KAPALUA - Launched to assist clients as they redefine the meaning, identity and structure of their lives, the Maui Transitions Center recently opened in Kapalua.
Co-founded and directed by Dayle and William Spencer, the business began almost as an afterthought 15 years ago on Maui.
In its early years, mostly executives and CEOs attended the company's five-day program that combines the beauty of nature and an intelligent methodology to achieve what many have called "a life-changing experience."
From left, Rev. Piula Ala'ilima and Dayle and Will Spencer open the Maui Transitions Center. Photo by Sue Camphouse
The Spencers - who are not therapists - draw on their backgrounds in law, management and international conflict resolution to assist clients facing personal or professional changes and help them learn how to better manage their transitions.
Located at 700 Village Road, the new center plans to kickoff an expanded program of events and marketing designed to bring more visitors to West Maui and Kapalua.
Maui Transitions Center is one of several programs of the PANGAEA Group Inc., a business consulting practice begun by the Spencers in 1990.
For 20 years, the principals of PANGAEA have worked with many Hawaii- and Maui-based companies, as well as Fortune Fifty organizations around the world, in the areas of strategic planning, conflict resolution and team building.
The Spencers lived on Maui for 12 years, rearing their three children here and growing their global consulting practice.
They are excited to be back after a period on the Mainland.
"Maui is a wonderful place to live, and moreover, its captivating brand is an attraction to clients we serve from all over the world," said Dayle, a former federal prosecutor and founding director of the Programs on Conflict Resolution at the Carter Center of Emory University in Atlanta.
She added, "People come here from many other beautiful places because they experience Maui as a perfect place to rediscover how they want to live the rest of their lives."
According to William, many Baby Boomers and even younger "Generation X" successful entrepreneurs are reevaluating their lives and asking, "... how do I want to live deliberately during my second act, the latter half of my life?"
Others seek a sense of renewal after a major change has occurred in their life.
They attribute the success of the program to date to its highly experiential nature, intensity and unique learning process.
Some participants have called the program a "camp of tough love."
For more information and scheduled program dates and rates, visit www.mauitransitionscenter.com.
Guests gathered at sunset on Oct. 13 near the site of the former first tee of the Kapalua Village Golf Course to celebrate the opening of the Maui Transitions Center.
West and South Maui Sen. Roz Baker and Deidre Tegarden, Maui liaison for Gov. Neil Abercrombie, attended the event.