The Modern Family is going to Hawaii!

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The Modern Family is going to Hawaii! We used United Mileage Plus awards to book our trip to Maui. Here’s a pic of  Hekili Point and the West Maui Mountains (Photo credit: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)/ Tor Johnson)

 

The girls have wanted to go to Hawaii since they saw Soul Surfer, the bio pic about Bethany Hamilton, the surfer who lost an arm to a shark but persevered to become a world surfing champion!

Although 11 time zones away, more than 50,000 visitors arrived in Hawaii from the UK last year. A friend of mine was lucky enough to be part of that statistic. She organised a family trip to Hawaii, using California as a stop over. Interestingly, she said the price with the stop over was very similar to just going to San Francisco. California is about an 11-hour flight from the UK, and it’s only another 5 hours to Hawaii. I thought I’d investigate.

I dug into our United Miles Plus accounts and discovered we have accumulated nearly a million miles! So before the United website could change its mind, I quickly booked flights, hotels and a car using points (with a CA stop over).

It was way easier than I thought. There was tons of availability this summer for flights AND hotels. We picked Maui and are staying at 4 and 5 star hotels near Lahaina and Wailea. I picked the Westin in Ka’anapali because it’s near the buzzing city of Lahania (and the girls liked the look of the water slides) and the Fairmont in Wailea because of its rave reviews on TripAdvisor. The Fairmont Kea Lani is an elegant hotel on peaceful stretch of Polo Beach, just beyond the crowds in front of other resorts. Wailea is about an hour’s drive down the coast and a different area to explore. Plus I worked for the Fairmont whilst at University in California and know firsthand it’s dedication to customer service.

Now comes the fun part … figuring out what we are going to do! I’m finding the Go Hawaii site very useful! We are definitely going to take the road to Hana and wake up early to catch the sunrise on Haleakala and ride bikes down. Other than that, I’m not sure what else we will do. A traditional luau, snorkelling and ?? Suggestions greatly welcome!

I’m going to put together a full guide on visiting Hawaii from the UK. If there’s anything you want to know … just ask!

We're staying at the Fairmont Kea Lani - which I am very excited about! Set on 22 acres of tropical gardens overlooking the beach, this 5-star hotel is near

We’re staying at the Fairmont Kea Lani – which I am very excited about! Set on 22 acres of tropical gardens overlooking the beach, this 5-star hotel is on peaceful stretch of Polo Beach, just beyond the crowds in front of other resorts. Photo credit: Fairmont Kea Lani

Here's the ocean view from their suites! The all-suite accommodations are the largest on Maui. Photo credit: Fairmont Kea Lani

Here’s the ocean view from the Fairmont’s signature suites! The all-suite accommodations are the largest on Maui. Photo credit: Fairmont Kea Lani

 

We're looking forward to going snorkelling! This is Molokini, a popular snorkelling spot from Maui (Photo credit: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)/ Tor Johnson)

We’re looking forward to going snorkelling! This is Molokini, a popular snorkelling spot from Maui (Photo credit: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)/ Tor Johnson)

 

One of the things we really want to do is experience sunrise on the top of Haleakala (Photo credit: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)/ Tor Johnson)

One of the things we really want to do is experience sunrise on the top of Haleakala (Photo credit: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)/ Tor Johnson)

 

The beach Wailea (Photo credit: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)/ Tor Johnson)

The beach Wailea (Photo credit: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)/ Tor Johnson)

 

We also plan to go to a traditional luau and see Hawaiian dancers! (Photo credit Big Island Visitors Bureau (BIVB) / Lehua Waipa AhNee)

We also plan to go to a traditional luau and see Hawaiian dancers! (Photo credit Big Island Visitors Bureau (BIVB) / Lehua Waipa AhNee)

 
IF YOU GO:

United Mileage Plus United.com

Go Hawaii gohawaii.com/uk

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali 2365 Kaanapali Pkwy, Lahaina, HI 96761 +1 (808) 667-2525 westinmaui.com

Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui 4100 Wailea Alanui Dr, Wailea, HI 96753 +1 (808) 875-4100 fairmont.com/kea-lani-maui

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23 Responses to The Modern Family is going to Hawaii!

  1. Mandy 25/10/2016 at 12:23 #

    Can’t wait to read your full review. Love that you found the Go Visit Hawaii site as useful as I have. I’d love to read about your experiences seeing the Haleakala sunrise and how you liked the road trip to Hana. Those things are both on my list of must-dos. πŸ™‚

  2. Elizabeth (Wander Mum) 25/07/2016 at 21:39 #

    SO exciting! I spent a few days in Hawaii many years ago although not Maui. You are going to have a brill time! Enjoy. X

  3. Lisa Jane 22/06/2016 at 22:25 #

    Wow Susanna, I hope you all have a fabulous time! My husband and I went for part of our honeymoon. We stayed on Waikiki Beach, enjoyed surfing lessons and a visit to Pearl Harbour. We also flew to Maui and spent a week there. I am delighted to see the sunrise at Haleakala on your wish list! It is stunning, well worth waking up early for. The bike ride is really good fun too:) (The all in ones they make you wear are not very attractive though! LOL) I look forward to reading about your trip on your return
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  4. Sarah Christie 24/05/2016 at 21:05 #

    Oh wow Susanna this looks incredible I would love to visit Hawaii my parents have been and loved it, hoorah for air miles, we have used ours for so many trips x

  5. dralind 28/04/2016 at 08:50 #

    Hawaii is amazing and you will have an unforgettable time there! Just don’t forget to try http://bit.ly/1Wp6MwO

  6. Mirka Moore 19/04/2016 at 10:54 #

    Wow, how lucky to use your points to book this dream holiday. Have never been and cannot wait to read about your holiday afterwards too. Looks amazing!
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  7. Vlad 13/04/2016 at 05:42 #

    Hope you’ll have a great time, I’ve always dreamed of visiting Hawaii. Take a lot of photos for us πŸ˜€
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  8. One Messy Mama 11/04/2016 at 16:53 #

    This all looks dreamy! Definitely on our family bucket list! #brillblogposts

  9. Emma Raphael 10/04/2016 at 18:23 #

    It looks amazing. When Mr R lived in Tokyo, he won a trip to Hawaii through his gym! I was so annoyed πŸ˜€ Have a brilliant time! πŸ™‚
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  10. Emily Lavenders 10/04/2016 at 14:43 #

    That is SO exciting! x
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  11. Nell@PigeonPairandMe.com 09/04/2016 at 19:41 #

    How incredibly exciting. I’d be interested to hear about the activities on offer in Hawaii – is it all mainly beachy outdoorsy fun, or do they have plenty of cultural/historical offerings too? I’ll be watching with interest!
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    • Susanna 10/04/2016 at 14:04 #

      I think it’s a bit of both … but shall report back. x

  12. Donna Billson 09/04/2016 at 06:59 #

    My eldest daughter is obsessed with going to Hawaii. Every time we mention holidays, she always asks to go here.

    Using your miles is a good way of doing it, I need to get more savvy!

    Will be watching with interest and envy (and not letting my daughter see!!)

    • Susanna 10/04/2016 at 14:05 #

      My daughters are obsessed too. I think it’s the surfing angle. x

  13. Hawaiian Shave Ice 08/04/2016 at 18:58 #

    Hawaii is amazing and you will have an unforgettable time there! Just don’t forget to try the shave ice while you’re visiting – even if you have to wait a little while! It is worth the wait!

    • Susanna 10/04/2016 at 14:06 #

      Of course we will try Hawaiian Shave Ice! Have you thought of opening a shop in England?

  14. HPMcQ 08/04/2016 at 18:06 #

    holiday of DREAMS! amazing. will be watching closely on your instagram feed! have a wonderful wonderful time, jealous MUCH πŸ™‚

    • Susanna 10/04/2016 at 14:09 #

      Thanks Vanessa. I shall be taking lots of pics. x

  15. Honest Mum 08/04/2016 at 10:39 #

    So utterly dreamy, wish I was packed in your suitcase, have an amazing time-I know you will x

    • Susanna 10/04/2016 at 14:08 #

      There’s room in my suitcase!

  16. Louise 07/04/2016 at 17:09 #

    Looks stunning! Have an awesome time xxxx

    • Susanna 12/04/2016 at 18:59 #

      Thanks Louise – we’re really looking forward to it. x

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