Ohana means Family and that Includes the Toddlers
Most people don’t need any convincing to travel to Hawaii, but I’ve spoken with many parents who dread the idea of bringing their little ones to the Pacific Islands. I happen to love traveling with Evie, and I believe Hawaii to be an excellent family destination. After this past paradise getaway, I have come up with the top five reasons you should definitely bring the babe on your next Hawaiian vacation.
Top 5 Reasons to bring your Toddler on a Hawaiian Vacation
1. Totally Keiki Friendly-
Hawaii is an incredibly toddler friendly destination. Let’s start off with dining, because most our trips revolve around trying local restaurants and cuisine. Every restaurant we went to, including fine dining and trendy eater spots, was well equipped with booster seats, high chairs, and keiki menus! What more could you ask for? Oh yeah, friendly servers and staff who make you and your babe feel totally welcome? Well check that off the list too! Maybe it’s the Aloha spirit, but we had excellent dining experiences with the most friendly and considerate service. Everyone acknowledged our little wahine and most played with her a bit too. Onto hotels, we were provided with a diaper genie and crib in both hotels on Maui. I’ll share a review of the exceptional Napili Kai hotel in a later post. Our Honolulu hotel also had a crib,free movie rentals, and milk. Way to make Evie feel right at home!
2. New landscapes and adventures for toddlers to experience.
We live in Austin, Texas, where Evie is exposed to rolling hills, swimming pools and ridiculous heat! We play in the natural pools and springs but an ocean and beach outing was totally exciting for her! She also loved the hikes through the lush green mountains of Manoa and playing in the Banyan trees in Lahaina. By the end of the trip, Evie had learned so many new words and actually had a point of reference for each of them. A waterfall, a hike, the ocean, Koi fish, palm trees, all new objects that she now talks about enthusiastically. Ryan and I had lived in Hawaii for a few years, and getting to experience the islands through Evie’s eyes made the trip all the more special. Experiencing Hawaii with a toddler really forced Ryan and I to stop and appreciate a lot more of the scenery. It’s also beneficial to start their love for exploring the outdoors young!
3. Disney/Pixar- enough said!
If your toddler knows anything Disney/Pixar, they’ll already be excited about Hawaii. Can you say Moana, Finding Nemo, Lilo and Stitch, or Finding Dory? Disney is practically making a tourism video campaign for children! Evie has yet to watch a movie in its entirety, but play a song from a cartoon and let her see the movie clip, she’s talking non-stop about “fish” “ocean” “swimming”, etc. I can only imagine the Disney effect lasts well through childhood, so my 18 month old is bound to be a fanatic for quite a while, and I bet she will get excited about traveling to a destination that looks like the home of her beloved Disney characters.
4. Packing is a breeze!
No heavy winter clothes/boots needed. The weather is summer like 90% or the year! Summer clothing is the most light-weight and compact, so packing for a 10 day trip could be as simple as throwing 5 versatile outfits and a couple of swimsuits into a carry-on for each person, if you plan on washing your clothes halfway through the trip. If it were Ryan and I, we would have each taken one carry-on and called it a day. With Evie, I always pack one suitcase for the both of us to share and one carry-on with the essentials (click here if you missed my post). Because we had so much extra room, I splurged and packed 9 outfits for Evie, 2 pairs of shoes, 3 pajamas and a swimsuit. For myself, I had 5 outfits, 2 dresses, 2 swimsuits with covers, pajamas, 3 hiking outfits and 3 pairs of shoes. Ryan packs his own clothes, but all in all, we managed to take one suitcase, and two backpacks for the entire trip. This left us room to bring Island goodies back to the mainland!
5. Rental friendly equipment for all your needs!
Worried about lugging all your bulky toddler needs to Hawaii? No need. You can rent monitors, high chairs, car seats, hiking carriers, beach tents, strollers, etc. with ease. Most tourist destinations have these services available, but companies like Maui Baby Rentals and Baby Aboard Hawaii deliver the rentals to your place of lodging and offer excellent daily or weekly rates! So pack your clothes and leave the rest up to an island rental service.
Sidenote- we rented a car while on the islands, and most car rental services will also offer car seat rentals, but we love our Britax car seat travel cart and zipping through the airport with Evie sitting in her carseat is so convenient with this thing. We did have a bulky car seat with us at all times, but we simply gate checked it like you would your stroller.
I hope you decide that a beachy destination like Hawaii would be perfect for you and your little ones! If you have any questions, I am more than happy to answer them. Just drop me a comment down below.
Oh, and please let me know about your favorite reasons to travel with the kiddos. Can’t wait to hear from ya!