Pineapples, Macadamia nuts, luaus, sunsets, leis, beaches … all things that are quintessential Maui! The PURE Destinations trip last week was all of this and more.
PURE had the opportunity to celebrate the successes of our global leaders with 121 guests from Australia, Korea, Thailand and the United States. It was a time for these individual to celebrate their accomplishments while spending time with fellow leaders sharing tips, tricks and lessons learned along the way. Seventeen of the attendees were first-time achievers, so it was great to see the relationships they were able to build with the more tenured leaders sharing their experiences and advice.
We welcomed our guests to the Grand Wailea property where they were treated to bags with our Maui logo and special gifts for the kids, so they could immediately hit the pool or beach! The Grand Wailea was an expansive property filled with restaurants, shopping venues, gyms, an award-winning spa, beautiful gardens, breathtaking beach views, a lazy river, a water elevator and multiple water slides perfect for the kids or that kid in each of us!
For many, it was a trip to remember even though it began not according to plan. Most of our travelers were impacted by arson that started a fire in a dormant sugarcane field. This led to thick smoke shutting down all roads and leaving travelers stranded on buses for hours. However, that didn’t hold these amazing travelers down. Later that evening, stories were shared and memories began to be made at the welcome reception with breathtaking views from the terrace overlooking the beauty of the island.
The following day, everyone got to check out the property, relax poolside or beachside, or explore all that the island had to offer. We surprised our guests with three hours to shop and experience a custom sunglasses fitting with Maui Jim. Each guest (kids included!) got to select their perfect pair of Maui sunglasses to take home. The excitement and expressions from everyone were priceless and it was fun watching them help one another shop and give feedback on “the perfect pair of glasses.”
That evening we celebrated our top global achievers with a special dinner. We brought together our Black Diamond and above ranks around the globe with a special toast from our founder and Chairman of the Board, Mr. Jung.
The next day everyone had the freedom to explore and relax. In the evening we set sail for an iconic Hawaiian sunset. Our group boarded two chartered ships, enjoyed great company, ate amazing food, listened to Ukulele music, and took in the breathtaking beauty of the Hawaiian sunsets. It truly was an experience of a lifetime and the beauty of the sky was overwhelming as the sun fell behind the endless ocean.
Day three was a day of shopping and eating! We loaded up the buses for a visit to Lahaina where we shopped for souvenirs, gifts and keepsakes to represent Hawaii. As guests boarded the buses, we handed out shopping bags and cash to get their shopping started. While in Lahaina, we rented out the Dirty Monkey restaurant, a local favorite with a great vibe, where everyone could grab a drink, snacks and food. It became a great hangout where people could share their recent finds, get input from fellow achievers and just enjoy the great company!
The following day, many visited the spa and some relaxed poolside and beachside while others took helicopter tours of the islands, ventured up the Road to Hana, snorkeled/dove the Molokini Crater or watched the Haleakala sunrise at 10,000 feet!
The last full day in Maui was a day for our achievers to take in the beauty of the island and the property. The evening was a night to remember as we hosted a private luau complete with hula dancing, fire dancers, lawn games and a feast fit for a king. It truly was a great way to say farewell to old friends and new and reflect on the amazing week and accomplishments that brought everyone together.
A couple of reoccurring highlights throughout the trip from our guests were the Napua Tower and gifts from the “PURE Fairies.” The Napua Tower provided daily times where there were breakfast, snacks and drinks allowing achievers to build a community and truly get to know one another. It was fun watching the relationships bud and grow through this common area. Also, each night the guests returned to their rooms with a special gift reflective of the island and their experiences in Maui. The achievers coined the delivery of this as “a gift from the PURE Fairies.”
Overall, it was a trip to remember and a memorable page in the book of life for all achievers. Saint Augustine once shared, “The world is a book, and those who don’t travel read only one page.” What page will you be reading next?
Check out how you can earn a trip to the Riviera Maya next March and the Amalfi Coast in Italy next June through PURE Destinations. https://livepure.com/incentive-trips
By: Shay Kiper, Vice-President of Marketing