CLAIRE’S TRIP

TO HAWAII

14 NIGHTS/7 STOPS 

Discover this volcanic archipelago where colorful tropical foliage is plentiful amongst the waterfalls, cliffs and beaches.

Mum of 3 lovely kids, Amaury, Manon and Maël, aged 10, 9 and 6. Claire lives in New York, but is originally from France. She likes spontaneity in her travel plans & loves staying in original lodgings. Climbing, hiking & fun activities for the kids are key ingredients for a successful holiday.
My husband and our 3 kids immersed ourselves in the paradisiac islands of Hawaii: Kauai, Oahu, Maui and the Bid Island. Activities are limitless throughout these islands and include volcano trekking, diving tours, snorkeling, hiking, and admiring sea wildlife…all in a non-touristy environment! We prioritized spending time in nature and staying outside during this trip, especially the volcanoes, crescents and tropical rainforests.
NEW YORK – HONOLULU
KONA-NEW TORK
12 hours
$1000

 

DOMESTIC FLIGHT & BUS
200 km in 15 days – 3 flights
3h30 hours on the road & 3 hours in the air
5 stops
AVERAGE BUDGET PER PERSON
TOTAL  = $ 3425 /pp for 14 nights
$ 1850 / pp for 13 nights all included
$1000 /pp intl flight – $485 /pp domestic flights

$150 /pp car rental
CRUISE ALONG THE GLACIERS AND ICEBERGS
Hana road, waterfalls, and trails
 Snorkeling with turtles in Molokini Crater
 Evening star-gazing through telescope at Mauna Kea Summit Volcano
 
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Lodging and activities
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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP
Diamond Head state monument
Hotel on Waikiki beach
Pearl Harbor
1GrnCircleAIRPORT O’AHU ISLAND TO HONOLULU 

 
 
15 km / 20 min
Honolulu - Waikiki Beach
  • We stayed in Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu. Easily accessible by taxi from the airport. Resort hotel on Waikiki Beach.
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    Diamond Head State Monument is 15 minutes away Nice walk and view. Plan an 1-hour hike.
    Pearl Harbor is 1 hour away. Free entrance. You need to book in advance. 2 hours visit.

HONOLULU (O’AHU) TO
POIPU BEACH ( KAUAI)

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40 min flight+ 25 km / 25 min
Poipu Beach
  • Relaxing and modern apartment rental at Castle Resort on the beach with a pool. 
  • Visit Waimea Canyon, 1 hour away from the hotel: enjoy vast spaces, ranches, and rodeo
    Hike Canon Trail (5 miles total)
    Early boat tour with a zodiac with Napali Riders, Boat tour started from Waimea, an half hour drive from the hotel. We entered caves, we looked out for whales. Beware for the strong swell. One of our kid was sick….however he loved the whole experience.

POIPU BEACH TO
HANALEi BAY (KAUAI)


73 km / 1h15
Hanalei Bay
  • Hanalei Bay
  • We went to lovely Ke’e – Tunnels Beach.
    We loved our 2 miles walk to the river along the Kalalau Trail. It is an 11 mile trail that leads from Ke’e Beach to Kalalau Beach along the Na Pali Coast on the island of Kauai. Our starting point was Kee’e beach.

HANALEI-LIHUE (KAUAI) TO
MAKUNA BEACH (MAUI)
 
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30 km/30 min + 45 min flight
Makuna beach
  • We stayed  only one night in a condo Maui KamaoleWe would not recommend it. We changed hotel for the second night and went to West Inn in Lahaina, 50 km north on the same coast.
  • Snorkeling near Makuna Beach . The turtle beach. We didn’t see any turtle! We drove up north to Lahaina to change hotel. Certainly not the best day and night of our trip.
     

MAKUNA BEACH(MAUI) TO
LAHAINA (MAUI)
 

50 km / 50 min 
Lahaina
  • We stayed  3 nights in West In in Lahaina. A big american style hotel with a swimming pool. At least kids loved the place and we could enjoy all the confort of this type of hotel.  We chose to stay in this area to be able to visit different part of the island. More charming hotels are located on the road that leads to Hana.
  • Haleakala Volcano and National Park. We had to get up at 4 in the morning to reach the summit of the volcano.
    Discover Hana road and enjoy waterfalls (Twin Falls) and trails. Explore Paia Village and Hookipa beach (keep an eye out for giant turtles on the beach), and enjoy Oheo Gulch Basins in Paia
    Snorkeling in Molokini Crater, swim with fish and turtles, navigate your own boat, relax on Kai Kanani Beach.
    Surf lessons on Kihei Beach.

LAHAINIA (MAUI) TO
VOLCANO PARK (BIG ISLAND)
 
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35 min flight + 150 km /2h15
Big Island - Captain Hook
  • We stayed in a cottage near Volcano Park that we rented through Airbnb.
  • Breath-taking view from Thomas Jaggar Museum of the smoking Halemaumau Crater
    Explore Crater Rim Drive and travel through a dense forest to access the ancient lava tunnel called Thurston Lava Tube
    Discover Volcano Park (Kilauea Iki Trail) and Chain of Craters Road (amazing views)
    Kalapana (1 hour away): 4-mile bike ride on cold lava, see hot lava gushing from afar
    Mauna Kea Summit Volcano (1 hour away) to see stars during nighttime through telescope

VOLCANO PARK (BIG ISLAND)
TO WAIKOLOA VILLAGE
 

150 km / 1h50
Waikoloa beach
  • We stayed in the Hilton of Waikoloa BeachHotel amenities and activities: paddle boarding, kayaking, pool, restaurant, and dolphin watching. Perfect for our kids. We multiplied activities outside the hotel and they were happy to come back and jump in the big hotel pools.
  • Kayaking with dolphins in Kealakekua Bay in the morning and Puuhonua National Park (a reconstructed Hawaiian village) in the afternoon
    Mauna Kea Summit sunset (1h30 from Hilton Waikoloa Village)
    Zipline 40 minutes away (Wild Hawaii Ocean Adventures)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • The weather can be very changing. It can be sunny on one side of the island and foggy and rainy on the other side. It is good to have a flexible program in order to be able to change your lan in last minute in function of the weather.
  • Prepare or buy food in advance when going to Volcano Park because there is nothing on hand or in the area
  • Bring warm clothing for evening sky gazing at Mauna Kea Summit Volcano
  • One day in Honolulu is sufficient. It’s very touristy, the main and the only attraction is Pearl Harbor.
  • We booked all our hotels in last minute therefore we stayed several times in big american style resort. Our days were so full of activities that it was nice for the kids to get back to a certain confort with nice swimming pools.