However, with the advent of cheaper flights, new destinations have opened up.
One way to enjoy a home away from home holiday is to book a Hawaiian vacation rentals property.
Poipu vacations are another way to enjoy the islands and make a nice change from staying in hotels.
These houses or condos offer wonderful accommodation for up to twelve people.
They are fully out with some luxurious furniture and fully fitted kitchens.
But that does not mean that the family has to eat at home every day.
There are several restaurants along the beach that offer all the usual kinds of foods that children love.
There are burgers and fries, ice cream, and all those kinds of snacks that they just cannot live without.
For the grown ups there are fish restaurants with all kinds of exotic sea food.
For more formal events, there are several restaurants offering local fare and with a Hula show thrown in.
It just would not be a holiday without a little Hula! Once appetites are satiated, it will now be time to get up and work off some of the calories.
There are some great hikes along the beach and up the cliffs.
It is not for the faint hearted, but the views from the top are absolutely stunning.
For those unable to walk that far, there is a road that leads to the same kinds of spot, but there are many pot holes on the way.
One thing to remember about this island is that the soil is a reddish brown.
Unfortunately, this does tend to stain everything that it comes in contact with so it may be best to leave favorite shoes, towels or items of clothing back at the condo.
Because of the wonderful scenery, many people will overlook another superb aspect of visiting this island, and that is the sea.
Although most everyone has had a beach holiday in the past, it is doubtful if they have seen anything like the wonderful coral gardens and exotic fish that swim around this area.
Snorkeling is a good idea, but for something just a little different, try out the scuba diving.
This is a combination of scuba diving and snorkeling where the client is fitted with a mask and fed air through a tube from the boat floating above.
This surely is a quick way to get down to the ocean bed, but without the training required to scuba dive.
This is a great fun way to get the children used to the ocean.
Along with the superb weather, this style of holiday is a wonderful way to kick back and forget the 'real' world with all its traffic jams, gridlocks, time clocks and such.
Many who have been to this island recognize that there is more to life than rushing to work and really get into the island life style.