Family Travel Question:

Q | Which island in Hawaii is best for a trip with a toddler?

We're planning to visit Hawaii - any thoughts on which island is best to visit with a toddler? -Cindy, SC

A | The best Hawaiian island with a toddler is up to you

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Personal travel preferences and tastes will help decide the best Hawaiian island for a vacation with a toddler. For comfortable resorts, great beaches, and fairly reliably sunny weather, Maui is a great choice.  For a mix of natural sightseeing within short drives, a range of resorts and rentals, and great beaches, I’d either staying on the eastern shore of Kauai or split my stay between Poipu in the south and Hanalei or Princeville on the north shore.

When our daughter was walking well enough to handle uneven pathways with a pair of Keen to protect her toes, we went to Hawaii. As a family we investigated the volcano, learned about turtles and manta rays, explored Hawaiian culture, ate lots of locally produced food, and chilled out at fabulous resorts. There are fewer great swimming beaches, but the big resorts create man-made beaches which are safest for younger kids.

While we visited Oahu when my daughter was an infant, I’m saving our return visit for when she is a little older and can participate in more of the kid-friendly activities like snorkeling Hananuma Bay, hiking to the top of Diamond Head, or riding on mom’s surfboard Lilo-style.

Mirielle making a friend on Hawaii.

A toddler-sized tiki at Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Park on Hawaii.

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