Plan The Perfect Hawaii Family Vacation

You’re going to love your Hawaii family vacation to the Big Island. 'Ohana is Hawaiian for family, and the Big Island is one big 'ohana, embracing all groups of people traveling together.

So when we talk about a Hawaii family vacation, we’re talking about all of you who are traveling together to share the grandeur and excitement of exploring the Big Island. Welcome to our 'ohana!

With so many fascinating places to discover, the Big Island is one exciting playground. It makes the perfect vacation destination for anyone with a sense of adventure. Everything you might have ever imagined about tropical Hawaiian vacations is possible here. Stand atop an active volcano, explore a luxurious rainforest jungle, bask in the sun on pristine Hawaii beaches, or hike across long plains of lava. Around every corner is a new adventure just waiting to be discovered.

Ahalanui Beach Park - Puna, Hawaii

Volcano Excursions

One of the most unique aspects of the Big Island is obviously the volcanoes. While all of the Hawaiian Islands were born of ancient volcanoes, the Big Island claims the most, and the most famous. No Hawaii family vacation is complete without a visit to:

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - If you’re looking for an active volcano, this is the spot! Walk into the depths of an ancient lava tube. Make your own earthquake and enjoy other cool exhibits at the Jaggar Museum.

Mauna Kea volcano - Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the world, towering more than 33,000 feet (over 10,000 meters) from its base on the ocean floor. At the summit you are rewarded with one of the most spectacular views on the planet, and an impressive array of telescopes at the Mauna Kea observatory. You won't want to miss the sunset! The best way to explore Mauna Kea is to sign on for the fascinating Mauna Kea Summit and Stars Adventure Tour.

Mauna Kea Observatory

Hawaii Attractions

Tail flukes of a Humpback Whale

The Big Island is home to a remarkable variety of ocean creatures. On our Attractions page you will find details on whale watching, where to look for dolphins, snorkeling with Manta Rays, and even a seahorse farm. Plus, spend any time on or near the water and you will be amazed by the stunning array of colors, shapes and sizes of fish and coral. 

Naturally the Big Island boasts an abundance of parks and monuments, with no less than 21 Hawaii State Parks, Monuments, National Parks and National Historic Sites.

We'll also tell you about our favorite north shore valleys to explore, describe 2 of the more unique beaches anywhere in the world, plus provide details on the fascinating Pana'ewa rainforest Zoo near Hilo and much more.

Family-friendly Beaches

There are plenty of great beaches on the Big Island. Some of them are particularly suitable for families with small children, pristine places to throw down a beach towel, frolic safely in the surf, or sit with your feet in the sand under the shade of a coconut palm.

Sand castle turtle at Waialea Beach 69

Due to offshore reefs that provide a calm and protected swimming area, we highly recommend Kikaua Beach, Wawaloli Beach, and Kamakahonu Beach for families or anyone looking for a quiet place to relax.

And one thing that will definitely work in your favor on your Hawaii family vacation to make your beach time more enjoyable: sun, especially near Kona and along the Kohala Coast. While showers are more prominent at beach parks near Hilo, the weather on the west side of the island is almost always sunny.

Fun Things To Do On The Big Island

Plan ahead and check out our extensive list of Big Island activities for ideas on even more fun things to do, including snorkeling and diving, canoeing and kayaking, sailing and parasailing, boogie boarding and surfing, hiking and horseback riding, plus astronomy, luaus and lots more!

Family-friendly Big Island Hawaii Lodging

With so many family-friendly resorts and fun activities for kids, the Big Island is the perfect Hawaii family vacation destination. Most of the Big Island resorts have special programming for keiki (kids). Two of our favorites for families are the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and the Hilton Waikoloa Village.

Make it a perfect Hawaii family vacation

Whether you're here with friends, family, on your honeymoon or on your own, our ohana invites your ohana to embrace the rhythm of Hawaii, take your time and enjoy exploring the Big Island!

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