You spent ten blissful nights living the Maui dream on your honeymoon. Why fiddle with the memory by going back with the kids? We’ll tell you.
The lei’d-back Paia Inn, with its five cozy plantation-style suites, is chic enough to bring back your carefree, orchid-in-the-hair days, even as you lug boogie boards (provided) to the private-access beach. Romantic, star-filled nights? No problem. Three times each evening, the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa’s Director of Astronomy turns the rooftop telescope skyward for small group viewings (the pool and kids’ club are pretty stellar, too). To shoot even higher, check out the Four Seasons’s new oceanfront Lokelani family suite, a 3,600-square-foot mini compound with three bedrooms, five baths, barbecues, and in-room Nintendo Wii. Your honeymoon snapshots will be jealous.
Many Maui restaurants have children’s menus, but a few go beyond the chicken finger. The Gazebo (5315 Lower Honoapiilani Road, just north of Napili; 808-669-5621) is a tricky-to-find oceanfront breakfast joint where locals and tourists line up early for macadamia nut, white chocolate chip, pineapple pancakes (go tide poolin’ while you wait). Flatbread Co.’s location outside New England puts a little outrigger in its all-natural, wood-fire pizza paddle. Need a fire dance with tree-swinging acrobats? Look no further than the luau dinner show at the Marriott Wailea.
The Oh in Aloha
Ninety-minute tours on Atlantis Adventures (children must be 36 inches to ride) dip down 100 feet past reefs, a replica whaling ship, and the Hawaii state fish — say it with us — the humuhumunukunukuapua’a. Smaller fries will love the Sugar Cane Train, a storybook locomotive that chugs along a six-mile stretch of paradise. If the famous Hana Highway sounds like a road trip to carsickness, head to Twin Falls instead. The first waterfall on the highway has easy trails, a rope swing through the falls, and fresh mango smoothies at the farm stand (6300 Hana Highway; 808-573-1169).
Caring for the Keikis
Ask your hotel to recommend a babysitting service or contact PATCH (People Attentive to Children), a not-for-profit that connects island visitors with prescreened, qualified caregivers. Baby’s Away rents cribs, car seats, strollers, boosters, etc., so you can focus on, you know, your tan.
You’ll be over the ’moon.
Photos: David Winnie / Flickr; Courtesy of Beach Activities Maui, Inc.; Spencer9 / Flickr