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Family Activities in Hawaii

Ohana (family) is deeply important in Hawaiian culture, which makes our islands a welcoming destination for kids of all ages. From snorkeling and sandcastle building on sun-soaked beaches to exploring volcanoes and sacred cultural sites, the Hawaiian Islands are a natural playground you never outgrow. 

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. 

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Let your little ones experience cultural and historic sites, natural wonders and more on a kid-oriented tour.

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Classes & Lessons

With a range of fun and educational classes and lessons, your kids will bring home more than just a souvenir.

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Educational Travel

Students from all over the world come to learn in Hawaii.

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The Center of Waikiki
2284 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
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Located in the center of Waikiki, this retail building is reminiscent of the original Waikiki Theatre which was built in 1936 during the “Golden Age of Waikiki” and stood for 70 years. This building also houses the neon-lit “WAIKIKI” sign.

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Surfer, The Bar
57-091 Kamehameha Hwy
Kahuku, HI 96731
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First there was Surfer the magazine. Now there’s Surfer the bar – except it’s more than a bar, it’s a true original, located in the flashpoint of global surfing, Oahu’s legendary North Shore.

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Moose McGillycuddy's
310 Lewers Street
Honolulu, HI 96815
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Moose's is a popular hang-out for locals and visitors. Breakfast, lunch & dinner served daily. Live band, dancing 'til 3:30am & Hawaii's longest running Bikini Contest every Sunday. 1/2 priced drinks & appetizers served daily during Happy Hour.

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Swim
2424 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
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Enjoy cool beverages and light fare under sunny skies or just relax in the Jacuzzis or on the rocking chairs in the gentle tradewinds with fabulous views of Waikiki Beach. Enjoy nightly entertainment while sipping a Mai Tai.

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USS Arizona Memorial
1 Arizona Memorial Place
Honolulu, HI 96818
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The USS Arizona Memorial is the #1 visitor destination in Hawaii. Millions of people from all over the world come to this majestic setting to see for themselves where World War II began for the United States on Dec 7, 1941.Come discover our new $65 million Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.

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