The family and I went on an impromptu vacation to Maui, HI to celebrate our 9 year wedding anniversary. Traveling with our children steered us in the direction of staying at a beach resort to have the comforts of a hotel with all of the amenities, such as an awesome pool area with slides, lots of food options, and a kids club. We found all of this at The Westin Resort and Spa Ka’anapali . The beach at Ka’anapali in west Maui is one of the best on the island. We had no plans other than to enjoy the resort every day.
The last time we were in Maui I was six months pregnant with Ume. It was nice to be back with Ume again but as a six year old. The kids had a blast at the resort from seeing all the flamingos, koi fish, and parrots in the lobby pond to enjoying the pools every day. The weather held up although two hurricanes were headed our direction. We basked in mid to high 80’s weather every day. We enjoyed malasadas (fried donuts), lava flows, Hawaiian plate lunches, and the freshest mahi mahi fish. It was an ideal vacation!
We drove once into Paia which is on the northern coast and about an hour a way. Paia is a self appointed “hippie” town with the coolest boutiques to find unique souvenirs. Other than the one road trip we just stayed local in the neighboring town Lahaina and around Ka’anapali. We enjoyed running into random people from Seattle and got to share our anniversary meal with friends celebrating their anniversary on the same day.
It was great to spend a concentrated time with my family. Nothing beats seeing the joy on your kids faces from being in paradise. Hawaii is so magical and forces you to enjoy life. It was a much needed vacation for all of us.