Whether the family wants to test out a relatively new sport, like stand up paddling (also called SUP), or try the most ancient Hawaiian sport, he‘e nalu (aka surfing), you’ll find plenty of opportunities to get in and get wet. Lessons are widely available, as are equipment rentals for those who already ready to play. Another option: Kayaking, which can be done in rivers, such as Kaua‘i’s Wailua River, or on the open ocean, such as off O‘ahu’s North Shore or Maui’s Makena Beach.
Lāna‘i offers seasoned scuba divers an interesting location with First and Second Cathedrals, which are underwater lava tubes. Molokini Crater, off Maui, also offers snorkeling and scuba diving in crystal clear waters.
Golfers can enjoy many courses in the Islands, many of which have sweeping views of the Pacific. And if you need inspiration for hitting your resort’s gym, just think of the swimming, biking and running the Ironman athletes do. The Ironman World Championship takes place in Kailua-Kona, on the Island of Hawai‘i, each October.