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Hawaii Activities for Any Age – Keiki to Kupuna

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Age is just a number. So while your drivers license may say 70, you really feel 17. And that means you don’t want to fill your Hawaii vacation watching the young ‘uns have all the fun.

So what better way to show the kids and grandkids how adventurous you really are, than to fill your Facebook feed with amazing vacation photos from Hawaii. Whether its being spontaneous and skipping over to the neighbor island, learning to hula at an authentic Hawaiian luau, or even swimming with dolphins, seniors really do have more fun. You did WORK for that retirement after all.

Here are a few fun and safe Hawaii activities for seniors that will ensure an unforgettable, action-packed trip.

Sea Life Park and Dolphin Adventures

See some sea life without getting your hair damp at Sea Like Park — one of Oahu’s wettest world-class attractions. Here seniors can sit back and take in a penguin performance at the Hawaiian Ocean Theatre, spend the afternoon at the Kolohe Kai Sea Lion Show or get up close and personal, playing with local Hawaiian manta rays.

If you want to up the ante on your Hawaiian adventure — and cross an item off your retirement bucket list — take a dip with the dolphins. With the Dolphin Swim Adventure you’ll receive training on how to communicate to the dolphins with hand signals as you swim alongside them. If you’re lucky you can even catch a ride with them or receive a honi (kiss) from your new fish friend!

As we always say — we got no troubles / life is just bubbles / under the sea!

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Stars & Stripes Tour

Who says history is boring? History buffs will love soaking in the leisurely Stars & Stripes Tour, an all-day event which offers shuttle transportation to and from Pearl Harbor (so you don’t even need to worry about finding directions and parking). With local experts as your guide, you’ll wade through the history of World War II with stops including the USS Arizona Memorial, Battleship Missouri and National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

First, set sail to the USS Arizona Memorial, ground zero for the attack that launched the United States into World War II. Overlooking the sunken battle ship, guests pay silent tribute to the hundreds of Americans still entombed in the waters below. Then, take a tour of the Battleship Missouri and hear the colorful stories about the ship’s history and time at sea during a 30-minute guided tour. On the way back, the tour stops at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl, a sacred space that also offers majestic views of downtown Honolulu.

As the tour swings home, you’ll head through Honolulu passing many iconic locales such as the Hawaii State Capitol, Iolani Palace and King Kamehameha Statue. For a limited time booking online can save you 15 percent off the regular tour price — so you can get an extra gift or two for the grandkids you left back home!

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One Day Kauai Tour (Waimea Canyon and Fern Grotto)

Looking to expand your island experience? You don’t need to be a senior citizen to want to leave the planning to someone else (yup no renting a car or having to plan an itinerary here!). But you can still enjoy the life of a jet setter by taking a quick day hop over to one of Oahu’s neighboring islands. Kauai’s verdant backdrop and slower pace is just the ticket to take in what many consider a “real” Hawaii experience. And this all day tour captures it all — from 3,500 cliffs and deep valleys, to fern-covered grottos and seriously stunning ocean views. By the end of the day you’ll be crazy for Kauai.

A stop at Waimea Canyon — otherwise known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific — offers sweeping views of West Kauai. Then, cruise on over to the Wailua River where you’ll hop aboard a boat, which floats guests through the Fern Grotto — a magical space straight out of a tropical fairy tale. Along the way you’ll cruise through other island landmarks like Spouting Horn, Koloa Town, Holoholo Ku Keiau, Opaekaa Falls Lookout and Coco Palms Grove.

And with prices starting at under $400 and inclusive of roundtrip transportation to and from the airport as well as airfare to the neighbor island, this tour really will have you believing you’ve found paradise!

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Paradise Cove Luau

Those feet were made for dancing! Just because you’re a senior citizen doesn’t mean your Hawaii activities have to have you sitting in the sidelines. Remind your family you’ve got moves they haven’t seen and let loose at a Hawaiian luau.

Perfect for guests of all ages — from the young to the young-at-heart — an evening at Paradise Cove offers nothing but the very best authentic Hawaiian food and entertainment. Enjoy a fresh lei greeting and welcome Mai Tai before taking in a variety of arts and crafts activities like lei making, Hawaiian quilt making, or even spear throwing (yup, grandpa can throw a spear too!) and dart sliding.

Later you’ll feast like royalty over heaping platters of ono (delicious in Hawaiian) Hawaiian foods – think: kalua pig, macaroni salad, lomi lomi salmon, poi and all the fixings. Then rest your opu (stomach) as you relax and revel in a Polynesian Dinner Show and Hawaiian Revue. See, seniors have fun too!

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