Imagine the kids playing in the surf just outside your beachfront vacation rental while the private chef barbecues fresh fish, shrimp and steak to go along with the dinner he personally prepared for the entire family. The table is set with festive tropical linens and the adults are enjoying a tropical cocktail as the sun sets behind the neighbor island. While the keiki frolic in the surf and the ‘bigger kids’ lounge in the hammocks swaying between palm trees, you smile knowing you arranged the entire family reunion and it wasnt difficult, time consuming or expensive! Watching your large extended family, both the young and young at heart, enjoying time together celebrating their family reunion on Maui is priceless! At first you wondered what made this year more appealing and pondered why several of your loved ones with extended family had decided to make the journey from distant homes to attend the family reunion this year. Then it hit you: When family members were asked what would make them attend a family reunion and several family members agreed a tropical vacation destination could sway them to attend, the decision was made to host the annual family reunion on Maui! Of course, with all the fun activities for all ages and amazing scenery with year round summer weather, who wouldnt include a family reunion on Maui in their travel plans for the year! After you scan through our short list of four things to make a Maui family reunion memorable, look for the links for tips to find how to make a Maui family reunion affordable:
- Enjoy a Dinner Prepared by a Private Chef After traveling all the way to Maui, nobody wants to spend time cooking and cleaning up when they could be spending quality time with family members! Though you may all head different directions exploring Maui during the day, ensure family time dining together as much as possible. Even if you dont hire a private chef to prepare all of your family meals, at least plan one meal where nobody needs to cook or do any work so everyone can enjoy a family reunion party. Consider hosting an affordable catered beach bbq to give extended family members a casual way to get acquainted or reacquainted after arrival on Maui.
- Capture a Family Photograph – Family reunions often provide rare opportunities to photograph several generations of family members together. Make the opportunity timeless and give loved ones the opportunity to cherish a memory for many years to come. Your photo may even inspire other family members to attend future family reunions! For best results without burdening anyone in the family with taking the photo, I recommend you hire a professional photographer to shoot your family photos on Maui. With the thriving wedding business on Maui, talented photographers are available to capture precious family photographs and memories. Ask me for a recommendation for a photographer for your family reunion on Maui.
- Plan Activities for the Whole Family From a family golf outing on the Kaanapali Resort courses or renting cars for a drive to Hana with picnic lunches along the way to a leisurely fun family day at the beach, youll want to leave plenty of time to enjoy the many activities available for your family members to participate in together on Maui. Let us know what the day has in store for your family and how many are participating. Well prepare custom box lunches for the trip or we can prepare takeout catering. Our Hana Box Lunch is only $12.95 and includes everything you need for a picnic on the Road to Hana drive and other Maui excursions. We let you use the cooler throughout your vacation on Maui! Stop in for breakfast and bring the cooler. Well fill it with ice each day for your day trip.
- Learn Something New Take time to learn something new together as a family during your family reunion on Maui. The growing trend of learning something new during a family vacation continues to be a popular and Maui vacationers have plenty of opportunity to enrich their minds during their visit. From picking up a now hobby such as learning to scuba dive or kite boarding, active lifestyle family members will find numerous ways to stay entertained on Maui. For culinary minded travelers, visitors to Maui can visit family farms to learn how vanilla is grown or get a sense of how a dragon fruit farm operates. Along the many restaurants on our island, youll be happy to find world class chefs on Maui willing to share their skills and expertise with travelers. From learning how to mix the perfect martini to useful day to day cooking skills, Maui offers a variety of unique and interesting opportunities to learn during a family reunion. Let Chef CJ know what you want to learn and hell customize a menu and cooking demonstration matched to your preferences. Maybe you would like a personal chef to teach your family how to match wines with dinner. Or, provide a complete theme dinner by starting with a bar demonstration discussing tequila and mixing the perfect margarita followed by fish taco cooking lessons. Family members will remember the experience and be able to use the cooking skills they learned when they return home.
Photography by Krystle Marcellus
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