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Tips for Kaanapali with Kids on Maui

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People often ask me to name my favorite travel destinations and Hawaii always makes my short list. With six visitable islands, each with its own character and offerings, it can be hard to choose which is best for your family. I have been to all but one of Hawaii's islands and love Maui's wonderful blend of laid-back lifestyle and lively adventures. In fact, when we first became parents, my husband and I were seriously considering buying a condo in Kaanapali on Maui. (Oh, how I wish that dream had panned out!) Read my tips for visiting Kaanapali with kids to make the most of your visit to the Valley Isle.

Kaanapali, Maui with Kids

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. Choose from such options as Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa for its incredible pools and tropical birds, Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa with its oceanfront lazy river, or Kaanapali Alii, a condominium-style resort that's fabulous for families. If you attend this week's #KidsNTrips Kaanapali Family Time Twitter Party, you could win a two-night stay at the Royal Lahaina Resort, set on 27 tropical acres along a half-mile stretch of Kaanapali Beach!

Hyatt Regency Maui with kids ~ Kaanapali with kids

Hyatt Regency Maui is one of the many beautiful resorts for families in Kaanapali, Maui (Photo credit: 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.

"Nalu" means wave in Hawaiian ~ Kaanapali with kids

“Nalu” means wave in Hawaiian (Photo credit: 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. Then embark on the free Kaanapali Historical Trail & History and Legends Tour. For an interactive cultural experience, some hotels even offer classes in lei-making, hula, ukulele playing and more.

Maui Nui Luau at Black Rock, hosted by the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa ~ Kaanapali with kids

Maui Nui Luau at Black Rock, hosted by the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Kids play while parents relax

Many Kaanapali resorts also offer kids clubs with all sorts of fun activities, from arts and crafts to games and outings. While the kids are busy playing, mom and can relax with a spa treatment or hit the links at the beautiful Kaanapali Golf Course.

The beautiful oceanfront Kaanapali Golf Course ~ Kaanapali, Maui with Kids

The beautiful oceanfront Kaanapali Golf Course (Photo credit: Peter Liu)

Whalers Village

In Kaanapali, you'll also find Whalers Village Shopping Center. This hub of activity is home to 90 shops and several dining options. The oceanfront shopping area is also 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.

View of Kaanapali Beach from Hula Grill at Whaler's Village ~ Kaanapali, Maui with kids

View of Kaanapali Beach from Hula Grill at Whaler's Village (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Family Time in Kaanapali Twitter Party

Hosts: @TravelMamas@JenLeo@LaJollaMom, and @KaanapaliMaui

Hashtags: #KidsNTrips #Kaanapali

Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018

Time: 10:30 am Pacific (8:30 am Hawaii, 1:30 pm Eastern)

Special Guests: @TripsWithTykes from TripsWithTykes.com, @globalmunchkins from GlobalMunchkins.com, and @findingdebra2 from FindingDebra.com

Topic: Family Time in Kaanapali, Maui

Participate for a chance to win a two-night stay at the Royal Lahaina Resort in Kaanapali

Participate for a chance to win a two-night stay at the Royal Lahaina Resort in Kaanapali (Photo credit: Royal Lahaina)

Prizes:

  • One grand prize winner will receive a two-night stay at the Royal Lahaina Resort (Partial Ocean View Tower Room, valued at $673.59, based on availability and black out dates may apply)
  • One winner will receive admission for two at Maui Nui Luau at Black Rock, hosted by the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa (valued at $231.24, based on availability)
  • One winner will receive Maui Gold Pineapples (two pineapples shipped to winner, valued at $45)
  • Two winners will receive Maui Grown Coffee (one-pound bag of Kaanapali Golden Estate coffee and one Maui Grown Coffee logo mug, valued at $48)

Restrictions: Must be 21+ to win. Open to U.S. residents only. No purchase necessary to win. Certificates valid within one year of date of issue. Accommodations are based on single or double occupancy. No substitutions, non-transferable, and prize has no cash value. 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!

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. 

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.

Comments

  1. Wowza what an amazing experience to have in Maui! I’m loving the review it’s making me so excited to travel with my family to Kaanapali.

  2. Wow.. Kaanapali looks like a fun place to explore!!
    Adding it to my bucket list.. Thanks for sharing Colleen 😊

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Thanks for your comment, Robert. Hope you can join us for the Twitter party and a chance to win some great Kaanapali prizes!

  3. I cannot wait for this party! We love traveling to Maui and specifically Kaanapali as it has so much to offer families. The dining scene is amazing too!

  4. David Widger says:

    Would love to visit!!

  5. Kaanapali looks so incredible! It’s one of the most beautiful places on earth. I should know. I used to live in Hawaii!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Lucky you, Stacie! My son says he wants to move to Maui when he grows up. I said he can only go if he takes me along!

  6. This sounds like a great twitter party and giveaway! Nothing is more exciting than Hawaii. It’s so gorgeous there.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      This party is kind of making me wish I’d scheduled a trip to Hawaii over spring break…even though we’ll be going to France, which I love too!

  7. I have never been to any of the Hawaiian islands but would love to visit any of them! I love the feel of a laid-back lifestyle for sure. Kaanapali sounds awesome and it’s one I have heard very little about so thanks for the great insight!

  8. What a fantastic Twitter party and I love the prizes! Hawaii has always been on my must travel list! So much so that my middle child says he’ll take me there on his first pay check! lol

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Ha! He’ll probably need that money for rent but I like the sentiment! My son’s biggest dream was to visit Hawaii and he LOVED it. I hope your family can visit soon!

  9. Your photos are gorgeous!! I would love to travel to Maui one day!!

  10. This place looks absolutely stunning! Holy cow! This is a travel bucket list place for sure!

  11. This made me miss the beach. It’s beautiful out there and you won’t regret it. It’s pretty awesome that you shared where we can stay with the kids! I’m sure mine will have an awesome time there!

  12. So funny – I just got back from Hawaii! We actually stayed at the Hyatt Regency Maui and it’s beautiful. I love Hawaii!

  13. Victoria Heckstall says:

    What great fun and great experience you had. I never really thought about going to Kaanapali before, it looks beautiful though. May need to add it to my want to do list.

  14. I cannot wait for this party! We love traveling to Hawaii, but I’ve never been to Kaanapali! Loved your pictures!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      You’ll learn so much about Kaanapali and all its family-friendly offerings tomorrow, Claudia! 🙂

  15. So I have always wanted to go to Hawaii but I’m not sure I could handle the plane ride!

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Are you afraid of flying? I hate flying too (I know, ironic for a travel blogger), but the flight is so worth a trip to Kaanapali, Maui!

  16. I haven’t been there in years, but I so want to go back. This post alone is making me itch to go back! So gorgeous there

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      I hear you. Writing this story and hosting the Twitter party today has me absolutely longing for a trip back to Maui!

  17. Heather Lindell says:

    I would love to take myh family to kaanapali! It sounds amazing and I know it would be the trip of a lifetime makikng memories in Hawaii!

  18. Awesome Twitter party with unbelievable prizes!! My bags are packed and I’m ready to go!!

  19. This looks absolutely amazing. I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii.

  20. I’ve been to 49 states and yes – Hawaii is the only one I haven’t visited yet. It’s on my list and I’ll get there eventually, but it’s such a big world! You certainly have convinced me it’s a great place to bring the kiddos – something I would not thought to be the case prior to reading this.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Cherri – Hawaii is such an incredible state. It’s very American, but it feels worlds away from the Mainland in many ways with its own rich culture and history. I hope you will visit soon!

  21. Can’t wait to party! It’s been 7 years since we enjoyed Maui. Love the west coast and Kaanapali!

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