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 Want a closer look? Plunge in for a snorkeling adventure among colorful parrot fish, Moorish idol 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 Learn about historic petroglyphs and King Kamehameha the Great on a coastal walk.