In these days of Internet and Xbox, countless television channels, Facebook and Wii, it seems increasingly difficult to get the kids out of the house and into the sunshine. If you’re worried that your children have forgotten what color the sky is, let Kauai lure them out into the light of day and re-acquaint them with the wonders of the great outdoors. Kauai is a keiki’s paradise. Keiki is the Hawaiian word for child or children. It also denotes colts, cubs and kittens, and new little sprigs of vegetation. And what better place to grow and flourish than here on the Garden Island? Kauai offers an endless buffet of activities to awe and delight toddlers and teenagers, plus everyone in between, as well as that forgotten keiki in all of us. The beach is just about the greatest place on earth, and the ultimate sandbox. Poipu Beach Park is a fun, sunny spot to swim, snorkel, and boogie board. There is a tranquil wading pool where the little ones can safely discover the sea, a surf break for groms (young surfers) to learn to ride waves, and picnic tables, bathrooms, and showers to complete your beach adventure. There’s a good chance you’ll spot whales here in the winter, and honu (Hawaiian green sea turtles) anytime. You might even catch a glimpse of the elusive monk seal, but remember to keep your distance! Baby Beach is a sweet little treasure tucked away on the south shore. Gentle, shallow water makes this cove a safe and peaceful spot to relax and rest, far away from the crowds. Salt Pond Beach, near Hanapepe on the west side, is an awesome place to take the family. There are tide pools to explore, ample sunshine, and calm water all year long. Keiki love Lydgate Park, located north of the airport. They can experience the magic of Kamalani Playground with its swinging bridges, maze, volcano slide, and discover a rainbow of sea creatures in the safety of a boulder-enclosed swimming and snorkeling area. Hiking can be a fun adventure for the whole family. Koke’e is full of beautiful hikes for little legs and boasts some of the prettiest scenery around. Check in at the Koke’e museum and the friendly staff will be more than happy to describe each hike. Your little island adventurer will enjoy kayaking one of Kauai’s many rivers. Two and three-man kayaks are safe and fun vehicles for exploring the island’s interior. The Wailua River is a gentle paddle that takes you past a replica of an old Hawaiian village. Further up you’ll find a short hike to a secret waterfall. Little fishermen and fisherwomen will discover countless streams and several well-stocked reservoirs around the island to drop a line in. The Storybook Theater of Hawaii, located in old Hanapepe Town, is a children’s media center created to expose keiki to the wonders of the performing and media arts. The theater hosts radio and television programs, movies, and live musical and theatrical productions. Keeping the art of storytelling alive on Kauai, The Storybook Theater offers an extensive calendar of family-friendly events. Regardless of how you choose to spend your day, you might consider ending it with one of Kauai’s many luaus. A local-style buffet will satisfy the heartiest appetites, and keiki are usually mesmerized by the music, costumes, and dances of the live Polynesian review. Little hips will gently sway to the rhythm of the hula, and eyes will grow giant as they witness the danger and excitement of the traditional fire-knife dance. As you finally make your way back home, after a beautiful, magical Kauai day, you may not recognize that wild child, muddy, salty and browned by the sun. And don’t be too surprised if your happily exhausted keiki forgets to turn on any gadgets, and instead falls happily, sleepily into bed to dream of another day of adventure.
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