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Hawai'i: Island Activities for You and Your 'Ohana

Plan your family getaway to Hawaii with activities on each island



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Photo by Tor Johnson/Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to plan your ‘ohana (family) getaway to Hawai‘i. Discover exciting and new outdoor adventures amid the archipelago’s captivating beauty while zip-lining, kayaking, and snorkeling. Explore a magical valley where monarchs once reigned and take a helicopter ride to a remote rainforest.

 

Maui

Take the Hāna Rainforest Experience aboard Maverick Helicopters for stunning views of Maui’s North Coast, Pā‘ia, Ho‘okipa, the famous “Jaws” surf destination, and the Road to Hāna. The pilot even lands in a former taro plantation, enabling you to explore the grounds and experience incredible views.

Back on land, visit Maui Ocean Center, the “Aquarium of Hawai‘i”, home to sharks, turtles, stingrays, and live Pacific corals. More than 60 indoor-outdoor exhibits showcase Hawai‘i’s marine life, such as Turtle Lagoon, Hammerhead Harbor, and the 750,000-gallon Open Ocean Exhibit.

 

Kaua'i

Na ‘Aina Kai Botanical Gardens & Sculpture Park is a 320-acre wonderland of whimsical settings. Take the Family Tour and visit the Formal Gardens, the full-size hedge maze, and the Children’s Garden, where kids can explore Jack’s pond, a gecko maze, the treehouse, and a tropical jungle with bridges, tunnels, and slides, and a kid-sized train.

Book the Jungle Valley Adventure with Princeville Ranch Adventures and you’ll kayak, hike, zip-line over twin waterfalls, and finally swim, jump, float on inner tubes, and picnic by a waterfall.

 

O'ahu

The new Coral Crater Adventure Park features safe activities that are fun for the whole family. Enjoy the zip lines, aerial adventure tower, climbing walls, king swing, freefall, ATVs, electric mountain bikes, and bike and beach adventures, then relax at the picnic area.

Take the new Guided He‘eia Fishpond Exploration at Holokai Kayak and Snorkel, and learn how ancient Hawaiians practiced sustainable aquaculture. Participate in restoration efforts by removing invasive species with a bamboo fishing pole, explore the fishpond, and paddle back to He‘eia State Park for a delicious Hawaiian lunch.

 

Hawai'i Island

Discover the lush Hāmākua Coast on the Waipi‘o Valley Explorer with Kapohokine Adventures. You’ll drive between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea volcanoes en route to Rainbow Falls in Hilo, wander through Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens, and experience the majesty of ‘Akaka Falls. Finally, you’ll explore Waipi‘o Valley—the “Valley of the Kings”—home to waterfalls cascading more than a thousand feet to the valley floor.

Book the Night Manta Experience with Sea Quest Rafting & Snorkeling Adventures and be amazed as gentle yet enormous manta rays, illuminated by searchlights, swoop and soar in an underwater ballet while feeding on plankton in the warm waters.

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