More Family Options

Other Hawaiian islands also emphasize family business

By: By Karla Aronson

Kauai Backcountry Adventures offers great activities for families. // (c)  Kauai Backcountry Adventures
Kauai Backcountry Adventures offers great activities for families. 

To lure families to Hawaii’s outer islands, visitors bureaus and tourism companies are working hard to convey the value of their destination and the many activities awaiting them there.

"There’s never been a better time to come," said Terryl Vencl, executive director of the Maui Visitors Bureau. "Businesses are trying to help alleviate the cost of airfares by offering specials to help our visitors realize a great vacation."

There are Maui accommodations that fit every family’s pocketbook, from five-star resorts to hotels and condominiums. For the best deals, clients should check with their travel agent or favorite Web sites regularly, she said.

Kauai Visitors Bureau director of marketing Maile Horner said that there are lots of organized activities that are great for families on her island. Fun guided outings on Kauai include mountain tubing with Kauai Backcountry Adventures, cruises along the Na Pali coast, ATV tours, river kayaking, surfing lessons and ziplining. At the same time, agents can suggest that clients create their own adventures. For instance, two of Kauai’s beach parks — Poipu Beach and Lydgate Beach — are known for their family-friendly atmosphere.

"Both parks have covered areas allowing for safe swimming, lifeguards and playgrounds nearby," Horner said. "They’re great for the entire family."

Similarly, agents can recommend that their clients pack a picnic lunch and spend the day at Kauai’s Waimea Canyon State Park and Kokee State Park, which boasts over 28 miles of hiking.

"Not only are the views spectacular, but they can ask a park ranger about some leisurely hikes or just relax and enjoy the great outdoors," Horner said.

On the Big Island of Hawaii, new family-friendly tours are calling out to all generations. In Hawaii Volcanoes National Park,’s weekly, guided bicycle tour features tropical forests and ocean views, provides a lunch or dinner and concludes with a scenic look at the volcano’s fiery glow. Hawaiian Walkways’ new Windward Coast and Waterfalls hiking tour winds along towering cliffs and rainforest streams, leading towards magnificent Waipio Valley. Come evening, clans can catch Firenesia, the island’s newest luau dinner and show at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa.