The Choice of Location. Kihei, Maui, Hawaii
We decided on Hawaii given that a) we live on the west coast and b) recent trip to the Caribbean was an ordeal taking 3 days to get from home to our selected island. Admittedly it would normally take 2 days to make the trip, but we were delayed in Antigua adding an additional 12 hours and some serious GI issues from the dinner provided by LIAT.
We decided on Maui given that a number of friends with children seemed to settle on Maui over the other Hawaiian islands. No need to break from what seems to work for others. In fairness, in absence of the little one we’d likely have selected Kauai given the available activities, but those freedoms are gone.
We decided on Kihei similarly, as for our circle of friends visiting Maui few have the means to stay in the Napili / Kaanapali area for any length of time.
We decided on Kamaole Sands because a close friend had stayed there with their children and had good things to stay.
The Choice of Accommodation. Kamaole Sands, Kihei, Maui, Hawaii
Located across the road from Kamaole Beach III and park, Kamaole Sands is a complex comprised of ~10 discrete buildings, each 4 stories tall with each floor having a number of condo units. Units range from 1 through 3 bedroom (so far as I’m aware) and may span a single, or two levels. In our case we had a 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit that was well-appointed with a queen bed in the master and 2 twins in the second bedroom, open kitchen, 60″ wall-mounted cable TV, hi-speed internet with wifi, safe, washer / dryer, linens etc. We were located on the second floor with a small balcony large enough for a table and 4 chairs.
The size of the unit and amenities were great, but if we were to do it again (and I’m quite certain we will) we would rent for a specific building as they are arranged around a central green space which also houses the pool and other amenities. There are two rows of buildings arranged in this pattern with the buildings around the pool enjoying better views (green space, pool, sunsets etc) and those on the outside having a very small green space to the outside of the complex, bounded by road / lanes. A ground floor suite in the first ring would allow children to run directly from the condo to the open area.
The complex itself offers a number of barbecue areas on a first-come first-served basis that are very well maintained and cleaned on a daily basis. The grounds offer ample green space for kids to run, some water features, tennis courts, a pool area with a children’s pool (2′ depth) and 2 hot tubs, small fitness room, table tennis, foosball and a lending library.
Oh, there’s also a sizeable mango tree across from building 8 that gifted us with several mangos during our stay and a mature papaya tree near the pool that wasn’t so generous. By the time we’d left we’d enjoyed 9 mangos, free and without having to climb. It seemed as though they tended to fall in the early evening, or when the trade winds arrived around noon, blowing strongly between the buildings. No better way to welcome the day than with a mango / banana shake fresh from the tree!