C.G. asks from Duluth, GA on July 09, 2011
Hawaii Vacation with Children
We are looking at taking a vacation to Hawaii next spring and I was wondering if anyone has done that with young kids? Where did you stay? What did you do? My kids will be 8 and 5.
We have friends that just got stationed on Oahu. We'd like to spend half our week there and looking for suggestions about going to at least one other island.
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L.S. answers from Spokane on July 09, 2011
When my daughter was just 16 months we went to Waikiki for my BIL's wedding. We LOVED it! There was so much to do: the zoo, sea life park, aquarium, international market, pearl harbour, luau, Buddhist Temple, North Shore, shopping, the beach - there's loads more, but we didn't get to do *everything*. Because she still napped in the afternoon we'd hit the beach in the morning (when the water looked amazing and the crowds were thin), then nap (I was also 3 months pregnant), then head out for the afternoon.
We stayed at the Waikiki Banyan. It was great because it was a converted condo so we had a living room and kitchen - a MUST for kids! And we were only a block from the beach.
S.W. answers from Scranton on July 09, 2011
It depends on which Island you will be going to. I lived on the Big Island for 5 years and on the Kona side of the island, the Hilton Waikoloa Village is an awesome place for everyone! It has a private beach and you can swim with the dolphins. Expensive, but worth it.
Almost forgot - Big Island has Hawaii Volcano National Park - Great place to go with kids!
T.F. answers from Dallas on July 10, 2011
We've been twice with our daughter. The first time she was about 2 and the last time she was around 10.
LOVED it both times. We go to Maui, stay at Kaanapoli, eat & shop at Lahania. LOVED the whale watches, luau and everything about it.
S.H. answers from Honolulu on July 09, 2011
Hawaii, consists of several Islands:
Hawaii- The Big Isle
Each island, is very different from each other.
P.K. answers from New York on July 09, 2011
Personally, I would wait until they were older and could appreciate the
beauty of Hawaii. It is very expensive. Kids that are 8 and 5 do not need
expensive vacations to be happy. The national parks are great. Grand
Canyon, etc. Have you ever thought about a dude ranch. We went to
Drowsy Water Ranch in Granby Colorado and it was the best vacation
we ever had. At 8 and 5 they would absolutely love it. Nice family ranch.
Beautiful weather, lots to do, no cell phones, TV's. Campfires, board games, cookouts. You never miss technology. It is a nice break.