Maui dad Wade Robson

I would like to welcome you to a FREE community resource, brought to you by the creators of Maui Dad Apparel, fittingly called, the Maui Dad Blog: a place for Maui’s Dads to share their stories as a celebration of fatherhood on Maui. Each installment of this new blog features an interview with a different dad on Maui.

The first Maui Dad interviewee featured was Wade Robson, a documentary filmmaker and coowner of Maui Children’s Bookstore. The second was Kaleo Padillo, a metal sculptor and coowner of Padilla Designs, a local, family-owned company. We have been overjoyed by the positive responses and heartfelt nominations that we’ve received since launching the blog in September of 2014. If there is a Maui Dad that you admire and would like to see featured on the Maui Dad Blog, please send your nomination through the “contact” page at, we would love to honor him by featuring him on the blog. It is our hope that by sharing our insights as Maui Dads, we will be able to learn from, connect with, and support each other in being the best men we can be for our precious keiki, families, and island community.

Please enjoy the following excerpts from our first two Maui Dad interviews. You can read these interviews in their entirety, and find subsequent interviews, at

Excerpt from Maui Dad Interview #1 with Wade Robson:
What is your favorite thing about being a Maui Dad?
Maui’s lack of pretension and materialism. Of course, there is great wealth here, however, in comparison to LA, where I moved from, the materialism and pretension here is quite mild. To have such an absence of that as a Dad, and for Koa, is quite a blessing. One thing I’m always thankful for is that there are no billboards here, so he’s not being bombarded with consumerism every second as we drive around. When he’s looking out of the car window, he’s looking at trees, mountains, and ocean. I’m so grateful for that. You don’t have to have a fancy car or the coolest clothes to seem “worthy in society” here. You go to a gathering and people of every kind are there; the Mercedes is next to the jalopy and the guy wearing slacks and Gucci slippers is next to the guy rocking board shorts and bare feet, and they are in the same place for the same purpose. I really like that and I really like that for Koa; it’s so important for me to bring him up in a place that has a stronger sense of equanimity.

Excerpt from Maui Dad Interview #2 with Kaleo Padilla:
What is the thing that you do best as a father?
I’ve learned to trust the instincts and emotions of my kids. Its difficult to do sometimes, but when I can, I will put my own needs and expectations aside and allow them to make some decisions for us throughout the day. When I am able to do that, everything usually ends up working out better than I had originally planned! For example, if I let them choose a location or an activity for the day, we’ll magically end up at a place for lunch where a group of their friends are also eating, or we’ll end up at a beach where the weather happens to be absolutely perfect. Children are incredibly intuitive and intelligent, and are not yet jaded by our adult perspectives. When we trust their instincts we also feed their independence and grow their self-confidence, and we are reminded of how off-course and distracted from the beauty of the moment our adult agendas can be.


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