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Families just can’t get enough of Hawaii. Its hotels, attractions and activities strike the right balance so that everyone from tots to grannies can enjoy the Aloha State together.
Of course, it takes dedication for a destination to stay top of mind with families. That’s why Hawaii keeps dreaming up fresh ways to court that all-important market. Check out these great new options for family bonding in the islands.
Exploration Station at Maui Ocean CenterYoung and old alike learn the secrets of the sea at Maui Ocean Center’s new Exploration Station, located by the attraction’s Living Reef exhibit. The station — which often features live animals, microscopes and model displays — focuses on a different theme each month, such as corals, turtles and sharks. A naturalist mans the station and provides deeper insights into Hawaii’s marine life.
Family Fitness at Fairmont Kea LaniThe Maui resort’s Inspire Your Energy initiative presents programs for guests who aim to get fit as a family. Among the offerings during peak travel times are an invigorating Family Boot Camp and a series of yoga classes for children and parents called YogiBeans. Year-round, Kea Lani also customizes personal family training to keep clans feeling healthy.
Fourth Graders Free at Hawaii Volcanoes National ParkHawaii Volcanoes National Park is taking part in Every Kid in a Park, which gives fourth-grade students and their travel companions free access to parks, forests, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries around the U.S. for one year. Eligible youngsters sign up online, print out their passes and show them at the entrance of the Hawaii Island park, home of two active volcanoes.
Glassblowing Demonstrations at Hui NoeauFamilies gaze in awe as red-hot liquid glass turns into cool, smooth sculptures at Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center in upcountry Maui. With more than 40 years of experience, glassblower Stephen Fellerman shares his mesmerizing skills each Wednesday from 10 a.m.to 1 p.m. After watching him work, the gang can buy one of his original pieces to enhance the family memories.
Hawaii Loa Luau at Fairmont OrchidHawaii Island’s newest luau brings to life the stories of the ancient Polynesians who voyaged courageously to Hawaii. From traditional games to a big buffet dinner, the festivities engage guests of all generations. The grand finale is a live show with talented island performers who present ancestral tales through songs, dances and costumes. Look for it on Saturday nights at Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii.