Aloha! Today I'm sharing about one of my favorite destinations for families - Hawaii. Why is it at the top of my list? I love that the Hawaiian Islands have something for everyone: the foodie, the history buff, the golfer, the beach family, the romantic, the adventurer, the shopaholic, the nightlife seeker - Hawaii has it all! Oftentimes, you and your family hope for slightly different experiences on your vacation, so today I'd like to dive into a few of these categories to highlight how the whole fam can have the trip of a lifetime!
For The Family Seeking Adventure:
Waimea Canyon, located on the Western side of Kauai, is not to be missed while you’re visiting Hawaii. This majestic stretch of beautiful canyons spanning 10 miles long and 3,000 feet deep in some places will take your breath away. Hiking the area is one of the best ways to take it all in. Trails are well-maintained and range from easy to difficult. Some will even take you to the top of Waipoo Falls for out-of-this-world views.
If hiking isn’t your thing, you can still soak views from the end of Highway 550, at Pu‘u O Kila Lookout which offers stunning panoramic views of Kalalau Valley. It will take your breath away!
The incredibly unique scenery of the famous Napali Coast and Waimea Canyon are unparalleled, and combined with the quiet, low-key feel, make for a rather breathtaking backdrop while adventuring with your family.
While there are several excellent hiking trails on Kauai, only 10% of the island is accessible by car - so how else can you see it? Take a helicopter ride (you can't miss this), tour the Napali Coast by boat, kayak the only navigable river in Hawaii, and tour under the sea via snorkel or scuba diving.
For The History Buff Family:
Oahu is a match made in heaven for the history buff family. There's quite the pick of activities on Oahu. A visit to Pearl Harbor is surely on the list, but other historical outlets include Iolani Palace, the former official residence of the Hawaiian monarchy, for a glimpse into this era of Hawaiian history, and the Polynesian Cultural Center to experience the history of the Polynesian islands, as well as one of Oahu's most well-known luau's.
For The Beach Loving Family:
My clients love Hawaii for lots of reasons, but the 750 miles of shoreline with beautiful beaches, ocean views, and unreal sunsets, is definitely close to the top of the list. No matter what Island you’re on or what time of year it is, Hawaii’s beaches are breathtaking.
Some draw crowds no matter the time of day, others offer semi-secluded and relatively remote perfect little slices of sand waiting for those who want quiet and relaxation above all else. Waikiki Beach on Oahu, Hanalei Bay on Kauai, and Punaluʻu, on the Big Island are just three beaches you won’t want to miss while you’re there.
The Golfing Family:
The Golfer and The Foodie: The Island of Hawaii is known for having some of the most renowned golf courses, dubbed the "Golf Capital of Hawaii", and it won't be hard to see why. The majestic scenery isn't the only reason - courses on the Island of Hawaii have been designed by some of the best, including Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. and Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
For The Foodie Family:
An up and coming destination for The Foodie, the Island of Hawaii is home to Kona Coffee (and the Plantation, which is open to tour) and the annual Kona Coffee Festival. In addition to the Island's restaurants, other unique experiences on this island include visiting various local farms, the weekly Hilo Farmers Market (ranked as the #1 in US Farmers Markets by the Huffington Post).
So tell me - where in Hawaii will you be going next?
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Kimberly is the owner of Travel Kimestry. Her areas of expertise include The Bahamas, The Caribbean, Hawaii, Mexico, Europe and ALL THINGS DISNEY. She’s passionate about working with families who enjoy traveling the world. She looks forward to working with YOU soon!