The Scout Guide Oahu Owner Cortney Chesnut

Meet Cortney Chesnut


Cortney Chesnut is thrilled to be bringing the aloha spirit of The Scout Guide to Hawaii and to be a part of its vibrant and inspiring community. Originally from California, Cortney has lived on Oahu with her husband, Cullen, for 13 years. She has a three-year-old son, Callahan, who is 9th generation born in Hawaii, and a  dachshund named Arthur.

Cortney has a passion for design and would rather shop for furniture than clothing and she’s been a spin instructor on and off for the last 12 years. She comes from a big family, loves to snowboard, but still can’t surf, and motherhood is, by far, her greatest role in life.

Cortney holds a BA in Global Studies from UC Santa Barbara and an MBA in  International Hospitality and Tourism from Griffith University in Australia. She has studied abroad in Greece and Spain, traveled extensively and worked in some of the world’s most beautiful hotels in various roles.

At the age of 26 she started her first business, SeaLove, converting an old army truck into a mobile surf shop. From there she created her swimwear line Blithe, both of which she later sold to put all of her energy into launching her wedding planning and design company, Cortney Crane Events. She also offered clients floral design, which would later evolve into Wylder Florals.

Cortney has been an integral part of the small business community of Oahu for over 12 years and finds it to be an evolving door of incredible friendships, connections, and unparalleled inspiration. She looks forward to this exciting new endeavor with The Scout Guide ‘Ohana’ and showcasing some of the wonderful businesses that fostered her love for the beautiful island of Oahu.

A Hui Hou

Cortney's Favorite Reasons to Visit

Reason 1

The Variety: Explore the metropolitan allure of Honolulu with its vibrant nightlife, local entertainment, incredible restaurants, museums, and shopping or take a short drive and submerge yourself in nature with a shark dive in Haleiwa or a hike in the Ko’olau Mountains. From the city to the shoreline, there is something for everyone on Oahu.

Reason 2

The Beauty: Oahu boasts some of the world’s most scenic landscapes from the endless white sand beaches to the tropical mountain ranges, there is no shortage of breathtaking sights to discover. You can enjoy the sunrise at Makapu’u, the Ko’olau waterfalls after a heavy rain, the turquoise waters of the Kaneohe sandbar, the lush gardens of Waimea Valley, the coconut groves of Dillingham, the sunset at Pipeline’s famous wave, the shiny sands of Lanikai Beach, and perhaps the most iconic, the dancing lights of Waikiki’s cityscape, just to name a few.

Reason 3

The Culture: Aloha is a way of life on Oahu and it’s referred to as the ‘Gathering Place.’ The beautiful traditions of the island are embedded in family, nature, history, and celebration. Here, you will find friends and elders are given family names like ‘auntie’ and ‘uncle’. You welcome each other with a hug, instead of a handshake. A flower lei is often given as a welcome or part of a celebration. Song and dance tell the story of Hawaii’s rich Polynesian history and plate-lunch, poke, shave-ice, and fresh island fruits are bountiful. The people of Oahu are stewards of the land and sea and everywhere you go the locals will share a smile and a shaka!

WORDS TO LIVE BY:  “Life Doesn't Wait.” – unknown