How To Travel, Surf, And Be An Islander | Amber and Ryan from Hawaii | Real Life Diabetes Podcast 8

How To Travel, Surf, And Be An Islander | Real Life Diabetes Podcast 8

All in all, Amber and Ryan were pumped to cross paths on the island of Maui and share their traveling journeys to date. How do each of them deal with airport security? What do they eat in airports? Snacks? You know they both had snacks. At the time, Ryan had been on Maui for a month, mainly combing beaches and pretending to be a surfer. Amber focused on socializing in every happy hour across the island for two weeks. She breaks down the Hawaiian culture and cuisine, while he gives us insight into managing blood sugar while surfing.


Aloha. We hope you enjoy a few show notes and links from our adventure to Maui.

Amber’s first stop at the lovely Royal Lahaina Resort. She enjoyed her first few days in a resort setting before moving on to other parts of the island.

Royal Lahaina

Ryan books a room for 6 weeks and Amber stays in a random side house via airbnb.com.


Maui Sunrise Downhill Bike Ride

RipCurl – Ryan loves this brand more than most people.


We purchased a GoPro to document our ridiculous adventures. Watch out world – now you can watch the DDG on the big screen. GoPro

Whew… Ryan documents his time on the board. Here’s a look at a day in the ocean with Ryan… and diabetes.

CVS – we need pharmacies in airports. We are planting the seed – MAKE IT HAPPEN.

Ryan’s Instagram photo documents the diabetes supplies he packed for his journey. Are you following the DDG on Instagram? All the cool kids are doing it.

Ryan's Supplies

Best Restaurant Ever in Makawao = Market Fresh Bistro. Everything is made fresh and grown in the area.

Brie Fritters

Tomato salad, kalmata  with goat cheese fritters.
Tofu Sandwich

Tofu and eggplant sandwich on freshly baked bread (Ryan’s newest addiction while in Hawaii). CLICK HERE to read his latest rant on this addiction.

Mana Foods in Paia. Damn good produce, tabouli, all things organic and is a great spot for people watching.

Mana Foods

Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon in Paia – This is a must stop a badass happy hour and is the go-to pub for Willie Nelson and his family.

Charley's Saloon

YUM- We enjoyed a Coconut Porter by the Maui Brewing Co. and a Longboard Ale by the Kona Brewing Co. Kona Brewing Co.

Bobo’s Oat Bars – Can always be found in Ryan’s backpack when traveling…should he remember to pack snacks.

BOBO's Oat Bars

Clif Bars – YUM. Clif Bars are a DDG staple.

Clif Bar

Qdoba – One of Ryan’s go-to airport stops for food.


Fruitarian Diet – less fat and oils. Future Podcast coming soon. We would love to hear your thoughts so drop us a comment via the DDG SpeakPipe link or iTunes review. We dig hearing your voice.

Amber wanted to smell like a coconut so she purchased Hawaiian Tropic Sunscreen. Mission accomplished.

Hawaiin TropicRyan and Amber both ponied-up to the bar for a wonderful meal and experience at Fleetwood’s On Front Street. They accommodated Amber’s “particular” choices and Ryan’s vegan lifestyle.


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