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9 Family-Friendly Hawaii Resorts

Whether it’s unforgettable pool experiences, new kids club offerings, robust keiki (children) day programs, or kitchenettes to make travel just a bit easier, our friends at Marriott International have a portfolio of hotels and resorts offering exquisite options on all four major Hawaiian islands.

Travel insights from Marriott International in Hawai’i have put together a collection of 9 of the most family-friendly Hawaiian resorts:

1. Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa
Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa

Celebrate the best of Honolulu from Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach. Widely known as the “First Lady of Waikiki,” our historic hotel first opened its doors in 1901 and offers a seamless blend of Victorian elegance and contemporary comfort. Boasting an unbeatable beachfront location, we’re just steps from the immaculate shores of legendary Waikiki Beach and within walking distance of Honolulu’s most beloved shopping, dining and entertainment attractions. For your convenience, we provide three distinct, sophisticated room layouts, each one overflowing with thoughtful amenities. In addition, our hotel features a towering banyan tree, a shimmering outdoor pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center, the only beachfront spa in Waikiki and six on-site bars and restaurants. Host an event with us here in Honolulu to take advantage of stunning outdoor venues and top-quality planning and catering. Allow Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki Beach to raise the bar for beachfront luxury

2. The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort
The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort

The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort stretches along its namesake white-sand beach on the Island of Hawaii. The Kohala Coast is known for its world-class shoreline as well as for the cultural and archaeological gems nestled between its centuries-old lava fields. Our resort’s contemporary style contrasts with our lush, manicured gardens and the endless blues of the sky and the ocean. Enjoy our four reimagined dining venues influenced by the island’s bounty. Hit the links on our award-winning 18-hole Hapuna Golf Course designed by Arnold Palmer. Cool off in two swimming pools, including a 6,800-square-foot freeform family pool and an adult-exclusive infinity pool, overlooking Hapuna Beach. Our WestinWorkout Center and Crossfit Studio are complemented by the Hapuna Spa for rejuvenation and relaxation. Our resort boasts more than 85,000 square feet of newly refreshed function space for productive business meetings and inspiring social events. Choose from 249 oversized guest rooms, including 17 suites.

3. Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

Edging the western coast of Hawaii’s breathtaking Big Island, Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is a beachfront haven in a stunning travel destination. Find your respite in scenic hotel accommodations with contemporary comforts and signature amenities. Elevate your experience in select suites and resort rooms overlooking beautiful Anaeho’omalu Bay. Ignite your senses with delectable dining at our hotel restaurants, and be sure to attend our Sunset Luau for music, dancing and classic Big Island fare. Hone your golf game at two championship courses or spend the day lounging on an immaculate white-sand beach. Host flawless meetings, weddings and social affairs in inspiring event space with custom catering and expert planners. After a full day in Hawaii, refresh your well-being with massage, beauty and wellness therapies at our hotel spa. With three sparkling outdoor pools, a waterslide and covered beachfront location, Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is an island oasis on the lovely Big Island of Hawaii.

4. Sheraton Kauai Resort at Poipu Beach
Sheraton Kauai Resort at Poipu Beach

Aloha from Sheraton Kauai Resort, a welcoming hotel oasis nestled on the shores of Hawaii’s world-famous Poipu Beach. From this enviable vantage point, our hotel offers guests intimate access to the Garden Island’s endless charms—from spectacular beaches, lush rainforests to world-class golf courses. Relax in our newly-renovated guest rooms and suites, where either sparkling oceanfront or lush garden views await. Spend your days soaking in the sun on Poipu Beach or relaxing in a shaded cabana next to our Ocean Pool. Dine at our array of authentic eateries, serving fresh Hawaiian fare in a tropical setting; RumFire Poipu Beach is our signature restaurant boasting spectacular sunset views. Showcasing an array of indoor and outdoor event venues, our hotel is also a brilliant location for a corporate retreat, wedding or family reunion in Kauai. Whatever brings you to Hawaii, our golden-sand beaches and misty sea breezes ensure you’ll never want to leave. We look forward to hosting you at Sheraton Kauai Resort.

5. Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay

With an unparalleled location on the iconic lava rocks of Hawaii’s Kona Coast, Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay offers a captivating blend of adventure, culture, heritage and hospitality for your trip to Kailua-Kona. Our hotel overlooks Kailua-Kona’s manta ray coastal feeding grounds and offers access to Kona Coffee farms, snorkeling in Kealakekua Bay and Volcanoes National Park. Embrace Kona life in our hotel pool, pamper yourself at Ho’ola Spa or try traditional Hawaiian activities like snorkeling, cultural tours and hula lessons. Bask in the Kona sunshine at our poolside resort bar, sample fusion cuisine at Rays on the Bay or enjoy history and entertainment at Haleo Luau. Explore our adaptable indoor venues, as well as 100,000 square feet of outdoor space with awe-inspiring views. Unwind in expansive hotel rooms and suites with private lanais and the Sheraton Signature Sleep Experience. Find your own slice of paradise in Hawaii at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay.

6. Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
Sheraton Princess Kaiulani

Sheraton Princess Kaiulani invites you to experience the Aloha spirit at our hotel in the heart of Honolulu, Hawaii. Our inviting hotel is situated one block from Oahu’s famous Waikiki Beach and within walking distance of some of the area’s best shopping, dining and entertainment. Hotel guests have proximity to attractions like Diamond Head, Hawaii Convention Center, the Aloha Tower and Honolulu Zoo. Well-appointed hotel rooms and suites include Wi-Fi (for a fee), mini-refrigerators, private lanais and our Sheraton Signature Sleep Experience with premium linens. Those planning events on Oahu can explore our hotel’s modern venues, which can host as many as 500 guests. Whatever your reason for visiting Hawaii, we know you’re going to love your stay at Sheraton Princess Kaiulani.

7. Residence Inn Maui Wailea
Residence Inn Maui Wailea

Find your home away from home at Residence Inn Maui Wailea, a modern all-suite hotel in near Wailea’s world class golf courses, Wailea Blue Golf Course, Kihei Town, Ulua and Wailea Beach. With our complimentary shuttle service in the Wailea Resort Area, our extended-stay hotel makes it easy to access all the best local dining and shopping at The Shops at Wailea. Enjoy your time in Maui by relaxing with a hotel breakfast buffet in the morning. Our hotel bar offers curated cocktails and scenic views of the Pacific. For your comfort, our pet-friendly suites feature ocean-inspired designs and plush beds. Upgrade to a spacious two-bedroom suite to ensure ample space for the whole family. After a day spent exploring, prepare a homemade meal in your suite, complete with a refrigerator, microwave and stovetop, or opt for the convenience of complimentary grocery shopping services. Whatever it is that brings you to Maui, make the most of your travels by booking a stay with Residence Inn Maui Wailea.

8. Courtyard Maui Kahului Airport
Courtyard Maui Kahului Airport

Providing modern convenience in a soothing setting, Courtyard Maui Kahului Airport will elevate your island getaway. With our free shuttle service to and from Kahului Airport, you can expect effortless travels. Ignite your next Maui adventure at premier attractions such as Kanaha Pond State Wildlife Sanctuary, Lahaina Front Street and Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm. After soaking up the Hawaiian sun, gather in the comforts of our hotel rooms and seamlessly transition between work and play with our flat-panel TVs and ergonomic workstations. To satisfy you cravings, visit The Bistro for energizing breakfast options, along with tempting dishes and handcrafted cocktails for dinner. Committing to healthy habits? Burn off some calories at our 24-hour fitness center or outdoor pool. If you’re hosting an event, enliven conferences and celebrations alike with our AV equipment and catering options. Whether you’re conducting business, or exploring the beautiful area, revel in relaxation at Courtyard Maui Kahului Airport.

9. Courtyard Waikiki Beach
Courtyard Waikiki Beach

Stay, play and explore everything we have to offer at Courtyard Waikiki Beach. Located in the heart of Waikiki in Honolulu, HI, our hotel is a short walk from Waikiki Beach and several top local attractions, including the Honolulu Zoo. In addition, find many leisure activities nearby, like golfing, surfing, biking and hiking, then return to our hotel where we offer a 24-hour, state-of-the-art fitness center, a calming spa with a variety of treatments and two refreshing outdoor pools. After a busy day in Honolulu, stop by our hotel’s authentic Italian restaurant serving freshly prepared cuisine and signature cocktails. If you want to host your wedding in Waikiki, take advantage of our group booking offers and special hotel room rates. Additional hotel amenities include valet parking, on-site laundry and car rentals. At the end of the day, retire to a contemporary, newly refurbished hotel room or suite with free Wi-Fi, an outdoor balcony and modern media offerings. Make us your tropical oasis in Honolulu.

Hawaii with the Littles: You’ll Never Hear ‘I’m Bored’ on These Island Adventures

As far as families vacationing in paradise, the United States has an abundance of great locations. Still, none can offer such a wide variety of activities, natural wonders, culture, and cuisine as the Hawaiian Islands.

You won’t want to skimp on this vacation! Excursions to historic Pearl Harbor, lava, sealife, island hopping, and so much more!

You are in store for a real family bucket list adventure. No need for theme parks here!

Click here to find out more about traveling to Paradise with Little Ones! Complements of our friends at The Compass.

4 Romantic Maui Resorts

Hawaii is often considered one of the romantic vacation destinations on earth. Popular with honeymooners, or couples looking to celebrate a special occasion, Hawaii always comes out on top.

Out of all of the Hawaiian islands, a popular choice for romance is the island of Maui.

Check out four of the most romantic resorts on Maui, with an article shared by our friends at Vax Vacations. And if Hawaii sounds like a place you’d like to experience, be sure to reach out to your Must Love Travel Planner!

3-Part Video Series: O’ahu, Hawaii

We recently completed a 3-Part video series on the island of O’ahu, Hawaii. Each episode highlights a different element of planning a Hawaiian vacation.

In Part 1, Tamsen focuses on Hawaiian culture and history. Tamsen spent years living on the island of O’ahu and has a deep respect and love for this beautiful island.

 

In Part 2, Annette highlights four of O’ahu’s most popular resorts.

 

In Part 3, Terri gives her recommendations for some of the best day adventures available, along with some delicious food recommendations.

 

Reach out to your own personal Must Love Travel Planner when you are ready to plan your next Hawaiian vacation!

Popular Resorts on the Island of O’ahu, Hawaii

O’ahu is one of the most popular Hawaiian islands for first-time visitors and travelers who visit Hawaii often. Home to Honolulu and Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbour, and numerous museums and aquariums, O’ahu has something for everyone.

There are hundreds of different hotels to choose from for your vacation, and it can feel overwhelming trying to figure out which hotel is best for you.

Watch our most recent Travel Chat video, where we discuss four of the most popular resorts on O’ahu – Kahala, Ritz Carlton, Outrigger Reef, and Turtle Bay.

When you are ready to plan your next Hawaiian vacation, be sure to reach out to your Travel Planner!

History of the island of O’ahu, Hawai’i

Here at Must Love Travel, we have a weekly video series called Travel Chat. We catch up with fellow travel advisors and travel professionals to talk about hot topics, news, and official updates. Sometimes we focus on a certain destination, such as Mexico or Jamaica. Other times we’ll chat about cruising, or maybe we’ll focus on Walt Disney World or Universal Studios.

This week, we started a 3-part series dedicated to Hawaii. Our first episode focuses on Hawaiian culture and history, along with some insider tourist spots and even a fun lesson on how to pronounce popular Hawaiian words.

Click the image above to watch the episode, and stay tuned for the next 2 videos in our Hawaii series. We’ll discuss popular resorts, excursions, restaurants, beaches, luaus, and more!

 

Why Hawaii is the Perfect Destination! – Travel Video!

 

Our Travel Planner Annette Colburn recently visited Hawaii! I sat down with her recently via a video chat to talk all things Hawaii! Annette shared with me that the islands of Hawaii are one of her absolute favorite destinations! Through our conversation, she shared with me a few of the reasons why Hawaii is her happy place as well as why Hawaii is a perfect destination for truly everyone!

 

 

Annette shared that Hawaii is ideal for couples, families, kids, truly everyone! Everyone can find something that they enjoy! She detailed that Hawaii is filled with romance making it a great spot for couples! From renewing your vows, to your honeymoon or even a romantic getaway, Hawaii can provide the most amazing backdrop for you and your partner! Families can enjoy some relaxing time on the beach or choose to take some incredible once in a lifetime excursions to experience everything the islands have to offer!

 

 

I asked Annette what her favorite excursion was and she said she loved snorkeling and whale watching! She showed me the incredible photo she captured of a whale jumping out of the water and it is so breathtaking! Annette shared with me that she loves wildlife so seeing these beautiful creatures was a real stand out moment!

You can hear more in our new YouTube video!

 

I personally have always wanted to travel to Hawaii and now that I have heard Annette’s stories I am even more excited to one day get to experience this beautiful state!

I would like to thank our wonderful Must Love Travel Planner Annette Colburn for sharing her incredible Hawaii experiences with me! Contact our Must Love Travel team today to plan your next vacation to Hawaii or to wherever your dream destination is! We are excited to make your travel dreams a reality!

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Planning your trip to Hawaii

It will be hard to choose which of the six islands of Hawaii to visit as you can see from our series on the Hawaiian Islands. This state hosts so many wonderful wonders from breathtaking waterfalls, volcanoes, tropical delights, ocean greatness fit for watching sea life, snorkeling and surfing. It is a destination within reach. No need for passports, great weather throughout the year and plenty to do! It is a destination for families, honeymoons and romance.

So if you are like me, Hawaii is a bucket list destination for you and how are you going to plan for such a trip. You may want to visit all the islands or atleast many of them to get the full experience. Afterall, it may be your only visit to Hawaii right? Although after you visit you this may be your go to destination! As with any vacation, planning is key. You will need to plan your time off, set your budget and make a list of your must do’s. Many visitors to Hawaii set aside 7-14 days depending on how much they want to see. Your budget will need to be a healthy one as you can only arrive by land or sea. Airfare ranges between $880 – $1500 and fluctuates often. Resort costs are fairly typical, but as with any travel to islands food can be a little higher than you are used to at home.

One cost effective way to travel to Hawaii is via cruise. I say cost effective because your vacation is pretty much paid for before you leave home since your food is included in your cruise package. One of my favorite ships to sail is the Pride of America on Norwegian Cruise line. Recently renovated, the Pride of America has been sailing to Hawaii for many years. It has recently been voted the best Hawaii Itinerary. With a variety of Itineraries, you can hit most of the highlights. You can choose packages that include pre cruise land stay or just cruise only.

If you are more adventurous or a little shy of cruising and want to dive into one or more islands on your trip there are packages that will include your flights, accommodations, excursions. This way gives you the flexibility to customize where you want to be and when.

Whatever way you want to go – land or sea, you will want to work with your Must Love Travel Planner to help you create a spectacular vacation. Plan ahead. This bucket list destination is a place you will not want to miss. The history, gorgeous views, culture and volcanic wonders are calling your name! If you missed any of the island articles we have recently published, go back and check them out!

 

Island of Hawaii – The Island of Inspiration

Nicknamed “The Big Island” the island of Hawaii is the youngest and the largest of all the islands. Host to the Hawaii Volcanoes National park, you will find molten magma flowing as well as snow-capped heights of Maunakea. Many of the world’s climate zones can be experienced on the Big Island. The Island of Hawaii has 6 regions, Hamakua Coast, Hilo, Puna, Kau, Kona and Kohala. There is certainly plenty to explore and do!

Hamakua Coast is located north of Hilo on the northeastern side of the island. Experiencing 84 inches of rainfall a year, this region is filled with tropical rainforests, stunning waterfalls, and tranquil green valleys. Plan a trip to the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden and World Botanical Gardens where you will see the triple-tiered Umauma Falls. The Akaka Falls is 442 foot hight and the Kahuna Falls is 100 feet tall. The Hamakua Coast was the boyhood home of King Kamehameha I and is known as “The Valley of the Kings”. Check out the Waipio Valley Overlook at the end of the Hamakua Heritage Corridor drive. Here you will see the amazing sites of this incredible area.

The Hilo region is a perfect mix of open markets, shopping, gardens, and beautiful state parks.
In downtown Hilo you will find the Hilo’s Farmers Market. You will find, locally grown and roasted coffee, tropical fruit and sweet treats like butter mochi. The market also feature beautiful plants, outside crafts, local souvenirs. It is open year round every Wednesday and Saturday with some vendors open every day.

One area of Hilo you will not want to miss is the world’s largest authentic ornamental Japanese garden outside of Japan itself. It is open 24 hours a day and you can experience this for free. The Liliuokalani Gardens, named after the last reigning monarch, Queen Liliuokalani is location on 24.67 acres and was dedicated in 1917. It is truly an amazing and tranquil place. Don’t miss the amazing falls in Hilo as well. Wailuku River state park is best know for the Waianuenue (Rainbow Falls) and Akaa Falls State Park features the Akaka Falls and Kahuna Falls.

Looking for some Lava? The region of Puna just south of Hilo in the town of Pahoa you can experience the designs of Pele, the volcano goddess who continually creates and recreates the land. This area features, black-sand beaches and lava features as well as more natural wonders forged by the power of volcanos. What could be more relaxing that to experience one of Puna’s coastal geothermal baths heated below the earth by Kilauea’s steam. A don’t miss spot on Puna is Lava Trees State Park. in the 1700’s, lava flow swept through the areac coating the trunks of ohia trees leaving tall lava molds of the tree trunks in their wake, frozen in time.

Kau is host to the world’s most active volcano, Kilauea. The eastern slopes of Kau host macadamia nut orchards, coffee farms and cattle. 45 miles south of Hilo, is the Hawaii Volcano National Park. It is 333,000 acres from the summit of Maunaloa to the sea. Manualoa last erupted in 1984 and Kilauea has been erupting since Jan. 3, 1983. Check out this area to learn more about the amazing dynamics of volcanoes. Learn more about these volcano’s click https://youtu.be/gNoJv5Vkumk

The West side of the island is Kona. If you are a coffee lover, Kona has some of the best coffee as it hosts many coffee farms. Kona’s calm and clear waters make it perfect for snorkeling, diving, sailing and spotting dolphins and honu ( Hawaiian green sea turtles). During the month of August, Kona hosts the International Billfish Tournament. Located in south Kona, is Honaunau Bay where there is a 180 acre national historic park.

 

This historic park was once the home of royal grounds and a place of refuge for ancient Hawaiian lawbreakers. Kapu, or sacred laws, were of utmost importance to Hawaiian culture and the breaking of kapu had its consequences, including death. If one were to break kapu, their only chance for survival was to evade his pursuers and make it to a puuhonua, or a sacred place of refuge. Once there, a ceremony of absolution would take place and the one who broke kapu would be able to return to society. Puuhonua o Hanaunau remains one of the most sacred historic places. Visit the Historic Kailua Village and Hulihee Palace where you will be transported back to the days of Hawaiian monarchy.

Finally, Kohala. This is the area of some of the best resorts and as you travel this area you will find amazing lava fields. In north Kohala, there is a small town called Kapaau. Her stands the original King Kamehameha I Statue which is not far from where the famous King was born. Historians believe he was born in 1758, the year Halley’s Comet passed over Hawaii. Kamehameha stands for The Lonely One. His story is amazing so you will have to visit to receive the full appreciation of this amazing sense of history. Pololu Valley Lookout and Hapuna Beach offer breathtaking views and amazing beaches.

The Big Island has a lot to offer tourist and you will want time to explore! #MustLoveTravelHawaii

Molokai the Friendly Isle

Molokai, known as the Friendly Isle, is the 5th largest Island and home to the longest continuous fringing reef, at 28 miles long. This is a perfect place for scuba diving and snorkeling where you will see natural “finger” coral. The adventure traveler will love this island as it is absent of attractions and commercial activity.

At 38 Miles long and 10 miles wide, this island makes it easy to discover the jungles, and some of the most remote parts of Hawaii. Visit Halawa Valley on the east end and you will not be disappointed by the breathtaking vistas and cascading waterfalls including Mooula Falls.

Beaches on Molokai are beautiful but not necessarily the best place for swimming. Despite their wonderful views, the current can be strong and most beaches do not have lifeguards. The beaches welcome picnics which can provide for a great afternoon.

Home to a historic coconut grove in Kaunakakai is a must see on this island. It was planted in the 1860’s during the reign of King Kamehameha V. Watch out for falling coconuts!

You may want to just take a peek at the island by taking a helicopter from Maui for a fly over this island full of nature. Even though this is a great option you may miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in historic, beautiful natural locations of this great island.

Lanai- “Hawaii’s Most Enticing Island”

Lanai is just 9 short miles away from Maui, but don’t let that fool you as Lanai has its own charm and personality and happens to be the smallest of the Hawaiian Islands. If you are one of those travelers that likes a little bit of being away from it all, here is where you want to be. There are no stoplights and only two hotels.

The accommodations are nothing short of spectacular. On the south side, you can stay at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai which overlooks Hulopoe Bay. This oceanside paradise is full of colorful reef fish and hosts protected species such as green sea turtles and spinner dolphins. Of course this is the perfect place for golfing at one of the two world-ranked courses. The second Hotel is the Hotel Lanai, Hawaii’s Best Little Inn. As a historic landmark in Lanai City, it was best known as the hotel for the Dole Plantation Executives. All the rooms in this laid back hotel, feature original art by local artist Mike Carroll. It is small, with only 11 guest rooms, but very special for visitors wanting to step back in time.

There are some great activities besides golfing visitors can do on Lanai. You can visit the Lanai Adventure Center near- by the Four Seasons Hotel where you can explore. Guided UTV tours are available as well as horseback riding. At the Lanai Ocean Sports you can depart from Manele Small Boat Harbor and snorkel, whale watch, watch the sunset and dive. This makes for a great activity day if you are going to even just spend the day at Lanai.

Beaches, and dining are not forgotten on this tiny island. You will find the local mom and pop shops as well as your luxury dining at the resorts. Polihua Beach is very secluded and off the beaten path on the North Shore. From this advantage point you can see Diamond Head on Oahu island. Hulopoe Bay is named on of America’s best beaches. This is perfect for beach goers as you have a picnic area with grills and restrooms with showers.

You can plan your stay on Lanai or if you are staying on Maui head over on the Maui-Lanai Ferry which crosses over 5 times a day every day.

They Valley Isle — Maui

Maui is Hawaii’s second largest island. I don’t think any traveler has not had Maui on their bucket list. We often hear of its beautiful beaches, watching the sunrise from Haleakala, wonderful food, and amazing scenery. Maui has 5 distinct regions, Central Maui, East Maui, South Maui, West Maui and the Upcountry.

The Upcountry is a not to miss hot spot! Haleakala National Park, known as the “house of the sun” is amazing. It’s name comes from an old legend that says there was once a demigod who lassoed the sun from its journey across the sky as he stood on the volcano’s summit, slowing its descent to make the day last longer. The Haleakala Crater is 10,023 feet above sea level, which hails visitors to trek to this spot to watch the most spectacular sunrise on the earth. For more hints on viewing the sunrise talk to your Must Love Travel Planner. To view this you will need to make reservations!

Central Maui, at the Kahului Airport, is where you will land when arriving to this wonderful island. As with most of Hawaii’s islands, this is where you can view a variety of the culture and get a feel for the locals. Wailuku hosts wonderful charming wooden storefronts around the Market Street area. The first Friday of every month celebrated the local arts and culture. This street party is held from 6-9PM..

Grab your surfboard and head to west Maui, Honolua Bay! During the winter is the best time to find those big and powerful waves. This is for the pros – but exciting to watch from the bluffs above the bay. If you are not a pro and want to take advantage of learning how to surf or do some diving, you can come in the summer months when things are a big calmer.

In the mood for a refreshing swim? East Maui is home to the Pools of Oheo, also called the Seven Sacred Pools. They are located in the Oheo Gulch area of the Haleakala National Park and will cost $10.00 for a car to enter the park or you can get a 3 day pass for $15. Take a drive toward Hana and stop along the way to experience fresh local seafood, gardens, beaches and more.

Winding out your stay on Maui, you may want to hit the golf course in Wailea. This amazing luxury resort area is located in the sunniest area of Maui and spans over 1,500 acres of land.
Five luxury hotels, including the Four Seasons Resort Maui give way to staying in style while enjoying the beautiful beaches, or great afternoon at the pool or spa visit. Wailea is home to events such as the Maui Film Festival and February’s Whale Week.

#MustLoveTravelHawaii #MustLoveTravelPlanners

The Garden Island – Kauai

There are 5 regions to the island of Kauai. It is one of the oldest and northmost island in Hawaii. This island is known for tropical rainforest, wonderful cliffs and rivers with amazing waterfalls. If you want to have more of an adventurous vacation you will not want to miss the many outdoor activites Kauai has to offer. There are trails in Kokee State Park, kayaking on Wailua river and dive into the ocean for great snorkeling on Poipu Beach. The average temp year round is 69-84 degrees and the water temp is 71-81 degrees, so it is comfortable year round.

The North Shore Kauai, is rich with the beauty of all things natural. Mountains, beaches, cliffs will transport you into breathtaking views. Lumahai Beach for some will take you back to the famous film, “South Pacific” while Kee Beach is great for sunbathing. Ready for a hike or boat tour? You can venture to the Napali Coast which is a 17 mile stretch of coastline filled with cliffs, valleys and cascading waterfalls. If you want the best views take a helicopter or boat tour. The North shore is also famous for the upscale resort area of Princeville.

The East Side or the Coconut coast best suite its name with groves of coconut palms. This area too is great for hiking and a nice Kayak ride down the Wailua River. The beaches in this area are some of the best for families. There are two lava rock enclosed ocean pools that make it great for swimming and snorkeling. Opaekaa Falls is a 151 fool tall, 40 foot wide waterfall and makes for an incredible place to stop.

Lihue is where you will land at the Lihue airport when you venture to explore Kauai. It is the main commercial center of the island featuring culture and history. Kilohana, is a historic plantation estate and hosts a famous iconic luau. There is also a 100 acre sugar plantation founded in 1864. Tours are available by reservation Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and last 2 hours.

The South Shore is most known for its beaches around Poipu and Spouting Horn. For a day of history, visit Old Koloa Town just 20 mins from Lihue. You are welcomed into the town by a Tree Tunnel, a stretch of Maluhia Road lined with Eucalyptus trees. In 1835 this town opened its first sugar mill and opened the opportunity for many immigrants to make there way to Hawaii. You can check out the plantation buildings and discover great food and treats as you stroll through the town.

Finally, the West Side. Home of Kokee State Park, Waimea Canyon, and the valleys of the Napali Coast, the west side transports you to a whole different experience in Hawaii. This is where the locals don’t find too many tourist. Two great little towns to explore are Waimea and Hanapepe. Waimea Bay is where Captain James Cook first landed in 1778. The town celebrates this historic event. Seven Miles south is Hanapepe, the island’s art capital. There too are many shops and dining locations you won’t want to miss.

Explore, Immerse and Let Hawaii Happen!

The Heart of Hawaii

There are six islands that make up this wonderful state and each island has its own personality and desired experience. Besides the wonderful year round weather, tropical yumminess, Hawaii is full of wonderful places to visit.

In this post, I want to take you to the Heart of Hawaii –Oahu. There are 5 regions of Oahu which include, Honolulu, Central Oahu, Leeward Coast, North Shore and the Windward Coast. The island is a perfect mix of the ancient and the modern infused with the Hawaiian culture and experiences.

I plan to travel to Hawaii this fall, and Central Oahu has been on my bucket list for years! Pearl Harbor has its draw that any American would be proud to stand foot on. A moment in time that changed the course of history. Walking the harbor, hearing the stories from survivors, and taking it all in would be a moment no one could ever forget. Planning your day there will require reservations and great walking shoes! The Passport to Pearl Harbor will allow you to see it all.

Passport to Pearl Harbor Tours Include:

Attractions
Adults
Kids (4-12)

USS Arizona Memorial
Narrated Tour
$7.50
$7.50 

USS Bowfin Submarine and Park*
$15
$7

Pacific Aviation Museum
Pearl Harbor*
$25
$12

USS Battleship Missouri Memorial*
$29
$13

* Prices are subject to change


If you are more adventurous, the North Shore will transport you into the world of the surfer. You will want to go between November and February for the big waves, but don’t plan on riding those as they should be left for the professionals! During the rest of the year you will see a more calm ocean. Haliewi is a perfect little surfing town where you can shop, eat and enjoy! Not far down the road you can visit the Polynesian Cultural Center and the old plantation town of Kahuku.

Whale watching is another favorite among tourist. December to May you will find these beautiful Humpback Whales, however February is peak season. These whales are considered native to Hawaii as this is where the vast majority are born. For the Hawaiians these animals are treated with great respect.

ONO! A word you will use often. It means delicious. When you look at the culinary journey you will take on a visit to Hawaii you will be in heaven. Not only is Hawaii rich with their own flavors, but it is a melting pot for many of the worlds wonderful culinary treats. Don’t miss out on the local out of the way places and make sure you don’t pass on all of the street foods!

Rounding out a perfect stay on Oahu is to dive into Honolulu. With cultural arts, food and shopping you can explore for hours! Staying on the famous Waikiki Beach where with Luau’s and beautiful views will take you back in time, perhaps staying at the Moana Surfrider, Waikiki’s first hotel will offer the nostagia you might be looking for.

Stay tuned for more on Hawaii. More islands, in depth look at its culture and more!

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