Spencer Beach on the Big Island. Photo © Bree Kessler.

Visiting Hawaii’s Big Island with Kids

When along came baby for author and Hawaii travel expert Bree Kessler, so too did a deeper understanding about what makes for a fun, stress-free outing for everyone. Here’s what she’s learned about beach-going, hiking, dining out, and where to stay on the Big Island with kids in tow.

Nightlife in Lahaina is fun and varied.

Nightlife and Entertainment in Lahaina

Nightlife and entertainment in Lahaina is fun and varied, from cultural events to live music and mingling to late-night dive bars. Many events are also free, and several are family-friendly. Whatever your mood, chances are good Lahaina can match it.

Palm trees front a shorline with white frothy waves.

Moloka‘i’s Best Surf Spots

To say that the surf spots on Moloka‘i are empty would be a lie, but a crowded day by Moloka‘i standards would be considered almost empty in Maui. Here are Moloka‘i’s best surf spots, including how to get there, when to go, everything you need to know to ride the breaks, and where you can rent some gear, too.

Nestled amongst lush tropical landscaping is the stone entrance sign of the Hotel Molokai.

Best Places to Stay on Moloka‘i

Moloka‘i is free of resorts and sky-high hotels. Here’s a list of the best places to stay on Moloka’i from complexes and vacation rentals to cottages and B&Bs.

Cattle graze in upcountry Maui at PoliPoli State Recreation Area.

Hiking Maui: Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area

Polipoli is an out-of-the-way, rarely visited destination offering some of the best hiking on Maui. Trails vary from short out-and-back hikes, to long moderate loops and more strenuous hikes, and altitudes vary from trail to trail as well. Use this summary of the area and map to plan your best hike.

A dirt stretch on the Road to Hana. Photo © Emily Norman/123rf.

Driving The Back Road to Hana

Driving the back road to Hana is truly unlike any other stretch of road on the island. Our expert authors are here to dispel myths about the route and provide tips and advice for making the trip not only enjoyable, but safe.

The Hoapili Trail through a rocky landscape near La Perouse Bay in South Maui.

Hiking Hoapili Trail in South Maui

Anyone who heads out on the Hoapili Trail will realize right away that this isn’t your average hike. Hot and barren and set in the middle of nowhere, the Hoapili Trail isn’t as much about hiking as it is about taking a literal step back in time.