DIY, Hawaii, Kids, travel, Uncategorized

Maui 2018

Here’s a quick overview of our most recent trip to Maui.

This time we decided to head straight to Hana for a few days before ending the trip on Ka’anapali Beach. In the past, most of our flights have landed in Hawaii right around dinner time. This makes for a stressful evening trying to navigate, grab groceries, and also eat while everyone is tired and grumpy. This year we took a somewhat earlier flight which had us landing around 3 pm. Also, to avoid making the drive to Hana in the evening, we had booked a room at the Maui Seaside Hotel. After grabbing our bags and our car, we stopped for a quick lunch/dinner at the Queen Kaahumanu Center, a nearby mall with a food court. There’s nothing amazing here but there is enough so that everyone can choose. Personally, I like Maui Tacos– pretty good for fast food and gives a nice island spin on tacos.


We headed to our hotel which was just perfect for a recovery night. There was a nice pool and even a small beach area. The kids swam while I ran to get groceries, enough to last us for 3 days in Hana. Whole Foods was very close by and had everything we needed. If you think of it, pack a few reuseable bags for shopping- they have paper bags but they just don’t hold up well for travel.

Next up, Hana!

hiking, Kids

Niwot Loop

If you are looking for an easy, close hike you will find a beautiful option at the Niwot Loop! The super-accessible trailhead is just off 52 and 79th with a nice parking lot. You will see the trail right away and there is a fun little bridge just perfect for kids to run across.