How to Sell Hawaii Family Vacations This Summer

KapohoKine Adventures offers zip-lining on Hawaii Island.
KapohoKine Adventures offers zip-lining on Hawaii Island.

Here are just a few new or upgraded experiences for all generations in The Aloha State. For a more in-depth look at things for keiki (kids) and their guardians to do in the islands, check out “Hawaii Family Travel” in the Focus Series section at

Families who enjoy camping can head for Hawaii Island’s Namakanipaio Campground, operated by Hawaii Volcanoes Lodge Company, within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The campground is home to 10 recently refurbished cabins with upgraded community facilities. Outdoor sites are also available for those who prefer a more traditional camping experience.

The increasingly popular thrill of zip-lining can be experienced on dual lines with KapohoKine Adventures at Honolii Outpost. (Note: The minimum weight for children is 30 pounds.) A walking path off to the side of the lines is great for family members who may not want to zip, but still want to be part of the experience.

For the grown-ups, KapohoKine, whose Wilderness First Aid and First Responder certified guides conduct expeditions in the surrounding areas of Kona, Hilo and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (HVNP), has announced an exclusive partnership with Volcano Winery. Guests visiting HVNP will receive a private group vineyard tour, wine tasting and catered dinner. KapohoKine’s most popular tours that will now incorporate Volcano Winery include “Kilauea Hike ‘n Glow,” which includes a four-mile hike across the crater floor; the HVNP-focused “Evening Volcano Explorer” and “Zippin’ Volcano.”

Following a multimillion-dollar transformation, Four Seasons Resort Lanai has officially reopened and now offers families and other guests guided hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and adrenaline-filled UTV adventures in the green upcountry lands. Or they can go off-roading across red dirt roads, colored from volcanic rock, or golf at the Jack Nicklaus Signature Manele Golf Course.

In addition, clients can snorkel in a marine sanctuary or dive into The Cathedrals, where lattices of lava rock resemble stained glass when light hits. They can also immerse themselves in Hawaiian culture through activities with kupuna (elders) or simply relax on a deserted beach.

Children in particular may enjoy Four Seasons Resort Lanai’s feathered residents. KeO KeO, Ola, Uliuli and Hauoli are part of the Rescue Bird Program. Guests can “talk” with the birds or learn how to make a bird from a coconut leaf from the resort’s aviarist, Bruno Amby — a true Lanai kapuna who loves sharing his knowledge of island culture.