Sure, Oahu is a place for romance and adventure and some of the world’s best big wave surfing, but it’s also a place for families to enjoy a tropical Hawaiian vacation. Spend a day at a white sand beach building spiraling castles of sand, or splash in the surf as turquoise waters envelop the entire clan. Hike deep into a rainforest where tumbling waterfalls make the perfect Christmas card backdrop, or enjoy the heat of a luau together on a journey across Polynesia. For travelers planning to visit the island with children or parents in tow, here are a couple of different ideas for family friendly things to do on Oahu.
When it comes to knowledge of the Big Island of Hawaii, many visitors know there is an active volcano and the mountain can sometimes get snow. They also know of the white sand beaches and thundering tropical waterfalls, but further knowledge of this massive island often dissipates from there. To learn more about the Big Island of Hawaii, a great start is to visit a couple of the island’s fascinating museums. From the history of train travel, to fast moving tsunamis, to stars in the inky black sky, the numerous museums on the Big Island of Hawaii offer education on vacation.
In 2012, the island of Lanai garnered global attention when billionaire Larry Ellison purchased most of the island (98%, to be exact). Even though Lanai is now a household name, rarely do visitors to neighboring Maui take the time to explore the island. Perhaps there is confusion that the island is off-limits, given its near-private status, although the majority of the island remains open for exploration and offers some of the best adventures in Hawaii. While staying on Lanai is the easiest option (and offers the most chances for exploring), taking a day trip to Lanai from Maui is an easy and convenient alternative.
Yes, Hawaii is beautiful, and yes, it’s full of activities, but the Hawaiian Islands have a fascinating history that goes deeper than beauty and recreation. These islands were once their own sovereign Kingdom home to a thriving Polynesian culture, and with the arrival of missionaries and plantation workers (not to mention conflict and war), the Hawaiian Islands morphed into one of the nation’s most culturally and historically rich sites. Today, Hawaii’s best historical sites are scattered across the islands, and from the only palace on U.S. soil to the one time temple of a King, the following are some of the best historical sites to visit when traveling to Hawaii.
Oahu’s legendary beach culture ramps up during the long days of summer. Local kids are out of school, visiting families are on summer vacation, and the summer surf keeps the south shores buzzing from Ewa to Waikiki. When planning a trip to Oahu, however, there are over 125 Oahu beaches where you can claim your […]
We had landed in Kauai to with less than a couple hours before the sunset. The weather was far from perfect, but it was a tropical paradise compared to what we had left at home. We made it to the beach with only a few minutes of daylight left to spare. Just enough time to be excited about tomorrow and be worried if the weather tomorrow would make a mess of the best intended plans.
Sure, the nightlife in Kona isn’t exactly Manhattan, but with all the things to do in Kona people are usually exhausted by nightfall. Nevertheless, travelers wondering where to see shows in Kona will still find a number of options, from traditional Polynesian performances to contemporary live music and theater. Travelers staying in the Waikoloa resort […]
No disrespect to the Grand Canyon, but even though Mark Twain famously labeled Waimea Canyon as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” there is so much more to this famous site than simply a big hole in the Earth. Sure, there is the colorful cleft in the Kauai mountainside which plummets 3,600 feet towards the floor, […]