The waves lap the shores of Hawaii as millions of visitors line the beach with their umbrellas, chairs, and towels. Moms and dads hold the hands of their children as they jump over the waves before many have an opportunity to feel the ocean on their feet for the first time on this first vacation of a lifetime to Hawaii. Other tourists visit the memorable Pearl Harbor where our soldiers sacrificed their lives in an attempt to protect their beloved nation from disaster. If the exploding ships, planes and buildings are not enough to spark your interest, perhaps a hike through the ring of fire would set you a flame.
Honu (Sea) or Honua (Land) Turtle
Absolutely exhausted and ready to retire for the evening? Rent a room or spend an entire week at one of Hawaii's many incredible resorts, such as the Honu (Sea) or Honua (Land) Turtle, or one of the older, smaller resorts that have a uniquely "classic" Hawaiian experience to offer. Spend a few of your days taking in beautiful Hawaii via tours and activities many resorts offers their guests. Take an off-road Segway tour (yeah, they have those nowadays), go horseback riding on the beaches and trails, eco-kayak tour, helicopter tour, or learn how to surf or stand-up paddle board. If these activities do not sound inviting, perhaps a trip to the resort shops will entertain you as your family goes snorkeling or hits the boogie boards.
If too much activity is just not your thing, however experiencing food and culture is, GREAT! Perhaps you should stick with exploring the many native restaurants that can be found in Hawaii. After swimming in the ocean, and hiking, I guarantee you will be hungry. According to a co-worker, who recently visited Hawaii, the Shrimp Shack in Oahu is a must eat! This eatery can be found in a small truck at the intersection of 53 and 352 Kamehameha Highway. They are open daily from 11:00 A.M. to 5 P.M, and will be happy to serve you shrimp, fish, crab, and other fare.
Keiki (Kids) Turtle Club
The majority of the activities we've mentioned can be enjoyed by the entire family who come to see Hawaii, but for those who are not of age to participate yet, The Turtle Bay Resort offers the Keiki (Kids) Turtle Club. The club staff will engage your children in crafts and activities that will occupy their time without you. The children will learn how to make a lei and other Hawaiian cultures, go swimming, take reef walks, and go night time hermit crab hunting. The children will not even know you’re gone! If the kids are of-age to participate in activities, maybe mom and dad are in need of a romantic evening. Go to dinner and stroll on the beach for a few hours while the kid’s club staff takes care of the keiki.
Regardless of where you travel to in Hawaii, you are sure to enjoy an exotic experience. The frequented tourist attractions are a must see, but be sure to take in the view by means not commonly explored by tourists.