Every New Year starts with the promise of great new possibilities for you and your family, and 2013 is no exception. I found that there is no better way to ring out the old and bring in the new than a family vacation. And for those of us on the West Coast Hawaii is a very doable five-hour plane ride. This year, for those of us on the West Coast, Hawaii is the destination of choice. There are a host of unique festivities that both parents and children can enjoy.
The Sheraton Kona Resort on Big Island has 22 events and activities for you and your family to choose from. Early risers can join the resort’s Cultural Director on a Holoholo Keauhou hike to learn the rich history of Keauhou. Then you can all take a sail aboard a Hawaiian sailing canoe for a cruise along the Kona coastline. Later in the day there are lei-making classes and then you can complete your New Year’s family celebration with a luau dinner and show complete with music, food, dance and a fire knife dance.
If you and your kids just can’t stay away from the cold in your bathing suit! The Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas in Maui has installed a fully loaded ice-skating rink on its south lawn. The outdoor rink is enhanced by holiday music, festive decor, Christmas lighting…and of course, Santa Claus. Skate rentals are available and include a skate change area complete with rubber mats and seating. Guests and non-guests alike are welcome.
My daughters and I are obsessed with dessert and the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani in Waikiki on Oahu is feeding our fancy. Chef Ralf Bauer and his staff worked over 800 hours to craft a 24-foot-wide, 14-foot-tall edible Gingerbread Village. It incorporates 50 pounds of white chocolate and 140 pounds of dark chocolate, 250 gallons of icing, along with a healthy dusting of powdered sugar.
Here’s to a Sweet New Year!
Guest Writer – Kerri Zane is an Emmy award winning television executive producer, healthy living expert, single mom advisor, speaker, and author of “It Takes All 5: A Single Mom’s Guide to Finding the REAL One,” published by Morgan James, (November 2012). She is the family travel expert for Peter Greenberg Online, a regular contributor to What’s Up For Kids as well as various mommy blogs. Kerri has an M.A. in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica and a B.A. from UCLA. She is a member of NATAS, the Directors Guild of America, an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Management Consultant.