partner at Bare Feet Studios, a web development & social media advisory, founding member of the Social Media Club, and the Hawaii Chapter of the Social Media Club. She was rated #24 of the 50 Most Influential Women in Social Media. She also is the founder of Podcamp + Wordcamp Hawaii, one of the most successful podcamp and wordcamp events ever and has been training companies in how to use new media and social networks since January, 2005. She is based on Oʻahu.
Beach Walks with Rox
Bare Feet Studios
Social Media Club Hawaii
Rox on Twitter
Rox’s Personal Blog
Peter Liu – Technologist, social media consultant, photographer
And green living and sustainability advocate, science nerd, foodie, divemaster, former Silicon Valley techie. He is a professional photographer and former executive at Netscape, with a growing social media practice. You could say he well-optimized on both the left and the right side of his brain. Peter lives on Maui with his wife Kathy.
In A Cool Hour
Kaiscapes – Peter’s Social Media Practice
Peter Liu Photography
Peter on Twitter
Liza Pierce – Blogger, A Maui Blog, Social Media Strategist
Liza created A Maui Blog, the premier blog covering life on Maui since December, 2006. She is a 40-something Maui mom who provides “reliable information on Maui’s happenings & local events, word of mouth recommendations of the best of the best on the island” and is committed to supporting Maui businesses share their stories with visitors and locals alike. She lives on Maui with her beautiful and active family. . Many of her personal musings and family adventures are also found on her personal blog Liza’s Eyeview. Liza is a social media enthusiast and her favorite platform is Twitter.
A Maui Blog
Liza on Twitter
Liza’s Personal Blog
Liza on Posterous
Shane Robinson – Programmer, Photographer, Secret Cameraman
Shane is CTO at Bare Feet Studios and Roxanne’s backwards’ walking Secret Cameraman on BeachWalks.tv. He is the one who keeps the servers running, writes the code, and builds the workflow to save us time and energy. Like Peter, he has both sides of his brain firing at full capacity, and recently had one of his photos accepted into a juried exhibition in Honolulu.
Shane’s Photography Blog
Bare Feet Studios
Shane on Twitter