Old Lahaina Luau Maui

Travel Diary: Maui


I was planning to get this post out as soon as we got back, but I got the flu and have been in bed for the last five days. Ugh! I’m starting to feel a little better, so I thought I’d share with you some of the highlights from our amazing trip to Maui!

I’d never been to Hawaii before, and I managed to convince my sister Jenny and my brother Nick to join us. Add all of the kids, and we were a party of 10 headed for paradise! It was snowing when we left Salt Lake City, so the 80-degree temperatures were absolutely blissful once we arrived.


We stayed at a resort called the Kaanapali Beach Club, and had a great experience there. It’s right on the beach, and our room had a wraparound balcony that we used every morning to sip coffee and watch the sun rise. It also had a great pool, two hot tubs, and an outdoor mini golf course.

On our first morning there we didn’t have any food in the room so we took the kids out to breakfast. There was a great place within walking distance called Slappy Cakes, where the kids were able to make pancakes right there on the table. It was a hit! Everything there is made with real ingredients from scratch, so the food was as good as the experience. If you go to Maui with kids, I highly recommend it!

Slappy Cakes Maui

There were many afternoons spent on the beach, where the kids had a blast boogie boarding and playing in the sand. The adults got to enjoy snorkeling, and I was shocked at how many fish were swimming all around us! We saw tons of whales, which was an absolutely amazing and surreal experience. We rented our snorkel gear and boogie boards for the whole week from The Snorkel Store, and I would definitely recommend going that route if you’re going to be spending a week on the island.

Maui Hawaii

One of our biggest splurges of the trip was to take the whole lot of us to a luau. My sister had been to one when she visited Maui and said it was one of her favorite things that she did. We went to the Old Lahaina Luau and it was over-the-top incredible! We were greeted with mai tais and fresh leis, accompanied by live ukelele playing and singing. The food was amazing (especially the in-ground roasted pig!) and the kids were dazzled by the song and dance show. Oh, and they sent us off with the most amazing banana bread I’ve ever had in my life. Ever.

Old Lahaina Luau

One of the first things everyone told me when I mentioned I was going to Maui was that I just HAD to do the Road to Hana. My sister concurred, so we planned an entire day to caravan in two cars. The weather was perfect, and every stop was more stunning than the last. Sadly, my son and daughter both came down with the flu during the ride and ended up puking several times. They were troopers, though, and we made it all the way to Hana. My favorite stop was at the Garden of Eden, where you could see the ocean cliffs featured in Jurassic Park. I couldn’t believe just how gorgeous everything was.

Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii

The last, and arguably best, highlight of the trip was a dinner at Mama’s Fish House. I had told my sister my only request for the trip was an adults-only dinner, and she went way over the top! You have probably seen Mama’s Fish House on any celebrity’s Instagram that visits the island, and believe me the hype is justified. The restaurant sits on a private beach, and the food was indescribable. Hands down, the best meal I have ever had!

Mama's Fish House Maui

As you can see, we had the trip of a lifetime! And it was so special to me to be able to spend a week with my siblings. Have you ever been to Hawaii? What was your favorite part?

Thanks so much for reading!


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  • Emily February 13, 2018

    This looks like such an awesome time. I want to go so badly!!

    • hmellick4@gmail.com February 14, 2018

      It was so amazing. You should definitely make the trip one day!

  • Stephanie February 13, 2018

    Isn’t Hawaii amazing? I went about 5 years ago for the first time and loved it!! And I went to the same pancake place. OBSESSED. I’ve been begging my husband to go back. It looks like you and your family had a wonderful time. – Stephanie | http://www.theborrowedbabes.com

    • hmellick4@gmail.com February 13, 2018

      Haha, a fellow Slappy Cakes lover! I wish they had one where I live…I’d go every weekend!

  • Evelyn, PathofPresence February 13, 2018

    Yay!! A great Maui Trip – what dreams are made of! I lived there for 5 years – and it was wonderful. Loved reading this post as it reminds me of home. So glad you got to see such variety. Next time you go, be sure to visit the South Maui and Makena. There are amazing tide pools on the rocks that will add to your Love of the aina (land). Xox aloha 🌺

    • hmellick4@gmail.com February 13, 2018

      Oh, I would jump at the chance to live there! It was so tourist-friendly and yet still so culturally rich. I’ll definitely take your advice on my next trip!

  • Sarah Tapley February 12, 2018

    I am so happy you had such an amazing vacation with your family!! It looks so beautiful!!

    • hmellick4@gmail.com February 13, 2018

      Thanks, bestie! It was amazingly beautiful!

  • Laurient February 12, 2018

    I’ve always wanted to visit Maui. I want to go even more now after seeing your beautiful photos!

    • hmellick4@gmail.com February 13, 2018

      You will absolutely love it! Everything is so beautiful, and life just moves slower there.

  • Chrissy February 12, 2018

    I’ve never been to Hawaii yet, but it’s definitely on my bucketlist! x

    • hmellick4@gmail.com February 13, 2018

      It is so worth the trip! It’s a pain to get there, but completely worth it. I hope you make it one day!

  • Kelly Edgar February 12, 2018

    What a wonderful trip! The pictures are gorgeous. I would love to return to Hawaii to see more

    • hmellick4@gmail.com February 13, 2018

      I want to return as well…I’d love to eventually visit every island!

  • Chuky Reyna February 12, 2018

    What a wonderful trip! I’m dying to go to Hawaii!

    • hmellick4@gmail.com February 12, 2018

      It is completely worth the time and expense…it’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever been!

  • Patricia-Ann Que February 12, 2018

    reading this makes me want to go on holiday! and dont know why, this makes me want to rewatch moana!

    • hmellick4@gmail.com February 12, 2018

      We watched Moana like five times while we were there! I still have the song ‘Shiny’ stuck in my head, lol!

  • Riva Treasure February 12, 2018

    Wow, that black sand beach look gorgeous and is it bad that I want to go to the pancake place as an adult??

    Riva | http://www.whatrivawore.com

    • hmellick4@gmail.com February 12, 2018

      Oh totally…Slappy Cakes also makes a mean Bloody Mary! And the black sand was so weird, and so beautiful!

  • Ren February 12, 2018

    OOO! Your trip looks amazing. I have never been to Hawaii but it is definitely on our travel list!! Your photos are just stunning!!

    • hmellick4@gmail.com February 12, 2018

      Thank you! You should definitely try to get there one day…it’s incredible!

  • Susannah February 12, 2018

    We’re leaving for Hawaii today and this has made me so excited! Looks like your resort was great!

    • hmellick4@gmail.com February 12, 2018

      Oh my gosh, you are going to have the best time! Have a wonderful trip!

  • Purity February 12, 2018

    Is it me or does the garden of Eden look like the island on Moana? That’s honestly the first thing that came to mind when I saw this post and the pictures look oh so lovely. You guys look like you had such a blast!

    • hmellick4@gmail.com February 12, 2018

      Lol, you have no idea how many times we watched Moana leading up to the trip! And yes, the garden was the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. Surreal!

  • Lisa February 12, 2018

    We have been to Hawaii a few times. Our all time favourite memory is visiting the Polynesian Cultural Centre in Oahu. Learning about the cultures on different Hawaiian islands was very interesting and the luau was excellent!

    • hmellick4@gmail.com February 12, 2018

      I learned more about Polynesian history during the luau than I ever knew before. It was so cool, and I left with a much greater appreciation for the native Hawaiian people.

  • Roxy Tries February 12, 2018

    WOW! I’ve never been to Hawaii, but it’s on the bucket list. Looks and sounds like you had a great time!

    • hmellick4@gmail.com February 12, 2018

      It’s definitely worth the time and expense to go…it’s unlike any place I’ve ever seen!

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