Last year, we took our first trip to Hawaii. We flew into Oahu and spent a little over a day there, which gave us the opportunity to visit Pearl Harbor and Waikiki Beach. We then flew to Maui where we spent the rest of our vacation. I was a little worried about the amount of time it would take to get to Hawaii from the East Coast. My husband isn’t crazy about process of getting to your destination and I wasn’t sure how our kids would do on the long plane rides. Luckily, everyone did great. And by the time we got home, my husband was already saying that he wanted to go back.
Fast forward a year and we’re almost on our way back. This year we decided to only to go Maui. It was great to go to Oahu, but we found that Maui was much more our speed. It had a much more relaxed atmosphere but there was still a lot to do (even with kids). We were lucky to be able to use frequent flyer miles for all 4 of our tickets. And I got the Hyatt Visa card which came with 2 free nights. Then I got the Capital One card when they were matching up to 100,000 miles of any of your frequent flyer accounts. I redeemed those points for Hyatt gift checks. So we’re spending a grand total of $115 for our airfare, 6 nights at the Hyatt Regency and $200 for incidentals at the Hyatt.
I had somewhat of an idea of what activities we wanted to do this time around. But, I wanted to get more ideas so I asked my friends on Facebook if anyone had suggestions on what we could do. I also got Maui Revealed from the library, since the series of books are considered the best guide books for Hawaii. And now I have a plan for our vacation!
- Saturday – We get in late, so we’re not planning anything except for a good night’s sleep.
- Sunday – Sunrise at Haleakala and then the rest of the day at the hotel pools and beach.
- Monday – Snorkeling at Molokini and Turtle Arches with the Pacific Whale Foundation. We went on a snorkeling trip with them last year and had a great time. They do an amazing job with kids. They give them a marine biology lessons. You can see my review from last year.
- Tuesday – The Road to Hana. I was a little worried about taking this trip with the kids but was convinced that it is not to be missed. I’m sure I’ll be happy that we took the trip.
- Wednesday – Beach and a luau. I scheduled items at the beginning of the week that we’d need to get up early for. I figured that we use our jetlag to our advantage. By later in the week, I’m sure we’ll like to have some time to just relax around the hotel and beach. And luckily, the Hyatt also has a luau. Last year we went to the Royal Lahaina Luau. I’m read some bad reviews of it, but I found it to be a great time. And they definitely catered to the family crowd, offering discounts to kids and including chicken nuggets in their buffet. This year, we thought we’d trip another luau to get a different show. I know that the Old Lahaina Luau is given the best reviews, but we decided against it. Since they are a traditional Hawaiian luau, they do not have a fire show. And that was the part of the luau that our kids liked the best.
- Thursday – Iao Valley, Nakalele blowhole and Olivine Pools. Last year, a local suggested that we visit Iao. He said whenever people visit, that’s where he takes them. Because we only had about 3 days in Maui, we didn’t get a chance to make it there. So luckily, we get to rectify that this year. Plus a friend suggested we go to the Nakalele blowhole and Maui Revealed talked about natural pools along the north shore.
- Friday – Our flight isn’t until 10 PM, so we have most of the day, but we don’t want to travel far. We’ll spend the day enjoying the beach and doing some souvenir shopping and eating in Lahaina. I’m sure we’ll also visit KMart and WalMart near the airport for souvenirs.