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“Do you want to give it a try?” asked Just Live president
Julianne Lester. She looked like someone I could trust. Linking
hands, we faced each other and stepped up on our respective cables.
Her grasp was strong and confident; my feet were unsteady.
“No fair,” I thought. “She’s done this before.”
Still, by working together, we managed to shuffle about halfway
across before falling off, laughing.
The Wild Woozy is one of the many team-building games awaiting
your clients at Just Live, a new activity option for families and
groups visiting Kauai. Set in a grove of 200-foot Norfolk pines,
the course features 12 low elements like the Wild Woozy, where
groups problem solve, share ideas and set goals as a team. Six high
elements, like a zipline and climbing wall, let individual
participants test their self confidence while the rest of the group
cheers them on.
After creating and running successful eco-challenge camps and
clinics for children with disabilities, Lester launched Just Live
18 months ago. “I want to provide experiences that allow people to
achieve their potential,” she said. “Everything we offer here is
challenge by choice, but we encourage you to step out of your
As we strolled the wooded course, I got a firsthand look at a
man who was clearly far from comfortable. Forty feet above us, he
was inching his way across the Jungle Vines Traverse, moving his
feet along a cable while grabbing various dangling ropes for
balance. Although he was securely harnessed and a Just Live
employee held a rope that would keep him safe, he was
understandably terrified. His family shouted encouragement from
below. When finished, he beamed as he was lowered, and his clan
swarmed him with congratulatory hugs. Just Live is also beneficial
for relatives who want to reestablish communication.
“Family reunions can have a ball doing it,” Lester said. “We had
one group of in-laws and their kids who just weren’t getting along
well beforehand, and afterward they left with newfound appreciation
for each other.”
Just Live can also craft experiences for corporate groups as
large as 500 people.
“We’ll customize activities to meet your unique needs, goals and
desired outcomes,” she explained.
While a day in the forest sounds like fun for executives who
usually deal with each other in an office, it’s the end result that
Lester looks for.
“When working with any type of client, my most important goal is
to help them transfer what they’ve learned here back to their real
life,” she said. “After each group activity, we debrief and discuss
how it was symbolic of what’s happening in their work place.”
While some tests come from on high, staff members also dream up
ground-level challenges using low-rope elements and cooperative
games. The end result is a program that’s exciting, meaningful and,
Lester hopes, life changing. “Experiential learning is our focus,
first and foremost,” she said. “We want you to trust yourself, and
trust others, while taking a few healthy risks.”