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10 Family-Friendly Things to Do on Maui

 Aloha! Today I am very excited to introduce to you our guest blogger, Sheralyn from “Paradise Found in Maui”.  Sheralyn lives is Canada but her family is a regular visitor of  Maui.  She knows Maui like a local does, and at the same time, she also provides unique perspective on what to do on Maui from a visitors point of view. More about her is on the end of the post, but for now, I present to you her version of “10 Family-Friendly Things To Do On Maui:

On our recent 4-week-long trip to Maui, we traveled all over the island with our 2 little boys, both under the age of five. Here are 10 of my top picks for family fun with little ones.

Surfing Goat Dairy Maui

1) The Surfing Goat Dairy is great fun for all ages. Animal lovers will love their tours of the dairy farm – we checked out their evening chores tour where we all got to not only feed the goats, but milk them too! And then there were the delicious samples of their fresh goat cheeses – they were so delicious that we ended up buying several of them to eat on our trip.

2) The Alii Kula Lavender Farm was something we originally thought the adults would enjoy way more than the kids. But after enjoying a guided tour of their farm, I can safely say that it’s great fun for kids too. Our guide not only told us all about the different plants that they grow there, but gave each of us cuttings of countless different kinds of lavender and other plants with intoxicating scents – everyone ended up with their own “bouquet” of cuttings by the end of the tour. If you’re feeling hungry after your tour, I highly recommend checking out their gift shop where you can sample unique treats such as lavender scones and lavender tea. (Check out Maui Country Farm Tours if you need more info on this farms)
 

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3) The Komoda Bakery in Makawao is a great spot to stop on your way to other Upcountry destinations. They have a delectable assortment of freshly baked goods ranging from buns to sweet treats like cream puffs and coconut turnovers. There’s nothing better than snacking on yummy baked goods to keep little ones happy during the drive to other destinations!

4) Kula Botanical Gardens is a great family friendly stop in Upcountry. Not only is there a lot to see, but it’s easy on the budget since kids under 6 get in free! Our kids had a ball exploring the endless pathways through their garden, saying hello to their Jackson’s Chameleon, and, lucked out by being there at the right time to feed the fish in the koi pond! Tip: Check out the homemade coconut macaroons that they sell in their gift shop – they are truly superb!

Haleakala Crater Maui

5) A drive to the Haleakala Summit can take a while, but as long as the kids are happy (with, say, treats from Komodo Bakery to munch on,) the drive will be totally worth it! And no, you don’t HAVE to drag your kids out of bed for the sunrise – the summit is gorgeous pretty much any time you go, so there’s no need to feel like you’ll be missing out if you go later in the morning! As you drive up to the summit, you can break up the drive by pulling over at the scenic lookouts – most of them have fairly easy trails to the best views and everyone will appreciate the chance to stretch their legs.

6) Iao Valley is another fun spot to visit with kids, especially is they love the fun of exploring new places. Everyone stops at the state park’s botanical gardens to get the great views of the famous Iao Needle. Along the way, you can also stop at Kepaniwai Heritage Park and the Tropical Gardens of Maui.

7) The Maui Ocean Center is a classic stop for anyone with kids. They have a ton of exhibits that will appeal to adults and kids of all ages – if your timing is right, you’ll even get to listen to their marine naturalists speak about their specialties, such as sea turtles or sharks. If your visit overlaps with a mealtime, you can pop by the Reef Cafe for a yummy bite to eat!

8) The Road to Hana is must-do, and lots of stops to break up the driving make it so much easier for little ones. One of the biggest hits with our kids was our stop at the Hana Lava Tube. They loved getting to explore such a unique place, and the cool air inside the lava tube was a welcome break from the heat! The self-guided tour here is another budget-friendly activity since kids 5 and under get in free. (Want the perfect guide for your Road To Hana trip” check TheR2H out)

9) Have you considered taking your kids to a luau? Pretty much all of the luaus give discounts to kids, and some even let them in totally free. There are usually displays and activities to keep everyone having fun from the moment they arrive. With a buffet dinner, even the pickiest eaters a bound to find something they like, and the dessert trays will always be a hit! The luau shows give everyone a taste of Hawaiian and Polynesian culture, and at some luaus, guests of all ages are invited up on stage to learn the hula!

Maui Sunset at Poolenale

10) Any list of family-friendly things to do on Maui wouldn’t be complete without including some beach time. Maui beaches are some of the best in the world, and the island has a ton of great beaches to choose from. In South Maui, some of our favourites were Kamaole I, II and III beaches. Another south Maui beach that we really enjoyed was Po’olenalena – there was a lot to see the day we were there – 2 weddings and a gorgeous sunset – we ended up staying until it was almost dark! In the Kaanapali area, Kaanapali Beach is a must-see. In the Kapalua area, D.T. Fleming Beach Park is lots of fun. For a great beach in the north-central area of the island, Baldwin beach is a choice you won’t regret!

 

More About The Blogger:

Paradise Found In MauiSheralyn is the website owner and blogger behind Paradise Found In Maui.  She and I met online and have become good friends.  Everything you need to make planning your Maui vacations a snap is found on that website! Find out the best things to do and see on Maui, where to stay, how to get the best deals, Maui travel tips and more!  Sheralyn’s love for Maui is contagious, and Maui is so lucky to have a visitor like her who exudes aloha spirit like locals do.  Visit her website at http://www.paradise-found-in-maui.com/ and like her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/paradisefoundinmaui

 

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Pineapple Found on Our Way To Hana

 Pineapple at Keanae on way to Hana

 

Pineapple on the way to Hana

 

Pineapple on the way to Hana

 

This is my entry to the Wordless Wednesday at 5 Minutes For Moms. Go there for more!

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Hotel Hana Maui – What I Loved About My Drive, My Visit, My Stay

I shared with you about my staycation at the Hotel Hana Maui.  On my previous post I shared a lot about what was going on with me and how the relaxation helped me, but I did not get to share as much about Hotel Hana Maui as I wanted to.  And so this is the follow post. The beauty of Hana is beyond words. However, I will try to list some things that I loved about my stay:

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1. The Scenic Drive to Hana. 600 curves and across 59 bridges (over half of which are just one lane wide), the beauty is simply stunning.  I got to see waterfalls, bamboo forest, and ocean view.  It was my first time to drive there by myself, and I thought it would be “scary” – but it was actually enjoyable.  Of course I made it a point to pull over every time I see a car or truck behind me, because I know I was driving slow.  That made the drive less stressful.  For tips on driving to Hana, check out Go Visit Hawaii Blog.

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2. The Plantation Style Cottages With Ocean View.  I love it that the hotel kept the original architectural designs of the plantation houses.  There are some newer condos in the resort, but the one I stayed at is the older planation style and I love it!  They matched the inside with an interior decoration filled with Hawaiiana style and spirit.  Kris posted some pics on his Flickr site.  There is no A/C but that did not bother me.  I slept very well in the nights I stayed there.  And in the morning, I woke up to a beautiful sunrise!

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3. Heated Pool Overlooking the Ocean.  This is is probably one of the most romantic part of the Hotel Hana Maui.  At night, the pillars are lighted with fire.  You can see it here on this photo in their website. Whether  it’s day time or night time, this pool area is beautiful!

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4. Relaxing as well as invigorating massages at Honua Spa. While I was in Hana, hubby called me to give me a “gift of massage” via Honua Spa.  He read that the massages on Hotel Hana Maui are some of the best in the world so he told me to make sure I get one (yes, he paid for it).  I got the Lomilomi massage and loved it.   Next time I will try the stones.   And let me not forget to share that their Spa products are wonderful! Smells so good and was so gentle with my skin and hair. It’s available on-line . I suggest you try them out.

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5. Friendly Staff, Good Service. There’s a touch of Aloha on the services I got at Hana Hotel.  The staff are friendly and helpful.  They are always with a smile.  I love the “local” accent or intonation as they speak. As for excellent services, one example is that I left my phone charger at home and the receptionist took extra steps to try to find me one from the unclaimed lost and found. She did not have to do that, but she did.  She never found one but I appreciated the effort.

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6. Complimentary Yoga. I arrived Friday afternoon and planned on attending the yoga class on Saturday but I stayed late in bed.  So the next morning I made sure I woke up early.  Having a complimentary yoga classes in the morning was very nice. Great way to start the day.

There are so much more to share.   They say pictures are worth a thousand words so I thought I’d share many of the photos I took. Pleas enjoy the slide show below.  Aloha!

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On My Way To Hotel Hana Maui

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These are some of the photos I took on my way to Hotel Hana Maui. I would be sharing more later …

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Here is a CD I highly recommend for your trip to Hana:

The Road To Hana CD

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