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Halfway to Hana: Home of ‘The Original’ Banana Bread

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the resort After swimming in Haipua’ena Falls and Ching’s Pond, our kids had worked up an appetite, and we wished we had taken the advice of the staff at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel and purchased a picnic lunch to take with us on our excursion. Thankfully, we arrived upon the Halfway to Hana food stand that had not only food to fuel our kids, but also the best banana bread our taste buds had ever experienced. When we arrived at the food stand, the parking lot was full. We found a spot along the side of the road and then walked up to see what they had to offer. After swimming, and cliff diving, our kids were willing to eat anything. I ordered them all a hot dog and a large bottle of...

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Blue Sapphire Pools: Ching’s Pond and Falls in Maui

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the resort While staying at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, we embarked on an adventure of a lifetime exploring the hidden waterfalls of Maui. After swimming at Haipua’ena Falls, our next stop was Ching’s Pond & Falls. Parking was difficult at this stop along the road to Hana, but we managed to find a spot along the side of the road. When we arrived at the falls, locals were having a family barbecue at the falls. As we walked down to the waterfall, there were warning signs that we were trespassing on private property. At first, I was worried, but some locals were swimming down in the pools invited us to continue down for some water fun. When we arrived at the pools, it was the most beautiful place I have ever seen in...

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Hidden Haipua’ena Falls in Maui

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the resort Our family has done the road to Hana multiple times in the past, but every time we would always get stuck at the more “touristy” stops along the road. This year, my daughter and I did some research to find some more secluded stops that featured more waterfall swimming and less hiking. We left the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel around 8:00 and skipped Twin Falls for haipua’ena falls, and it was the best decision we ever made. Since we arrived at the falls early, and most tourists were at Twin Falls, we had the entire waterfall and swimming pool to ourselves. The one thing that I loved about this swimming area is that it was about 10-20 feet from the road (perfect stop if you have grandparents or young children traveling with...

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Hula Lessons at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the resort During our stay at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, our children signed up for many cultural classes that are offered to guests staying at the resort. My daughter has always wanted to learn how to do the hula, and she was counting down the days until she would take hula lessons at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel. The morning of the class, we met the instructor on the grass near the pool. She greeted everyone and then started to teach the basics of the hula. She took her time to ensure that everyone in the class was comfortable before turning on some Hawaiian music. It was just minutes before everyone in the class was dancing the hula. My younger son who was hesitant about taking the class because he thought the hula was...

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Dinner & Live Entertainment at Maui’s Tiki Terrace

Posted by on Jul 26, 2017 in Dining, Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 0 comments

 We visited as a guest of the resort After our first day in Maui, we were in the mood for some delicious food. There are so many choices when it comes to dining in Maui, and especially in the Lahaina and Ka’anapali Beach area. When planning our trip, I had so many friends recommend Tiki Terrace at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, and since we were staying at the resort, it made it an easy choice to enjoy our first dinner on the island. The best part about the Tiki Terrace at the Ka’anapali Beach is the live entertainment. The resort offers free live entertainment every night for guests staying or dining at the resort starting at 6pm. We made our reservations for 6:30pm so that we could enjoy the live entertainment while dining on the restaurant patio. When we...

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Learning to Play the Ukulele at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the resort When we first arrived at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, we recieved an invitation for our children to sign up for an Aloha passport. Little did we know at the time, but the Aloha passport would immerse our children into the Hawaiian culture. Our kids went to the activities desk where they were given a passport to use during their stay at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel. The passport had places for kids to get a stamp after participating in a different cultural activity happening at the resort, and after getting a stamp, they could return to the activity desk to receive a prize. The first cultural class that our kids took at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel was ukulele lessons. One of the cultural directors at the resort, Rance, led the class. He brought...

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Best Fish Tacos in Maui: Ono Tacos

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017 in Dining, Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the resort If you’ve been following our blog for any length of time, then you know about my obsession with tacos. Everywhere that I travel, I have to try and find the best tacos in the area. The last place that I expected to find good tacos was while on our trip to Maui. It was our first day together as a family on the island, and we just finished paddle boarding with Hale Huakaʻi around black rock, and we were relaxing on the beach under a cabana at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel when I received an Instagram message from one of our readers. She had noticed that we were in Maui and knew my love for tacos, and recommended that I try Ono Tacos. I immediately googled the taco shop and realized...

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Stand Up Paddle Board Lesson at Hale Huakaʻi

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 1 comment

 We stayed as a guest of the resort The alarm went off in our spacious room at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel in Maui, and I opened the curtains to reveal a beautiful view of the ocean with my children who had arrived on the island the evening before. As I opened the curtains, my kids all said, “wow.” They were in awe of the beautiful view. Then I surprised them with the news that we were going down to the beach to have a family Stand Up Paddle board (SUP) lesson at Hale Huakaʻi. Hale Huakaʻi is a public activities center located on the resort where they offer snorkeling, cabana rentals, SUP, and more. Our kids got their swim gear on and after a filling breakfast at the Tiki Terrace; we went to meet our instructor at the beach....

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Best Shave Ice in Maui: Gus’ Hawaiian Shave Ice

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in Dining, Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the resort After checking into the beautiful Ka’anapali Beach Hotel in Maui, I went for a short drive up north to see the Nakalele Blowhole. While on my way to the blowhole, I was admiring the lush landscaping when I spotted the cutest VW bus I have ever seen on the side of the road. When I noticed that the sign on top of the bus said “shave ice,” I turned my car around to enjoy a sweet and refreshing treat at Gus’ Hawaiian Shave Ice. Little did I realize that I was about to sink my taste buds into the best shave ice I have ever had. Inside of the bus was the nicest man who helped to navigate me through their menu. There were so many delicious flavor choices and of...

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Nakalele Blowhole in Maui

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 0 comments

 We stayed as a guest of the resort When our family recently visited Maui, I had a different flight than my husband and kids, and I arrived on the island a couple of hours earlier. It ended up being a brilliant way of traveling because I was able to rent our car, check into our room at the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, and get some groceries for the week. Then when my husband arrived with the kids, it was a much more relaxing and less stressful arrival for the kids and us. Once I was done checking into the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, I decided to take the car for a short drive up north to explore. One thing that had been on my bucket list for quite awhile was to visit the Nakalele Blowhole in Maui. I had read mixed...

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Ultimate Sailing Adventure with Sail Trilogy in Maui

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Featured, Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 0 comments

 Media Rate Received On our last day in Maui we wanted to do something extra special, so we made reservations for an afternoon snorkel adventure with Sail Trilogy. We arrived at the Lahaina Harbor early in the morning where we were greeted by the boat captain who welcomed us onto his boat for what would be one of the best days we spent in Maui. The boat was large, clean and not overcrowded like many of the snorkel tours we have taken in the past. Our kids got comfortable on the mesh part of the catamaran as we took off for Olowalu “Turtle Town.” While on our way to the snorkel destination, the staff came around to serve all the guests refreshing drinks and appetizers. It was the perfect way to begin our afternoon on the water. Once we...

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10 Reasons to Stay at The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Featured, Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 1 comment

 We stayed as a guest of the Ritz-Carlton When planning a family vacation on the island of Maui, there are so many choices of places to stay. It can be overwhelming trying to figure out what resort is the best fit for your family to create special memories. The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua is a top choice for families visiting the area, and these are 10 great reasons to stay at this resort when visiting Maui. Spacious Rooms The resort offers plenty of room for growing families. There is lots of space surrounding the beds, added drawers for storing clothes and large bathrooms. In Room Kitchens When planning our stay at The Ritz-Carlton we reserved a one bedroom Residential Suite. The room featured a large dining table, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, sink, dishes and cooking utensils. This type of room is especially...

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Educational and Unforgettable Whale Watching with Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Hawaii, Maui, Travel | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the Ritz-Carlton We have been whale watching a million times, but we have never experienced anything quite like we did while on the Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment whale watching trip in Hawaii. We registered our family for the trip during our stay at The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, but the trip is open to other visitors on the island to experience. We met our guide, Ali, at the on site building at the resort where our family was given a short educational talk about the whales we were going to be looking for out on the ocean, and what to expect during our trip. The guide then took our family to a private van where we were driven to Lahaina where we would board a boat for the excursion. Next, we boarded a...

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Google Street Team Enhances Hawaii Vacation Experience

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Hawaii, Travel | 0 comments

  Are you planning an upcoming Hawaii vacation? The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau and Google Maps have worked together to create brand-new 360-degree images of the rich beauty throughout the Hawaiian Islands. This is an ongoing project to eventually cover all six Hawaiian Islands to help visitors with planning and navigating their vacation to the islands. Google Map users can now explore hiking trails, parks, historical sites, and beaches on Hawai‘i! The project first began in July of 2013 on Hawai‘i, the Big Island with Kailua- Kona-based eco-tourism company Hawai‘i Forest and Trail mapping out the first set of 15 trails. “It was great to hit the trails on Hawai‘i Island with a new mission and purpose,” said Rob Pacheco, president and founder of Hawai‘i Forest and Trail, whose company hiked a total of 68.4 miles with the...

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