Family Travel: Mele Kalikimaka! O’ahu for the Holidays

8 October 15


For families seeking everything from adventure to relaxation, Hawaii is the perfect group getaway. You can hike up mountains and down into volcanoes, cool off while snorkeling or lounging in a waterfall, and finally chill on some of the world’s beautiful beaches.

O`ahu is the multicultural jewel of the Hawaiian Islands, with fascinating facets of historic and contemporary Hawai`i to explore. An Island of natural beauty, O`ahu uniquely offers urban and “country” experiences, from surf lessons in Waikīkī, the birthplace of surfing, to discovering Hawaiian history at `Iolani Palace and American history at Pearl Harbor, to the trendsetting urban art scene in Honolulu, to getting active at Kualoa Ranch. O`ahu is known for her year-round festivals–from cultural and culinary festivals to urban and fashion events to sporting events. With so much to do, don’t forget to relax on O`ahu’s legendary beaches!

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If Hawaii is on your radar for the holiday season, check out these local events:

Hawai`i International Film Festival – November 12 – 22, 2015. Established as the premier international film event in the Pacific. Visit

XTERRA Trail Run World Championship – December 6, 2015. The 21-kilometer half-marathon world championship course takes runners through some of the most diverse and scenic terrain on the planet. Events also include 5K and 10K trail runs, and children’s race. Visit

Honolulu Marathon – December 13, 2015. A 26.2-mile course with spectacular views of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head. Visit

This article is the second in a series on family travel. We recently held a Travel Talk seminar for families with high school seniors, and we had a great turnout from parents who want to travel as a family before their child moves away after graduation. We hope that this series inspires you to see the world with your family before the nest is empty! Want to read more about family travel? Check out our other posts:

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