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Hawaii City Trip — Family Vacation

Hawea Point, Kapalua, Maui


Tour Intro Days 1, 2 Days 3, 4, 5
Where to Stay Where to Eat What to See & Do

Kid-friendly Adventures on Oahu and Maui

 

DAY 3

For your final day on Oahu, start early with surfing lessons at Hans Hedemann's famous surf school, which guarantees to have everyone surfing within two hours. This could very well be the fun highlight of the entire trip. After working up an appetite, have a mid-morning breakfast at MAC 24/7 (we recommend the bigger-than-your-head pancakes), then hit the road for the North Shore where the serious surfers hang out. The drive leads you through the center of Oahu and rolling fields that used to be planted with pineapple and sugar cane. You will pass famous surf spots like Waimea Bay, Sunset and Pipeline. Stop in Haleiwa to browse some of the interesting shops and for shave ice. Continue to circle the island; be sure to try out a plate of freshly sautéed garlic shrimp from one of the numerous shrimp trucks along the route.

Splurge for dinner at the Hilton Hawaiian Villages' famed Bali Steak & Seafood. Everyone will have to put on shoes (nice shorts are okay though), but it is well worth it to enjoy one of the most venerable restaurants in Waikiki. The setting is unrivaled with the lapping of waves on the beach just feet from your table. The Modern American cuisine is excellent and the delivery of the chocolate Diamond Head treat at the end of the meal is a fitting finale to a great stay on Oahu.

DAY 4

Get up bright and early to catch the inter-island flight to Kapalua, Maui. Upon landing, you will head down the coast to the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa located right between Kapalua and Lahaina, making it easy to get to and from your hotel and activities during your two days on Maui. After check-in, make the short drive to Lahaina for the kind of adventure that you can only experience on Maui — an eco-tour with the Pacific Whale Foundation. Depending on the time of year, you can see whales while spinner dolphins are seen year-round. Marine educators accompany each tour and provide insightful information about whales, marine life and the ocean. It's a spectacular experience that will not be forgotten. Tours should be booked 48 hours in advance.

A guest room at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa in Lahaina, Hawaii

Back at your hotel, the adults may be in need of a relaxing spa treatment at the Hyatt's Spa Moana (one of the finest in Hawaii) while the kids ages five to 12 can take advantage of a host of supervised activities provided by Camp Hyatt including lei making, sandcastle building and creating shell picture frames.

Rested and refreshed, head to Lahaina for what is arguably the best luau in the world, The Feast at Lele. Not only is the setting spectacular, so is the food and the performances showcase fine Polynesian entertainment. Most people only go to a luau once, but The Feast of Lele is so exceptional, it attracts regulars.

DAY 5

An early start is required for your final day on Maui, but it will be well worth it as you make the short trip to Napili for your visit to Ironwood Ranch, where every family member seven years or older can saddle up and ride horses through the lush valleys and mountains of western Maui. (For younger children, please take advantage of Camp Hyatt.) Your guide will share fascinating details about the Hawaiian history associated with the area as well as the flora and fauna you encounter along the trails. The perspective of this beautiful land from horseback is unique and unforgettable.

On your way back to the hotel, stop at Whalers Village for lunch at Hula Grill. Hula Grill's ocean front location and vintage Hawaiiana setting make it a real charmer — the great food of chef Peter Merriman almost takes a back seat, but not quite. After lunch take a few minutes to look around the Whaler's Museum which chronicles West Maui's colorful history as a whaling port during the 19th century and features a fascinating collection of scrimshaw and one of the world's largest scale models of a whaling ship.

Back at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, it's time to get ready for your flight back to Oahu where you will transported to the airpot. (Alternately, you can chose to drive to the airport at Kahului and fly directly back to the mainland. The drive typically takes anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour depending on traffic.) As your plane takes off, you will look back at Maui and vow to return to Hawaii — for a much longer visit next time!

Please note that all tours mentioned, including The Feast at Lele, should be booked at least 48 hours in advance. There are often discounts available for booking online.

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* Kapalua image by Ron Garnett, courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)

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