Laura Berbusse

About Laura

Laura Berbusse

Originally from Orange County, California, Laura’s family moved to a small–really small–rural town in Arkansas when she was in first grade.  The distinct differences between the two locales fueled her intense interest in cultural and geographical phenomena of the world.

While obtaining her B.A. in Writing from University of Central Arkansas, she participated in a couple of study abroad programs (to St. Petersburg, Russia, and Cork, Ireland, respectively).  Both left her anxious to plan her own adventures, and she even ran (okay, flew) away during the latter in order to catch a once-in-a-lifetime musical performance in Dublin.

Once her passion settled on the Marshallese language as well as other languages of the Pacific, she moved to Hawai'i in 2009 to pursue her M.A. in Linguistics at University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.  She dedicates her free time to experiencing everything she and the Hawaiian Islands have to offer (whether it’s a cozy local coffee house or a fantastic dive spot) as well as what she can offer the aina in the way of volunteering.   She regularly goes SCUBA diving, Tahitian dancing, surfing, and kickballing.

Special Interests

Laura knows a lot about:

  • Singing
  • Flat bicycle tires
  • Linguistics

Laura's Special Recommendations

Laura says, “Don’t leave Maui without jumping into Venus Pool at sunrise.”

10Best Lists by Laura Berbusse

10 Best Seafood Places on Maui
10Best List

As the old saying goes, hard work always makes food taste better.  If that’s true then your vacation is the perfect time to conduct the ultimate taste test.  And what better place to evaluate...


10 Best Maui Restaurants
10Best List

We've all heard the phrase, "The way to a man's heart is through his stomach."  To take this motto one step further, it might also be said that the way to aloha, the spirit of the Hawaiian Islands, is through...


10 Best Nightlife Spots on Maui
10Best List

Most visitors to Maui are looking to escape the busy nature and stress of everyday life. However, many still appreciate planned busyness and enjoy regular visits to local taverns. If you are a night owl traveling...


Best Attractions & Activities on Maui
10Best List

Yearning for the spray of salt water in your face as you zip across the ocean surface in a catamaran sailboat?  Dying to meet a few lively sea creatures face-to-face in their submarine homes? Or do your interests...


10 Best Hotels & Lodging on Maui
10Best List

As inconvenient as it is, as humans, we must sleep. As a result of turning from our nomadic wasy and settling into permanent dwellings some 10,000 years ago, we are no longer used to the process of seeking out a...