5 Fun Things to Do in Hawaii with Kids on a Family Vacation

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   1. See a Volcano on a Hawaii Family Vacation

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          Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on your Hawaii family vacation

The Hawaiian Islands wouldn’t exist without volcanic activity. The island chain continues to grow because of these lava-spewing behemoths. Over 500 acres of new land was created on the Big Island of Hawaii by Kilauea since 1983.

If you want to see active volcanoes, lava flows, and (if you’re lucky) new land being formed, there is no better place than Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Kids will love exploring lava tubes, hiking lava fields, and seeing steam rise from the volcanic vents.

Depending on the flow’s distance from the road and the direction of the wind, it may be possible to get pretty close to an active flow. Ask park rangers for advice and current warnings. There are also boat and helicopter tours that will get you close to the action when conditions are safe.

Haleakala National Park

Things to do in Hawaii with kids include enjoying a Haleakala sunrise

The sunrises on Maui’s Haleakala are the stuff of legends. Every day, hundreds of people make a pre-dawn pilgrimage up the mountain to Haleakala National Park. The visitor center observation deck sits at 9,740 feet in elevation. The weather is very chilly (temperatures are usually in the 40’s) but the colors are spectacular.

Once the sun has put on its show, consider hiking one of the park’s trails before biking down the volcano. That’s right, I said bike down the volcano. One of my favorite Hawaiian memories was taking the two-wheeled journey back down the mountain to sea level.

This experience is best suited for older children that are experienced riders. Riders should have a good grasp of the concept of braking. Pedaling is pretty much non-existent on this downhill adventure.

2. Snorkel in Hawaii’s Warm Waters Filled with Life

One of the most fun things to do in Hawaii is snorkel!

Much of the beauty of the Hawaiian Islands can be found under the sea, so strap on some fins, throw on a mask, and start exploring!

3.  Encounter Wildlife

Things to do in Maui Whale Watching

Hawaii’s waters are filled with all sorts of incredible critters. Sea turtles are among the most popular sea animals with those who visit Hawaii. Punaluu Black Sand Beach on the Big Island and Poipu Beach on Kauai are both great places to spot a sea turtle, aka honu, swimming in the water.

Honu is often seen at Lanikai Beach on Oahu’s North Shore, basking in the sun directly on the beach. On Maui, search for sea turtles in Napili BayKapalua Bay on the west side of the island or Turtle Town on the south side.

If your dream is to see dolphins or whales swimming freely in the ocean, there are several outfitters that take guests out of the water to spot these beautiful creatures.

4. Learn about Polynesian Cultures and History

Visit the Polynesian Cultural Center on a Hawaii Family Vacation

5. Enjoy some Classic Hawaii Experiences

Things to do in Maui with kids surfing
Surfing the Lahaina Break | Photo by Goofy Foot Surf School

There are just some things that those of us living thousands of miles away from the islands dream of doing on our Hawaiian vacations. Yes, they are cliché, but they are also really fun so I say go for it!

Enjoy a Luau

Families will have a blast trying poi (which I swear tastes like a paste), stuffing themselves full of kalua pork, and watching Polynesian performers put on quite a show at a luau. There are several luau options on each of the major islands. The Paradise Cove Luau on Oahu and the Old Lahaina Luau on Maui consistently rank as some of the best.

Learn to Surf

After all that great authentic Hawaiian food, you will probably feel the need to work it off. What better way to burn calories than to take surf lessons? Kids as young as five or six can learn to surf (probably quicker than us old folks!) at schools such as Goofy Foot Surf School on Maui and Surf Academy by Dane Kealoha, which has been teaching rookies to surf gentle Waikiki waves for decades.

By: blog.trekaroo.com

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