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    • Kalapana Cultural Tours (LAVA Boat & Hike)12 Kalapana Kapoho Beach Road, Pāhoa, HI
      Selmita recommended Kalapana Cultural Tours (LAVA Boat & Hike)
      5
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      Selmita

      Their whales & waterfall tour is so off the beaten path-- they are the only ones offering the whale tour, it is prime season and you don't get that annoying tour vibe. Such a nice company and INCREDIBLE views you couldn't possibly see alone! All ages can jump on the boat too! (Big Island, Hawaii) Aloha!

    • Ko Olina Resort & Marina92-1480 Aliinui Drive Honolulu, Hawaii 96707
      Ko Olina Resort recommended Ko Olina Resort & Marina
      5
      Located close to the airport (15 miles away), Ko Olina has it all! Stand up Paddle-boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, golf, restaurants, hotels and More! Check us out at www.KoOlina.com
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      Ko Olina Resort

      Aloha Mitch! Ko Olina Resort is a family-fun vacation destination!
      With Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa on our property, your family can enjoy its crystalline lagoons, winding streams & pools, interactive kids club and more. Ko Olina Resort offers something to delight every age and interest! Come stay with us www.koolina.com

    • Hale Aloha AinaWest Road, Pahala, HI
      Missy Powell recommended Hale Aloha Aina
      5
      Find your secret hideaway on the Big Island of Hawaii. Hale Aloha Aina is a romantic Hawaiian cottage on eight lush tropical acres all for you! Off the beaten path and off the grid, this home gives ... read more
      you the ultimate in seclusion yet close to Volcanoes National Park, exotic black sand turtle beach and green sands beach. This is 'Old Hawaii' ... rural upcountry living with a comfortable climate in magical Wood Valley. Six miles from the historic sugar town of Pahala on the least populated area of the Big Island. Search candid reviews of Hale Aloha Aina and see what our guests have to say about this impeccable cottage on eight acres of manicured lawns and gardens to explore right in your back yard!!
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      Missy Powell

      You will love the Big Island of Hawaii if you want to escape the busy tourist area of Hawaii. There is so much to explore and you will never feel crowded or overwhelmed by traffic and people. Our cottage is truly a unique experience if you want to just relax and rejuvenate before heading back to 'real' life! Check out our guild Romance and Adventure on the Big Island of Hawaii or Homeaway listing 100555.

    • Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve7455 Kalanianaole Highway, Honolulu, HI 96825
      Pro 2014
      Travis Katz recommended Hanauma Bay Marine Preserve
      4
      Some of the best snorkeling in Oahu can be found in Hanauma Bay, a former volcanic crater and now a teeming reef. The state built a $30MM visitors center here, where you can learn about the bay and ... read more
      the sealife. The key draw is the snorkeling. We saw tons of big, brightly colored fish and a couple of turtles. The coral is in pretty good shape given than more than 1MM people visit here per year. The water is very shallow, though, and you are often floating in less than 2 feet of water, which makes avoiding the coral challenging at times. It can be crowded, so arrive early or you will have to wait to get in (unless you come in November, like we did, where the island is largely empty). As a nature preserve things here are tightly controlled. The beach is long and sandy, and the views are awesome! The walk down the hill to the beach is easy, but they offer a tram for $1.00 if you have a lot of stuff (or kids) to carry.
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    • Diamond Head Market & Grill3158 Monsarrat Ave, Honolulu, Hawaii
      Pro 2014
      Travis Katz recommended Diamond Head Market & Grill
      4
      If you are heading to hike up diamond head, make sure to stop at the Diamond Head market in the morning. Their coffee is terrible (fortunately there is a Coffee Bean across the street) but they make ... read more
      amazing, homemade scones that are like nothing you have ever tasted. Rich, moist, sweet and big. I am still thinking about them 4 days later...
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    • Pro 2014
      Travis Katz recommended Lanikai Pillbox Trail
      4
      Beautiful trail that climbs the ridgeline above Lanikai! The trailhead starts across the street from the golf club on Kaelepulu. The start of the hike is a little tough - offering a very steep ascent ... read more
      that can be slippery after a rain - not recommended for children under 5 or people who are afraid of heights. But the views are amazing, both of the coast and the central mountains. Do this hike at sunrise or sunset for the best views.
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    • Lanikai BeachMokulua Drive, Kailua, HI 96734
      Pro 2014
      Travis Katz recommended Lanikai Beach
      5
      One of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. Turquoise water, powdery sand and islands dotting the horizon. It's on the windward side, so it can be windier and wetter than other beaches. But ... read more
      when the weather is good it's tough to beat!
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    • Sandra Conway commented on this trip

      Aloha! Check out Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tours! We offer great discounts online at www.bluehawaiian.com. This is the best way to see our beautiful islands. Please let me know if you have questions. You can call us at 1-800-745-2583 and ask for Sandra. I will be happy to help you! Mahalo, Sandy C

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    • richard ballew recommended Kauai
      5
      I would recommend Kauai. Small enough to see most of it in a week or so, large enough to have some variety. Choice of accommodation, from pricey to budget and a lot of nice beaches for the family. ... read more
      Beautiful gardens, lots of hikes, boat rides to the Na Pali coast, whale watching, snorkeling, No big city life here but good shopping and restaurants as well. You should check it out.
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      richard ballew

      I would suggest Kauai might be perfect for you. Check out the Hawaii tourism office website. Lots of things to do for a family. Of course you can't go wrong with the Big Island either. I found Kauai to be a little more laid back and a little friendlier.

    • Merriman's65-1227 Opelo Rd, Kamuela, HI 96743
      Keane recommended Merriman's
      4
      A little pricey, but totally worth the stop. We came here for lunch and had a good time. I had the Chinese spare ribs (a little salty), my dad had the fresh local fish (dry, despite supposedly being ... read more
      medium-rare) and my mom had the burger made with local beef (amazing; one of the best burgers I've had in awhile). Prices aren't too bad during lunch (average: $13/plate), but they are much higher during dinner (average: $40/plate), though the dinner menu is significantly more fancy. Stop by for lunch if you want to sample some local dishes in a more casual price range. Reservations aren't necessarily, at least not during the week.
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      Keane

      This is THE fine dining spot on the Big Island. Well, it's the most famous, anyway. Stop in for lunch to save a lot of money. Go for dinner for a more elegant experience.

    • Hilo Farmers MarketKamehameha Avenue and Mamo Street, Hilo, HI 96720
      Keane recommended Hilo Farmers Market
      5
      The Hilo Farmers Market is an unpretentious market with fresh local produce and great prices. I purchased nine papayas for only $2 (about as much as one arm could carry). Service was really friendly ... read more
      and there are plenty of produce to buy. It's not very large, so I wouldn't imagine anyone spending longer than thirty minutes here if they already know what they want.
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      Keane

      Stock up on some papayas here. The price is unbeatable (except maybe from a smaller farmers' market).

    • Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical ParkPu'Uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park, Captain Cook, Hawaii
      Liza Prado recommended Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park
      3
      Pu'uhonua is a sacred refuge turned national park; it's a place fugitives used to run to to avoid punishment or death. Inside there are several temples, carved statues, the ruins of a traditional ... read more
      Hawai'ian village and sacred grounds where over two dozen Hawai'ian chiefs are buried. It's an interesting place to spend a morning learning about Hawai'ian history while walking the trails that take you through the site. Afterwards, head next door to Two Step--a good place to snorkel in Honaunau Bay (BYO snorkel gear).
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      Liza Prado

      Another Big Island favorite....

    • Liza Prado recommended Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
      5
      Home to two of the world's most active volcanoes, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a dramatically beautiful location with a biodiversity rarely seen elsewhere--from the starkness of dried lava fields ... read more
      to lush rainforests (and everything in between). It makes for a great day trip for just about everyone: scenic drives, short walks, and a wide range of hikes lead to the highlights of the park. Be sure to stop by the Visitors Center--lava flows change frequently and you definitely want to know where they are before before heading out into the park!
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      Liza Prado

      In case you head to the Big Island....

    • Pro 2014
      Sara Benson recommended Big Island
      5
      I've lived, worked and traveled on Maui, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai and the Big Island, and it's Hawai'i (the Big Island) that always gives me the coolest outdoor adventures, the most spectacularly ... read more
      remote beaches, the craziest volcano hikes and the most chances to go off-the-grid and get back to the land. If it's your first time visiting the island, give yourself at least 7 days to cover the whole island, splitting your time up with 3-5 nights on the sunny Kona side, an overnight near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and another near Hilo or in the upcountry cowboy town of Waimea. Stargazing from the public visitor center on the summit road up Mauna Kea is one of the best places to see the Milky Way in all of Hawaii, apart from backpacking around the summit of Haleakala on Maui. Don't miss visiting a working historic coffee farm in South Kona either.
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      Sara Benson

      Each of the main Hawaiian Islands is kid-friendly, but if you want one that both welcomes family and lets you get more off the beaten path, consider the Big Island.

    • Waikiki BeachKalakua Avenue and Duke's Lane, Honolulu, HI 96815

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