Who: BAMs, BAM husbands, wives, BITs, bf’s, gf’s, and BFFs, and any other BAM-type peeps!
What: Two days of #BAMily fitness and fun in the sun.
Where: Kihei and Wailea beaches on the west coast of Maui
When: Sunday evening, April 24th to Tuesday evening, April 26th, 2016
Why: Why not? OK, better answer: Ruth and her BFF Belinda are going to Maui at the end of April 2016. A few BAMs expressed interest in combining a vacation with an epic BAMily meetup, and jokingly tossed around the idea of putting together a BAM event and inviting any and all BAMs to join. Before long, the idea became reality!
Cost: $50 US (Covers BBQ on final day, welcome pack, and prizes), but sadly, airfare and hotel are all yours.
Sample Agenda (to be finalized in coming months, but this gives you a pretty good idea)
Sunday evening: Optional welcome dinner at a local restaurant to meet everyone, get your welcome packet, and ask questions.
Monday: Fun on Land
- Early morning hike up Haleakala to see the sunrise. (Option of walking half way – from midway up to top – or just meeting at the top to appreciate the view.)
- Afternoon fitness treasure hunt
- Evening yoga and/or meditation at sunset.
Tuesday: Fun at Sea
- Morning beach volleyball drills, practice, and games
- Afternoon body surfing and waves workout challenge
- Evening farewell BBQ at sunset
- Anyone and everyone is welcome.
- Sign up by March 1, 2016. If you sign up by December 31, 2015 you will receive a leather BAMStrength bracelet!
- Participants will be required to sign a waiver upon arrival.
- Participants need to arrange their own flights, hotels, and transportation.
- Participants are responsible for their own food, water, and snacks except for the BBQ on the last day.
Are these “fitness days” going to be hard?
- First and foremost, they’re going to be fun. A hoot, really. We have some real nonsense planned.
- As for the activities, they will be as challenging as you want them to be. We are all about challenging ourselves, but not so much that we feel overwhelmed, or even worse, could hurt ourselves. All the activities will have a variety of levels of fitness, from “It’s My First Time Trying This,” to “Bring It Baby!”
- And really, it’s mostly about getting together with the #BAMily.
Where is Kihei?
- Kihei is on the west coast of Maui, smack in the middle. It is in a terrific spot as it one of the driest places on the island – if it rains, it’s only for a few minutes.
What is the time difference in Kihei?
- Maui is 6 hours behind Eastern time.
What is the weather like on Maui in April?
- From Frommers.com: The off season, when the best rates are available and the islands are less crowded, is spring (mid-Apr to mid-June) and fall (Sept to mid-Dec) — a paradox because these are the best seasons to be in Hawaii, in terms of reliably great weather.
- It’s the beginning of the dry season, with temps in the mid 80s (29 Celsius), and less than an inch of rain (2.5cm).
How far is Kihei from the airport?
- Approximately 30 minutes by car.
Do I need to rent a car?
- It depends where your hotel will be. If you are right in Kihei you can walk to the grocery store, the beach, and many restaurants. If you want to visit other areas on the island you will want a car.
- There are relatively inexpensive local rental car companies that will rent you a car that’s not shiny and new, but that’s perfectly reliable. And cheaper. Just ask if you want info. Note: if you decide to do the Road to Hana drive, make sure you get a gently used vehicle as your car will be beat up by rough roads along the way and you don’t want to be charged for nature’s unintentional dings.
Where should I stay?
- Ruth and Belinda have rented a condo at Ekahi Village in Wailea (5 minutes from Kihei). They have been here before and booked it quite a while ago to get a good rate. http://waileaekahivillage.com/
- There are many condos and hotels in Kihei and Wailea at a number of different price points.
- Just ask if you want some suggestions or ideas.
Are there other BAMs I can share a room with?
- Pretty sure there are. Just ask!
What do I need to bring?
- Most important? Sun screen, bathing suit, hat, and sun glasses. And enthusiasm!
- Many condo rentals supply beach towels, snorkels, flippers, boogie boards, beach chairs, and beach towels. You can also rent these things locally.
- For BAMapalooza you need a bathing suit, shirt and shorts, flip flops, and running shoes.
- Maui is VERY casual. You do not need fancy clothes, but if you like to dress up for dinner you most certainly can!
What are some other things I can do while in Maui?
- Maui Aquarium http://www.mauioceancenter.com
- Luau http://mauihawaiiluau.com
- Catamaran Cruise http://www.lahaina-family-vacation.com/maui-snorkeling-tours-catamarans.html
- Whale Watching http://mauiwhalewatching.com
- Surfing on the north shore http://gohawaii.about.com/od/maui/ss/west_maui_north.htm
- A meal at Mama’s Fish House http://www.mamasfishhouse.com
- The Road to Hana http://roadtohana.com
- Pineapple Plantation Tour http://adventuremaui.com/pineapple_tour.htm
Hope to see you there!!!!