On our most recent trip to Hawaii we wanted to see and do as much as we could. But at the same time, we also wanted to relax and enjoy our holiday. We were traveling and staying with another family, good friends of ours. Between us we had 4 adults and 3 little kids aged 1.5, 3 and 4.5. We opted to take things easy and gave up some of the activities we wanted to do in order to not over-schedule ourselves and the children. Letting go of the idea that we must do everything allowed us to have a much more relaxing time in Hawaii with our small kids. Here are my three tips for a relaxing vacation with kids (even if you have to give up some plans in the process).
An Emotional Walk Through Iolani Palace in Honolulu
If you’ve been following my Facebook and Instagram pages you have no doubt noticed that we were in Hawaii for a couple of weeks (and if you haven’t, go follow me right now). Hawaii was incredible, every bit as beautiful as I imagined it would be. I always get a certain joy from traveling to places whose beauty was not exaggerated in movies and photographs. It really is that gorgeous everywhere you look.
I was having a hard time deciding which part of our vacation to focus on for this post. I always feel like pictures tell a vacation story much better than words can describe. I finally decided to write about something that has really touched my heart while we were in Honolulu visiting Iolani Palace, the residence of Hawaiian royals including the last Hawaiian monarch, Queen Liliuokalani. Queen Liliuokalani’s story feels much more poignant and personal when you’re walking through her palace-turned-prison. It is a history I knew very little about before traveling to Hawaii.