Modern life has sent your family all around the world, but when Grandma decrees that she wants everyone to get together again for a grand reunion, you’ve got the perfect suggestion.
“Let’s head to the Garden Isle,” you tell Grandma, and your children chime in to convince her it’s the best idea ever.
Hawaii Reunion Activities
“There’s something for everyone in Hawaii,” your teen says. Your older brother and his wife quickly agree, and your spouse starts listing the possibilities for everyone from your sister’s young toddler to your ever-picky Great-Aunt Lulu.
Beaches — check!
Relaxing tropical breezes — check!
Excellent food — check!
Adventure for the active young adults in the family — check!
Fun things for the kids to do — check!
Soon Grandma is convinced. When you’re planning a family reunion, Kauai is the ideal location and Koloa Landing Resort on the island’s South Shore is the perfect base for everyone to reconnect and enjoy some quality time together. But once you’ve got everyone on board, you need to plan some activities for the whole family to enjoy during your stay on Kauai, Hawaii. Fortunately for you, our activity pros have some suggestions:
Hit the Water on Kauai’s South Shore
When you’re staying at our resort in Kauai, the beach is only a short walk away, so make plans to enjoy the ocean breezes and gorgeous views during your vacation. For families that really love sand and sun, exploring multiple beaches across the entire island can be part of the group plan. To keep children and teens entertained, challenge everyone to a scavenger hunt across the island’s beaches and see who can spot various sea creatures, birds, plants and geographical features first.
You should also make plans to spend a day at the resort’s main pool, which was voted the Best Hotel Pool in America. The kids can enjoy twisting along waterslides and splashing down into the crystal-clear water while grown-ups take time to reminisce in the shade of a rental cabana next to the pool while sipping on island-inspired cocktails.
With so many aquatic options within walking distance, you could base your entire Kauai reunion vacation around water-based island adventures. Family members who’d rather stay onshore can relax on the beach enjoying the ocean view while everyone else frolics in the waves.
Have a Family Reunion Adventure
Nothing brings a family together like a shared adventure, so consider booking a Kauai zipline tour during your stay on the island. Some zip line companies on Kauai have courses suitable for children as young as 7 years old, while others are designed specifically for more active adults.
Snorkeling at local beaches is another popular activity for families visiting Kauai, Hawaii. Rent snorkeling gear from the Activity Hut on-site at Koloa Landing Resort and head out to Lawai Beach or Poipu Beach. Grandad and the middle-school twins can bond over an encounter with a real live sea turtle while your college-age niece tracks the various fish species she spots under the ocean surface. If you’re visiting during the winter months, your sea life encounters might even inspire you to book a group whale watching trip off the Kauai coast.
For a less strenuous family activity, visit Koloa Old Town and take a walk among the shops. You might find the perfect Hawaii souvenirs: matching T-shirts celebrating your time on Kauai.
Learn Something New About The Garden Isle
Get the whole gang together on the resort lawn or gather in the ballroom for a lesson in Hawaiian culture. Hire a hula instructor or have the helpful resort concierge arrange a lei-making lesson where you can make matching leis for everyone to take home.
Some of the more adventurous members of your family might want to learn scuba diving while on vacation, while music lovers might enjoy taking a few ukulele or drumming classes from a local professional. Who knows — your cousins might even decide to continue their newfound shared hobby after your vacation is over.
Reconnect Over a Good Meal
Dining together can be a great way to bond, and there are plenty of outstanding restaurants on Kauai where you can try local island specialties as a group. Stop in at a local food stand to order everyone poke bowls to enjoy on the beach, or share bowls of shaved ice after a visit to the Shops at Kukui’ula Village, located just a short walk from the resort property.
But if you really want to make the most of your time together, bring everyone down to the sunset poolside barbecue where everyone can grill their own fresh fish or juicy burgers under the stars while recounting all the fun things they’ve done together during the day. After dinner, share in the fun of making ooey-gooey s’mores at the sunset marshmallow roast event located on the main lawn.
Relax Together in Paradise
Sometimes family bonding time comes at a slower pace. If your ideal family reunion getaway includes plenty of relaxation, schedule a spa day at the resort to get massages and facials for everyone in your group. Families with a lot of early risers might want to meet on the main lawn in the morning for the daily morning yoga event.
Your Family Reunion Kauai Accommodations
When it comes to living accommodations during your reunion, families have plenty of options and enough space for everyone’s comfort. Villas with one, two or three spacious bedrooms let you share with other members of your family, while separate living rooms give you a place to entertain cousins who are staying in separate rooms on the property. You might even want to arrange a night for grandparents and grandchildren to watch movies together on the big-screen TV while you, your siblings and all of your spouses head out to explore the local nightlife or try some of the restaurants located on the north shore of the island.