Is Hawaii worth the trip if you do not wish to surf, snorkel, hike, hula or engage in other physical activities? Yes!

My folks recently celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary and they decided to mark the occasion with their first Hawaii vacation. They chose Kauai because that’s where my husband Dan and I live. Close to the end of their trip I asked them for any advice they would offer senior travelers.

Due to the long flight and four hour time difference, they both highly recommended flying overnight and resting the first day. To help them de-stress, I scheduled an in-home lomi lomi massage for their first day here. They both found it reinvigorating, and mom exclaimed “I feel twenty years younger!”

Amazed at Kauai’s beauty, they suggested getting a nice hotel room that overlooks the ocean or landscaped grounds because “this place is like a fantasy.” Mom said to “make sure you smell the flowers, the flowers are delicious!”

Both suggested wearing comfortable shoes that come off easily. Mom wore crocks, which she was glad for because the traditional flip flops irritated the space between her toes. Dad wore a Teva type shoe and switched to flip flops because his Tevas were too difficult to get on and off. Dad battles skin cancer and had forgotten a hat at home, it was difficult finding a hat that would work because the ubiquitous baseball cap doesn’t provide enough coverage.

Coming from Colorado, they regretted bringing too many heavy clothes. They were glad for the plane ride, because it was extremely cold, but they were too bulky here.

Mom’s favorite Hawaiian foods were coconuts, papaya, dragon fruit, mountain apple, mahi mahi, kalua pork, teriyaki beef, and Korean chicken.

Dad was amazed by the enormous trees and size of the feral chicken population. Laughing he said “I’ve never seen so many chickens!” As an Air Force veteran, he treated us to a trip to Oahu for a touching visit to Pearl Harbor.

Mom says “If you have the energy, see as much as possible.” Their favorites were the Smith’s luau, Hanalei Bay, Hilo Hatties, and the Napali Coast sunset dinner cruise. They liked coming in October because “there are not a lot of people and the weather is nice.” They also found the people remarkable, “Everyone here is so polite and friendly.”


  1. I'd love to visit Kauai. Although if I took my mom (who is 72 by the way) I know that woman would run circles around me. She still scuba dives!!!

  2. How wonderful to hear how much they enjoyed Kauai! My grandmother (81 years old) visited this past December and we cruised on the Pride of America around all the major islands. She was amazed by the beauty, and also that there really are so many things to do that are enjoyable for all ages.

  3. I'd love for my 86 yr old mother to come, but the plane ride reallly is too far from the East Coast.  What she would enjoy most here would be the refreshing weather, the music, and maybe the food.  I know we could rent a wheelchair so she could shop. 

  4. Kauai is the best island and certainly beats the hell out of Oahu or the Big Island, where the best chances are to get mugged or murdered.       Used to love sneaking into the Hyatt in Poipu for coffee and danishes, while camping over at the dunes nearby and waking up to humpbacks breaching every morning (February/March).    The hike up Na Pali was fun, but by the end we wanted to start shooting at the helicopter (tours), and one of my best picture is of me flipping one off.    Whatever you do dont bother trying to score the "crip" (marijuana) because the Hawaiian iceheads will just take your money and disappear.    Hanalei is a cool hippie town on the "white" side of the island, and look for the free surfboard behind the beach-park while checking out Graham Nash's guitar in the window of his giant house to the left of the park.     Kama Aina..

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