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You know it’s a sign of a good holiday when your four-year-old begs you at the airport on the way home not to make him leave. Hawaii had long been on the bucket list, so when the opportunity for an inter-generational holiday with the grandparents came up, we jumped at the chance to have a family holiday.
Arriving in Honolulu, on Oahu island, we were greeted with a traditional lei welcome (only when in Hawaii!) before heading off to our first stop – The Grand Islander by Hilton Grand Vacations, located next to the iconic Hilton Hawaiian Village resort. Ideal for families, the Grand Islander offers apartment-style accommodation with full kitchen facilities, a large living area and, in our case, two large bedrooms with ocean views. Being able to prepare breakfast before heading out, or whip up a quick dinner after a day spent swimming was a life-saver (we all know what it’s like taking tired little ones out for dinner). The Grand Islander has access to all the facilities at the Hilton Hawaiian Village including four pools – one with a waterslide that the kids will love – so you get the best of both worlds during your stay: the convenience of self-contained accommodation combined with the bells and whistles you’d expect from a large resort.
It’s also a great place to explore Honolulu from, with a trolley stop to the famous Waikiki Beach or the Ala Moana shopping centre right outside your door. The Atlantis submarines also depart from the jetty directly outside the resort. Intrepid adventurers will love diving 30 metres below the surface to view Diamond Head’s marine life during the 90-minute tour.
While Waikiki has plenty on offer, if you really want to explore Hawaii, Oahu is easy to get around. There’s plenty of car hire options available, and once you’ve left the hustle and bustle of downtown Honolulu, it’s pretty much one road around the island. Heading to the North Shore, with its laid-back attitude, allows you to circle the entire island. The scenic drive takes only a couple of hours, allowing for stops along the way, such as the famed surfing mecca of Waimea Bay. The kids will also enjoy the Dole Pineapple Plantation (the pineapple whip is not to be missed), home to the world’s largest
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