#KidsNTrips Twitter Party May 22 – Kaanapali, Maui with Kids

maui2012_jencora_arriveHyattMauiColleen (@TravelMamas), Katie (@LaJollaMom), and I (@jenleo) were so thrilled with the enthusiasm we received for our first #KidsNTrips Twitter Party – that we’re rolling out more! This Thursday we have Kaanapali Beach Resort in Maui as our host. You’re going to want to roll up your sleeves and start hash-tagging #KidsNTrips because we’ve got heaps of family travel tips and fantastic prizes for all of you travelers that are dreaming about or planning a trip to glorious Maui. 

The photo above shows me delirious with excitement to arrive at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali.


#KidsNTrips Twitter Party Details

When: Thursday May 22, 2014
Time: 7:30 a.m. Hawaii/10:30 a.m. Pacific/11:30 a.m. Mountain /1:30 p.m. East
Duration: 1 hour
*Twitter Handles to follow:  @travelmamas @lajollamom @jenleo @kaanapalimaui
Hashtag: #KidsNTrips

Restrictions: Must be 18+ to win. Open to U.S. residents only. No purchase necessary to win. Read all terms and conditions.



Thursday May 22, 2014 #KidsNTrips Prizes:


1. 2-night Stay in a Ocean Front Room at Kaanapali Beach Hotel

That’s right travelers, you could be #HawaiiBound! Hawaii’s Most Hawaiian Hotel has offered to give two nights in an ocean front room to one of the #KidsNTrips participants. KBH has been named to the National Geographic Travelers magazine “Stay List” of the 150 most authentic and sustainable resorts in North America, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. But why has the Kaanapali Beach Hotel been given named Hawaii’s Most Hawaiian Hotel? Because they’ve worked hard at it. Hawaiian culture is important here. They have a list of 110 reasons. Here are some of the things that I would love to experience include:

  • Hawaiian songs at our Ohana Welcome Breakfast to greet new guests on their first day, and every Friday in the Lobby
  • 30 fun Hawaiian cultural activities with different options every day. All complimentary
  • The hotel has sponsored and hosted Hula O Na Keiki, a signature youth solo hula competition that hosts halau (hula schools) from all over the world.
  • An opportunity to teach your children the KBH philosophy that sharing and giving is a Hawaiian philosophy of life.



  • 2. Gift certificate for $50 for Hula Grill Kaanapali (family-friendly, oceanfront restaurant at Whalers Village Shopping Center).As with most photos, the picture doesn’t do the Hula Grill justice. Cora and I went to the Hula Grill in Kaanapali in 2012 and it is absolutely one of the most vibrant places in the world to have dinner.  Head straight to the Barefoot Bar for pupus. Grab your cocktails (they even have Keiki cocktails for the kids!) and sink your toes in to the sand. Now, gorge yourself on poke tacos, charred short ribs and Macadamia Nut Crusted fish! Chef Bobby Masters and Peter Merriman use traditional island cooking techniques to cook regional specialties. I’m dying to try the “Localicious Salad” which contributes to the Growing Future Farmers of Maui. 

    3. $255 Gift Card for Drums of the Pacific Lu’au at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa
    (Adults: $95; Children (ages 6-12) $65.00; Children 5 and under free)

    Kids love Lu’aus. There’s something about island music, traditional costumes, the rhythm of the drums and fire that enchant children. Ok maybe it’s me who’s constantly enchanted by luaus, and Mai Tais, but I couldn’t take a trip to Maui without a night at the Lu’au. The fact that the Hyatt has Drums of the Pacific on property makes it even easier to experience it with the whole family.



    About Kaanapali, Maui and Kaanapali Beach Resorts

    Kaanapali is a three-mile stretch of award-winning beaches, hotels and condos, golf courses, restaurants and more on the western shores of Maui. Kaanapali Beach took first place in TripAdvisor’s 2013 Travelers’ Choice Beach Awards among the Top 10 Beaches in the United States.

    Kannapali Beach Resort has everything you could ever need or want from a Hawaiian vacation. It’s centrally located, only 10 minutes from Lahaina Town and 45 minutes from the Kahului Airport. You’ve got your pick of six hotels (Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Kaanapali Beach Hotel, Sheraton Maui Resort, Maui Marriott Resort & Ocean Club and Royal Lahaina Resort) and five condos (Kaanapali Alii, The Whaler on Kaanapali Beach, Outrigger Maui Eldorado, Aston Maui Kaanapali Villas, and The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas).

    Sheraton Maui Snorkeling

    Did someone say sports?

    There are two 18-hole champion golf courses and 35 tennis courts. Shopping, 40 restaurants and beachside cafes, and all the outdoor and cultural activities you could ever dream of. Whether you’re here to relax at a spa, attend a Lu’au, or attempt paddle boarding for the first time—Kaanapali is the perfect amount of Aloha. Sign me up for the snorkeling!

    *Thanks to Kaanapali Beach Resort for sponsoring this Twitter Party. No purchase is necessary to win a prize. See Twitter party prize terms and conditions.
    **Photos provided courtesy of Kaanapali Beach Resort.




MAUI: 30% Off Luxe Villa or Condo Vacation with Car Rental

DestinationResortsHawaii_poolDestination Resorts Hawaii, one of the largest private home, villa and condo rental companies on Maui is offering a deal that’s sure to get the attention of traveling families. Its “Welcome to Spring” or :“E Komo Mai” deal offers 30% off accommodations and then throws in a compact rental car along with some fun, unexpected extras.

All accommodations are fully-furnished with living and dining areas, well-stocked kitchens, private lanais and en-suite washer and dryers. Floor plans give families room to spread out and enjoy without feeling like they are on top of each other. Extra perks like housekeeping and concierge services give vacations that resort-like feel. An assortment of seven beachfront and golf-front resorts are included in the special.

DEAL: Get 30% off an assortment of seven beachfront and golf-front resorts. Choose between a private home, villa, or condo starting at $159 per night with a free compact rental car when booking a two bedroom home, villa or condo. Self-parking, Wi-Fi and housekeeping is also included.

* Includes a free compact car rental. (Other car types available for a fee)

Grand Champions Villas 1-bdrm garden view was $279 starting at $159
Grand Champions Villas 2-bdrm golf front was $379 starting at $209
Wailea Ekahi Village Studio garden view was $289 starting at $179
Wailea Ekahi Village 1-bdrm ocean view was $409 starting at $259
Wailea Elua Village 1-bdrm ocean view was $529 starting at $339
Wailea Elua Village 2-bdrm ocean view was $749 starting at $489*
Polo Beach Club 2-bdrm oceanfront deluxe was $749 starting at $499*
Makena Surf 2-bdrm prime oceanfront deluxe was $1,199 starting at $719*
Wailea Beach Villas 3-bdrm garden view Villa with private plunge pool was $2429 starting at $1469*

But the perks don’t end there. Upon checking in all guests receive a welcome fruit and goodie basket that includes some nice, practical gifts (shown).

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MAUI: Ultimate Romance Package at Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel


After the frenzy of the holiday season a little rest and romance is the perfect way to kick off the new year. And now Hawaii’s Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel on Maui bundled all the romantic amenities so all you have to do is enjoy yourself.  The oceanfront Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel sits on the sandy beach along the western shores of Maui. It strives to be “Hawai‘i’s Most Hawaiian Hotel” offering a variety of free cultural activities including lau (leaf) printing, ukulele lessons and hula classes. The Island Romance Package seduces guests best by removing the planning stress: spa treatments, dinner, picnic lunch, and an evening cruise are just some of the treats that are included.

DEAL: Guests who book the Island Romance Package get four nights in an ocean view room ($1709 plus tax) including all sorts of fabulous extras including: • Daily Buffet Breakfast for 2 • Daily compact rental car • Daily valet parking • Split of Champagne • Choice of two beach towels • Picnic lunch in keepsake logo picnic backpack • 55 minute massage or facial for 2 • One dinner for 2 at the Tiki Terrace Restaurant or Sunday Champagne Brunch • Choice of one optional activity for two: Evening Dinner Cruise or Surf Lessons. A savings of $312.

DATES: January 5, 2014 – January 5, 2015. I love that there is no book by date or deadline. If ocean view rooms are available, the Island Romance Package is available.

TESTED: I checked the Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel website for a long weekend in early February. A four night stay beginning on the 7th was available for the package price of $1,709 plus taxes of $229.29, bringing the total to $1,938.29. Additional nights cost $290.

Don’t forget to tell us if you are able to take advantage of this deal and have fun in Hawaii!

OAHU: 4th Night Free at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa


BOOK  BY JAN 15, 2014 | I want to go here. I really, really want to go here! The magic of Disney plus the life changing charm of Hawaii? It sounds like family vacation perfection. I found this “4 Nights for the Price of 3 Nights ” Aulani deal on Expedia. The thought of age appropriate sections of the resort sounds fantastic. From marine life care, cultural lessons, water slides, kids club, yoga on the beach, game night, and an outdoor hydrotherapy garden just for starters—how could we not take advantage of this deal?

“Cora, tell Daddy I’m packing!”

DEAL: 4 Nights for the Price of 3 Nights with Two (2) Adult Breakfast per Day promotion for Guests who stay four or more consecutive nights.

DATES: Travel between January 5–April 7, 2014

TESTED: I checked the Aulani website for travel the first five days in February and found room rates at $351.75/night or $1603.45 for the four nights. It wasn’t clear if the free night was included in that price or not. But tax was ($196.44). You could also save a little bit more if you picked a room with a view of the parking lot. When I checked prices on the Expedia sale, the same dates came to $1,473.56.  Tax was considerably less  ($45.14) so I was a little suspicious. I looked at the room type and the lowered Expedia price was the same Standard room that was described as having a parking lot view on the Aulani website. When I chose that room on the Aulani website the price was the same. But as far as I could tell, the free breakfast offer was only good if you booked with Expedia. There in is the extra value.

Have you been to Aulani before? Tell us what you love about it. And if you get to take advantage of this free night deal – HAVE FUN!

HAWAII: Dreamy Fairmont Orchid Under $200/night


BOOK BY SEPTEMBER 27 | If you needed a spark to get organized and book that Hawaiian getaway, this is it. The Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island is slashing rates by 40% for stays through December 20, 2013. Smart travelers who act fast can book a room for less than $200 per night.

The 32-acre luxury oceanfront Hawaii hotel is set on the beautiful Kohala Coast. The AAA Four Diamond resort has a 10,000-square-foot oceanfront swimming pool, spa, golf course, tennis, six restaurants and a year round children’s program. The resort made it to respected “Gold List 2013: World’s Best Places to Stay” by Conde Nast Traveler Readers.

At the beach, spot green turtles known to bask in the afternoon sun. Hui Holokai Beach Club Ambassadors lead “turtle talk” sessions along with taking care other beach needs like setting up chairs and cabanas with towels, and checking out beach equipment.

DEAL OPTIONS: For $199 you can book a 500+ square foot Garden View room with refrigerator. For $24 more per night, you can upgrade to a Partial Ocean View room. For $80 more per night, enjoy an Ocean View room.

DATES: The deal is good for stays through December 20th, including many sought after holidays and weekends, but you must book by September 27. There are also some blackout dates, so pay close attention to the calendar. This deal is not available September 28-30, October 1-2, 12-15 and November 4-5.

TESTED: We found the deal available on several dates through December 20 including the Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 27-30, 2013.  Three nights in a Garden View room costs $677.10 including taxes. Be sure to enter the code “PZOO” in the promotion code box when searching for availability. Note: Parking was not include and runs $17 per night for self parking and $22 per night for valet parking.

Be sure to let us know if you were able to take advantage of this great deal and have fun on the sunny Kohala Coast!





KAUAI: Oceanfront Marriott with free Wi-Fi 40% Off


BOOK BY SEPTEMBER 30 | Even if you weren’t planning a trip to Hawaii, 40% off an ocean view in Kauai is just too good to pass up! For just $139 per night, you can soak in the scenic Kauai coastline from your private balcony that overlooks the ocean at The Courtyard by Marriott Kauai at Coconut Beach.

The Resort completed a $13 million renovation in 2012. Spacious guest rooms include perks like refrigerators and free high-speed Internet. One of the only true oceanfront hotels on Kauai, a quick walk by the pool and whirlpool leads directly to the beach.

Families will appreciate the hotel’s many complimentary activities that include hula lessons, outdoor movie nights, a basketball and tennis court, and a game and entertainment room that includes air hockey, Wii and board games. Hawaiian culturally themed activities like shell necklace and lei making are also available at an additional cost.

DATES: The deal is good for stays through December 23rd, including sought after holidays and weekends, but you must book by September 30th.

TESTED: We found the package available on several dates through December 23rd including the Thanksgiving holiday. Nov. 27-30, 2013.  Three nights equals a base rate of $417.00 plus $55.94 in  estimated taxes for a total of $472.94

Be sure to let us know if you were able to take advantage of this great deal and have fun in Kauai!



MAUI: Romantic Escape in Historic Lahaina at The Plantation Inn


BOOK AND TRAVEL BY DECEMBER 19 | Take a break from the mega resorts and enjoy three nights in the heart of Lahaina just two blocks from the waterfront.  The Moment in Time package at The Plantation Inn offers more than 20 percent savings and several amenities that will help take your mind off the details of travel. The Plantation Inn is labeled a bed and breakfast though guests say it feels more like an inn. There are 19 rooms, many with their own veranda that overlook the terrace and 24 hour pool.

Even though the property is not on the water, beach lovers can still get their dose of vitamin D. Your stay at The Plantation Inn includes full guest privileges at their sister property, Kaanapali Beach Hotel, located three miles north of Lahaina in Kaanapali Resort. Along with the beach, additional perks include free Hawaiian activities like shows, music and dancing. (Guests are required to pay for parking.)

PACKAGE HIGHLIGHTS: The Moment in Time package includes:

  • Three nights accommodations
  • Daily breakfast by the pool
  • Dinner for two one evening of your choice at on-site Gerard’s Restaurant
  • Arrival bottle of champagne
  • His and her Hawaiian robe keepsakes
  • Daily rental car with free parking.
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