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Family Fun on Hawaii’s Big Island

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As far as childhood memories go, this may be hard to beat. Watch as your kids run over several Japanese bridges in Liliuokalani Gardens. See them discover ancient petroglyphs carved into the rocks at sites along the Kohala Coast. Let them stargaze through telescopes at the Ellison S. Onizuka Center for International Astronomy, 2,800 metres on Maunakea (but note that the high altitude may not be suitable for younger children). Or join them as you explore the planetarium and interactive exhibits in the amazing Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii.

Outdoor adventures abound at family-friendly parks and beaches with lifeguards and full picnic and restroom facilities. Build a sandcastle, explore tidal pools, or snorkel with your kids to catch a glimpse of the Big Island’s rich marine life. And always remember to avoid walking on coral and to keep an eye on your children at all times in the water. Take notice of all posted signs and check with lifeguards for current conditions and how to find the best spots for kids.

Back on land, learn about real-life paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys) and take a wagon ride at the Kahua Ranch in Waimea. Exploring the volcano tubes and lava fields from an active volcano at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is an experience they’ll never forget. Whether it’s learning about astronomy, volcanology or oceanography, your children’s school excursions just won’t compare after this hands-on holiday.

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