Punalau Beach (Windmills Beach) West Maui

Located past Honolua Bay as you travel north on the highway, Punalau Beach or Windmills Beach is a tucked away beach of white sand and pine trees.

We headed there to have a picnic at the beach, swing on a rope, make boats out of found bamboo and search for heart-shaped rocks.


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Summer Fun: DIY Minecraft Costume

Minecraft…my son is obsessed and has officially commandeered the iPad to build worlds in Minecraft. I bet your kids are obsessed too and if they aren’t yet, they will be.

Be warned!

One day as I was working at our breakfast bar, I watched as my son went into the kitchen and grabbed two paper bags out from under the sink. Then he went into our crafty area of the kitchen and grabbed crayons. Lastly, he went into the drawer and out came a pair of scissors. That’s when I spoke up…

“What cha doing?”

Turns out he was making a Minecraft head to wear so that he could create a video.

“Hmmm, well that sounds cool” I thought to myself.

Five minutes later and he had made a pretty cool Minecraft head. Better yet, he also made one for his sister. We all headed downstairs and made Minecraft videos together, mom as the narrator and film crew and each child as one of the stars. It was so fun and the bloopers made us all roll in laughter.

Here’s a fun DIY to do with your kids this summer… 

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This costume is so easy and best of all, your little one can do most of it. What you will need:

  • A brown paper bag from the grocery store

  • Crayons – blue, white, red

  • Brown marker

  • Scissors

  • A blue t-shirt

  • jeans or blue pants

Step 1: Have your child cut the open, top part of the bag to make it more square in shape rather than rectangle.

Step 2: Use the blue and white crayons to make the eyes. Use the red crayon to make the nose and the brown marker to create the beard/mouth area.

Step 3: Cut holes for the eyes so your little one can see their way around.

Step 4: Throw on a blue shirt and jeans and ta-dah! You are done!

For extra coolness, create an ax to cut those trees, out of a paper towel roll and some aluminum foil.

Happy Summer!

it’s summer!


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Why yes. yes it is! Here’s to beachy days, sandy floors and towels drip drying on the lanai!

Cheers to summer!

Are your kids out of school yet? Today was our last day… hooray!

Maui eats: Koa’s Seaside Grill in Lahaina

Koa's Seaside Grill Lahaina

I recently had the opportunity to try out the new Koa’s Seaside Grill on Front Street in Lahaina. The whole family sat down to try out a sunset dinner, overlooking (and literally hanging over) the Pacific Ocean.

Koa’s was created by the same owners of the world-famous Gazebos restaurant. If you’ve been to West Maui, no doubt you’ve tried Gazebos breakfast. Good news for us, it’s the same breakfast that will be served at Koa’s. Score!

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As the sun set over the ocean my family and I enjoyed some pupus, artichoke dip and steamers. Both were delicious and didn’t last long. The kids kept themselves busy with Wikisticks (I love a restaurant that offers something fun for the kiddos!).

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For dinner I had the scallops on a bed of mashed potatoes and served with asparagus and a super yummy sauce. My husband had a sort of seafood stew that was delish. The kid’s fare is the typical keiki menu of chicken nuggets, hamburger or spaghetti – which is good when your kids want to stay on the less adventurous side.

What cannot be beat is the absolute gorgeous view from Koa’s. You can sit downstairs or on the rooftop, both are spectacular and literally hang over the edge of the ocean with Lanai and Molokai staring right at you.

You are Invited! Koa’s Grand Opening Party June 1st

happy hour Koa's Seaside Grill, Lahaina

Come and check out Koa’s for happy hour on Saturday June 1st, 2013 from 3-5:30 p.m. 10 percent of the proceeds from the entire day will be given to local school, Maui Prep!

For more information, check out Koa’s on Facebook. Make this your new spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

I received this dinner gratis from Koa’s so that I could check it out and share with The Ohana Mama readers! Mahalo to the entire Koa’s team for a lovely evening!