Top 5 tips for a successful Hawaiian family vacation

Updated: Feb 20



While many families are feeling much more comfortable traveling domestically this year, they still desire a destination that offers a cultural experience. One of the locations I’m seeing more families express interest in is the Aloha State of Hawaii. Along with the cultural aspect, the islands of Hawaii feature a plethora of outdoor activities and of course, some of the most popular beaches in the United States.


Hawaii has always been one of my favorite destinations to visit. The culture, food, landscape, weather and history have always been appealing to me. Each island has its own distinct characteristics and I just love the laid-back, tropical vibe and the friendly people who call this state their home.


There are some important details to keep in mind when planning a visit to the Hawaiian islands. Don't start your travel plans before reading my top 5 tips for a successful Hawaiian family vacation:



#1 Rent a car to explore


There’s nothing like taking a day trip around the islands while immersing yourself in the culture, finding hidden gems and discovering the geological beauty of this state. It’s so easy to get around the islands and with only a few major roads, it’s actually pretty difficult to get lost.


Since rental cars are still in high demand after the height of the Covid pandemic, my biggest advice would be to book your Hawaii trip as far in advance as possible so you can secure your rental car reservation ahead of time.




#2 Keep up with Hawaii’s entry guidelines


Hawaii had one of the strictest entry requirements in the U.S. once travel began to open up in late 2020 and early 2021. If you are planning a future visit, it’s important to stay on top of Hawaii’s travel requirements, including the protocols for traveling from island to island. While the policies may appear to be more relaxed, it’s a good idea to stay on top of those specifications should anything change.




#3 Make reservations and book activities early



The travel demand for Hawaii has skyrocketed in 2021 and since capacity levels are still in place, it’s important to make reservations for dining and activities as soon as possible. This includes everything from luaus, snorkeling trips, ziplining, golf tee times, whale watching excursions and much more.





#4 Avoid visits during the summer months and school holidays



While the weather in Hawaii is beautiful all year long, the crowds tend to flock to Hawaii during school breaks and holidays. If you want to avoid crowds and get the most value out of your trip, select times of the year when the majority of schools are in session.






#5 Select the islands that are best for your family



Each island has its own set of unique characteristics and recreational activities. It’s always best to work with a Travel Advisor who can help narrow down your family’s travel style and areas of interest. A Travel Advisor specializing in Hawaii can help guide you toward the most appropriate islands and accommodations that your family will enjoy the most.



If you are thinking about a visit to the popular island of O'ahu or Waikiki Beach, make sure you also read about O'ahu's Top 8 Family Activities and 12 reasons why families choose Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa for their Hawaiian vacation.



Lissa Ryan is a Senior Travel Advisor with Kingdom Destinations specializing in luxurious family vacations. Lissa helps busy parents who want to create travel memories with their families through luxury travel experiences, but are too busy or overwhelmed with all the effort and research that is required to plan that perfect vacation.



For more information or to schedule a consultation to discuss a Hawaii vacation or any other luxury family vacation, please contact lissa@kingdomdestinations.com.






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