13 & Beyond
If the mere suggestion of going to the beach with Mom and Dad now elicits eye-rolling, exploring the rugged coastline at Nu‘u Landing may be the perfect solution. The vast, textured expanse of leeward Haleakalā can offer perspective on petty high-school dramas, and its very remoteness will help the whole family unplug from devices and connect in a more primal way: tuning in to the howling wind skipping across the ridge lines, lulling into the meditative pace of waves polishing boulders against one another, ruminating on found remains — bits of fish bones, feathers, and lobster shells — and weaving their story.
Protected by the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, this culturally conservation land is dotted with ancient Hawaiian archaeological sites, a thriving native wetland (bring binoculars and a birding book!), and is a favorite spot for local fishermen. For the adventurous, camping is permitted; there’s a pit toilet, but not much else. Twice a year, the land trust offers guided, interpretive tours. Visit hilt.org for more information.