Aloha and whoa! Animal: parrot fish, sea turtles, butterfly fish. Vegetable: rain forest, flower leis, fresh pineapple. Mineral: sea caves, volcanoes, beaches. Add warm water, epic views, stand-up paddleboarding, hiking, snorkeling, biking, tide pooling and cool culture. Hawaii has all the ingredients for the best family vacation.
1 Hike along the coast from Hookena Beach Park | Hawaii's best scenery is on display—sweeping ocean vistas, beautiful valleys, lush tropical gardens and dramatic cliffs | Take a rest at Puuhonua, an ancient place of refuge and a sacred healing ground for locals today | Splash around in the warm waters of the Pacific.
2-3 Explore a caldera with a local guide and walk through a lush forest in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, taking in the beauty of Kilauea, the most active volcano on Earth | Spin past giant tree ferns on Crater Rim Drive and discover Mauna Ulu, known locally as the growing mountain | Pedal from Volcano Village, an artists' community, down to the town of Hilo, located on a beautiful crescent-shaped bay.
4 Kayak past rocky cliffs and secluded sea caves in the crystal clear waters around Puako | Plunge in for a snorkeling adventure among colorful parrot fish, Moorish idols and Hawaiian lionfish | Bask on a pristine beach or luxuriate at the Fairmont's stellar spa | Kids dive into traditional activities such as lei-making and hula classes.
5-6 Spin along the sun-soaked Kohala Coast, tracing 30 miles of the Kona Ironman Triathlon's cycling course | Kids enjoy a beach day with paddleboards, hydro-bikes and a glass-bottom boat | Back at the hotel, snorkel with sea turtles or bliss out on white sand | Venture out in an outrigger canoe onto the Pacific at sunrise.