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Hawaii is literally swimming with water-based activities. Kids can pet a sea lion at Sea Life Park, learn to surf from a pro on Waikiki Beach, and see massive humpback whales splashing around during a whale-watching tour on Maui, Molokai or Lanai. Snorkeling is a kid-approved activity all year long; popular spots include the shallow, protected tide pools of Poipu Beach on Kauai and the island of Hawaii’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 Hawaii’s fascinating culture – and each other. Learn to dance the hula at the Smith Family Garden Luau, Polynesian Cultural Center and many other authentic luau on every island. Kids can watch planetarium shows and participate in lava demonstrations at the Bishop Museum, or learn how Hawaii’s early explorers navigated to our shores by the stars at the Imiloa 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 Iao 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 Oahu, with daily activities and pool parties with appearances by Mickey and his friends. On the island of Hawaii, 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 Oahu, Grand Wailea and Kaanapali Beach Hotel on Maui and Hilton Garden Inn Kauai. 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 Hawaii. 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 Poipu Beach Park, explore larger-than-life wonders at Waimea Canyon or learn to dance the hula at one of Kauai’s many luau. And don’t forget a ride on the Kauai Plantation Railway at Kilohana Estate.More
From underwater to outer space, the island of Hawaii is a family favorite. Snorkel the crystal-clear Kona coast, stargaze at the Imiloa Astronomy Center and see bubbling lava at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Say cheese: Liliuokalani Gardens makes a scenic backdrop for a family photo.More
On action-packed Oahu, explore a submarine at Pearl Harbor and navigate a massive garden maze at the Dole Plantation. Have wild encounters at Sea Life Park, Waikiki 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 Hawaii Nature Center in Wailuku, or become a Junior Ranger at the Haleakala Visitor Center.More
With lots of unspoiled beaches and rustic back roads ripe for exploring, Lanai is a perfect playground for families. Take a horseback ride, explore the tide pools of Hulopoe Bay and enjoy a family picnic at Dole Park. Or, simply splash in the pool at Lanai’s fine resorts.More
Experience the challenge at Maui's only aerial adventure park. With over 50 different high and low climbing elements and two freefall activities, families can choose their own paths and level of excitement.
Enjoy the best Kauai water adventures and most exclusive parts of Kauai. Kayak to remote areas of Wailua and Hule'ia Rivers. Hike jungle trails through valleys to secluded pools and waterfalls on private Kipu Ranch or the magnificent Wailua River State Park.
Waikiki Beach Services was established in 1955 and is the longest running surf school in Waikiki.
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.
Located steps away from Kā`anapali Beach Hotel's sunny shore, the new water activity center will bring Hawaiian culture to popular ocean activities such as surfing, stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling, conch shell blowing and more!
Take a Fun Filled Wagon Ride through one of Oahu's most Beautiful Farms and learn about the history, people and crops of this special place! Visit our Farm Café for Fine Country Gifts, Fresh Island Fruit and Tasty Treats from our Fields!
"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.
Visit Hawaii's ONLY remaining Rice Mill (on the National Register of Historic Places), where the past meets the present. Learn about Hawaii's agriculture and cultural history, view endangered native water birds, and explore the cultivation and uses of taro, a traditional Polynesian food source.
Anaina Hou Community Park offers a unique Mini Golf surrounded by a Hawaiian Botanical Garden, access to the Wai Koa Loop Trail, the Ahi Lele Fire Show, weekly Farmers' Markets, large playground, and more. AnainaHou.org.
Kilauea Point Natural History Association (KPNHA) is the 501(c)(3) non-profit friends group which supports the conservation, education, and preservation work of the Kauai National Wildlife Refuge Complex - including Kilauea Point NWR, Hanalei NWR and Huleia NWR.