Hawaii is a classic family vacation escape. Frequent, nonstop flights from most major hubs, picture-perfect scenery, and beautiful weather year-round make it one of the most popular winter destinations. Hawaiian Airlines offers more than 200 daily flights with direct service from NYC and ten other cities. Here are our picks for places to stay on four of the eight Hawaiian Islands.
O’ahu: As one of Instagram’s most photographed hotels, the 22-acre Hilton Hawaiian Village is home to Waikiki’s largest pool, the world-famous five-acre Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon, and authentic Hawaiian experiences from lei making and surfing to hula lessons. For a truly immersive experience, Camp Penguin features an authentic Hawaiian experience through storytelling, crafts and language classes on the “Hawaiian Word of the Day.” The resort also features Friday Night Fireworks, Waikiki Starlight Luau and movie nights under the stars.
Hawaii Island: At Hilton Waikoloa Village guests can enjoy the most popular Luau on the island, ukulele and hula lessons, whale watching, and more. The resort’s Club Keiki program features over-the-top experiences such as nighttime ‘Glow Golf’, outdoor night camping with s’mores and flashlight tag, ‘Light Up the Night’ at the ocean-fed lagoon featuring glow-in-the-dark water toys, and much more. With more than 1,800 pieces of art from around the world, worth $7 million, the resort features a one-mile Museum Walkway for families to get in tune with the culture.
Maui: Aston Kaanapali Shores: is a full-service condo hotel with complimentary scuba lessons and a beachfront restaurant/bar. This property also offers numerous family-friendly programs, including a cultural arts and crafts fair featuring local crafters and artisans, hula and lei-making classes, a Polynesian Show and Camp Kaanapali, a kid’s camp where little ones can learn the art of hula, construct and fly their very own kites and learn how to make a lei or play the ukulele. Guests receive an immediate 10% off bookings when they post an image of their vacation on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with #AstonLife!
Kauai: Kauai Beach Resort: Nestled on 25 oceanfront acres of Kauai’s eastern shore, Kauai Beach Resort features a selection of idyllic pools: lagoon pools with waterfalls, kid-friendly pools and sand-bottom pools, in addition to complimentary wine tasting. Additionally, guests receive a $100 dining credit deal for every 4 nights booked – perfect for travelers spending their winter holiday in the sun and enjoying authentic Hawaiian cuisine.
Which island is your favorite?