Perfect summer getaway: Maui

May 13, 2009 at 5:22 p.m. ET

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.


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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