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Chalk Talk with Maui Waui

There once was a girl named Babette,
The shyest girl you’ve ever met,
She moved to Atlanta,
Met up with a hash-a,
And now she’s a tough harriette!

Translation: Babette Burstein grew up in Texas, a quiet and modest girl. Then she moved to Atlanta and started hashing. Now she’s Maui Waui, and if you’ve met her you know she’s anything but shy.

Maui lays down the law

Maui lays down the law

Maui says she’s been hashing for 23 years. By Gispert’s sweat-stained running shorts, she doesn’t look it! She lives and hashes in San Diego, where she’s a regular at San Diego H3, Humpin’ H3, Mission Harriettes, California Larrikins . . . well, all 13 kennels, I guess. Maui has served the hash in various mismanagement positions, including Hash Cash, Haberdasher, and Hash Hugs. She also has organized a number of San Diego area hashing events.

What set of hashing traditions did Maui grow up with? Mixed kennels, live & dead hare, A-to-A and A-to-B, singing in the circle. Let’s learn a little more about her:


Maui, when & where was your first hash?

Atlanta, summer of 1986.

How did you find out about hashing?

I ran a 5K in Atlanta that was sponsored by hashers, and I met a bunch of them in the beer garden after the r**e. It seemed right up my alley, since I always loved to drink a cold brew right after a run!

How did you get your hash name?

In Atlanta, the crowd does all the namings. After my fifth run, I said that I moved to Atlanta from Hawaii, and Mazolla, who was in the back of the crowd, yelled out “Maui Waui” and it stuck! Numerous hashes have tried to rename me, but as most of my friends know, no other name would do me justice.

When & where was your first away hash?

I went to the first Hedon, but back then it was considered a local hash, so my first away hash was the Georgia/Florida Intercourse Hash in Fitzgerald, Georgia (1988?).

Where have you hashed?

Kuala Lumpur, Thailand, Viet Nam, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia, Costa Rica, Belize, Toronto, all up and down the East and West Coasts of the US, plus Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and Minnesota, just to name a few.

Any place you haven’t hashed but want to?

Africa, Brazil, Israel.

What’s the worst thing that ever happened to you at a hash?

I got lost on my own live trail. I don’t have a very good sense of direction, but I was a good runner, so Lug Nuts, my co-hare on a Black Sheep trail in Atlanta, decided that she would shortcut to the end and I would lay most of the trail. I got confused in the woods and got the entire pack lost for about 2 hours. Then Hired Snatch said, “Give me the flour and I’ll get the pack to the end!” He, subsequently, got the pack lost for another hour. I don’t remember how we finally made it to the end, but I do remember the “ice time” Lug Nuts and I had to endure for our trail.

What’s the best thing that ever happened to you at a hash?

About five years ago, at the Intergalactic circle on a beautiful summer evening out in the desert area of San Diego, Drag-along-Date & Duck Tape honored me with my own down-down song, “The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Mauuiiiiiii!” which is sung every time I do a down-down at any San Diego hash.

What’s been your most remarkable hashing experience?

Interhash 1994 in Rotarua, New Zealand. I hashed 12 to 14 days in a row between the North and South Islands and had a blast! Seeing the helicopter, carrying a huge chest filled with beers, land on top of Mount Maunganui was an incredible sight.

What do you most love about hashing? What keeps you coming back?

The people I’ve met through the years, either across the world or across the street. Some of my best friends are ones that I met in the hash plus I love going to out of town hashes and seeing old friends that I haven’t seen in a while.

What part of hashing could you do without (if anything)?

The cliques that are formed in big hashes.

Has hashing affected your personal or professional life?

Hashing has made me the person that I am today. I used to be an introvert and now I’m very outgoing and ready to volunteer in other organizations as well as the hash. It’s hard for me to think of my life in the pre-Maui years.

Do you tell everyone you meet about the hash, or only people you think might become good hashers?

Although I tell lots of people about the hash, I know it takes a certain breed and I only invite those individuals who I know can handle it.

What’s in Maui Waui’s hashing future?

North-South Intercourse ’09 in Arroyo Grande, California, right after Thanksgiving and then I’m haring the first annual “Tacky Light Tour” hash for San Diego Mission Harriettes with Semen Biscuit on December 16. I used to hare a Christmas “Tacky Light Tour” with Thar She Blows every year for Atlanta Moonlight hash so I’ve decided to start that tradition here in San Diego.

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