Travel Diary: MauiLife
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!