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What’s New in Maui For Family Travelers


Hawaii is on just about everyone’s bucket list and is a great place to take Kids. Maui offers a combination of beachfront resorts, out-door activities, unique natural feature and local culture that is sure to leave everyone in almost any family smiling.

Better still, Maui’s hotels are adding family amenities like suites and kitchenettes. Onsite cafes that offer carryout meals and other conveniences give parents simpler and less expensive dining options with their kids.

Here’s what’s new:

The Fairmont Kea Lani has added a keiki pool with graduated entry for it’s littlest guests. The new Caffe Ciao deli has breakfast baked goods, picnic lunches and take-out items. All of its rooms are one-bedroom suites or bigger and all have kitchenettes.

the resort pool at the fairmont Kea Lani, Maui

The Grand Wailea, long a family favorite in Maui with its enormous pool has been getting a makeover. It’s nine water slides and pools areas for kids, teens and adults have been retiled. Room makeovers add sleeper sofas. It’s kids camp and teen center — The Rock— gets a makeover that’s just about finishing up now. It’s revamped Café Kula offers made-to-order breakfasts, sandwiches, smoothies and salads to go, and carry-out pizza in addition to Hawaiian coffee and convenience items.

the pool at the Hilton, Maui

The Hyatts in Ka’anapali are growing. The Hyatt Regency has opened an additional tower with one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites. The Hyatt Residence Club next door expanded its pool area (above) to include family and adult pools. It’s new Lahina Provision Company offers groceries, gourmet take-out items and wine and beer to carry out. (I’m seeing a trend here).

A Hawaiian dancer at the Ka'anapali beach hotel, Maui

The Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, which is smaller and has a far more Hawaian flavor than some other Maui hotels, has introduced a Legends of Ka’anapali Luau dinner, has made its wi-fi free and has added —wait for it—a new Grab-N-Go station with lighter meals. When I talked to them over the winter they hinted at some new ocean-themed activities coming this summer, but I don’t have details.

ukele lessons at the shops at wailea. Maui

The Wailea Resort area will see a Residence Inn join its resort collection in 2016 with a hotel that is all one-bedroom suites. It will be near the beach rather right on the waterfront, but there is a possibility of a shuttle to and charging privileges at the nearby beach-front Marriott.

The Shops at Wailea have added a rotating series of events on Wednesday evenings including ukelele lessons (it’s recommended you sign up ahead for these; they’re popular).

Ka’anapali is launching an Ocean Fest (above) this June to complement its annual Sailing Fest. The two-day event features elite sprint races in ocean sports such as swimming, paddleboard, stand-up paddling (SUP), one-person outrigger canoe and surf ski.

What changes have you noticed in Maui lately?

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3 Comments

  1. April 20, 2015 at 1:13 am — Reply

    This is great to hear about Maui. It’s been a few years since we’ve visited. We stayed at Kaanapali Beach Hotel and really liked their ambience and very Hawaiian feel. We’d love to visit and stay at the Grand Wailea one of these days.

  2. April 12, 2015 at 1:08 pm — Reply

    it really is!

  3. April 12, 2015 at 9:09 am — Reply

    Eileen, Maui looks fabulous. I haven’t been in years…but Hawaii is always calling, isn’t it?

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