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Taking Your Parents to Oahu


If you’re an adult with kids of your own and you’ve always dreamt of a big family vacation in Oahu, perhaps you’re considering taking your aging parents with you. What a great idea! At first you may be worried about them keeping up with your pace, but there are things you can do that will be perfect for all ages. Vacation like a pro with these tips to keeping mom and dad happy on your trip to one of Hawaii’s most beautiful islands.

Pearl Harbor

Your parents likely have their own agenda and don’t want to get too crazy with the excursions, but Pearl Harbor is sure to keep them interested even though it can make for a long day. Instead of ziplining through the rainforest, help them remain within their comfort zone and take them to Pearl Harbor. Especially meaningful for veterans, this important landmark is a monument to the December 7, 1941 attack that’s a deep part of their history.

You’re in luck there, as Hoku Hawaii Tours has a luxury Pearl Harbor tour beginning in Waikiki, where we will pick your group up from the hotel. Lean on your informative tour guide to show you around the highlights of Honolulu and then to Pearl Harbor. This is an eight-hour tour but for that, you get:

• Professional World War II Narration
• Pearl Harbor Visit
• Visitors Center
• View Authentic Film Footage of Attack
• USS Arizona Memorial
• Structures of Hawaii’s Monarchy
• Battleship Missouri Memorial
• USS Oklahoma Memorial
• Honolulu City Tour
• National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
• Hawaiian Palace and Royal Grounds
• Lunch at the Proud Peacock

Not only do your parents get carted around, they can also experience first hand the amazing history of Oahu. They even get some exercise and a catered lunch that leaves everything up to us.

Experience Tradition with a Luau

Sleep in the next day to recover from that long day of touring. Lounge around at the beach, have a picnic, head back to the hotel and get ready for the next phase of your Oahu vacation: the luau. By attending this oldest of Hawaiian traditions — a Polynesian luau – you will be treated to a tropical buffet the likes of which you’ve never seen. With plenty of South Pacific foods, from kalua pig to lomi salmon, you will be sure to leave full and happy. The only thing possibly better than the food is the live entertainment. Those high-energy hula dancers and Polynesian fireknife dancers really get the heart pumping!

Diamond Head Crater

It sounds daunting but it really isn’t. Hiking Diamond Head is for people in moderate shape. So, if your parents stay active at home, they will have no problem hiking this landmark. In fact, it’s only a 1.6-mile hike round trip. More than 1.3 million people visit here each year to witness the majesty of the Diamond Head Crater Summit Trail, with an incline of 560 feet. The best part is the panoramic view of Oahu below.

Need more help planning a vacation with your parents? Call Hoku Hawaii Tours to see what we have in store for you!