Family Hawaii Vacation w/young kids

Old Oct 6th, 2017, 10:51 PM
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Family Hawaii Vacation w/young kids

I am planning a family vacation to Hawaii for the end of November/beginning of December 2017-upon returning from a six-month deployment. With having less than two months to plan, what are the best activities for kids? Where should we stay? What is the best hike with kids? My husband, 2 kids (3 years old and almost 2 years old), my mother and I enjoy life and are really looking forward to some fun and relaxation. My husband loves to surf in San Diego and looks forward to trying it in Hawaii. I'm looking for a location on/walking distance to the beach where the kids can play safely, that my husband can sneak out for a few morning waves, that is within walking distance to shops and restaurants. Does this location exist? Your recommendations are greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance.
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Old Oct 7th, 2017, 04:30 AM
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Hilton Hawaiian Village in Oahu is designed for families... on one end of Waikiki, the waves are surfable with a short walk from the hotel...

You might also consider the Lahaina area on Maui...
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Old Oct 7th, 2017, 05:40 AM
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The Kihei area of Maui seems like a fit, but some people find it busier than what they envision as the "perfect" spot for Hawaii.

It has beaches where kids can play and people can surf. Lots of shops, restaurants. There also are plenty of short-term condo rentals, which might be preferable to a hotel if you have little kids.
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Old Oct 7th, 2017, 09:06 AM
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Families I know have loved the Westin Kaanapali Villas in Maui (not the hotel - the condos).
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Old Oct 7th, 2017, 10:41 AM
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I'd look for a condo either in Poipu, Kauai or maybe west Maui.
Kids that age will still be napping and likely going to bed early so a condo gives you more room to spread out, etc. plus a fridge to store milk, drinks, snacks, etc.
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Old Oct 10th, 2017, 03:23 PM
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I echo the suggestion of the Westin Villas on Maui. Westin has 3 ocean front properties next to each other so a variety of restaurants and pools with Duke's restaurant just down the boardwalk. The Villas North has a children's pirate pool, grassy area and covered play structures all in one area.

If you are a military family consider the Hale Koa Hotel in Honolulu which is for military, and my understanding is rates vary by rank.
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Old Oct 11th, 2017, 03:32 PM
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We have stayed at both the Hilton Hawaiian Village Oahu and Hilton Big Island. Both are excellent family vacation destinations. See if you can get a timeshare with kitchen facilities which is better when you have really young ones.

Its been years, but the Grand Wailea on Maui was something else of hotel with slides going down the entire property for the kids, a really nice hotel, which I think is also owned by Hilton now.
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