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Hawaiʻi is literally swimming with water-based activities. Kids can pet a sea lion at Sea Life Park, learn to surf from a pro on Waikīkī Beach, and see massive humpback whales splashing around during a whale-watching tour on Maui, Molokaʻi or Lānaʻi. Snorkeling is a kid-approved activity all year long; popular spots include the shallow, protected tide pools of Poʻipū Beach on Kauaʻi and the island of Hawaiʻi’s Kona coast, where you can even swim with dolphins and manta rays.
Beyond the beach, our amazing museums and natural attractions will bring you closer to Hawaiʻi’s fascinating culture – and each other. Learn to dance the hula at the Smith Family Garden Lūʻau, Polynesian Cultural Center and many other authentic lūʻau on every island. Kids can watch planetarium shows and participate in lava demonstrations at the Bishop Museum, or learn how Hawaiʻi’s early explorers navigated to our shores by the stars at the ʻImiloa Astronomy Center. Or, let the little ones burn off some energy at our national and state parks, lush gardens and green spaces – from hikes through the clouds at ʻĪao Valley State Park to zipline adventures at Kualoa Ranch, a filming location of Jurassic Park.
If you’re staying at a hotel or resort, take advantage of keiki (children's) programs that range from lei-making to scuba lessons. Aulani Resort brings Disney magic to Oʻahu, with daily activities and pool parties with appearances by Mickey and his friends. On the island of Hawaiʻi, Hilton Waikoloa Village boasts a lazy river and sprawling saltwater lagoon that’s home to several dolphins; kids can even shadow a dolphin trainer during their stay! More great family-friendly Hawaiian hotels include Turtle Bay on Oʻahu, Grand Wailea and Kāʻanapali Beach Hotel on Maui and Hilton Garden Inn Kauaʻi. Best of all, many resorts offer day camps for kids that give parents some much-needed solo time.
Check our calendar to see what fun events and festivals are happening during your visit. You don’t have to be a kid to love the Big Island Chocolate Festival, and daily farmers markets throughout the islands offer more exotic fruits and sweet treats than a candy store. Bust a move to hula grooves during the Slack Key Guitar Festival or ‘Ukulele Festival Hawaiʻi. And if you’re visiting during the holidays, lighting festivals, canoeing santas and brightly colored boat parades are just a few of the ways we celebrate.
Family Fun by Island
Play in the tide pools at Poʻipū Beach Park, explore larger-than-life wonders at Waimea Canyon or learn to dance the hula at one of Kauaʻi’s many lūʻau. And don’t forget a ride on the Kauaʻi Plantation Railway at Kilohana Estate.More
From underwater to outer space, the island of Hawaiʻi is a family favorite. Snorkel the crystal-clear Kona coast, stargaze at the ʻImiloa Astronomy Center and see bubbling lava at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Say cheese: Liliʻuokalani Gardens makes a scenic backdrop for a family photo.More
On action-packed Oʻahu, explore a submarine at Pearl Harbor and navigate a massive garden maze at the Dole Plantation. Have wild encounters at Sea Life Park, Waikīkī Aquarium or Honolulu Zoo, and play authentic Hawaiian games at the Polynesian Cultural Center.More
Walk through a tunnel surrounded by a 750,000-gallon water tank as manta rays and sharks swim overhead at the Maui Ocean Center. Get hands-on at the Hawaiʻi Nature Center in Wailuku, or become a Junior Ranger at the Haleakalā Visitor Center.More
With lots of unspoiled beaches and rustic back roads ripe for exploring, Lānaʻi is a perfect playground for families. Take a horseback ride, explore the tide pools of Hulopoʻe Bay and enjoy a family picnic at Dole Park. Or, simply splash in the pool at Lānaʻi’s fine resorts.More
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