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Perfect summer getaway: Maui

Tracy E. Hopkins is an accomplished writer, blogger and editor living in New York City. She has expertise covering travel, fashion, health and entertainment.

Maui done right

SheKnows Travel contributor, Tracy E Hopkins, chronicled her recent stay in Maui. Get a peek into the aloha way in Hopkins' travel journal!

Maui is the perfect summer getaway. As a kid, I'd vacationed in O'ahu with my Mom, but Honolulu's Waikiki Beach was overrun with tourists and reminded me of a more tropical Los Angeles. With its year-round balmy temperature, mountainous peaks and lush tropical landscape, however, Maui has preserved its natural beauty.


Maui done right

Day 1

For accommodations, we chose the Ka'anapali Beach Resort, a sprawling beachfront property in Lahaina that includes several luxury hotels. During our six-day trip, my fiancé and I sampled a few. The Westin Maui Resort and Spa, where we were greeted with fragrant leis and a warm Aloha, was our first stop.


We watched the gold-and-tangerine sunset from the balcony of our cozy Westin suite, overlooking a bustling courtyard flanked by tropical flowers, pink flamingos, Japanese fish, and waterfall. This was indeed Paradise.

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