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People often ask me what are my favorite travel destinations and Hawaii always makes my short list. Families love Hawaii for its warm ocean waves, sandy beaches, activities aplenty and welcoming spirit of Aloha. With six Hawaiian islands, each with its own character and offerings, it can be hard to choose which is best for your family. I have been to five of the six visitable islands and Maui is a favorite. In fact, years ago, my husband and I were seriously considering buying a condo in Kaanapali on Maui. (Oh, how I wish that dream had panned out!) Join me at a #KidsNTrips Twitter party this Thursday, May 22 to discover why to visit Maui's Kaanapali with kids. You could even win fabulous Kaanapali vacation prizes just for participating!

Kaanapali with Kids Twitter Party

Where to stay in Kaanapali with kids

If you've been to Maui, you've probably been to Kaanapali. This gorgeous three-mile stretch of beach is where you'll find many of the island's best hotels, like the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, named the Best Pool for Toddlers and Little Kids by Travel Mamas and the Kaanapali Beach Hotel, known as Hawaii's Most Hawaiian Hotel. (You could win a two-night stay at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel just for participating in the #KidsNTrips party!) The area is also home to many rental condominiums, like the spacious and resort-like Kaanapali Alii.

Kaanapali Alii and Kaanapali Beach

View of Kaanapali Alii and Kaanapali Beach (Photo by Colleen Lanin)

Kaanapali for active families

Active families will love the array of activities in Kaanapali. Book a whale-watching tour, go snorkeling or scuba diving, try wind surfing or parasailing, or take a family surf lesson. The fun doesn't end at the beach, though. There's also zip-lining over Maui's lush landscape, and for golfers, courses with spectacular views.

Maui surf lesson

Maui surf lesson (Photo by Colleen Lanin)

Hawaiian culture and history

Interested in experiencing some of Hawaii's rich heritage during your stay? Be sure to attend a luau, featuring traditional Hawaiian dancing, music and foods. (You could win a $255 gift card to Drums of the Pacific Lu'au at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa for participating in the Kaanapali with Kids #KidsNTrips Twitter party!) Then embark on the free Kaanapali Historical Trail & History and Legends Tour. For an interactive cultural experience, some hotels offer classes in lei-making, hula, ukulele playing, and more.

Win a Drums of the Pacific Lu'au at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa!

Win a Drums of the Pacific Lu'au at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa! (Photo from the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa website)

Kids play while parents relax

Many Kaanapali resorts also offer kids camps with all sorts of fun activities from arts and crafts to games and outings. While the kids are busy playing, Mom (or Dad!) can relax with a spa treatment or two.

Shopping at Whalers Village in Kaanapali, Maui

Shopping at Whalers Village (Photo provided by Kaanapali Resorts)

Whalers Village

In Kaanapali, you'll also find Whalers Village Shopping Center, a hub of activity that is home to 90 shops, several dining options. This oceanfront shopping area is home to Whalers Village Museum, where adults and kids can learn about Maui's whaling history. At Hula Grill be sure to try local specialties like the Macadamia Nut Crusted fresh fish of the day, Coconut Seafood Chowder and Pineapple Upside-Down Cake with caramel rum sauce. (You could win a $50 gift card to Hula Grill…find out how below!)

Ukulele lessons at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel - Win a 2-night stay here!

Ukulele lessons at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel – Win a 2-night stay here!

Kaanapali with Kids Twitter party

Hosts: @TravelMamas @JenLeo @LaJollaMom @KaanapaliMaui

Hashtag: #KidsNTrips

Date: Thursday, May 22

Time: 10:30 – 11:30 am Pacific Time (1:30-2:30 pm Eastern Time)

Topic: Kaanapali with Kids


$50 gift certificate to Hula Grill Kaanapali at Whalers Village
$255 gift card for Drums of the Pacific Lu'au at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa (that pays for two adults and one child aged 6-12; children 5 and younger are free)
Two-night stay at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel, Hawaii's Most Hawaiian Hotel

Restrictions: Must be 18+ to win. Open to U.S. residents only. No purchase necessary to win. For Kaanapali Beach Hotel prize: Based on single/double occupancy; subject to availability; some restrictions and blackout dates may apply; must present original gift certificate at check-in; certificate is redeemable for applicable room only; certificate is not redeemable for cash; value of 2-night Ocean Front room: $802. Read additional prize terms and conditions.

Learn more: Not sure what a Twitter party is or why to participate? Learn more about #KidsNTrips family travel Twitter parties now!

Kaanapali Beach sunset

Kaanapali Beach sunset (Photo by Colleen Lanin)

Are you dreaming of a vacation in Kaanapali with kids? Let us know in the comments below!

A Note from The Travel Mama: The #KidsNTrips Kaanapali with Kids Twitter party is sponsored by Kaanapali Beach Resort. Prizes are provided by sponsor. 

Top photo provided by Kaanapali Beach Resort.

About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin is the founder/editor-in-chief of TravelMamas.com. As the author of her book, “The Travel Mamas’ Guide,” she teaches parents not only how to survive a trip with children, but also how to love exploring the world with their offspring. Her stories have appeared online and in print for such outlets as the “Today” show, NBCNews.com, Parenting Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, Expedia, San Diego Family Magazine, and more. Colleen gives tips on television, radio, and as a public speaker. She has a master’s degree in business administration with a background in marketing. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

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