Are you or your clients heading to the Aloha State? Here are travel blogger CAROLINE MAKEPEACE's top tips for family holidays in Hawaii:
1 Plan a couple of days to just relax on the beach or in the resorts and soak up that Hawaiian air.
2 Don’t forget to try shaved ice. The kids will love this Hawaiian treat.
3 Hawaii can be expensive so a home rental may be a good option to help reduce costs.
4 Rent a car to road trip around the islands.
5 Arrive at experiences like hiking Diamond Head and snorkelling at Hanauma Bay early so you can beat the crowds. They can get intense.
And if you've settled on Oahu, here are ten free things to do in 'The Gathering Place':
1 Take a scenic drive along the Pali Highway before stopping to enjoy the panoramic views at the historic Nuuanu Pali Lookout.
2 Learn how to make traditional Hawaiian quilts and lei using fresh tropical flowers at the Royal Hawaiian Center.
3 On the third Friday of every month, Honolulu’s Chinatown arts district hosts ‘Slow Art Friday’ with entertainment, food booths and a bike valet.
4 Visit the Hawaii State Art Museum (HiSAM), one of the few state-sponsored art museums in the country, and view the finest collection of works from Hawaii’s best artists.
5 Watch the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa’s wildlife specialists feed the animals, including the hotel’s very own penguins and flamingos.
6 Enjoy ‘Sunset on the Beach’ as Kapahulu Pier is transformed into an outdoor movie theatre with live entertainment, food booths and free blockbuster movies shown on a 10-metre screen.
7 In the summer, snorkel at Shark’s Cove on the North Shore, a marine conservation zone with a cove filled with fish, coral formations and lava caves.
8 Keep your eyes open for humpback whales off Makapuu on Oahu’s South Shore or Kaena Point on the northwest side of the island from November through April.
9 Enjoy one of more than 100 festivals and events throughout the year that celebrate culture, community, music and art, such as the Okinawan Festival, Chinese New Year lion dances, Lantern Floating Hawaii, Waikiki SPAM Jam and Roy Sakuma Ukulele Festival.
10 Listen to Hawaii’s best local entertainers performing in the hotels and on the streets of Waikiki.