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Cruising has become extremely popular in Hawaii. For first-time visitors, it's an excellent way to get a taste of all the Islands; and if you fall in love with one or even two Islands, you know how to plan your next trip.
With dozens of adventures to take, discoveries to make, and loads of kid-friendly beaches, Maui is a blast for families with children. The entire family, parents included, will enjoy surfing, discovering a waterfall in the rain forest, and snorkeling with sea turtles. And there are organized activities for kids that will free parents' time for a few romantic beach strolls.
Home to one of Maui's only black-sand beaches and freshwater caves for adventurous swimmers to explore, this park is right on the ocean. It's a lovely spot to picnic, hike, or swim. To the left you'll find the volcanic-sand beach, picnic tables, and cave pools. To the right is an ancient trail that snakes along the ocean past blowholes, sea arches, and archaeological sites. The tide pools here turn red several times a year. Scientists say it's explained by the arrival of small shrimp, but legend claims the color represents the blood of Popoalaea, said to have been murdered in one of the caves by her husband, Chief Kakae. In either case, the dramatic landscape is bound to leave a lasting impression. www.hawaiistateparks.org. COST: Free.
It takes goats to make goat cheese, and they've got plenty of both at this 42-acre farm. Tours range from "casual" to "grand," and any of them delight kids as well as adults. If you have the time, the "Evening Chores and Milking Tour" is educational and fun. The owners make more than two dozen kinds of goat cheese, from the plain, creamy "Udderly Delicious" to more exotic varieties that include tropical ingredients. All are available in the dairy store, along with gift baskets and even goat-milk soaps. www.surfinggoatdairy.com. COST: Free; tours $10--$25. OPEN: Mon.--Sat. 9--5, Sun. 9--2.
About a mile from Alii Kula Lavender are 8 acres of salad greens, herbs, vegetables, fruits, and berries—all of it headed directly to restaurants in Lahaina. Owned and operated by the restaurateurs, more than 300 pounds of fresh Oo Farm produce ends up on diners' plates every week. Tours include an informational walk around the gorgeous grounds and a pick-your-own lunch, supervised by a chef. Reservations are necessary. www.oofarm.com. COST: $50. OPEN: Mon.--Thurs. 10:30--2.
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