Maui, Maui, my oh my. Basically, here’s a moment that sums up the trip: walking laps around and around the stunning resort, surrounded by sparkly water, with a screaming-sobbing Diego, strapped in the Ergo, during what felt like Hour 10 of a futile nap attempt. At one point, I caught a glimpse of myself in a hallway mirror, and was, frankly, horrified by the image staring back at me. An exhausted, frustrated mother, glaring down at her baby.
I passed Diego off to David. In minutes, the two fell asleep on a pool chair. I pulled my forgotten Oprah magazine out of the diaper bag, admired the sight of my dozing baby, ordered a pina colada, and (momentarily) relaxed.
Until naptime ended.
In a nutshell, that was Maui. I remember, at the time, thinking, this frustrated exhaustion, with moments of blissful euphoria reminds me of something…I haven’t felt this way since…ah yes, those newborn weeks.
As I mentioned, Maui didn’t exactly bolster my confidence in family travel, and I feel a bit silly documenting it here, but I do want to remember it, so here it goes:
Our original plan was a week in Kona, at the Westin Hapuna Beach. However, a week before our departure, I re-checked the hotel reviews on Tripadvisor. It was full of comments about a massive remodel next door, and constant jackhammer blasts.
Oh no, I thought, we can’t bring a baby to a jackhammer symphony, he’ll never sleep! Little did I know….
Anyway, between that and the ongoing volcano eruption, we changed plans. I managed to re-book everything, with an itinerary to spend the week in Maui.
After an incredible Memorial Day weekend in Kona, we boarded the tiniest plane to Maui.
We were the only ones on board! It was awesome. We even saw our hotel from the airplane!
We stayed at the Sheraton at Kaanapali, and the resort far exceeded my expectations. The room was beautiful, recently remodeled, with a stunning ocean view. We started saving our SPG points when I was pregnant, and the room was totally worth all those points.
At this point, Diego started getting pretty fussy and feverish. We opted for a quiet evening, and walked to Whalers Village for dinner, admiring the sunset on the way back.
And then…the Garcia boys fell apart. Diego and David both got fevers, and we (and likely our neighbors) were up much of the night, trying to sooth a screaming teething, cold-y, feverish Diego.
After spending a small fortune on medicine at the hotel gift shop, we spent most of Tuesday in the room. Thank goodness for that ocean view!
Tuesday was the worst of it, and for the rest of the week, we had moments of rallying at the pool and beach. Unfortunately, all the nights were rough, and the teething/cold/heat rash really did a number on Diego. He is generally a pretty chill baby, and I was so looking forward to a week of total Diego time–and he was just totally not himself.
This photo makes me laugh because I swear Diego hardly smiled the whole trip. And then, just at this moment, the most adorable, darling smile! As if he actually loved Maui-ha!
Another hotel benefit: it happened to be built around Black Rock, an incredible snorkeling cove. David and I were able to sneak in some stunning snorkeling in the morning, and it was so nice to just go downstairs, walk out to the beach, and not deal with any logistics.
Despite much of the week being totally out of my control, two plans worked out well: 1) Instead of hauling even MORE stuff, we rented baby equipment (stroller, high chair, beach umbrella, toys). The high chair was super useful, as we had most meals on the hotel balcony, and we were all able to sit together.
2) During our last trip to Hawaii, I loved mixing up a batch of pina coladas and watching the sunset. Knowing the hotel wouldn’t have a blender, I Amazon-ed an immersion blender to Shaiya’s house in Hilo and she kindly brought it to Kona. I felt kind of ridiculous, but the drinks were delicious!
Even before all the travel bugs, we planned on staying close to the hotel. If we go back, I would definitely rent a car. The restaurants in Whaler’s Village were totally fine for a night or two, but we ended up uber-ing for takeout from Star Noodle, and were pretty limited in our dinner exploration. The drinks were all delicious!
The sunsets were an absolute highlight. I mean, it was just jaw dropping every evening, and absolutely incredible to watch from our balcony.
The last night, I tried to pull us together for some family photos…
Diego was far more interested in a stray cat :)
Maui! So unbelievable beautiful. And I feel incredibly grateful for the incredible privilege of traveling as a family. I hope we’re able to return some day!