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Hawai'i for Family Reunions

Hawai‘i offers year-round great weather and plenty of activities to satisfy the young and old making it a perfect choice for a family reunion vacation destination.

Hawai‘i is made up of six uniquely beautiful islands – Kaua‘i, O‘ahu,Moloka‘i, Läna‘i, Maui, and Hawai‘i’s Big Island. Each has a different personality enabling families to tailor their holiday experience.

Hawai‘i offers a range of accommodations. Many hotels offer special family packages and children’s programs that teach them about Hawaiian culture and history.

Activities and attractions in Hawai‘i are diverse. There is snorkeling, sailing, scuba diving, surfing lessons, parasailing, kayaking and submarine dives. If staying dry is more your thing, then consider golfing, hiking, biking, ziplining, taking a helicopter or glider tour, or relaxing on a white sand beach. Each island offers a unique arts scene with museums, art galleries, and performing arts venues. Don’t forget Hawai‘i’s great shopping centers and spas.




KAUAI: ADVENTURES IN PARADISE

If ever an island was made for adventure, it’s the Hawaiian island of Kaua‘i. The natural environment is so diverse and so extraordinary that action heroes such as Indiana Jones found challenges here. HAWAII HOTELS

But ordinary mortals can have extraordinary vacations, picking from a wide range of activities.

The busy harbor at Port Allen is the launch pad for a fleet of pleasure boats that take to the seas for whale watching, dinner sails, dolphin encounters, charter fishing, snorkel and picnic trips and cruising beneath the stunning green palisades of the Näpali Coast.

Fishing charter captains know all the best grounds around Kaua‘i for the mahimahi, ‘öpakapaka, tuna and the fighting marlin. Seasonly, freshwater anglers can fish for bass and trout.

Kaua‘i is a great place to learn a new sport or hobby. There are schools for surfing, scuba, tennis and golf. You can learn to weave lei, dance the hula, play the ‘ukulele, often without leaving your hotel.

There are professional photographers who can call for you at your hotel for a photo-safari with hands-on instruction. They know all the best places to shoot.

Golfers can tee off at one of nine golf courses, many of them championship links set amidst spectacular scenery. There are close to 16 tennis courts.

The only navigable rivers in Hawai‘i flow through Kaua‘i. Paddlers can explore placid river reaches by kayak, gliding silently through sanctuaries for the rarest birds on planet Earth. Less ambitious travelers can go up the Wailua River the lazy way, by boat, with music playing, and maybe a hula dancer swaying.

Hiking trails head into Waimea, the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific", or along the Näpali Coast to breathtaking valleys unreachable by road. There are coastal hikes across high sand dunes, and rain forest treks among the oldest flora in Hawai‘i. Ferns reach up to eye level and tropical hibiscus and ginger blossoms measure the size of your fist.

Find waterfalls and cool plunge pools, hidden shoreline coves and glorious mountain vistas. Trails vary from easy nature walks to backpacker treks requiring skill and endurance. Explorers can also choose mountain bike tours or an expedition into the wilds riding all-terrain vehicles.

Real horseback riding will take you into forests, canyons and mountains for picnics, waterfall swims and glorious ocean vistas.

The is also a zipline adventure, where guests can see Kaua‘i by soaring through the air, high above rivers and waterfalls at speeds up to 35 mph.

Mountain Tubing through miles of sugar plantation flumes is an exciting new way to explore Kaua‘i. Witness the island’s spectacular engineering feats while floating down the tropical waterway consisting of open ditches, tunnels and flumes all of which were engineered and hand dug circa 1870.

Much of Kaua‘i’s breathtaking scenery will look familiar because you’ve seen it in more than 75 Hollywood features. Movie Tours will take you in an air-conditioned van equipped with video screens so you can watch clips from films such as “Jurassic Park” while gazing at the green valley where T-Rex prowled. Or see it all from the air in a narrated helicopter ride.

Other popular options are waterskiing and windsurfing. Bikers can cruise downhill from the top of Köke‘e to the ocean in 12 magnificent miles along Waimea Canyon.

Kaua‘i is known as the Garden Isle because it’s so green and the flora so profligate. Wander through botanical gardens chartered by the US Congress and encounter some of the rarest living things on Earth.

At Limahuli Gardens, native Hawaiian plants are arranged around ancient taro terraces carved into the base of the mountains where the Näpali Coast begins. At Na ‘Äina Kai Botanical Gardens whimsical sculptures and a maze full of surprises are woven into a landscape of ponds, gardens, waterfalls, lagoons and streams.

Some of the most authentic lü‘au in Hawai‘i happen on Kaua‘i. No one should go home without enjoying this traditional feast with Hawaiian food, hula and fun.

Between action options, adventure travelers have been known to laze on beautiful beaches like those at Poipu Beach, swing in a hammock or sip a Mai Tai poolside at one of Princeville's marvellous resorts, or swing a club at one of Princevilles's golf courses. POIPU BEACH HOTELS and PRINCEVILLE HOTELS

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PHOTO: Waimea Canyon, Kauai – Photo courtesy HVCB

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