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Shaka Mahalo! Take the Kids to Hawaii

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EXPECT A MASSIVE MAHALO (THANK YOU) FROM THE KIDS AFTER ESCAPING TO THIS TROPICAL NIRVANA. KICK BACK AND GET READY TO RIDE THE HAWAIIAN WAVE.

There would be few people who haven’t dreamed of a Hawaiian holiday at least once in their lives. So taking the kids here is making a dream come true at an enviously early age. And we can assure you it’s the perfect distraction from your ever growing inbox back home… because let’s be honest, it’s hard to be stressed when you’re in one of the world’s most beautiful places!

HAWAII’S HEART - OAHU

There's an abundance of drool-worthy accommodation options in Oahu, and elsewhere in Hawai'i, but one of the most family-friendly slumbering options is a condo. Think of this as your home away from home, complete with separate living and bedroom areas, and kitchen facilities in case you ever get sick of dining out (this is not likely).

Get out and about and spend a day snorkelling in Hanauma Bay, nestled inside a volcanic crater with a marine environment quite unlike anything else in the world. If your kids can swim, they can snorkel, and they’ll love the fish, turtles and other charming aquatic life. So, what do pineapples and Oahu have in common? The Dole Plantation. There’s plenty of juicy fruit and even more attractions to explore with the kids. Ride the Pineapple Express train and get lost in the Pineapple Garden Maze.

Pearl Harbour is also a must-visit when you’re in Oahu. After all, it’s never too early to teach your kids a bit of history. And if you have any spare time, wind down with a spot of shopping. Ala Moana Centre should do the trick – it’s one of the largest outdoor malls in all of America!

TAKE THE PLUNGE IN MAUI

Start the Maui leg of your holiday with a splash at the Maui Ocean Centre, where your clothes stay dry but your imagination is well and truly based underwater. Here you’ll find more than 60 exhibits, housing water babies such as sharks, Hawai'i sea turtles and stingrays.

Maui definitely has the beach bunnies covered thanks to its many sandy shores with a relaxed family-friendly atmosphere. The West and South Maui beaches are perfect for little ones to play in the shallows, while Kuau has a sheltered cove for tiny tots to frolic in tide pools. Snorkel from the beach or boat, or try your hand at paddle boarding or surfing.

Head to the Pools of Oheo to discover swimmable, waterfall-fed pools of utter tranquillity. Catch some whale watching during the migration period of December-May, or dry off with a zipline through some of the island’s most stunning forest. Trot down memory lane with a family horse ride at Piiholo Ranch in Makawao, where you can peel back the history of Hawaii’s original cowboys.

HAWAI'I ISLAND - NATURE’S WONDERLAND

The kids will be overwhelmed with the amount of things to see and do on Hawai'i Island, also known as the Big Island. Start off with some education at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, home to one of the world’s most active volcanoes, Kilauea. Then check out Mauna Kea, one of the best places in the world to go stargazing. Let the kids stay up late (they are on holiday, after all) and venture up the mountain to see the night sky at its best. If you’ve got a budding astronomer in your brood, a visit to the Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai'i is a must-do.

Like many of Hawaii’s other islands, there are opportunities to swim with creatures such as manta rays (which are more adorable than you may think), kayak, snorkel, whale watch and more.

With all that in store for you and your kids, it will be tough to drag yourself away from Hawai'i – but you can always come back!

Say aloha Hawai'i! To find out more give us a call on 0800 838 747, visit houseoftravel.co.nz or come instore today.

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