Diablo Magazine April 2017 : Page 69
| special adver tising section | Family Matters Hawaii Family adventures deliver tHe wow rigHt now Hawaii’s gorgeous year-round weather, dramatic scenery, and boundless recreational opportunities create a dream scenario for ohana (family) travel. Simply mention the words Hawaii vacation, and minds run amok with fantasies of riding waves, swimming beneath waterfalls, and soaring above treetop canopies. top: wailea golf clubbottom: coral crater adventure park Diablo 69
Hawaii Family Adventures Deliver the Wow Right Now
Hawaii’s gorgeous year-round weather, dramatic scenery, and boundless recreational opportunities create a dream scenario for ohana (family) travel. Simply mention the words Hawaii vacation, and minds run amok with fantasies of riding waves, swimming beneath waterfalls, and soaring above treetop canopies.
Want to add some educational encounters to your adventure? You won’t have to worry about whining. Hawaii is big on sharing culture and history via interactive diversions that engage all ages.
Prime examples of this are the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument at Pearl Harbor (Oahu); Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (Island of Hawaii); and Haleakala National Park (Maui). These inspiring adult bucket list options also appease keiki (children) ages seven to 12 with complimentary Junior Ranger programs. After completing interactive tasks, kids will receive an official Junior Ranger badge.
Count on a multigenerational feast for all the senses to help your family bond, as you share in the festive, island-style excitement.
Island of Hawaii
Mauna Kea’s slopes were once home to the personal koa forest of Hawaii’s King Kamehameha the Great. Cleared nearly a century ago for farming and ranching endeavors, the site still contains a scattering of old-growth koa. Today, these rare trees serve as a source of seeds used in hopes of reviving the forest to its former glory.
Hawaiian Legacy Tours’ (HawaiianLegacyTours.Com) 3.5-hour Grand Tour travels off-road along the ancient Hawaiian Umikoa Trail to share these majestic trees in all their growth stages. Along the way, guests can opt to plant a koa Legacy tree seedling to honor an individual, commemorate an event, or represent a family tree.
Outfitters Kauai (OutfittersKauai.com) ramps up aerial action with three routes at 4,000-acre Kipu Ranch. Nui Zip just added three additional 1,000-foot tandem lines. Lele ’Eono boosts adrenaline with platform-to-platform rides and “zippelling” that merges rappelling and ziplining.
Diehards can skip beginner lines and head to Kahuna Poipu, with a half dozen thrillers ripping above the ranch’s stellar landscape, as featured in the blockbusters Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean, Jurassic Park, and The Descendants.
For a mellow change of pace, Kauai Backcountry Adventures (KauaiBackcountry.com) goes with the flow into Kauai’s interior, having adapted the former Lihue Plantation’s irrigation channels. A two-mile section of this 1870s–era engineering marvel offers lazy river tubing through open canals and five tunnels.
Wearing protective gloves and headlamps, riders ages five and older spin, float, and bump in heavy-duty inflatable tubes. At the end of the water ride, adventurers trade in their tubes for lunch at a natural swimming hole.
Long lauded for its stellar golf, Maui also lures visitors with courses specializing in family fun. While best known for its 36 holes of championship play, Kaanapali Golf Courses (KaanapaliGolf- Courses.com) go outside the box with nine holes of FootGolf, combining golf with soccer. Players “tee off” on each hole cut into the rough by strategically kicking the ball until ultimately sinking it into a 21-inch cup.
Wailea Golf Club (WaileaGolf.com) engages parents and offspring with the Kids Play Free After 3 p.m. program on the resort’s Emerald, Blue, and Gold courses. For each adult Happy Hour green fee, one junior golfer age 7 to 17 plays for free. Wailea ups the ante with junior scorecards and colorful kids’ tees.
Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Adventures (Maui- SailingCanoe.com) preserves Hawaiian culture aboard the Hina, a Hawaiian outrigger sailing canoe that launches from Wailea Resort’s Polo Beach. After pushing her through the surf, passengers hop aboard to provide paddle power or simply laze on large trampolines—all while ogling manta rays, sea turtles, dolphins, and seasonal humpbacks.
Infusing bay exploration with rich Hawaiian culture, Holokai Kayak and Snorkel Adventure (HolokaiAdventures.com) takes a stewardship approach with its guided kayak excursion to 800-year-old He’eia Fishpond. The intimate ecotrek finds families paddling to the historic site and playing an active role in restoration, using a Hawaiian-style bamboo pole to fish out predatory fish.
At the Leeward Coast’s Ko Olina resort, Coral Crater Adventure Park (CoralCrater.com) presents 35 acres of zipline courses, a climbing/rappelling wall, a 50-foot tandem giant swing, and off-road treks. Families can go a la carte or tap into a full-day Ultimate Adventure Package.
The park’s design keeps teenagers in mind with select adventures that re-create the feel of a video game. Younger kids gravitate to the keiki (children’s) zipline. Parents appreciate the level of safety, and grandparents can tap into the action or watch from atop the Adventure Tower.
It all adds up to incredible family experiences in the most exotic destination in the United States.
hawaii’s premier resorts
Aqua (866) 940-2782
Aston (855) 747-0763
Kahala Hotel & Resort
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