My family went to Hawaii over Thanksgiving Break in 2012–6 days total. Fast but doable. I had been before as a kid but I don’t know for how long. The 8 hour flight, not counting our connection from our hometown to California, was as long as some flights to Europe but it wasn’t hard to get on track once we arrived because of the amenities of Hawaii being one of the United States–same language, internet, no international phone plan needed, etc. This trip had some R & R perks that my sons found to be a welcoming atmosphere for brotherly bonding. Because there was less sightseeing to do (except on Pearl Harbor), the boys enjoyed playing pool in the billiards room of the hotel, watching the dolphins, scuba diving, watching the native women weave ti leaves, build sand castles, etc. We went to Maui, Lanai and Pearl Harbor.
The Four Seasons Lanai had 2 locations–an ocean side location Manele Bay and a mountain top location, Koele Lodge. If you are taking small children to Hawaii, a great book to read is ABC’s of Hawaii by Asta and Donovan. The drawings are vivid and the vocabulary you learn gives a great introductory into this unique state.
Lanai had a remote feel to it. It was basically a private island until 2012. It was known as the pineapple island because of it’s plantation. Except for the only real settlement of Lanai City, the rest of the island was just natural tranquility.
All of the tranquility was perfect for Thanksgiving Break....a time where your kids already need a break in the semester. For us, it was a break from college applications for one son, the start of high school for another son and one last frolic in the tropical sunshine and beach before returning home to the hectic Christmas season.
My youngest son was still young and curious enough to be interested in doing a craft with ti leaves with the Hawaiian native lady in the hotel. Hawaii was “just what the doctor ordered” when you are needing rest, relaxation and the surrounding of complete natural beauty!