A Magical Maui Vacation

Back in March, we unveiled a cool new program called 12 Weeks to a Healthier Family. The purpose was to provide families with lots of small, manageable goals to help them become healthier and happier (click here to join–you can start anytime!). As an incentive for you to sign up online, we had a sweepstakes, courtesy of the Maui Visitors & Convention Bureau, and it was quite a prize. We’ve just chosen our winner, Brett LaPeter, so we want to fill you in on exactly what Brett and her husband Alfie and 3-year-old Francesca have won.

The LaPeters will fly to Maui from their home in Idaho and have a rental car for their vacation, courtesy of the Maui folks. The family will spend four nights at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in the Ka’anapali Resort. Check out this picture of the resort at dawn. How much do you wish you were there?!

They’ll have dinner at the Hula Grill. I’m particularly envious of this part of the trip (who am I kidding? I’m jealous of the whole thing!) because I went to the Hula Grill, on lots of friends’ recommendations, when I was on my honeymoon. I could swear we even sat at this table on the right—I remember having that exact view of the ocean.

Another highlight will be the snorkel trip they’ll take on the Teralani. During the excursion, they’ll have a yummy lunch buffet and possibly even partake in the open bar. Hopefully they’ll spot some turtles and dolphins while they’re floating around. We took an awesome snorkel trip on our honeymoon and much to the captain’s surprise, we even caught sight of a whale (which is pretty rare for Maui in May).

Speaking of, the prize also includes a visit to the Maui Ocean Center. I’m guessing little Francesca will have a blast here, checking out the hammerhead sharks, jellies, and other marine life. The Tide Pool, shown below, where kids can actually touch the (harmless) creatures, looks awesome.

And of course you can’t go to Maui without attending a luau. The LaPeter family will go to the Drums of the Pacific Luau, right on the grounds of the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa. This is guaranteed to be a really cool experience, from the leis and mai tais (or fruit punch) they’re greeted with to torch-lighting ceremony to the all-you-can-eat Polynesian buffet and dessert bar. How often do you get to see something like this?

Congratulations to the LaPeter Family and thanks to the Maui Visitors & Convention Bureau and the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa for contributing such an incredible prize.

Anyone have Maui memories they want to share? Bring ’em on!

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