When our friends told us they would be having a destination wedding in Maui, my husband and I started planning for the trip immediately. I knew we would be bringing the baby as I was NOT going to be pumping 24/7 for 6 days! But we also found a way in our budget to bring our older son, and seeing his delight every day on the island was well worth the extra cost.
We stayed at the Marriott in Wailea, which turned out perfectly for our little family. The resort was spacious with multiple pools, including a children’s pool. It made for many great locations for my #shesgotlegs yoga poses. We even found these teens practicing handstands while on a leisurely stroll along the oceanfront path.
The views were STUNNING. They gave us an ocean view room on the ground floor that opened out right to one of the pools. Every morning, we woke up to the constant island breeze and the sound of ocean waves.
The first morning was, of course, the hardest as we were still on Texas time. We were all awake at 3 am Hawaii time (8 am CST) and decided to walk the resort at 5, while we waited for Starbucks and the sun to rise at 5:30. This is the 5 am view of the open air lobby area:
When in Maui, you must do some essential local things, such as the Road to Hana. The road all the way to Hana on the east side of the island would have taken over 5 hours of driving at 15 mph around over 600 semi-blind hairpin turns with giant jacked-up trucks tailgating your rental car. We made it to the Waikamoi Nature Trailhead before turning back.
We squeezed in as much beach time as we could. The sun is extra intense in Hawaii, so we lathered on the sunscreen and tried to keep ourselves shaded. The boys took some nice naps, which they desperately needed while they adjusted to the new time zone. I call this a parenting win as neither kid got sunburned! (Yes, the older kid could breathe. He was the one who threw the towel over his head.)
We contemplated whether to fork out the money for a luau ($100 per person, kids under 5 are free!). It’s not likely we’ll be back in Hawaii any time soon, so we went for it.
The leis were fresh and gorgeous.
The food was amazing. (Mmm… kalua pig!)
And the dancing was top notch. The big kid LOVED seeing the fire dancers.
I couldn’t leave Hawaii without getting some shaved ice. Whatever sweet cream they added on top was a must.
And finally, we were there for a wedding celebration. The couple completely spoiled all of their guests with a sunset dinner cruise on a catamaran the night before the wedding. It kind of freaked me out to see the kid jumping on that part of the boat like it’s a trampoline.
Then, the wedding itself was a lavish party on the lawn of the Andaz resort. There were fresh flowers everywhere, more food than we could consume (and I kept consuming when my stomach said no!) and surprises around every corner. Congratulations, Jackie & Aldo!
We couldn’t have asked for a more amazing trip. It was a challenge getting there and back with two little ones, but it was well worth it. We’ll be doing road trips as a family for the next few years until the boys are a little older, so I’m glad we had this opportunity to experience such a beautiful place.