Kids' Activities: Hawaii-Style

What can you do with kids while visiting Maui? What CAN’T you do with kids while visiting Maui? Hawaii is a kids’ paradise, and we couldn’t have dreamed up a better grouping of options than the ones at the Westin Maui. The perfect beaches, the award-winning FIVE pools, koi fish feedings, talking parrots, flamingo-watching, kids crafting tables…and this was all on the property.

Not to mention the Westin Maui Kids Club. Now, to be completely honest, we were hesitant about enrolling our son in the half-day camp. Our daughter was too young for the program, and we were nervous that he would be uncomfortable surrounded by new people in a new place without knowing anyone. When we dropped him off, we let him know that he could leave the program whenever he wanted, and that we would be a hop, skip and a jump away. We left the counselors with our fingers crossed. You guys, he loved it. LOVED IT. The activities are so fun — he went net fishing (see photo below), and did not want to leave when we arrived to pick him up.  In fact, he begged us to let him go back that evening for the night program, as well as the next day. “We will spend time together as a family! DO YOU UNDERSTAND ME?” is not something I imagined saying to my 5-year-old, but I totally did. My son would have spent every waking moment at Kids Club if he could.

And if THAT isn’t enough of a glowing recommendation, here are some of our favorite photos of our adventures at the Westin Maui.

  • Swimming beach 1 of 19
    Swimming beach
    The waters were completely calm in front of the hotel - perfect for swimming with little ones.
  • Sand! 2 of 19
    Sand, man. I'm still finding sand.
  • Sunset swim 3 of 19
    Sunset swim
    The kids couldn't get enough of the beach. Even after dinner...
  • Wheeeee! 4 of 19
    A mini-workout for my husband. (My little girl is solid!)
  • Good for the soul 5 of 19
    Good for the soul
    Warm, sandy beaches are good for the soul.
  • Smiles all around 6 of 19
    Smiles all around
    Our last morning was spent running around our favorite beach spot.
  • Cooling off with some juice 7 of 19
    Cooling off with some juice
    (I swear it's not a long island iced tea.)
  • Kids Club Day Program 8 of 19
    Kids Club Day Program
    The kids club was a huge hit. Loved every minute of it - our son AND us!
  • Private Beachside Cabanas 9 of 19
    Private Beachside Cabanas
    The Westin offers private cabanas on the beach, and the relaxation is off the charts.
  • Fresh pineapple 10 of 19
    Fresh pineapple
    One of the best perks of the beachside cabanas is fresh pineapple delivered straight to you. The kids devoured it!
  • Happy guy 11 of 19
    Happy guy
    Taking a break from the water.
  • Snoozing 12 of 19
    The beach will wear you out! The kids both took mammoth naps during the trip.
  • Pool time! 13 of 19
    Pool time!
    We spent most of our second day at the Maui Westin pools. (They have five!) The kiddos loved the water slides, as well as swimming through the grotto.
  • Westin Maui Luau 14 of 19
    Westin Maui Luau
    We attended the Westin Maui luau on our last night. Great cocktails, great food, and frankly, a lot of serious abs.
  • Mesmerized 15 of 19
    I wasn't sure if the kids would sit still throughout the luau, but they were transfixed.
  • Getting in on the action 16 of 19
    Getting in on the action
    Wito did some hula dancing himself. A future "So You Think You Can Dance" contestant?
  • Fire 17 of 19
    Dude. Fire. Heh.
  • Luau Finale 18 of 19
    Luau Finale
    These guys were intense, to say the least.
  • The Perfect Trip! 19 of 19
    The Perfect Trip!
    All in all, the trip was a huge success. Thanks to the Westin Maui for everything! We will definitely be back.

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