Category Archives for Hawaii.

Update on Hyatt Coco Palms on Kauai

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Almost three years ago I shared the good news that the iconic Coco Palms hotel on Kauai would be brought back to life from the destruction of 1992’s Hurricane Iniki and that after repairs it would become a Hyatt. For those not familiar, Coco Palms was the first resort to open on Kauai in 1953. In its heyday the resort was frequented by celebrities and featured in the wedding scene from the Elvis Presley movie “Blue Hawaii”, among others, I have heard that when this…

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Four Reasons to Not Take a Toddler to Hawaii


I booked our recent trip to Hawaii roughly a year in advance when my youngest daughter was around 8 months old. She had already taken well over a dozen flights by then and I thought she would be good to go to Hawaii a year later. Roughly calculating where my first daughter was at about 20 months old, I thought we could pull off a family trip to paradise with a toddler who would just be coming out of the “hardest age…

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Comparing Suites at Hyatt Regency Maui and Andaz Maui


Our most recent trip to Maui was an absolute blast, and I think it is fair to say we may even have a touch of Hawaiian fever as all we want to do is return! I’ve covered many aspects of our trip already as outlined below, but since we were lucky enough to stay in a suite at both the Hyatt Regency Maui and the Andaz Maui, I wanted to share a bit about both of those base level suites. Eating in…

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Which is Better? Hyatt Regency Maui or Andaz Maui


If you want to use your Hyatt points to stay on Maui you have two choices, the Hyatt Regency Maui in Ka’anapali or the Andaz Maui in Wailea. These hotels are located in different parts of the island not only geographically, but they also have very different feels and offer very different getaways. Truthfully, aside from the obvious similarities of both being ocean front Hyatt properties in Maui, the two resorts have very little in common and offer very distinct experiences.…

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Eating in Maui on a Family Vacation


We all (hopefully) have our travel “happy spots”, and as I shared in this post and video, I am head over heels in love with Hawaii. There are so many things I love about Hawaii that it is worth the long trek every time we make it, and one of those many things that I love about Hawaii is the food. In truth, food is one of my favorite things about travel.   When I travel with my youngest daughter…

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Why Travel to Hawaii is Worth it For Our Family


Cancun, Mexico 811 miles. Maui, Hawaii 3,826 miles. Well, assuming there was a nonstop flight to Maui from Houston, which there is not, so tack on a few hundred or thousand miles for connections. For us in Houston, Hawaii is easily 4x as far as some other fantastic beach destinations, and is also pricier on cash or miles than many of those other spots, so why bother? Why not just head to Mexico, Florida, the Caribbean, and save some time,…

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15,000 Free Hyatt Points for Taking a Hyatt Residence Club Maui Tour


We just spent most of our spring break on the beautiful island of Maui, which hopefully explains my spotty posting here both while we were gone, and also since we have returned home and are recovering from the time change. Back to normal next week, I promise!  Earning 15,000 Free Hyatt Points from a Hyatt Residence Club Maui Tour While we were in Hawaii spending some of our Hyatt points at both the Hyatt Regency Maui and the Andaz Maui…

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Inside the ‘New’ Hyatt Regency Maui Club Lounge!

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I don’t like elite status because I need to feel fancy or important…I’m clearly not. I like elite status because it can save my family real money on our trips, while at the same time making travel more comfortable. With some hotel programs one way that elite status can help is by providing us lounge access on our stays. We have spent the last several days at the Hyatt Regency Maui, and I am so impressed with how much we…

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The Award Booking Mistake I’m Not Making Again


In the very near future, we head off on a much awaited return trip to Hawaii. Hawaii is a super interesting destination for many reasons, one of which is that even though for most of us is pretty far away spot, the majority of the planes that fly to Hawaii don’t have the fancy lie-flat seats that you would find if you were heading the opposite direction to Europe. However, from here in Houston it can easily take us longer to…

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Discounted Hawaii Round Trips from Houston for $478!


Yesterday a little fare war to Hawaii started off with a few carriers and cities, and while I shared some of that on social media, I didn’t get a chance to do a post on it before many of the fares died. However, my friends in the Houston area can still score some Hawaii round trips on American to Honolulu for about $478 round trip! That is several hundred dollars lower than the norm on this route. It is entirely…

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