Giveaway! Starfish Aloha Summer Prize Pack

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It’s summertime! Bust out the popsicles, the lemonade, the beachy days and sandy toes and top it all off with a Starfish Aloha hat, tank and notecards to be complete!

To kick off summer, I’ve partnered with Starfish Aloha, a locally run, mom-created brand on a super summer prize pack, just for YOU!

I’m in love with this brand not only because it evokes the love for the ocean that runs through my veins but also because the mama behind the brand is a dear friend, one I met online before moving to Maui. She and I found each other on an online mom’s group – we were both living in Southern California and had plans to move to West Maui. I feel blessed that we’re still friends today! She’s like a sister to me, my So Cal sista, Paula.

Paula, like so many of us, has an unending love for the ocean, and in particular, starfish. She seems to find them everywhere and if you see Paula she almost always has something starfish on her – earrings, necklaces, bags (yes, all can be found on her site, too!)

Paula created Starfish Aloha to share the aloha throughout the world. And lucky YOU, she’s offering a super Starfish Aloha prize pack to one lucky winner.

The winner will receive: 2 Starfish Aloha hats (mermaid and XOXO), 1 tank, and a pack of Starfish Aloha Notecards w/envelopes (I love to send these to friends, everyone loves them and can frame the print, they are that cool!).

How to enter: You need to go through the RaffleCopter either below or on my Facebook Page in order for us to see your entries!

Mandatory: Visit Starfish Aloha on Facebook and give it a LIKE. Only those that have Liked the page will be entered to win.

Extra entries: Tweet, share on Instagram -> see the Rafflecopter for more options, below.

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Easter on Maui

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We’ve had some pretty amazing Easters here on Maui. One year we went to the beach and stumbled upon an egg hunt happening at Baby Beach in Lahaina. A few neighbors roped off an area of the beach and then came around to all the families inviting all the kieki to join the egg hunt.

The kids grabbed anything that could hold the eggs (sand castle buckets, my beach bag or my husband’s hat) and then all the kids of the beach stopped what they were doing and ran after the eggs, clad in bikinis with sand in their wet hair – it was awesome!

If you are on Maui for the holiday, I suggest you spend Easter Sunday at the beach after church, or as your church, but if you want a little more tradition and something fun for the kids, check out these Easter happenings around Maui.

West Maui

Lahaina Animal Farm

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Sheraton in Kaanapali

We invite you to join us on Anuenue Lawn for our Annual StarWish Easter Egg Hunt and Rubber Ducky Races!

8:00 am – Ducky Race Registration

8:00 am – 11:00 am – Keiki games, crafts, face painting, egg decorating, and photos with the Easter Bunny

9:00 am – Easter Egg Hunt

11:00 am – Lucky Ducky Race

Duke’s Beach House

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Wailea

Grand Wailea

Egg Eggstravaganza – 11am – 1pm

Egg Hunt • 11:30am and 12:30pm • Chapel Lawn
Egg decorating, carnival games, cookie decorating, and crafts complimentary for all ages! Glitter tattoos, snacks, and beverages available for purchase.

Stay for brunch after which goes until 2:30 p.m. Find more information here.

Makena Beach & Golf Resort

Annual Makena, Maui Easter Egg Hunt – 9 a.m. start time

Easter Sunday at Makena, Maui is an all-day family affair! Join the Easter Bunny and the rest of the Maui Makena Ohana for an old-fashioned Easter Egg Hunt on the resort’s Pu’u Olai lawn, starting promptly at 9 AM.

With over 2,000 eggs hidden in plain sight on the 24,300 sq. ft. lush lawn, kids of all ages will get an opportunity to search, collect and reap the rewards of Makena’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Easter egg hunt is complimentary for registered resort guests and Easter Sunday Brunch goers. Registration for the event starts at 8:45 AM.

Also join us for our Easter Egg Hunt and Maui Easter Sunday Brunch immediately following the hunt. For more information call (808) 874-1111

How to not get antsy

you are exactly where you are supposed to be

You are exactly where you are supposed to be

I believe in this saying with all my heart. Where you are at this very moment is where you are meant to be.

It’s where you will rest or gain clarity or it’s where you will let the bubbles form, like in a hot tea kettle starting to push you to the top for release.

It’s where you’ll be catapulted from, or it’s where you will grow your roots. But it’s where you are supposed to be right this very minute.

There are no coincidences or even luck.

We are all on a path, a road that will lead us somewhere, even off track at times, to teach a lesson or to get you to a new corner, so you can make a hard right or hard left.

Believe in this. Notice, be present, be thankful. And trust you are where you are supposed to be.

Hiking with Kids in West Maui

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Maui has some great spots to take the family on a hike. Here are a few ideas on the West side.

If you head to Kapalua there are a few different hiking trails that are good for the kids.

☛ By DT Fleming beach is a trail that goes back into the valley a bit.  It’s easy for kids.  Park at DT Fleming Beach and then walk a small ways back up Lower Honoapiilani, past the preschool, where you’ll see the entrance to the trail. It’s not long but the perfect length to explore.

☛ Just past Fleming Beach is the Honolua Ridge & Maunalei Arboretum Trails. We LOVE this trail.  It can be rainy and cooler so bring a wind breaker and put on your bug spray but this lush, green trail is super fun, not too long and shows you a different side to West Maui.  It’s awesome!  You do have to take a shuttle to get there since it’s in a private neighborhood.  You can find times and where to hitch a ride here.

☛ Another favorite, with spectacular views is the Village Walking Trails. The trail starts at the Kapalua Village Center with plenty of parking available. This used to be the old Village golf course so it’s paved, so if you want to bring a jogger or stroller on your hike, this is your place.  It does have some pretty steep hills but we did it with a stroller and a 4 year old.  Once at the top you’ll find a pond with ducks.  The views from this trail are magnificent!

The kids at Launiupoko Walking Trail

☛ Also in West Maui is the Launiupoko walking trail.  It too is paved so a stroller is ok here. You get a wonderful view of Lahaina Town, Lanai, Molokai and splashing whales.  You can also encounter horses hanging in their yards along the way, which is a hit with the kids.  This is a residential area, FYI.

Have fun!