Maynard party of… 7?
This past trip – we mixed things up a bit + traveled with FAMILY! My brother and my SIL were able to sneak away from work to meet us on the beautiful island for mai tai’s and memories. Talk about the perfect little combo. This was the first vacation I’ve taken with my brother in well over a decade and honestly, it couldn’t have gone any better. It was so nice to see him and his wife bond with their nephews in a vacation setting. Tossing the kids around in the pool, holding their little hands for beach walks, sea turtle searching…. makes my ❤ extra full. Not to mention – we had a little HELP! Bracy + I were able to sneak away for some SUP, snorkel + extra smooches:)
This Maynard + Ward Maui Getaway was a game changer for our family – we all grew a little closer, held each other a little tighter, and made some of the greatest + happiest memories we will never forget.
Thank you for reading + allowing me to share my family with you:)
All about that H20
If you’ve been following my journey, you know my Ben. You also know that my Ben is a teenager:) And if you have a teenager, you know this phase is a tough one. But being able to take him out and spend some QT on the water – seeing him smile the way he did – brought us so much closer. I worry about that… losing that tight bond + connection as they enter the inevitable emotionally driven moments of puberty. I do find that carving out special time for him on a regular basis strengthens our relationship to a level I can only hope is indestructable.
When we lived in Florida, we spent all our days on the water. This day on Maui, made us feel at home. When we weren’t loungin’ in the ‘Ohana [family] beachfront tent [which I highly recommend booking in advance] we were snorkeling along side the hone [turtle] + SUPin’ above the beautiful reefs. All of the snorkeling equipment was available right at the resort – keeping things super simple for us. And a special thanks to Chris with the Ka’anapali Surf Club who graciously shared his local insider tips on snorkeling hot spots giving us the most surreal underwater adventure imaginable.
The pool at the Hyatt was pretty much home for the week. There was something to do for everyone. The swim up grotto pool bar, waterfalls, awesome slides! Best part? The kiddie pool was fantastic!
Listen. You can’t go to Maui + NOT hit a Lu’au – it’s probably one of my favorite things to do on the island and THIS Luau was something special. Drums of the Pacific offered an unforgettable evening filled with conch shell blowing, the beating of the drums, the echoes of the Hawaiian chant, the delicious food, the drinks – literally it was such an incredible experience for the whole family. This lu’au took you on a journey throughout the islands of Polynesia through song + dance, wrapping up the night with an INSANE fire-knife dance finale!
My kids LOVED the animals you’ll see throughout the resort. Parrots, penguins, fish – the list goes on! We were lucky enough to meet up with Pono who gave us a “behind the scenes” wildlife tour where we were able to feed + bond with the animals! If you find a little free time during your stay at Hyatt Maui – I highly recommend booking this experience! And be sure to give Maddie the parrot a big kiss from all of us:)
That Sunset Though…
Maui is one of those places – actually it’s the only place I’ve ever experienced this immense desire to move. It’s a place I can actually envision us living. It’s a place that feels so much like home to me. For weeks after each trip, Bracy + I discuss ways to make it happen. Maybe one day?:)
Thanks for following along! Maui has been an annual tradition for our family that I hope we continue for the rest of our lives, with hopes that the boys will carry on for generations.
Whats your family vacay tradition? Comment below + share a story of your own!
PS: If I all of a sudden go “missing”, chances are you’ll find me right. back. here:)