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The Ananthanarayan, Garla, and Naga families, all related.

Home Base

New Jersey.

Just Back From

Hilton Hawaiian Village (hiltonhawaiianvillage.com; doubles from $479) in Honolulu, the resort with the biggest swimming pool on Waikiki Beach.


Eleven hours, direct from Newark to Honolulu on Continental. Unexpected bonus: seat-back TV’s!


“Every day we had a plan—parasailing and snorkeling, submarine rides, a visit to Pearl Harbor—we wanted to do it all,” explains mother of three, Padma Garla. “But we included two days of downtime.”

Parents Loved

The all-day trip to the Polynesian Cultural Center (Laie; 800/367-7060; polynesia.com): seven re-created villages, with lessons in lei making and coconut cracking.

Kids Loved

The helicopter ride over Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (nps.gov) on the Big Island. “We could smell the sulfur and feel the heat,” says Varun Garla, 15.

Daily Ritual

The beach! “The resort has its own uncrowded corner,” Padma reports. “First thing every morning, the kids would run out to the water.”

Previous Trip

Pittsburgh, to visit Sri Venkateswara, a Hindu temple.


An Alaskan cruise.


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