Kyle Ellison is a freelance writer based somewhere between Maui and Asheville, North Carolina. He's the author of the Moon guidebook to Maui, Molokai, and Lanai, and has been published in Travel Channel, San Francisco Chronicle, Escape, Travel + Leisure, and numerous other publications. He is an alumni of the MatadorU travel writing course, and when he isn't surfing or paddling in Maui you can find him guiding standup paddle tours in Asheville, North Carolina. For a full portfolio of published work visit