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Family Activities in Hawaii

From snorkeling and sandcastle building on sun-soaked beaches to exploring aquariums and fishponds, there’s seemingly endless ways to connect with the family in the Hawaiian Islands.

Here's a look at some of the sights and activities that await you and your family on each island:

Kauai
Learn about Kauai’s fascinating natural environment at the Kokee Natural History Museum in Kokee State Park. Let the little ones snorkel in the shallow tide pools at Poipu Beach on the South Shore. Catch the hula show at the Smith Family Garden Luau, or head to Lydgate State Park to climb on the wooden play structure. Don’t forget a ride on the Kauai Plantation Railway in the Kilohana Estate, an excursion bound to bring a smile to your child’s face. 

Oahu
Explore the inside of a real submarine at Pearl Harbor and pet a dolphin at Sea Life Park. Ogle the fish at the Waikiki Aquarium or get a bird’s-eye view of a giraffe at the Honolulu Zoo. Explore Hawaiian artifacts in the Bishop Museum or get lost together in the 1.7-mile garden maze at the Dole Plantation. Play authentic Hawaiian games and experience a luau feast at Polynesian Cultural Center.

Maui
Walk through a tunnel surrounded by a 750,000-gallon water tank as manta rays and sharks swim overhead at Maui Ocean Center. Turn your 7-to-12-year-olds into Junior Rangers at the Haleakala Visitor Center, or get them involved in hands-on exhibits at the Hawaii Nature Center in Wailuku. If you’re staying in a hotel or resort, take advantage of keiki (children's) programs that includes everything from lei making to hula lessons.

Molokai
Spend the afternoon at Big Wind Kite Factory in Maunaloa, where little ones can be their own flight captains and pilot their ships on the trade winds. Soak up the sun on Papohaku Beach, one of Hawaii’s largest white-sand beaches; tour a macademia nut farm or send a real coconut from Central Molokai’s Hoolehua Post Office.

Island of Hawaii
Pose for a lovely family photo set against the Japanese bridges in Liliuokalani Gardens. See them discover ancient petroglyphs carved into the rocks at sites along the Kohala Coast, or take a closer look at the underwater world with a snorkeling trip on the Kona Coast. Let them explore the planetarium and interactive exhibits at the Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii and lava fields at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park together. 

Lanai
Spend the days lazily exploring the island’s rustic backroads and serene beaches. Have a picnic in Dole Park in the middle of Lanai City. Go for a horseback ride to get a unique perspective of Lanai’s vast terrain. Build a sandcastle and explore the tide pools of Hulopoe Bay. Or simply splash in the pool and take part in the many activities at Lanai’s fine resorts.

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HIJourney1
Oahu
Hawaiian Journey
55-370 Kamehameha Hwy
Laie, HI 96762
Summary

Experience Hawaii like never before. See. Hear. Touch. Smell...Hawaiian Journey, our new immersive cinematic experience. It's an epic tale, passed down from ancestors, about the Hawaiian peoples' connection to the land.

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Maui Ocean Center
Maui
Maui Ocean Center
192 Ma'alaea Rd
Hwy 30, Ma'alaea Harbor
Wailuku, HI 96793
Summary

Come face-to-face with sharks, stingrays, turtles, and thousands of vibrant tropical fish at Maui Ocean Center, The Aquarium of Hawaii! Discover one of the world’s largest collection of live Pacific corals and encounter Hawaii’s marine life, many of which are found nowhere else in the world!

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Dolphin Encounter
Oahu
Sea Life Park Hawaii
41-202 Kalanianaole Hwy
Waimanalo, HI 96795
Summary

With a focus on conservation and education, this East Oahu attraction is a great place to meet dolphins, sea lions, green sea turtles, rays, native fish and more. It's small enough to enjoy on foot, yet diverse enough to be a full-day attraction, and is also home to the top rated luau on Oahu.

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Hawaii's Complete Pineapple Experience
Oahu
Dole Plantation
64-1550 Kamehameha Hwy
Wahiawa, HI 96786
Summary

Get lost in the 2008 world's largest maze (as featured in the Guinness Book of World Records). Take a ride on the Pineapple Express train and stroll through the Plantation Garden Tour and learn about the history of pineapple and agriculture in Hawaii.

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Sunset Lanai
Oahu
Dave and Buster's
1030 Auahi Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
Summary

"EAT DRINK PLAY!" The ultimate place for big "kids" to play! Enjoy quality food in big portions in an upscale, modern atmosphere with the latest interactive electronic amusements at The Million Dollar Midway, and panoramic ocean views from the Sunset Lanai.

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