Month Visited: August
We are a family that enjoys exploring nature and finding remote places that are out of the way and off the beaten path. We do enjoy comfort and a stay in luxury once in a while, but we are quite active and in good physical shape and we enjoy spending time outside on many stops. We try to include educational activities when we travel, and we also enjoy visiting historic spots and popular tourist attractions when they are nearby. We believe that every day is another opportunity to see and do as much as we can, but we also try to include days when we are not rushed and we can relax more. Our children at the time of this itinerary: 3 children-Boy age 18 years, Boy age 13 years, Boy age 11 years.
Description: The waterfalls of Hawaii are legendary, and what better way to experience these natural wonders than by a guided kayak tour? A number of tour companies offer this type of experience, and each specific tour will cover some of the most popular waterfalls that Hawaii has to offer.
Our Experiences: We spent more than 4 hours kayaking, swimming, and hiking, and all of the effort was worth it when we reached our destinations. We saw some incredible waterfalls along this tour, and the kids and adults both were amazed at the size and beauty of some that we visited. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the area that we covered, and even our youngest managed to keep up with the group. Very young children may find the combination of kayaking, swimming, and hiking too strenuous, and this stop is not right for families who are not very active or who do not like to spend time outdoors.
Description: Kamokila Village is a Hawaiian village from the past that has been reconstructed and recreated according to what it once was. A stop at this village allows visitors to find out about the local population that lived here and the history of the Hawaiian islands, and there are demonstrations about the native foods and food preparation methods as well as cultural displays and events. Kamokila Village has a rich and fascinating history, and it was the location where the war canoes of King Kaumualii of Kauai were assembled.
Our Experiences: This stop was not as fun or spectacular as the waterfalls of Hawaii, but it was very interesting and educational. 4 acres of land contains a number of structures that are authentic, right down to the thatched roofs. We also saw a birthing house, the home of the village doctor, the chief’s assembly hut, and even a hula hut. Each structure was explained by storyboards and there were a number of neat artifacts here.
Description: The landscape along the Wailua River includes steep canyons, lush rain forest areas, and several of the best waterfalls of Hawaii. Hiking through the canyon and rainforest near the Wailua River can be a fantastic experience, and there are a number of waterfalls that hikers may come across. This is an easy to moderate hike that most people can handle. But it may not be a good choice for infants and very young children.
Our Experiences: Our entire family really liked this part of the waterfall kayak tour, and the hike was one of the highlights of the trip. The canyons were impressive and the rainforest was nice and cool even in the middle of the day because of all the trees. The kids were excited every time we came across a waterfall, and we found then in different sizes along the hike.
Description: Uluwehi Waterfall is one of the more popular bridal veil waterfalls of Hawaii, and it is also called Sacred Falls or the Secret Falls. Reaching this spot can only be done by traveling along the Wailua River and then hiking into this waterfall. The actual waterfall is approximately 100 foot high, and it cascades into a beautiful pool at the base that is perfect for swimming.
Our Experiences: This waterfall was terrific, although the water was a little cold when compared to the ocean water along the beaches. When we were here it was a little crowded, although it was easy to see why. The kids had a blast in the pool, and the hike into the falls was also an adventure. We had to cross a few streams and go through some really muddy areas, which the kids thought was great. We highly recommend this stop for any family which is adventurous, and those who enjoy being active and going to out of the way places