Family Travel To Hawaii Guide

Experience The Family Fun And Adventure Of The Hawaiian Islands With Kids!

Explore The Island Paradise Of The Hawaiian Islands

There is no destination more idyllic for family travel than the state of Hawaii. This tiny chain of 8 islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean seem almost designed to be the perfect vacation getaway. The weather is amazing year-round. It rarely experiences tropical storms. And the local customs are among the most welcoming in the world.

Surrounded by topaz-blue water that is teeming with life, the Hawaiian Islands feel like a lifetime away from the continental United States. And, with their remote location, they kind of are. It takes a minimum of six and a half hours to reach Honolulu from the Mainland. But once you get there, you can relax in a paradise that almost always surpasses expectations.

The main island in the Hawaiian chain is Oahu. It’s home to the capital of Honolulu, Diamondback mountain, and the famed Waikiki Beach. The Island of Kauai is a raw and beautiful destination that holds the largest canyon on any of the Hawaiian Islands, the majestic Waimea Canyon. It also has a nearly untouched interior where you can experience tubing through sugar plantations and tunnels.

The island of Maui is the most popular of the Hawaiian Islands after Oahu. Centered by the epic but dormant Haleakala Volcano, Maui is home to the most famous road trip in Hawaii, the road to Hana. Maui is laid out as two volcanoes centered by a wide valley. The island is famous as one of the best snorkeling destinations in Hawaii. And it’s also one of the best islands to do whale tours. Maui is also the base for most people looking to take tours of the sparsely populated island of Lanai.

Molokai is the fifth largest Hawaiian island. This island is primarily laid out for agriculture and ranching. But it’s epic sea cliffs make it a popular destination for explorers and bird lovers. The smallest of the Hawaiian Islands is Kahoolawe. This island is just 45 square miles, and completely uninhabited. The island was once used for military testing, and unexploded ordinances are still being cleaned up.

The most mysterious of the islands in Hawaii is Niihau. This privately owned island is the home to a group of Hawaiian indigenous people who choose to live in the style of their ancestors. Access to the island is prohibited except by a limited number of tour companies and businesses.

The island of Hawaii, or “The Big Island” as it is commonly referred to, is the largest of the Hawaiian Islands. The island is home to the tallest mountain on earth, Mauna Kea. And the highly active Kilauea volcano in Volcanoes National Park is constantly erupting adding more and more land to the raw shores of this spectacular island.

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What To Pack For Hawaii Travel

What To Pack For Hawaii In Every Season

The weather in Hawaii is amazing. So don’t waste it by packing the wrong clothes. Check out our complete guide packing for your Hawaiian vacation.

best things to do in Kauai with kids

Incredible Things To Do In Kauai With Kids

From exploring the NaPali coast to cave tubing and more, discover the best experiences for families on the island of Kauai. This is an island you won’t want to miss.


How To Have The Best Vacation In Maui With Kids

In an idyllic state, the island of Maui still stands out as one of the most beautiful islands in Hawaii. This family vacation paradise is chock full of incredible adventures for kids.

From waterfalls to volcanoes and everything in between. Experiencing this 7 day Big Island itinerary will give you a taste of what this island has to offer!

How To Spend A Week On The Big Island Of Hawaii

The Big Island of Hawaii is the largest and most raw of the Hawaiian Islands. And I’m not lying when I say it’s my favorite. Check out my guide to experiencing Hawaii in a week.

Petroglyphs are etched in the lava field at Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii

How To Spend Your Day In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

There is no landscape in Hawaii that is more epic than that within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. And there are secrets to be told among these sheets of lava rock and craters.

Road To Hana Stops

The Best Stops Along The Road To Hana on Maui

Considered by many (including myself) to be the best road trip on the Hawaiian Islands, the twisty-turny Road to Hana is a lesson in going slow. Find out why this trip is more about the journey than the destination.

What You Need To Know About Travel In Hawaii

Our Hawaii Guide will give you the breakdown for what you need to know about family travel to Hawaii.

  • Capital
    • The capital of Hawaii is Honolulu, which is located on the island of Oahu.
  • Weather
    • Hawaiian weather maintains very consistent year-round. Expect rain showers that are frequent, intense, but often very shortlived. The islands are very mountainous, so if you plan on exploring higher areas such as Haleakala on Maui or Mauna Kea on the Big Island, expect drastic temperature drops and near-freezing temperatures.

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