The Big Island of Hawaii is the largest of all the Hawaiian Islands. This is why so many people choose the island for their Hawaiian family vacation. If you happen to know this Hawaiian Island is perfect for your family, or you are simply starting with this island, you must know a few things before planning your family adventures! I happen to love the Big Island of Hawaii. Therefore, I wanted to share some tips that will make your time there better than you could ever imagine!
According to one of the many legends, the Big Island of Hawaii was discovered by Hawai’iloa, who was a Polynesian navigator. Another legend shares this island used to be the realm of Hawaiki and was where people went in their afterlife. However, the truth is this island was discovered by explorers from the Marquesas Islands. Those Polynesian explorers brought their cultures and traditions over to this island and you can still experience them today.
The oldest section of the Big Island is the North Kohala Peninsula. This area is only just starting to see signs of being developed. Therefore, if you want to see the most history during your vacation, I recommend spending a little time here.
You may be shocked to discover that there are really only two seasons on the Big Island of Hawaii! Then again, you might not be, because you know the weather in Hawaii is always amazing!
Summer in Hawaii is considered the months of May through October. These months are quite dry. The temperatures average around 85 to 90 degrees during the day.
The temperatures do not drop much during the winter months in Hawaii. The months of November through April have temperatures between 79 and 83 degrees. The only major difference you will see weather-wise during these months is there will be much more rain. Some areas of the island get more rain than others, and the sun is almost always shining somewhere. Therefore, if you simply switch your plans a little for the day, you can avoid the rain altogether!
There really isn’t a “best” time to vacation in Hawaii. However, if you want to avoid the rain, I recommend visiting during the summer months. The middle of June through the end of August is considered the peak season, as is the middle of December through the middle of March. If you want to avoid an influx of people, and higher prices, you may want to avoid those times.
Since this is your family vacation, you may want to choose to visit when there is the most daylight, so you can accomplish everything on your must-do list. The days in June have two and a half more hours of daylight than the days in December. I recommend keeping this in mind if you know your family will be active from sun-up to sun-down.
Clothing items for warm weather is a must when packing for a family vacation in Hawaii. However, you must also be prepared for the rain with a raincoat or an umbrella. And if you know you will be going up to the mountainous regions, a warm jacket and even gloves and a hat will be helpful. After all, there can be snow up in the mountains and it gets cold as you reach those higher elevations.
You may not have as many unique accommodation options when you take a family vacation on the Big Island of Hawaii. However, you can still choose from an Airbnb, hotel, resort, and a select few bed and breakfasts. While every family has their own personal needs for vacations, I have discovered the resorts in Hawaii usually offer the best value and amenities. We can discuss your family’s personal vacation accommodation requirements, so we can determine the best accommodations for your Hawaiian vacation.
Soft, sandy beaches, warm ocean water, and thrilling adventures are always the main reasons why people vacation in Hawaii. However, it may be the local foods that make you want to return to this gorgeous island in the future!
A few of the local foods you must try while on vacation in Hawaii include:
As a family, you will all enjoy doing a little manta ray diving over near Kona. And as the day turns into night, you can all venture over to Mauna Kea for some of the best stargazing views in the world. But those aren’t the only activities the Big Island is known for. I also recommend considering adding the following activities to your Hawaii family vacation itinerary:
Hawaii may be an island, but that doesn’t mean you will find yourself lacking in things to do during your vacation. Instead, you will find yourself in agony. Mainly because you won’t be able to fit everything on your must-do list in your itinerary! While you will have your own preferences, I guarantee you won’t want to leave these three top places off your list.
There are two active volcanoes within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. However, Kilauea is a must-see volcano. It stands at four thousand feet tall and while it hasn’t been erupting in recent months, it is a volcano that bears watching. If you are lucky, you may capture a glimpse of lava flow during your visit. And if you don’t get to see lava, at least you can see the volcano up close, as you hike the nearby trails. Plus, you can venture to the summit of Mauna Kea for the views or do a little stargazing.
If your family loves waterfalls, and you want to check two off your list quickly, I recommend heading over to Akaka Falls State Park. The trail leading to the waterfalls is flat and paved, making it easy to navigate by even the smallest children. Plus, the trail is not long, and you can easily walk it in 30 minutes or less. While the views from the trail are amazing, the highlight will be when you arrive at Kahuna Falls and then Akaka Falls.
When you are hungry, thirsty, and in the mood for a little shopping, you must venture over to the Hilo Farmers Market. This farmer’s market is open daily. It is the best place to grab a bite to eat while shopping at the same time. If you are looking for the most variety, I recommend visiting on a Wednesday or Saturday. This is when most vendors are there. This is when you will find some of the most unique items like jaboticaba fruit and bongo drums. It is also best to use caution when making purchases because as with everywhere else, you will have some fake local items being offered as local souvenirs.
There are always going to be tips you must know before traveling to any destination around the world. My top tips for getting the most out of your family vacation on the Big Island of Hawaii include:
This travel guide should have you understand everything you need to know to have a fabulous family vacation on the Big Island of Hawaii! And if you have any questions, I can share the answers with you, as I am booking your Hawaiian vacation for you!
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