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Five pools plus a 128-foot water slide cast a spell on kids of all ages at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa.

By Susan Johnston

Traveling with teens or tweens poses special challenges, especially if you’re dealing with a picky eater or someone who’s easily bored by the usual tourist attractions. Fortunately, Hawaii is the perfect destination for family vacations, because it offers something for everyone:  museums for the art or history enthusiast, beaches for the sun worshiper or the adventure junkie, breathtaking sunsets and other views for the nature lover, delicious meals and unforgettable memories for all.

Depending on you and your family’s interests, you can plan an action-packed vacation with hiking and water sports, a leisurely getaway on the beach, or a combination of both. Consider these Hawaii hotels for your next beach vacation.

Grand Hyatt Kauai
This resort and spa is located on the lush, beautiful island of Kauai, offering an oasis of calm and relaxation. In addition to private lanais in each guestroom overlooking a gorgeous white-sand beach,the newly renovated Grand Hyatt Kauai offers teen-friendly activities including water volleyball, golf lessons, mountain biking, snorkeling  and kayaking.

Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel
Located on 32 oceanfront acres on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel tempts with unrivaled luxury and Hawaiian hospitality. Each of the hotel’s 350 spacious guest rooms features a private lanai with ocean views. The hotel keeps kids active with a program for ages 5-12 and adults occupied with recreational activities such as stargazing, water sports, tennis and golf.

Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa
Waikiki’s only true resort destination, the Hilton Hawaiian Village is sure to please even the pickiest traveler with more than 20 restaurants and lounges and 90 shops. Take a dip in the Paradise Pool, which includes 10,000 square feet of slides and swimming. Explore the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon, a 5-acre saltwater lagoon. Enjoy a poolside Polynesian revue and free beachfront fireworks show every Friday night. There’s also Camp Penguin, a day camp program for guests ages 5-12.

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa
Awe-inspiring waterfalls, meandering streams and other views await guests at this Four Diamond  resort and spa. Stay cool with the 87,000 square-foot aquatic playground with five pools, spa tubs complete with tropical waterfall gardens and a 128-foot water slide. Dine in style at one of the resort’s five restaurants and bars. Each guest room sports a private lanai.

Insider tip: Reserve a stay at these featured Hawaii hotels by March 31 to score free nights and more savings.

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Susan Johnston is a Boston-based writer who eagerly awaits her next trip to Hawaii. Favorite beachtime activities include reading magazines, boogey boarding and sipping tropical drinks.

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