, we took a trip to Oahu, which I chronicled
in an article for Chicago Parent (click
to read it). I was teleported, at least mentally,
back to the Hawaiian islands last week
I attended a lovely lunch hosted by two cultural
ambassadors from the island of Kaua'i. Here's what I learned about
the island of Kaua'i:
- Kaua'i has three navigable rivers and more than 50 miles of
- A flight from Honolulu takes only 25 minutes.
- No structure can be built more than four stories tall the size
of a mature coconut tree.
- Family activities abound: swim, snorkel, scuba dive,
canoe, hike along the shoreline and inland, kayak - the list
of fun family adventures goes on and on.
- Ziplining is a super popular family activity in Kaua'i: zip
down a line and look down at bamboo forests, streams and
waterfalls.You can even zipline in tandem and take video and
pictures of each other.
- South Pacific, Jurassic Park and
Raiders of the Lost Ark were all filmed on Kaua'i, and you
can take a movie tour of the island.
Makua Beach, with
its underwater caverns and cathedrals is a thriving habitat for
tropical fish and a delight for snorkelers.
I am looking forward to exploring Kaua'i on our next trip to
the Hawaiian islands - especially since I am a closet scuba diver
(when I was in Oahu, I was pregnant with Pupa, so needless to say I
didn't get to do much diving). Kaua'i, with its outdoor, tropical
sports and activies galore - would fall into our ideal family
travel destination category.
Alas! If a trip to Hawaii isn't in your cards this year, I'd
love to send DidiPop's latest CD your way: DidiPop Goes
to Hawaii. This musical travelogue inspired by
Deborah Poppink's actual visits to the Aloha State with her own
family. The album captures every subtle nuance of their Hawaiian
adventures, from the excitement of the plane ride ("Wowie Gazowi")
to enjoying the lovely beaches ("Kapalua Bay") to riding the steam
train around Maui ("Sugar Cane Train"), to reading road signs and
trying to pronounce the words ("The Hawaiian Alphabet Song").
Just say "Aloha" and in the comments below, and I'll pick
a winner next Wednesday.