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 Explore the sensational Waipio Valley, with sheer cliffs blanketed by thick greenery and strung with waterfalls Bike along the flanks of Mauna Kea where postcard-perfect valleys and lush tropical hills greet you around every turn.
2-3 Hike across a caldera and through a forest of ginger with a local guide in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Stand in awe of Kilauea, the Earth's most active volcano Spin past ferns and ohia lehua trees on Crater Rim Drive before descending 4,000 feet to the stunning Kau Coast Is that rock moving? No, it's a sea turtle on the black sand of Punaluu Beach! Learn the endearing stories of people who sought refuge at Pu'uhonua long ago.
4 Kayak past rocky cliffs and secluded sea caves in crystal-clear Keauhou Bay Want a closer look? Don a mask and snorkel for a swimming adventure among colorful parrot fish, Moorish idol and lionfish Fresh Kona coffee tempts at a small independent farm Head to the beach, the pool or the Fairmont's luxurious spa Dine on fresh local seafood and spectacular Pacific Rim cuisine.
5-6 Kids spend a day at the beach, practicing their stand-up paddling and outrigger skills, exploring tide pools or learning to make leis Grown-ups spin along the sunny Kohala Coast, tracing 30 miles of the Kona Ironman Triathlon's cycling course Glimpse Hawaii's royal heritage on a visit to the temple of Kamehameha the Great.