Kyle Ellison

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

After 237 years, an important piece of Hawaiian culture is returning home. Here’s why it’s such a big deal.

What gear do I need to start: Hiking

Getting drunk with my Nepalese porters

What gear do I need to start: Scuba diving

Essential packing list for trekking the Annapurna Sanctuary

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