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Where to Stay on Maui with Kids – Kaanapali Alii

So you’re trying to figure out where to stay on Maui with kids. You want a place that has lots of space to spread out, incredible views, pools for swimming, a beach for water activities, a fully equipped kitchen and a separate bedroom for privacy…is that asking too much? Kaanapali Alii in Lahaina doesn’t think […]

Finding Myself on a Horse in Hana

I was struck with a thud of loneliness. When I walked into my room at Travaasa Hana I realized there was no television or WiFi to keep me company. My iPhone had broken the day before my trip to Maui and I would not be able to get it repaired until I returned to the mainland. […]

Midlife Crisis in Maui

I turned 40 this month, that dreadful age that divides the old from the young. I have gained 14 pounds over the past few years. A few white strands play peek-a-boo with me while I blow dry my hair each morning. I have been feeling entirely unsexy and, well, just plain old. If you’re going […]

Sheraton Kauai Resort Review – Oh What a Beach!

Kauai may be an island surrounded by water with loads of beaches, but few Kauai hotels are located literally right on a fabulous beach. I define a fabulous beach as: uncrowded, litter-free powdery sand, clean water with decent but not pounding surf, good for swimming and snorkeling, with incredible sunsets. It’s a tall order. The Sheraton Kauai Resort is, and […]

Oahu with Kids – Attractions the Whole Family Will Love

I’ve been visiting Hawaii since I was child, starting in the 1970s. I have many wonderful memories of Oahu in particular, many of which would never make it into any guidebook because they’re quite personal and meaningful only to me. I still smile when I think about the cute pedicab driver I had a teenage […]

Sheraton Waikiki – A Bustling Hotel in the Heart of Waikiki

Waikiki Beach in Honolulu feels like the epicenter of the Hawaiian hotel universe. There are so many hotels and resorts stretching along the length of Waikiki Beach, the choice of where to stay in Honolulu can be a dizzying one. If you’re looking for a central, reasonably priced resort on Oahu with lots of amenities and […]

Kauai’s Spirit of Aloha, Family-style

Just saying the word Hawaii evokes sighs of happiness and fond memories for anyone who has experienced the land of Aloha. As the oldest of all the major Hawaiian islands, Kauai (also known as the Garden Isle due to its lush flora), represents the vision of what many people imagine Hawaii to be; green rainforests, […]

Disney Aulani: Hawaii’s Best Hotel Pool

Once Hawaii was chosen as the location for the first Disney hotel not adjacent to a theme park, Disney CEO Bob Iger told his staff, “Let’s build the greatest pool in the Hawaiian islands.” It is no secret that I appreciate, no, ADORE a good hotel pool. I was thrilled to find Disney Aulani Resort […]

How to Celebrate Your Birthday at Disney’s Aulani Resort

Any day spent at Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii is a pretty dang good one. If you are ever lucky enough to spend your birthday at this Oahu paradise (like I did a few days ago!), here’s how to make the most of your special day.