, we took a trip to Oahu, which I chronicled in an article for Chicago Parent (click HERE
to read it).I was teleported, at least mentally, back to the Hawaiian islands last week
, when Iattended a lovely lunchhosted 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 white-sand beaches.
- 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 activitiesabound: swim, snorkel, scuba dive, canoe, hikealong 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 lineand lookdown 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”).
Justsay “Aloha” and in the comments below, and I’ll pick a winner next Wednesday.