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Hawaiian Islands: Maui, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Offer Family Vacations with Sunset Luaus, Lei Making, and Night Safaris. Westin Maui Hula LessonsNo two days need be the same because the menu of family vacation activities is almost endless on Maui. Lazy beach days, unique cultural adventures, relaxing spa time, and challenging golf top the list.

 Head to the summit of Haleakala (the house of the rising sun) National Park and take in the awe-inspiring magic of the sunrise. Snorkel the breathtaking underwater sanctuary for marine life at Molokini, a partially sunken volcanic crater 2.5 miles off the coast of Maui. Visit the Maui Ocean Center and get a glimpse of Maui’s undersea world. Stroll the seaside streets of Lahaina and marvel at the historic Banyan Tree that spans a 200-foot area and shades almost two-thirds of an acre. 
 
Here’s the scoop. Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Hawaii invite families to getaway at one of their action-packed resorts. They offer choices - four brands; Sheraton, Westin, Luxury Collection, and St. Regis and eleven resorts on the four islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii, the Big Island. Browse the Maui Family Vacation Resort choices and their unique family vacation benefits described below and dream a little before you create your own family vacation on Maui.

Meet the Director of Fun. At the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa’s Adventure Club, each day brings new family activities. Meet the Director of Fun for a Hawaii Marine Life Talk to learn about the abundant fish, turtles, and coral guests may encounter while snorkeling around Black Rock. Or join our Aloha Ambassadors for a variety of cultural activities. They will share the ancient art of hula in a lesson that is fun for all ages. By the end of the lesson participants will be able to perform a basic hula for your friends and family. Lei making is a perfect activity for the whole family. Create fresh flower lei using beautiful purple orchid blossoms and keep the lei as a souvenir. Hawaiian Arts and Crafts time shows the art of coconut painting or how to weave baskets out of native materials. Wait for it! Then, as the sun sets over Black Rock, experience the magic of Maui with our one-of-a-kind Torch Lighting and Cliff Dive Ceremony.

Experience the music, dance and history of Polynesia at the Ka‘anapali Sunset Luau on the Ocean Lawn of the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. Bonus points: In Hawaii, ohana means family. At the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, families may opt to stay in the Ohana Suites. A total of 20 suites are available; each boasts 665 square feet of accommodations, featuring two double beds, a deluxe pull-down wall bed (the kids will love it!), and a spacious bathroom with double sinks and separate shower and tub. Ohana Suites feature a wet bar and microwave oven. (More details at www.sheraton-maui.com)
 
Westin Maui Island Craft Making with ChildrenShare spa time and feed the koi. The Westin Maui Resort & Spa on Ka‘anapali Beach invites families to embrace wellness in travel with Westin’s elements of wellbeing designed to help them be at their best. From splashing fun at the resort’s 87,000 square-foot aquatic playground featuring five outdoor pools, two water slides and a swim-through grotto hidden by cascading waterfalls to stand-up paddle lesson and Hawaiian star-gazing, these are but a few of the varied activities families can enjoy at this tropical paradise.

Children ages 5 to 12 years old may participate in the Westin Kids Club’s day and evening camp fun offering hula dancing, lei-making, koi fish feeding, a photo adventure tour and even night safari with flamingos and swans. The resort also offers cabana chairs and beach umbrellas with chairs for a family beach day. It is the ideal setting for snorkeling and watersport activities such as parasailing, snorkeling and sunset catamaran cruises as well as whale watching (seasonal). Bonus points: Water volleyball, basketball and “Rip It & Relax It” package with a surf lesson and 50-minute massage at the resort’s Heavenly Spa by Westin are a few of the aquatic activities available for active teenagers while parents relax at the adults only pool tucked away amidst the lush-landscaped gardens overlooking the warm Pacific. Wait for it! Fire-knife dancer and hula performer Tavita Taueetia is on-hand to teach the basic steps of hula whereby children are then invited to perform a special hula number at the resort’s highly popular Wailele Polynesian Luau featuring a dinner show with an eclectic Polynesian performance and Maui’s only extreme fire knife dance finale. How cool is that? (More details at www.westinmaui.com)
 
Celebrate together on the beach. Set alongside North Ka‘anapali Beach, The Westin Ka‘anapali Ocean Resort Villas is the ideal family retreat as it offers spacious villas with the conveniences of a home. Each day begins with exhilarating fun, whether it is a morning yoga session, hula dance or kayaking in the warm Pacific mere steps away. Westin Kaanapali Beach Tals Story for Children

The sprawling surroundings of the AAA four diamond resort offers families a daily Play.Pause.Repeat program with activities such as Hoe Waa outrigger canoe paddling, story-telling by a cultural practitioner at Pailolo’s glowing fire pit, botanical tour, Hawaiian language class, ukulele lesson and coconut leaf weaving. There are outdoor pools including a dedicated children’s pool with a pirate ship at the Westin Kids Club. Bonus points: Resort cultural advisor and activities manager Makalapua Kanuha has planned a series of cultural festivities for families to enjoy including May Day Celebrations and the Fourth of July “Hawaiian Flower Shower” with 50,000 fresh flower orchids showering guests from a helicopter above. Held weekly at the resort’s ocean lawn, the Aloha Friday Craft Fair with over thirty local crafters is a treasure find though families can also take advantage of the resort’s complimentary shuttle service to Whalers Village and historic Lahaina town. Wait for it! Other resort offerings not to be missed include mother-daughter side-by-side manicure and pedicure as well as teen massages and facials at the award-winning Spa Helani, a Heavenly Spa by Westin™. – flat screen HD TV, DVD player, BOSE® AM/FM wave stereo, kitchen appliances, washer/dryer and high-speed Internet access. (More details at www.westinkaanapali.com)


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