Family Things to do in Hawaii

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It might be far away and take kind of a long time to get there, but Hawaii is one of the most exciting places to go for a family vacation. Although the term is usually used to describe a hotel or resort, you’ll discover that the entire island of Oahu is pretty much a destination location for your family. There are plenty of outstanding Oahu Family Activities that you might want to check out while you are on the island.

One active attraction that you will want to investigate is the Makapuu Lighthouse Hike. The two-mile hike along the The Makapu‘u Point trail is a great way to take in unbelievable views of Oahu’s southeastern coastline, including Koko Head and Koko Crater. You and your family will gradually make the climb up to Makapu‘u Head, a location that offers great photo-taking opportunities and features perfect sightlines of the more than 100-year-old Makapuu Lighthouse. The Makapuu Lighthouse Hike is also an awesome place to view migrating humpback whales and an assortment of seabirds (although you’ll need binoculars for that).Makapuu Lighthouse

During the Makapuu Lighthouse Hike, you’ll make a pit stop at the Halona Blow Hole. One of the most visited spots on Oahu’s south shore, the Halona Blow Hole majestically spouts water in a powerful display that demonstrates the full force of nature. Although it is active at other times, you may want to bear in mind that the Halona Blow Hole is best seen on a windy day at high tide when planning your hike.

At some point during your vacation, you will probably wind up in the “Backlot of Hawaii,” the Kaʻaʻawa Valley. While you are there, the Kualoa Ranch Movie Tour is an attraction that your family is almost sure to enjoy. During the tour, you’ll see where Jurassic Park was filmed, have a chance to walk in Godzilla’s footprints and get the opportunity to step onto the battleground where Windtalkers was filmed. Although the ending still doesn’t really make sense, fans of Lost can Oahu Kayak Rentalsee where the show was filmed as part of the Kualoa Ranch Movie Tour.

One of the best things about Hawaii is the water and there’s no better way to see it than by Kayaking. Although some might argue otherwise, the best way to see Lanikai Beach is from a single or double kayak. All Kayak rentals include paddles and life jackets for a three-hour time block in either the morning (11am) or afternoon (2pm.)

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