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Vacationing with Your Parents in Oahu and Keeping Your Sanity


As an adult, you’re no longer required to vacation with your parents, but perhaps you thought it would be fun to reconnect with them through a Hawaiian vacation. An Oahu trip is nothing like the road trips you used to take in your parents’ station wagon, though! There’s more beauty to see, more flexibility in where you’re going and you finally have a say in what to do! Whether Mom and Dad get along great or they bicker like the dickens, don’t worry, you can vacation with your parents like a pro! Here are some tips on making sure the trip goes off without a hitch.

Get Them Out of Their Comfort Zone

If your parents are the type to stick with what they know, an Oahu vacation can change all that. Nudging them out of their comfort zone gently is key. Rather than start right out with a ziplining excursion or backpacking trek along the Koolau Mountain Range, why not start them out with something that’s in their wheelhouse? While Pearl Harbor is for young and old alike, older people especially enjoy visiting this important landmark because the military strike that happened there on December 7, 1941 is a deep part of their history and upbringing.

Hoku Hawaii Tours has a luxury Pearl Harbor tour that starts in Waikiki, with pick-up at your hotel. Your informative tour guide will bring you all around Honolulu and then to Pearl Harbor over a span of eight hours. Included in this tour is:

• 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

This is a nice way to kick off your Oahu vacation with the parents. They get some history and some exercise, plus you get a catered lunch and professional guided tour that takes the guesswork out of everything.

Take in a Luau

The next day, you may want to take it easy on the beach. If your parents are adventurous, try a parasailing adventure or go snorkeling. At night, it’s time to take in one of the age-old Hawaiian traditions: a Polynesian luau. This ultimate in tropical buffets gives you a smorgasbord of foods native to the South Pacific, from kalua pig and poi to lomi salmon and poke. Aside from the scrumptious food, the highlight of the evening typically includes the high-energy hula dancers and Polynesian fireknife dancers. Now that you’ve gotten some culture in, time to get some rest for the next day’s adventure: something a little more challenging.

Diamond Head Crater

Don’t worry: it’s a beautiful hike that’s not too tough on the knees. In fact, this is a moderate 1.6-mile hike that attracts more than 1.3 million people each year. The round-trip Diamond Head Crater Summit Trail, with an incline of 560 feet, features a tunnel at the top that leads to a path within the extinct crater. The last eruption here occurred 200,000 years ago, so no worries there! Take in the breathtaking view at the summit for a panoramic of Oahu.

Need more help planning for a trip with the parents? Call Hoku Hawaii Tours to see what we have for you!