#KidsNTrips Twitter Party July 10 – Dining with Kids, Maui Style!

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The Grennan kids come to Maui every year. Here they are participating in Hyatt Maui’s passport game.

Say it with me, “ALOHA!” We’ve got another amazing #KidsNTrips Twitter party for you this week and it’s jam packed with fun-filled prizes for you and your family including a 2-night stay at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa! All you have to do is join us this Thursday on Twitter as we share tips on how to travel food first with kids in tow. If you haven’t taken part in a #KidsNTrips Twitter party yet—don’t worry—it’s easy. Here are some simple instructions.

#KidsNTrips Dining with Kids Twitter Party

Date: This Thursday, July 10, 2014
Time: 10:30 am Pacific Time (1:30 pm Eastern Time)
Hashtag: #KidsNTrips
Theme: Dining on the go with kids, with Hawaiian flair!
Hosts: Be sure to follow @JenLeo @LaJollaMom @TravelMamas @KaanapaliMaui
Special guest host: Ruth with Viva Veltoro blog@vivaveltoro

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Maui’s only Magical Dinner Theater Experience. Located at Ka’anapali Beach Hotel.

 

Prizes 

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The Kaanapali Beach Resort is a three mile stretch of beach with 5 luxury resorts and 6 condo properties.

Top 10 Reasons Kaanapali Beach Resort is Perfect for Families

1. There are 5 Luxury Resorts and 6 Condo and Vacation Club Resorts to choose from. Need a kitchen and laundry facilities or room to spread out? No problem.

2. Award winning kids pools vs. award winning beaches—take your pick!

3. Many of the hotels have keiki (child) programs daily, and some offer evening activities for the little ones so that adults can enjoy a night out!

4. Luau. Enjoy the Aloha spirit with the whole family at a Hawaiian Luau. There is the Maui Nui Luau, Drums of the Pacific, and Royal Lahaina Resort Luau to choose from.

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Fire dancer at the Maui Nui Luau at Black Rock – Sheraton Maui

5. Whalers Village is the gathering place for many teens with live music, open courtyards and a historic whaling museum attracting the bunch while mom tends to the shopping.

6. Skyline’s Kaanapali Maui Zipline Tour

7. A nightly magic show!

8. So many water activities to choose from: Go snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, scuba diving, windsurfing, parasailing, body boarding and more.

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Cora takes a free hula lesson at Westin Maui

9. Many of the hotels and resorts offer free cultural events for kids to participate in. Just a few examples are ukulele and hula lessons and lei making at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel to Penguin and Koi fish feeding at Hyatt Maui.

10. Close to the Sugar Cane Train.

Have you been to Maui? What are your kids’ favorite —whether hanging out at the pool or taking a day trip to the Maui Ocean Center?

 

 

#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.

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#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.

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Thursday May 22, 2014 #KidsNTrips Prizes:

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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.

 

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  • 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.

     

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    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).

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    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.

     

 

 

NEW! #KidsNTrips Twitter Parties for Family Travel Enthusiasts

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Hey everybody! I’m excited to announce a new social media project I’m launching— the #KidsNTrips family-focused Twitter party. I’ve partnered up with prominent family travel writers Colleen Lanin, author of The Travel Mamas Guide and TravelMamas.com and Katie Dillon, your go-to source for the luxe mom lifestyle at LaJollaMom.com. We’ll be tweeting away with the #KidsNTrips hashtag twice a month to bring you useful travel tips and family travel destination inspiration.

The seed got planted in my head when I was at TBEX 2013 in Toronto last year listening to the Twitter Chat presentation by Sheila Scarborough. The stars aligned, as they do, when Colleen and I were seated next to each other on the plane home from TBEX. Next thing you know Colleen, Katie and I were lunching regularly in San Diego with conversations that led to this chat. Woohoo!

First #KidsNTrips Twitter Chat | Thursday, April 17 9:30 a.m.

Please join us for our first chat to glean and share the family travel tips that have helped you most, whether you’re managing the ups and downs of a toddler on a transatlantic flight or planning your family’s annual summer vacation.

Date: Thursday, April 17
Time: 9:30am PST
Topic: Spilling Our Best Family Travel Tips

Giveaways Galore!

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