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On vacation with kids to: Hawaii, USA.
The State of Hawaii state is situated in the North Pacific Ocean, 2,300 miles (3,700 km) from the mainland of the US.
Hawaii, formerly called the ‘Sandwich Islands’ is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific and included in Oceania. This southernmost state of the United States lies southwest of the North American mainland. Hawaii is the only state of the United States that is without territory on the mainland and is completely surrounded by water.
The Hawaiian Archipelago comprises hundreds of islands and atolls extending across a distance of 1,500 miles (2,400 km). Of these, the eight largest islands are considered the "main islands" and are located at the south eastern end of the archipelago. These islands are, in order from the northwest to southeast, Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Maui and last, but by far also the biggest, Hawaii. The island Hawaii is very often called the ‘Big Island’ or ‘Big Isle’ to avoid confusion with the state name.
All of the Hawaiian Islands were formed by volcanoes and the last volcanic eruption outside the Big Island happened at Haleakala on Maui in the late 18th century.
The climate of Hawaii is typical for a tropical area, and is regarded more subtropical than tropical, because of the moderating effect of the surrounding ocean. Temperatures and humidity tend to be less extreme, with summer high temperatures seldom reaching above the upper 80s °F, (around 27 °C) and winter temperatures seldom dipping below the mid-60s (16 °C).
As of 2005, Hawaii has an estimated population of 1,275,194. The capital and largest city of Hawaii is Honolulu. Honolulu is situated on the southeast coast of the island of Oahu and has an estimated population of 377,260 (2004). Hawaii is often misspelled as: hawai, hawiai, hawhai, haawii, hwaaii, ahwaii, or hawia.
The Hawaiian Islands are the perfect place to enjoy your vacation with the kids. Hawaii offers sun, sand, lots of activities, many cultural events and great tropical nature. Some people say that nothing compares with a trip to the lush lands and sands of the Hawaiian islands. Long a dream destination and popular for family vacations.
The Hawaiian islands:
The Big Island of Hawaii is a natural wonderland for family fun, and the perfect place for your vacation with the kids. The Big Island of Hawaii is famous for its deep-blue ocean, its sandy beaches, its restored villages and the active Kilauea volcano. Kilauea has been erupting almost continuously and creates a spectacular sight when the lava meets the ocean. Whether it’s an eruption experience, a night of stargazing, a visit to an ancient Hawaiian fishing village, or just a long lazy day at the beach, there are countless activities and adventures that the family can explore together.
The tropical paradise of Kauai lies amidst the sparkling blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, about 20 minutes by air from Honolulu. Adventure and lovely scenery await families who decide to make Kauai their vacation destination in the Hawaiian Islands. Most people come to Kauai primarily for one thing: the beaches with their great snorkelling, surfing, swimming, and sunning, but Kauai offers more. Kauai has great hiking and mountain biking trails,
back-country ATV trips, river tubing adventures, and more. Tropical plants and flowers of various climate zones abound in Kauai. Kauai is home to the beautiful Waimea Canyon, also called the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” and the famous Na Pali shore. All these activities and beautiful scenery would make it a great destination for your vacation with the kids.
Oahu is the most popular tourist destination and third largest of the islands of Hawaii. Oahu, also nicknamed "The Gathering Place", is home to Honolulu, the state capital, and home to over 85% of the state's population.
Honolulu is a big city with a superior blend of arts and culture, a good dose of outdoor activities, but also with bustling nightlife, a wide variety of lodging, dining, and shopping options.
Oahu’s beaches are world-renowned for sun, surf and water sports. Here’s were you’ll find famous beaches like Waikiki Beach, windsurf-friendly Kailua Beach, the snorkelers and scuba divers delight Hanuama Bay, and more.
Waikiki is the center of all the action on Oahu, it's where virtually all the hotels, major restaurants, and historic and cultural venues are located. Another great place, also called the crown jewel of the area, is Diamond Head, a tuff cone that can be climbed for panoramic and breathtaking views of Waikiki and the Pacific Ocean. Other places worth visiting are Hanauma Bay for the picturesque beach and the abundant turtles, Pearl Harbor and the Hawaii Maritime Center. With over 112 miles of beaches and many recreational opportunities Oahu can be a great vacation destination for the whole family.
Molokai is one of the smallest of the most visited islands in Hawaii. The island is the birthplace of the traditional hula dance and is home to the world’s tallest sea cliffs. A must-see in Molokai is the Kalaupapa Peninsula, below the highest sea cliffs. Fishing lovers will also love Molokai, a wealth of fishing opportunities and fishing charters exist here. Molokai is a great vacation destination for families with kids that are searching for unspoiled natural beauty and quiet beaches without the masses.
Lanai is one of the smallest of the most visited islands and has the feel of a private island. Lanai offers many outdoor attractions and recreational opportunities. For example you can visit the Kanepu’u Preserve, a surprising dryland forest where, among other species, the endangered Hawaiian gardenia lives. Or visit Lana’ihale’s which provides an excellent view of the Hawaiian Islands. In Lanai, nature is untamed and the marine conservation area in Hulopoe Bay will give you a glimpse of Hawaii before tourism took over. Lanai is a great vacation destination for families with kids that are searching for unspoiled natural beauty and quiet beaches without the masses.
The island of Maui is the second largest of the eight major islands of Hawaii and has a population of about 150,000 people. Maui has been rewarded many times for being and the Best Pacific Island and is often rewarded the Best Island in the World. Teeming with recreational pursuits and possibilities, Maui is the perfect island for anyone who appreciates the great outdoors. Maui experiences include seeing the sunrise from the summit of Haleakala, relaxing and sun tanning on the beaches in Kaanapali and Kihei, snorkelling in Molokini, another popular activity is driving the Road to Hana through lush rainforest and watching humpback whales during the winter in the waters off Maui, or take a helicopter tour over the island to see the lush rainforests and breathtaking waterfalls that abound. Maui has got a lot to offer for your vacation with the kids. Maui is also famous for its world-class resorts, championship golf, its culture, and its dormant volcano named Mt. Haleakala. Spending your vacation on Maui will please the whole family.
Niihau is the farthest west and oldest island. The island is privately owned and not open to the public.
Do the hula in Maui, go for a sunset swim in Kauai, visit a volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii, enjoy the city of Honolulu on Oahu, surf, golf, eat divine Polynesian style food or do just nothing at all and relax on one of beaches Hawaii is famous for. The Hawaiian Islands are the perfect place to enjoy your vacation with the kids. Hawaii, long a dream destination and now a spectacular destination for a vacation with the kids.
Popular cities and towns in Hawaii:
Some of the major and most popular cities and towns in Hawaii are: Honolulu, Lahaina, Hilo, Kailua, Pearl City, Waipahu, Kahului, Kailua-Kona, Kihei and Lihue.
Looking for family friendly accommodations in Hawaii? Many of the the Hotels and Resorts in Hawaii offer unique vacation accommodations suited for your vacation with the kids, including family suites and kid suites, complimentary hot breakfast, Kids Eat Free programs, family style dining and friendly service. You can take a look at the accommodations section to see what to look for in a accommodation suited for your children. Hawaii accommodations range from world-class resorts to family friendly hotels and inns. The number of hotels and resorts just keep growing to match its reputation as a perennial favorite among travelers and vacationers. Hawaii also offers a large range of vacation rentals, villas and vacation homes. Hawaii vacation homes and vacation rentals are surrounded by the pristine waters of the Pacific Ocean, some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, world-class resort areas, and lush forests.
So no matter which island you choose to visit, you will be able to find a perfect accommodation for your vacation with the kids.
Hawaii offers an enormous amount of activities most of them suited for both parents and kids. Beyond the beautiful beaches and outdoor adventures, there are many cultural attractions, events and performances. Below we’ve listed some attractions that are well worth visiting on your vacation with the kids.
Waterparks and water fun:
Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park
Maui Ocean Center
Pana`ewa Rainforest Zoo
Sea Life Park Hawaii
Other sites and tours to see:
Makani Kai Helicopters Tours in Oahu
Seabird snorkeling tour to Hanuama Bay
Atlantis Submarines tour off Waikiki Beach
Akaka Falls on the Big Island
Spouting Horn on Kauai
Fern Grotto in East Kauai
Waimea Canyon in West Kauai
Black Rock (Pu'u Keka'a) in West Maui
Pineapple Museum in MaunaLoa Town
Pu’u Pehe (Sweetheart Rock) on Lanai
Grand Circle Island Tour
Pearl Harbor The USS Arizona Memorial
Old Lahaina Luau
Akatsuka Orchid Gardens
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
National Tropical Botanical Garden
Smith’s Tropical Paradise Lagoons
Haleakala National Park
Iao Valley Sate Park
Palaau State Park
Polynesian Cultural Center
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More usefull websites:
Hawaii Official State Information
Official Website of the Hawaii Tourism Authority.