While my full-blown (way, way over Instagram’d) travel log with all of our nitty-gritty “where we went” info is here, I wanted to do a more summary post about our trip to Maui last month, just for posterity.
This was the second time my dad and step-mom have taken our family (us, my step-sisters, and now our combined kiddos) to Maui, but last time the Kid was just a little lump of a thing and Little Miss wasn’t even a thought. Which is to say that, while we did revisit some of the things we saw and did last time, this was a different trip. Here are some things I loved about it….
First, we stayed in the same place as last time (in Kaanapali), and I love that it’s small enough that you don’t have to battle plan in order to get in some good family time. We all flitted between the pool, the beach, and the nearby shopping area (for treats and necessaries) bumping into each other and tag-teaming with children and cooking all along the way. It was so easy and relaxing.
As far as family time goes, Maui, in general, is great because you can easily have some (nuclear) family day-trips and not burn an entire day with your more extended family. We drove the Road to Hana, went to Haleakala, and saw the Nakalele blowhole and the Iao Needle. With the exception of Hana (which is a pretty full day because it’s on the opposite side of the island from Kaanapali) we were able to do all of that and still meet up with the rest of our crew to grill dinner or have an afternoon trip to the beach. Again, I love the very minimal planning this all requires.
It’s also really nice (at least, to me) to have that balance between adventure vacation and relaxing vacation. I like sitting on the beach, but I can only do it for so long, you know?
Another thing that made our trip easy and more fun? Cousins!
Little Miss spends most of her life surrounded by boys, so I love getting her together with her girl cousins. My step-sister’s daughters are about a year and half on either side of Little Miss, so they generally play well together, and Little Miss looks up to her older cousin, which is so sweet.
(The Kid does get a little left out sometimes, but he has his buddies 51 weeks of the year at home, so I don’t feel too bad.)
And in “ways this trip was different than last time” I also love, love, love traveling with kids who are semi-independent.
The baby smell rarely even tempts me anymore. It was wonderful in its time, but you know what’s also great? Being able to sit in your beach chair and have a drink and not hover over your children every single second. Don’t get me wrong, Little Miss still does do have the occasional “toddler-with-a-death-wish” moment, but on the whole, grade-school aged kids are the bomb.
I think that I need to stop now, because I’ve said “great”, “wonderful”, or “nice” about as many times as is allowed in one blog post. But, well…it was.