My daughter and I had a chance to experience the thriving Maui food scene during our recent visit to #KidsNTrips sponsor, Kaanapali Resort. In a place like Maui, where local dishes, fresh fruit, shave ice, seafood and–my daughter’s favorite–sushi are readily available, eating in or out is easy. I have a few quick tips before our Twitter chat (where you can win amazing prizes) to share.
Our Biggest Challenge on the Go Is Breakfast
The fact our Kaanapali Alii luxury condo had a fully-stocked kitchen eliminated our most difficult issue during family vacation: breakfast hunger. My daughter and I have a “hangry” (hungry = angry) gene. This means that we are starving and barely able to function until we eat our first meal of the day, which we could do in the comfort of our pajamas in lieu of rushing to get dressed to head out to hotel breakfast buffet or waiting for in-room dining.
Though, I’m not going to lie… I love luxury hotel breakfast buffet, to the detriment of my waistline.
Hotel Club Levels Help Kids Beat Munchies
As readers know by now, I am a huge advocate of hotel club levels. In most cases, the cost of what our family eats and drinks exceeds the extra money paid for a room on club level. Do a careful calculation before booking to see if it makes sense for your family.
The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa has an excellent Regency Club complete with buffet breakfast starting at 6:30 a.m. and afternoon hors d’oeuvres with drinks for purchase at what seems like happy hour pricing.
However, guests may step in at any time during the day for coffee, tea, soda and light snacks as well as advice from the expert concierge (sign up for the rooftop stargazing tour). For example, breakfast changed daily with a variety of fruit, pastries, cheese, hot options like french toast and more.
Sampling Local Dishes Is Part of the Fun
My daughter wasn’t a fan of pineapple until she dug into a Maui gold pineapple. Roasted pig? Well, she’d never heard of that until we saw the process unfold at the Drums of the Pacific luau. Our plates were no where as neatly plated as the photo above… we piled the food high!
When planning a family vacation, if a date we’re considering happens to overlap a cultural festival, this often seals the deal. The one event I’d love to catch in Kaanapali is their annual celebration of food called Kaanapali Fresh. The fantastic three-day event is happening this year at the end of August and is a combination of Maui’s finest resort chefs along with bounty from Maui’s farmers, fisherman and ranchers. Yum.
Part of traveling for us is experiencing local cuisine. I don’t diet while on vacation because I also travel through my taste buds.
Dining on the Go Family Travel #KidsNTrips Twitter Party with Kaanapali Resort
We’re going to be talking about vacation meal planning and tips during our next KIDS N TRIPS Twitter party, hosted by Kaanapali Resort. I’m interested to see how other parents address eating challenges, especially when it comes to crossing time zones. And, of course, there will be prizes!
Who: @lajollamom, @jenleo, @travelmamas and @KaanapaliMaui
Guest Participant: @viaveltoro of family blog Via Veltoro
When: Thursday, July 10 at 10:30am PT/1:30pm ET
Where: On Twitter using hashtag #KidsNTrips
Prizes: One Hula Grill gift certificate for $50, Kupanaha Magic Show at Kaanapali Beach Hotel for 3 people, tickets to a luau at Sheraton Maui and a 2-night stay at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa!!!!
Speaking of food and Hula Grill, check out these poke tacos. They are amazing.
We can’t wait to hear how you navigate traveling and dining with kids. See you on Twitter!
*Special thanks to our sponsor, Kaanapali Resort. No purchase is necessary to win a prize. See Twitter party prize full terms and conditions.