How to Vacation in Hawaii With Kids

How to Vacation in Hawaii With Kids
Hawaii is known for its beautiful landscape, great surf and fascinating Polynesian culture. Yet despite being associated with romance, the unique islands that make up Hawaii are perfect for children, offering numerous entertaining activities that all fun-loving kids would enjoy. From water sports to Hawaiian luau's to hiking trails, Hawaii is never a bore.

Instructions

Difficulty: Easy

Step 1
Research Hawaii's eight major islands (Hawaii, Maui, Kahoolawe, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu, Kauai and Niihau) and decide which of the islands best fits your interests. Hawaii, the Big Island, features volcanoes, blacks sand beaches and south point. Maui, the valley island, features relaxed, isolated beached and numerous gold courses. Lanai, the private island, features peaceful luxury hotels and beautiful beaches. Molokai, the friendly island, features the Molokai Ranch, beaches, and golf. Oahu, the gathering place, features Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Pearl Harbor, and more as the first island of Hawaii to develop tourism. Kauai, the garden island, features abundant green valleys, rugged coastline, beaches and water sports, and is rated as one of the best islands for kids. There is no tourism in Kahoolawe or Niihau.
Step 2
Gather the family (kids and adults) to discuss which activities they would most enjoy. Some fun activities the kids would love are learning to surf, snorkeling, hula dancing at a Hawaiian Luau, going on hiking trails to explore the active and dormant volcanoes as well as unique Hawaiian landscapes and waterfalls and much more.
Step 3
Finalize your plans by booking your flights and accommodation and planning out your budget. Consider a travel agency for some inexpensive travel deals. Consider all accommodation options, making sure to ask about hotel-based activities for kids, such as kids clubs.
Step 4
Prepare an emergency pack. Children can get sick quite easily and it is always recommended to be prepared for anything with a first-aid kit, children's remedies for upset stomach and cuts, and a copy of each family member's medical history. Don't forget sunscreen to protect your kids from the strong Pacific sun.
Step 5
Give a copy of your vacation itinerary to a family member or friend. Be sure to include contact information and locations of sites you are planning to visit as a good safety precaution.
Step 6
Pack your bags and enjoy an experience you and the kids will never forget.

Tips & Warnings

 
To get your kids hyped up for the trip, teach them about Hawaiian culture and do Hawaiian arts-and-crafts. Rent the movie "Lilo and Stitch" for a Disney taste of Hawaii.
 
To get your kids hyped up for the trip, teach them about Hawaiian culture and do Hawaiian arts-and-crafts. Rent the movie "Lilo and Stitch" for a Disney taste of Hawaii.
 
With the rugged, changing landscape of Hawaii and the dangerous tides, be sure to never leave your kids unattended to avoid any accidents.
 
With the rugged, changing landscape of Hawaii and the dangerous tides, be sure to never leave your kids unattended to avoid any accidents.

Article Written By Adee Benartzy

Based in Miami, Adee Benartzy has been writing professionally since 2009. Her articles, often travel-related and based off personal travel experience, have appeared on various websites. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in art history from the University of Central Florida.

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