We needed a week on the beach. We also needed some activities. With 3 boys ranging in age from 8 to 19 (plus the 19 year old's girlfriend) it could have been challenging to find things we all wanted to do.
We took surfing lessons, rented a convertible to go around the island, went on an underwater submarine tour (so the littlest didn't have to learn to scuba) and hiked to the top of Diamond Head. We also spent a lot of time swimming, reading, resting and eating. Be sure to include the kids in the planning. Then, there more excited to do "their stuff."
Even though some don't consider Honolulu to be "real Hawaii," with such a wide range of ages and personalities to satisfy on this trip, it was a perfect place for us as a family to stay.
All in all, it was a really terrific beach getaway. We can't wait to go back again once the tan wears off.