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Travel Time: Family fun under the Hawaiian sun

by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on May 24, 2010 at 12:16 AM

It's one of the most popular destinations for Arizona families looking to get away for their summer vacation - and why not? There are so many great things to do in Hawaii!
 
We're lucky here in our neck of the woods - it's a snap to get to the islands! We've got daily non-stops to Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii, to say nothing of the other airlines offering easy connecting service through Los Angeles, San Francisco, Salt Lake City and more.
 
Tour companies offer excellent "package" rates for Hawaii, offering terrific discounts when you book air, car and accommodations together, too. With the balmy breezes and beautiful beaches, there's no reason not to pack your bags and go!
 
And you'll find so many things for your family to do:
 
OAHU
 
Often the first island visited, there are tons of things to do here!
 
Pearl Harbor/Arizona Memorial/USS Missouri - Extremely popular for visitors of all ages! Tickets for the boat to the USS Arizona Memorial are given out on a first come, first served basis, and sometimes in the summer, you may arrive in the afternoon to find the days tickets already gone. If you can head here before lunch, you'll have a better chance of reserving your spot!
 
Dole Pineapple Plantation and Maze - Lots of fun for kids of all ages! It's a beautiful and interesting tour, too.
 
Waikiki Beach - Right in the heart of the hotel zone, you'll find one heck of a beautiful beach!
 
Polynesian Cultural Center - Has an amazing luau, plus really fun and interesting exhibits about how other Pacific Islanders live! It's a pretty ride to get there, too.
 
Bishop Museum
- The Hawaiian Hall is newly renovated and there are lots of other terrific things to see here, too!
 
MAUI
 
My personal favorite of the Hawaiian Islands, I love Maui because if you want to do something different every day you can, but if you want to do nothing but lay on a gorgeous beach every day - you can do that, too!
 
Snorkeling - Lots of great places to do this here! Honolua Bay and Black Rock are two of my favorite places, but Molokini and Kapalua Bay are also very popular!
 
Zip line excursions - Two places to do this on Maui: the lower slopes of Haleakula and a new course over in West Maui, above Ka'anapali!
 
Bicycle the Volcano - One of my best visits to Maui included a sunrise high atop dormant volcano Haleakula, followed by a downhill ride through some of the most beautiful parts of Upcountry Maui, with amazing scenery! You can't do this with little ones - you have to be at least 12 years of age to participate.
 
Hula Lessons - Offered daily at the Whaler's Village Shopping Center in Ka'anapali. And here's the best part - they're free!
 
Maui Ocean Center - A great place to spend a rainy afternoon, this marine center has some beautiful exhibits!
 
KAUAI
 
Sometimes thought of as more of a honeymoon destination, you'll find lots of things for families here, too!
 
Waimea Canyon - Often called Hawaii's Grand Canyon, it's a beautiful place to enjoy scenic views!
 
Na Pali Coast hiking - Some of the most beautiful parts of this beautiful island can't be reached by car. Put on your walking shoes and hit the trails!
 
Snorkeling - Great places to see our fishy friends here, too: Poipu Beach and Hanalei Bay are two of my favorites!
 
Helicopter sightseeing - Another terrific way to see all the things you can't see from a road!
 
Zipline - New 1800-foot zipline tour takes you above Kauai forests!
 
THE BIG ISLAND

 
Ruggedly beautiful, the Big Island has a lot to offer!
 
Snorkeling
- Some of the best snorkeling I've ever done was done here, right by the Keauhou Beach Resort. I don't know what they put in the water here, but between the sea turtles swimming right up to you, along with the Moorish Idols and Butterfly Fish swimming in schools of seven or eight, I would have to think long and hard to come up with a more beautiful place to snorkel!
 
Volcanoes National Park - A beautiful three hour drive from Kailua-Kona, Volcanoes National Park is a must-see! And bring a sweatshirt - believe it or not, you'll need it!
 
Zipline - The World Botanical Garden just added a zipline course. Spectacular scenery awaits!
 
Dolphin Quest - Located at the Hilton Waikoloa, the folks behind this popular "swim with dolphins" excursion are offering a brand new show on Tuesdays - and it's free!
 
Kailua-Kona - A fun and funky town, Kailua-Kona is a great place to wander around in search of everything from shave ice to t-shirts!
 
And if you want to head over to Hawaii, you can still get some terrific values for summer!
 
HAWAII ON SALE!
 
All the packages below include round trip air from Phoenix, six nights accommodation as noted, airport transfers for Oahu and a rental car for Maui, Kauai and the Big Island. Midweek travel offers the best airfares, but you can travel weekend to weekend for a higher rate.
 
The month of June is very popular, due primarily to honeymoons and destination weddings, but there are still great rates for that month and July, before the kids in our area head back to school. Take a look at some of the great values being offered:
 
Oahu
Ohana East Hotel
$842.00 per person, double occupancy!
Just a block and a half from the beach, and handy to all kinds of shopping!
 
Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
$869.00 per person, double occupancy!
Right across the street from easy beach access along with terrific restaurants and shopping!
 
Sheraton Waikiki
$1099.00 per person, double occupancy!
Right on the beach in the heart of Waikiki, come check out their new family-oriented pool complex along with their newly remodeled "adults only" pool!
 
Maui
Aston Maui Banyan
$989.00 per person, double occupancy!
Right across the street from a beautiful beach!
 
Outrigger Royal Kahana
$1129.00 per person, double occupancy!
A terrific high-rise condo right on the beach! And this package includes a 1-bedroom Ocean View condo, too!
 
Westin Maui Resort & Spa
$1499.00 per person, double occupancy!
A wonderful rate for summer at one of my favorite hotels on the entire island! Your kids will never want to leave the pool here!
 
Kauai
Aston Kauai Beach at Makaiwa
$969.00 per person, double occupancy!
Ocean View Room for this terrific price!
 
Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation
$1089.00 per person, double occupancy!
1-bedroom Garden View condo - and the complex is right on Poipu Beach!
 
Sheraton Kauai Resort
$1439.00 per person, double occupancy!
Garden View room with daily buffet breakfast for two - and right on Poipu Beach!
 
Big Island
Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort
$1049.00 per person, double occupancy!
Pretty hotel with wonderful views!
 
Outrigger Royal Seacliff
$979.00 per person, double occupancy!
Just a few miles from Kailua-Kona Town, you'll get a 1-bedroom Garden View for this rate!
 
Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
$1199.00 per person, double occupancy!
This terrific hotel is offering a "Bags Stay Free" program where they'll give you resort credit to cover your baggage fees paid to the airlines!
 
MAGICAL MEDITERRANEAN: ITALY, FRENCH RIVIERA, PROVENCE & MORE!
October 9 - October 18
From $1999.00 per person, double occupancy!
FINAL WEEK AT THESE RATES!

 
Last call!
 
Most cruise lines are raising rates for their popular itineraries and Royal Caribbean is no different. I can only hold my few remaining cabins until the end of May!
 
We depart Phoenix on October 9 for Barcelona, where we'll sail October 10 on Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas - ice-skating at sea, anyone? Our fantastic itinerary includes stops in some of the most beautiful ports in the Mediterranean. Check out the itinerary:
 
Oct.   9 -- Depart Phoenix for Barcelona
Oct. 10 -- Barcelona, Spain -- Depart: 7 p.m.
Oct. 11 -- Cruising
Oct. 12 -- Naples, Capri, Italy -- Arrive: 7 a.m.; Depart: 7 p.m. (Docked)
Oct. 13 -- Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy -- Arrive: 7 a.m.; Depart: 7 p.m. (Docked)
Oct. 14 -- Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy -- Arrive: 7 a.m.; Depart: 7 p.m. (Docked)
Oct. 15 -- Villefranche (Nice), France -- Arrive: 7 a.m.; Depart: 7 p.m. (Tendered)
Oct. 16 -- Provence (Toulon), France -- Arrive: 7 a.m.; Depart: 5 p.m. (Docked)
Oct. 17 -- Barcelona, Spain -- Arrive: 6 a.m, transfer to our Barcelona hotel
Oct. 18 -- Transfer to Airport for return to Phoenix
 
This cruise vacation offers incredible value - all your meals are included! - and you'll unpack one time to see parts of three beautiful countries! For more information on this trip, you can also visit my agency site: www.travelationonline.com.
 
Again, I can only hold these rates until the end of May, so if you've been thinking about joining us, now is the time to give me a call. I hope you come with us!
 
Across the country or around the world, we're planning your next great vacation at Travelation! Give us a call at 602-252-1140, or if you live outside the Metro Phoenix area, you can call toll-free at 888-751-2032. You can also reach me directly via e-mail at rosanne@travelationonline.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

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