I am way too excited to be modest and keep this news to myself. My gracious aunt and uncle are offering their Maui condo to me for a weeklong vacation to celebrate my graduation from USC! I have been travelling to Maui with my family throughout my life and I can tell you, there is nothing like it. The water is unbelievably blue, the grass is literally greener, and the vegetation is brighter than the costumes Electric Daisy Carnival. If you already have a trip planned or still are unsure where to take your summer vacation, let my mini Maui manual guide you.


From the Sheraton to the Westin, there is a whole strip of hotels in Kanapali with great deals, full pool service, and right on the bustling beach. If you are looking for a holiday party scene, this is the place to be. The place is usually swarming with teenagers and twenty something’s looking for beachfront nightlife. Go from the spa to the shore with no hassle. Lounge by the pool then walk to Kanapali’s luxury shopping mall. These hotels are near it all!

If you’re looking for five star luxury, stay at the Grand Wailea, The Ritz Kapalua, or the Four Seasons. Spoil yourself in their spa services, poolside massages, extravagant cabanas, and impeccable golf courses.

Hana Day Trip

After you have embarked on a Dolphin Snorkle Tour in Lanai, recreational snorkeling with sea turtles in Napili, shopping and browsing art galleries in Lahaina, and parasailed or jet skied in Kanapali, you must travel to the east side of the island to explore the Hana waterfalls. The car ride itself is beautiful. Each waterfall becomes more spectacular the further along you drive. Make sure to stop in Paia for pizza that’s near perfection at the Flatbread Company.

What are you waiting for? Paradise awaits!


-Emily Freeman

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