Lives in Los Angeles, California
Since Jun 2010
I'm an avid traveler and began my adventures since the age of three. I've lived in Asia, the U.K., and the U.S.
State Parks, Waterfalls
Beaches, State Parks
At this national park, you can see two beautiful, easily accessible waterfalls within a short, one-hour hike. Both the 442-foot Akaka Falls and the 100-foot Kahuna Falls are hidden within a lush forest filled with wild orchids and native ferns.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park offers unparalleled access to the island's two most active volcanoes: Kilauea and Mauna Loa. Your family can learn about volcanoes, hike through a solidified — yet still steaming — lava lake, and explore underground lava tubes.
Rainbow Falls flows over a lava cave into a deep pond. As to be expected given the name, rainbows often form in the waterfall's mist.
After the 1908 earthquake killed 125,000 people near Mt. Etna in Italy, Thomas A. Jaggar joined forces with Lorrin A. Thurston to found the Hawai'i Volcano Observatory, of which Jaggar was the director until 1940. Today, the overlook still provides impressive views of Kīlauea Caldera, and the Jaggar Museum is a fun and informative place, where the whole family can learn about the geology of volcanoes, the history of Hawaiian volcanoes, and how geologists monitor volcanic activity.
Liliuokalani Gardens is a quiet, peaceful Japanese garden with bridges, koi ponds, a pagoda, and a tea house. Kids can run around this picturesque playground, while their parents enjoy its cultural and natural offerings.
The 17-acre Lava Tree State Park is a geological wonder that will fascinate visitors of all ages. In the 1700s, lava flow came through this area and coated the trunks of the Ohia trees. Today, hollow molds of the trees remain frozen in time, surrounded by lush vegetation.
Also known as Laalao Beach, Magic Sands is one of the best beaches near Kailua-Kona. Children and adults alike can play on the white sands or frolic in the surf. The 'migratory' beach is also sometimes called 'Disappearing Sands' because of its tendency to disappear during tidal shifts (usually in winter) and then reappear.
Jutting out of Hilo Bay, Coconut Island is a perfect spot to relax and enjoy beautiful views of Hilo town and the mountains. Kids will love walking over the footbridge and can look for the remains of the old caretakers house.
An easily accessible black sand beach next to the Hilo airport, Richardson offers two sandy stretches with gentle waves.
One of the best beaches near Kailua-Kona, Hapuna Beach is a soft, white-sand beach with gentle surf perfect for snorkeling and boogieboarding.