"Wade took a personal interest in my fear of the ocean resulting from almost drowning on the Big Island. He patiently gave reassurance and support during a day of snorkeling. Included was a nice hike along lava and coral beaches where Wade pointed out local Hawaiian history. He is fun to be around- great sense of humor- and, for us “alternative travelers”, very easy on the eyes! I highly recommend this addition to Maui activities."
Originally from Upstate New York, Wade earned his B.S. in Zoology at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT. It was a summer job in Honolulu during college that first ignited Wade’s passion for Hawai’i. Upon graduation from BYU in 1999, he took the leap of faith to follow his dreams and start a new life in the Islands.
Wade completed his graduate work in Ethnobotany at the University of Hawaii at Manoa on O’ahu. His studies allowed him extensive travel throughout Hawai’i, as well as Southeast Asia. His two main projects involved documenting the hunting practices of the Mentawai people in Siberut Indonesia, and assessing the cultural implications of psychoactive plant use in Hawai’i.
During graduate school, Wade worked as environmental educator with the non-profit Hawaii Nature Center in Makiki Valley, where he realized his love for teaching in Nature. It was to manage the Center in ‘Iao Valley that Wade initially moved to Maui in 2006.
Since moving to Maui, Wade has continued his education, completing courses in Hawaiian language, history, and culture at the University of Hawaii, Maui Campus.
Wade started No Ka Oi Adventures in January 2010 as a way for him to live his dreams and share his passion for Hawai’i with visitors. His private and small-group adventures on Maui and the Big Island aim to be both informative and fun.Wade lives with his partner in Kihei, South Maui.