CHRIS RILEY is a traveling dad who can’t resist roughing it in the most beautiful places on earth.
I always thought going to Hawaii seemed like one of those trips that would leave me with nothing more than an empty pocket book and a sunburn. It took my wife years to convince me that taking our kids on this trip would be a life-changing experience we would never forget. As I like to tell my lovely lady all the time, and should have admitted all those years ago, Viv is always right. And this time was no exception.
We finally saved enough money to take our trip in April, and so we did. April was a great time to take the trip because it was a little off-season but the weather was still as grand as ever. All it meant was there were fewer tourists, which for Hawaii is still a large head count, and accommodations will usually run cheaper.
I’m an adventure guy, and usually our trips consist of us traveling locally for camping trips or even just pitching a tent in the backyard. Living in a metropolitan area, it’s important for me to show my kids the wondrous gifts that nature has to offer us, and the value of that human-nature relationship. There is more knowledge in nature than any kid will learn at a museum or in a book. Hawaii was more than I could ask for.
We stumbled upon the Hawaii Volcano House, which was just the right amount of luxury and rustic for our family trip. Smack dab on Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park are these newly renovated camper cabins with just the basics: a roof over your head and a bed to sleep in (the cabins sleep 4). The campground is vast and you can go for comfort in these cabins or just bring your gear and camp anywhere on the site.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Volcanoes National Park is home to Hawaii’s most famous and most active volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa. The grounds are teeming with Hawaii’s unique ecosystems and are ripe with learning experiences for the whole family. It’s really like nothing I’ve ever seen or felt before.
Since the weather is so nice you can pack light and have enough room for all the camping gear you need. If you’ve got the adventure bug in you like I do, this is the perfect trip to go on. Hawaii as a destination can most certainly accommodate all desires from luxury to rustic. For us, going off the beaten path was just the kind of escape we needed from civilization.