“I’m a bug nerd,” says a beaming Nicole, who earned two master’s degrees before joining Hike Maui. “My first degree specialized in insects, and the second one in marine life . . . I like to say I have one on land and one in the ocean.”
Nicole relocated to Maui to teach biology at University of Hawaiʻi-Maui College, so it’s no surprise her tours are equal parts exhilarating and educational. “My two favorite things are being outside and biology, so this is like a field trip every day.”
A lifelong learner, Nicole also speaks French, Spanish, and even a bit of Japanese. And here’s a fun fact: After a brief stint at the Hawaiʻi state legislature, Nicole ran for political office in 2014. When she’s not exploring a trail or geeking out over critters, you’ll find her salsa dancing at a local community hall.
Guest quote: Our guide Nicole was fantastic! She taught us so much about the history of Maui, volcanoes, marine life, land and sea animals, and plants. She’s very personable, and interacted with every person on the tour.