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The Ultimate Family Vacation in Hawaii

Big Island Adventure, Cuisine, Sport and Relaxation

There is nothing more exotic than a tropical destination vacation. The Big Island of Hawaii is the absolute perfect match for an adventurous beach and lush oasis. There are a few key items to take into account when planning the perfect family vacation in Hawaii. Here is a Cuvée’s curated guide to the best family vacation on Hawaii’s Big Island.

Big Island Moniker

The island of Hawaii is the youngest and largest island in the Hawaiian chain and it is nearly twice as big as all of the other Hawaiian Islands combined (hence, its nickname, “Big Island”).

Warm Beach and Volcanic Snow

There are four different climate zones on the islands. It can be a tropical monsoon or a snow-day on the massive Maunakea volcanoes. Warm, ocean winds can give way to sunny, 80-degree, blue-sky days for weeks on end. There is great variety in climate.

Wild Landscape

There are stunning, lush valleys in the Hilo and Hamakua Coasts. Jet-black sand is eye-popping as it shimmers from Punaluu Beach. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a stunning example of how the island chains were formed. The Big Island is also known as the Island of Discovery.

Culture

Historic Holualoa Village in Kona has a rich farming past, dominated by coffee. Nowadays, the village has grown into a community of artists and galleries. On the first Friday of every month, the village comes together for a monthly block party after sunset.

In March and April of each year, the largest concentration of arts and culture on the island is the Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo. The festival culminates in a hula competition considered the pinnacle of the hula world. The artisan fairs held in conjunction with the festival have grown to include the finest Made In Hawaii products, cultural arts, fashion and more.

Each November, the Island pays homage to its coffee roots and hosts an annual festival celebrating two centuries of coffee heritage in Kona. This features ten days of festivities honoring culture, pioneers, farmers, artisans, musicians, dancers and coffee.

Different Regions

The different island districts include South Kohala, North Kohala, Hamakua, North Hilo, South Hilo, Puna, Kau, South Kona, and North Kona.

Kona Region

Located on the western side of the island, is the sunnier side and more touristed. It has a volcanic landscape, home to famed coffee farms and views of the Pacific Ocean. There is the black sand coast of Punaluu Beach.

Hilo Region

Hilo Town is The Big Island’s largest city, located on a stunning bay, and second largest of all the Hawaiian Islands. The city holds the states’ record for wettest city annually with a whopping 70+ inches of rain a year. This equates to an extremely lush city with stunning parks such as Liliu’okalani Garden, numerous colorful orchid gardens and other cultural attractions including museums. Outdoor adventure includes Saddle Road, Rainbow Falls State Park and Wailuku River State Park, featuring the Boiling Pots area and Pe’epe’e Falls.

Climate

Plan for lots of sunshine and rain! All the Hawaiian Islands have a wet side and dry side. Summer months on the Big Island are May through October where temperatures range between 85–90 °F. The winter falls are usually November through April where temperatures will be five to ten degrees cooler.

The Best in Cuvée Hawaiian Adventure

Adventure and take in Hilo and the Hamakua coastline with a stop at a sacred waterfall. Set sail on a sunset catamaran excursion with fresh seafood dinner and cocktails to toast the stars. This is Hawaii with Cuvée. The Big Island of Hawaii has never been more alluring, exotic and therapeutic. Escape to paradise now.

ATV Tour to Waterfalls

This is an active and stunning exploration into the lush part of the Big Island. Get down and dirty with trained guides that lead you along a course with stunning panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, breathtaking stops to view the Umauma River and Waterfall, and a journey through a Hawaiian guava grove. Replenish with a Cuvée-prepared lunch as you splash in the falls. All tours end at “The Pit,” a fun group ride around the mound before returning to base.

Beach Picnic

From Hualalai, venture by golf cart to white-sand Kukio Beach or on a 4×4 to reach the turquoise tidepools of Kiholo Bay, home to green sea turtles. A relaxed beach set up complete with chairs, umbrellas, and activities are yours to enjoy, while a chef-prepared lunch awaits. Create your own menu with specialty sushi rolls, fresh seafood, or gourmet sandwiches and salads. Nothing like kicking back with a gourmet lunch paired with impeccable island views.

Beach Hike

Wind along rugged beaches and through lush valleys for scenic views and a bit of adventure. The Pololū Valley is a magnificent wild valley along the northern edge of Kohala Mountain. Finish the hike with a trek down to the valley floor, to a black-sand beach surrounded by polished lava rocks.

Catamaran Cruise

Cruise around the tranquil sea, spotting whales, dolphins, and sea turtles along the way. Dip in for a snorkel, sunbathe, or open a bottle of rosé—the adventure is up to you! On board, enjoy a gourmet lunch prepared by Cuvée’s very own private chef featuring fresh sushi, poké bowls, and local fruits. Relax to the sights and sounds of the Pacific and we’ll take care of everything else – chilling the champagne, mixing fresh Mai Tais and shucking ice-cold local oysters.

Coffee Tour

Watch your own coffee roast while visiting this authentic Hawaiian farm and coffee nursery. Cuvée guests will have a private tour and learn how they grow and process coffee: from seedling… to cup. And tour the farm and do a sample tasting of the edible goodies throughout the property. Then, relax with the most perfectly personalized cup of coffee and a Cuvée chef-curated pastry extravaganza to soak up the roast.

Golf

Discover championship-level golfing right outside your door at the Hualalai Golf Course. Crafted amongst the island’s natural lava and lush oasis, it’s no wonder why the senior circuit calls this course the “best on tour.”

Hawaiian Lei Making

Immerse yourself in one of the oldest art forms of Hawaii. Create your own leis with our favorite Hawaii lei artisans, braided with fresh plumeria and pikake flowers and feel the authentic magic of Hawaii come to life. Fun and memorable, this Hawaiian art form is the perfect activity for the whole family.

Helicopter Ride

A helicopter adds extra thrill and scenic beauty to an already special Hawaiian getaway. Let Cuvée whisk you away in a helicopter to witness stunning island scenery from above.

Fly over the world’s most active volcano, Kīlauea, before you head north to the island’s rugged coastline, where jagged cliffs and lava fields give way to hundreds of breathtaking waterfalls.

Horseback Ride

Experience Hawaii’s natural beauty while horseback riding through the historic land of Kahua Ranch. Your paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) will lead you through the Kohala mountains by way of lush pastures and panoramic coastlines. Stop for a gourmet picnic lunch above the Pacific Ocean or stay for an authentic cultural dinner learning about the 8,500-acre cattle ranch.

Hula

Did you know our Cuvée Experience Curator, Hoku, was a former professional Hula dancer? Enjoy guaranteed laughs and photo ops as Hoku teaches you an authentic local Hula–with a bubbly Hibiscus-Bellini or kid-friendly mocktail in hand.

In-Villa Spa

Turn your Hawaiian oasis in a complete spa and geology experience. Cuvée’s concierge will bring in all the needed items for the massage with hot obsidian stones. Obsidian is an igneous rock formed by the rapid cooling of viscous lava from volcanoes. It’s inspirational and healing to incorporate authentic pieces of Hawaii’s geology into a traditional massage. After the massage indulge in a fruit-infused water bar and fresh fruit platter, colored with the island’s exotic produce.

In-Villa Sushi Class

Create your own sushi spread with fresh-caught seafood and local Hawaiian ingredients. In the beauty of your villa, Chef Kealoha will introduce you to the art of sushi making. Together, learn how to make sushi, sashimi and tataki – you’ll even get to name your rolls! Our personal favorite? The Mahi Mahi with crispy avocado (our mouths water just thinking of it).

Paddle Board

View marine life from a glass-paneled paddle board at sunrise. Paddle along Puako Beach with underwater lights illuminating the reef and sea life below you to catch a glimpse of sea turtles and colorful fish while the sun rises above the water.

Salt Farm Tour

Located on seven acres of oceanfront space on Kona Keahole Point, the farm hand harvests the Hawaiian salt from pristine deep ocean waters, 2,200 feet below the surface of the Kona Sea. You will learn about the salt harvesting process and the different kinds of salt variations. Taste some of our Kona Pure and flavored salts. Then pair the experience with an oceanfront exotic beach set up for family and friends. Enjoy sunset appetizers and photographer to capture special moments with cocktails to toast the evening.

Scuba Dive

With its rainbow colors of marine life and incredible geologic and historic dive sites, Hawaii’s underwater world is a sight to behold. The Big Island of Hawaii boasts exceptional visibility and an abundance of coral reefs and Cuvée will arrange for your dive sessions (and certification, if necessary) as well as a picnic lunch on our favorite nearby beach afterwards.

Shark Diving

Arrive at the marina at Honokohau Harbor where your group will be greeted by the Kona Shark Diving crew. The professional dive guides will give all guests a safety shark dive briefing, going over everything about the dive and how the process works. Then it’s time to fire up the boat and start the hunt into the vast blue Kona ocean for the sharks of the day. During the excursion, you will cruise along the calm blue waters looking for sharks on the surface and will stop at various offshore locations the local sharks are known to frequent.

Snorkel

Take an adventure beneath the calm and beautiful ocean waters to explore the rusted remains of once-great ships. This shallow shipwreck is now home to a treasure of sea life.

Spear Fishing

This is one of the most thrilling, traditional styles of fishing, that is still very much celebrated on the Big Island. Cuvée guests will be provided all the needed equipment, from mask, snorkel, fins, 3mm Camouflage full wetsuit, marseilles style weight belt, 90cm Aimrite speargun with active safety assist, it’s all there and properly sized and meticulously maintained. Once you’ve geared up, follow the professionals down to the dive site which are selected on a daily basis. The spearfishing expedition lasts about 2.5 hours and includes 4-5 dives.

Summit Stargazing

Spend the night with Mauna Kea Summit Adventures paired with elevated cuisine. This seven-hour, exhilarating adventure curated by Cuvée allows the novice to expert stargazer a spectacular drama of sunset and stars. Begin with a drive to the tourist center and a walk to the observatory to get an inclination of what will unfold that evening. Journey with the guides to the top of Mauna Kea in 4X4 vans, enjoy a sunset meal and the evening show as you stargaze at the heavens.

Ukulele Lessons

Learn one of the quintessential musical traditions of the Hawaiian Islands. This is a completely immersive experience that is truly for all the ages, and children will even be able to decorate their own keepsake ukulele. Cuvée staff will outfit your private residence with exciting décor to help set the mood of the gentle rhythms that will soon be echoing through the space.

A local ukulele will engage all ages and by the end of the session, learn how to play a short melody song. Fresh fruit and smoothie bar included.

UTV Tour

This private UTV tour with Cuvée-prepared lunch offers a rare glimpse of the Big Island. Travel along the rim of the northern-most of Kohala’s seven valleys: the Valley of the Long Spear, Pololū. Safely seated in your nimble 5-seat off-road “utility task vehicle” meander makai (towards the sea) through the lush pastures of a working cattle ranch before journeying mauka (towards the mountains) where cool mists, verdant forests, and rushing streams await.

Our Residences

Kahua Kohola Estate

A Wall Street Journal Home of the Week, the five-bedroom villa features an infinity pool and hot tub—both just steps from open lounge area seating—and an interior courtyard with koi pond, panoramic views and covered patio. Chef-style kitchen, outdoor shower gardens and expansive gathering space define the home’s posh and thoughtful layout.

Makai Estate

Completely relish in the elevated Big Island lifestyle in this spectacular and serene estate. Relax and rejuvenate in the eight-person saltwater spa and enjoy spectacular vistas of the Pacific Ocean, Kohala Coastline, and the Island of Maui from the wet deck of the serpentine saltwater infinity pool.

Hale Lani

This Big Island retreat has every nuance of tropical paradise built into the serene sanctuary with lush gardens, an infinity pool, and access to the Four Seasons, Hualalai.

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Big Island, Hawaii

ATV Tour to Waterfalls

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Big Island, Hawaii

UTV Tour

This private UTV tour with Cuvée-prepared lunch offers a rare glimpse of the Big Island.

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Big Island, Hawaii

In-Villa Spa

In villa massage with obsidian stones, followed by a fruit infused water bar with fresh fruit.

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