While all of the Hawaiian Islands provide families an abundance of activities, as well as plenty of opportunities to make new memories, Maui and Kauai are both ideal locations for families. Both islands offer family travelers breathtaking views, just enough adventure to appeal to kids of all ages and, of course, many opportunities to spend quality time together.
Maui is not only known for its beautiful beaches and relaxing atmosphere, it’s also the perfect location for a family vacation to Hawaii. It has smaller crowds than Oahu and the air quality for young children and expecting mothers will be far better than the air on Hawaii Island, which is polluted by volcanic gas emissions -- known as vog. Maui can also give families that classic Hawaii vacation by incorporating a mix of activities that appeal to the entire family, as well as the necessary downtime to actually feel like you’re on vacation, which is harder to get with the tourists on Oahu and Hawaii Island.
The Kaanapali Beach Hotel or the Grand Wailea are both very accommodating to families. The Kaanapali has an onsite children’s program that’s free for children ages 12 and younger. It provides them with an “Aloha Passport” that they can carry with them as they visit “destinations” located on the property. The Grand Wailea is also a great place for families. The pools are kid-friendly and feature lazy rivers, water slides, and swim-up bars for adults. When your clients aren’t relaxing at the hotel, they can go snorkeling or embark on a whale watching cruise. They can also visit places like the Maui Ocean Center or the Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm.
Food is obviously important to families. So here’s a list of some of the best places to eat in Maui. Ululani’s Shaved Ice is perfect for families!
When people think of a family vacation to Hawaii, most don’t think of heading to Kauai. It’s less populated than some of the other islands, but it is overwhelmingly beautiful with activities and attractions for the entire family to enjoy -- which might make it Hawaii’s best-kept secret. And what’s better than bringing the family to the place where scenes from Jurassic Park were filmed?
When your clients land in Kauai, consider surprising them with a lei greeting to give them a warm island welcome (you can book this on VAX!). As far as resorts go, the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa offers a multitude of amenities that are tailored towards families with children, such as babysitting, an onsite children’s program and plenty of recreational activities. Villas also make an excellent alternative to resorts, such as the Kauai Beach Villas, which gives families room to cook, relax and make themselves at home.
In Kauai, families shouldn’t miss out on experiencing the lush, mountainous landscape and renowned beaches. Suggest activities like the Zipline Treetop Tour, SeaFun Snorkel and a sightseeing tour of the Waimea Canyon and Wailua River.
If your clients and their family want to be more active, learn what opportunities for adventure await them on Kauai.