Family Album: Maui Magic

Here’s how it added up: twelve people, ten days, one luau and about a half dozen giant slices of hula pie. Oh how we love Maui!

Just how we like it: view from our balcony of the Westin Maui pool and Ka'anapali beach.

Just how we like it: view from our balcony of the Westin Maui pool and Ka’anapali beach.

We started taking the family to Ka’anapali back when the girls were young teens and our boys were toddlers. Now we have grandkids in tow – another generation to enjoy the pool and the beach and, of course, the water slide at the Westin Maui.

Evie owns the water slide!

Evie owns the water slide!

We met up at LAX with all the young cousins.

Everyone ready for Hawaii?

Everyone ready for Hawaii?

Later that day the kids were exploring the garden paths at the Westin.

James and Thomas take Caleigh for a walk.

James and Thomas take Caleigh for a walk.

They look pretty happy to be in Hawaii.

They look pretty happy to be in Hawaii.

First order of business is to visit Keoki, the Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo who rules the roost at the Maui Westin. He is forty-four years old and has been in residence at the hotel since we first started visiting in the 1980’s.

Angie renews her friendship with Keoki

Angie renews her friendship with Keoki

We're always happy to see that the flamingos are still there.

We’re always happy to see that the flamingos are still there.

The grounds at the Maui Westin never disappoint.

The grounds at the Maui Westin never disappoint.

Big decision of the day? Pool or beach? Lots of both!

I don't know how she does it: Tina with a crew in the pool.

I don’t know how she does it: Tina with a crew in the pool.

James and Thomas at the pool.

James and Thomas at the pool.

John with Caleigh and Evie.

John with Caleigh and Evie.

Fun at Ka'anapali Beach.

Fun at Ka’anapali Beach.

Taylor couldn’t join us this year, but Daniel and his friend Peter brought the urban hipness quotient:

Angie's great pic of the temporary tattoo crowd!

Angie’s great pic of the temporary tattoo crowd!

Dad and Daniel

Dad and Daniel

Tina, Angie and Dad

Tina, Angie and Dad

Hula Grill is the heart of Ka’anapali Beach and our go-to for dinner with a big crowd:

Hula Grill sign 2015

And the big news is that the Hula now serves Hula Pie - yet another reason to eat there every night!

And the big news is that the Hula now serves Hula Pie – yet another reason to eat there every night!

The days were just packed, starting with our glorious morning walks.

The Beach Walk to North Ka'anapali is not to be missed.

The Beach Walk to North Ka’anapali is not to be missed.

The breakfast buffet is a tradition:

Daniel and Peter at breakfast.

Daniel and Peter at breakfast.

There are arts and crafts to be made:

James and Viv hard at work.

James and Viv hard at work.

Lots of pictures to pose for:

Caleigh, Viv and Evie

Caleigh, Viv and Evie

Angie's beautiful photo of James.

Angie’s beautiful photo of James.

And for the more adventurous members of our group, there was the snorkel cruise:

Angie and boys ready for snorkeling.

Angie and boys ready for snorkeling.

John and Evie on the snorkel cruise

John and Evie on the snorkel cruise

The nightly reward for all that hard work: ice cream!

Cousins!

Cousins!

Such a great trip. Thanks, all, for joining us again! When can we go back?

Sunset at Ka'anapali Beach.

Sunset at Ka’anapali Beach.

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7 Responses to Family Album: Maui Magic

  1. Pollo amigo says:

    Looks like a wonderful time making great family memories.

  2. Jean Gutsche says:

    Beautiful family, beautiful spot…such an amazing tradition!!!

  3. dizzyguy says:

    Maui Magic it was, indeed. We are so blessed to have been able to make this trip throughout the years with several generations enjoying the Hawaiian experience. We love to think of the memories already in the bank and possible new ones in the future. Aloha and Mahalo!

  4. katherine says:

    How in the world did you all stay so gorgeously trim while scarfing down ice cream and hula pie?!? Must be more of the Maui magic at work. Looks exquisite and like another family vacation to remember.

  5. citymama says:

    an absolutely fantastic trip! so grateful for each and every memory that has been created there; a true treasure bestowed upon us by pollo and the CE.

  6. tdevir says:

    SO much fun to read this post and see these pictures! Ev, Viv & Cali still talk about all the fun they had swimming, water sliding, snorkeling, shopping, playing with their cousins and spending time with their Grandpa & Nana. They definitely made memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you again for making our summer special. xoxo

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