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Cancun, Mexico 811 miles. Maui, Hawaii 3,826 miles. Well, assuming there was a nonstop flight to Maui from Houston, which there is not, so tack on a some extra miles for connections.

For us in Houston, Hawaii is easily four times as far as some other fantastic beach destinations. It’s also pricier on cash or miles than many of those other spots. So, why bother? Why not just head to Mexico, Florida, the Caribbean, and save some time, money, and time-zone sanity? Just save Hawaii for the retirees, the honeymooners and the once-in-a-lifetimers.

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My daughter in Hawaii at 7 years old

The attraction of a short two or three hour flight to a great beach does sometimes win out and draw us to spots we love in Mexico and similar, but they are not replacements Hawaii anymore than Las Vegas is a substitute for Paris.

Hawaii is far and it can certainly wait a while until your kids are the a good age for that long of a trip, but Hawaii is special and oh so very much worth it.

It’s hard for me to explain using words why Hawaii is worth it, but I’ll try … and add some pictures to save us 1,000 words here and there.

Kauai is simply magical (Summer Hull / The Points guy)
Kauai is simply magical (Summer Hull / The Points guy)

There’s no one thing that makes it worth it, but factors include the culture, the points-friendly resorts, the natural beauty, the diversity of the terrain, the plethora of beaches from black to green and back again, the wind, the waves, the food, the weather, the color of the clouds at sunset and the way Hawaii just makes you feel.

I get that those words may sound like 1 of 100 places if you haven’t been.

Here’s something else about Hawaii that fascinates me: the air. At certain times of day, especially at sunset, I simply can’t feel the air, so I forget it is there. I know that doesn’t make sense, but the temperature is so perfect that it feels like you are in an alternate universe. It’s like floating, even though your feet are on the ground.

The logistics of getting to Hawaii with a young family do admittedly overwhelm me at times — well, at least until I learned the trick to traveling to Hawaii with young kids. Despite the distance and effort, every time I get to Hawaii all I can do is think about how to return again. It is always worth it. It is always special, and I want to try to use some of the video clips we got on this and previous Hawaiian trips to try and capture what a family vacation in Hawaii is truly like. I don’t know if video will work any better than words to show why Hawaii is worth it to us, but if you have two minutes to spare, I’d love to try.

If video isn’t your thing, here are some photos of some of my favorite moments from our recent trip to Maui that hopefully capture some of reasons why we love Hawaii. As you might be able to tell from the smiles, in Hawaii we are happy from the inside out, and are able to find a perfect balance of at peace, but also a spirit for adventure. Stay tuned for more details about the resorts, food, and activities we experienced on this visit to Maui.

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We haven’t even been away from Hawaii for a week and I’m already very much plotting when and how to get back. I’d love to hear why Hawaii is worth it for your family!

 

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