Offering lush landscapes, bountiful beaches, and a unique culture, Maui is one of the world’s top islands for travelers of all ages, which makes it the perfect destination to celebrate your next family reunion. We’ve found the incredible Hawaiian experiences that will build stronger bonds between you and the ones you love most.
How could we not put luaus on this list? They’re the quintessential Hawaiian party and the perfect addition for your own family celebration. Sashaying grass skirts and bold fire breathers amaze in a colorful cultural display, entertaining guests with the ultimate dinner show. And speaking of dinner, Hawaiians know how to feast. Everyone in your family will fill up on a buffet of Hawaiian delights like kalua pork, poke, and poi, not to mention nearly endless seafood dishes. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it.
Maui’s surrounding seas are a treasure trove of colorful creatures and coral. Set sail across the Pacific to Molokini Crater – the top snorkeling spot in Maui – and dive into the waves to swim with rare fish, animals, and corals that call this area home. You may even come face to fin with a sea turtle.
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Sunset Dinner Cruise
If there’s one other special dinner event you must experience with your family, it’s a sunset dinner cruise around the island. You’ll sip champagne while the little ones enjoy soft drinks, and everyone savors a delicious meal. Best of all, the setting sun sparkles on the water and washes the lush landscapes of the island with a golden hue, making it the perfect backdrop for a family group photo on deck.
Road to Hana
This is one family road trip where no one will ask, “Are we there yet?” That’s because the journey holds all the fun. Rent a few jeeps and convertibles, grab lunch to go from Kuau Store in Paia – the last town before your drive begins – and hit the road for an adventure. With many scenic and cultural stops along the way – waterfalls, Honomanu Bay, and Hana Lava Tubes to name a few – going at your own pace is highly encouraged.
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Maui has been dubbed the Valley Isle for good reason. It’s lush, green vistas are legendary, and the Iao Valley looks as though it was plucked straight from the pages of an adventure book. Hikers of every level can take the trail to the Iao Needle, a impressive plant-covered monument that stretches high into the clouds. Does your family have young explorers? Participate in easygoing rainforest walks and interact with exhibits in the Hawaii Nature Center located right within the valley.
Vacations make for a memorable family reunion, and a group getaway to Maui will have your loved ones talking about this celebration for years to come. Strengthen the bonds between family members across all generations with these unique activities and they’ll be begging for the next family get together abroad.