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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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Ultimate Ranch Tour
Kauai
Kipu Ranch Adventures
235 Kipu Road
Lihue, HI 96766
Summary

Kipu Ranch Adventures, located on the lush island of Kauai, is proud to be one of the top eco-tours in Hawaii. We enable visitors and residents alike to discover the rich history, landscape and legends that make Kauai activities unique. Come out and join us for a tropical 4x4 off road adventure.

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Marveling at the majesty of Manoa Falls
Oahu
Nature and You
307 Lewers Street Suite 401
Honolulu, HI 96815
Summary

Join And You Creations on our Nature and You tour! Experienced guides will lead you through the Manoa Valley Rainforest to a breathtaking 150-foot waterfall. Our tour includes transportation from Waikiki and a delicious and healthy lunch. The trail is suitable for all ages and experience levels.

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Safety Equipment - Always prepared, KHT provides specialty hiking equipment as needed!
Kauai
Kauai Hiking Tours
5485 Koloa Rd.
Unit #1692
Koloa, HI 96756
Summary

Kauai Hiking Tours offers day hikes, backpacking trips and driving tours on Kauai Island. Our local guides are passionate about sharing their knowledge with aloha. We welcome adventurers of all ages & ability levels - several options of beginner, intermediate, and advanced tours are available.

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Hawaii Forest & Trail Oahu
Oahu
Hawaii Forest & Trail
Summary

Let Hawaii Forest & Trail show you an authentic Oahu, utilizing our unparalleled land access and interpretive guiding approach to provoke authentic place-based experiences that illuminate the island’s unique regions through in-depth interactions with our nature and culture. Our Hawaii Oahu tours offer a different perspective.

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Skyline Hawaii
Maui
Skyline Hawaii
12 Kiopaa St.
Makawao, HI 96768
Summary

From sunrise to sunset, Haleakala National Park, and the surrounding upcountry Maui area offer memories for a lifetime. Make the most of your trip to Haleakala National Park on a guided tour with Skyline Hawaii. Let us do the navigating while you enjoy the views and learn about the environment and cultural significance of Haleakala.

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Swim with Wild Spinner Dolphins in Hawaii
Oahu
Dolphins and You
307 Lewers Street
Suite 401
Honolulu, HI 96815
Summary

Dolphins and You is the longest-running, highest-rated dolphin swim tour on Oahu. Swim with dolphins in their natural habitat on Oahu's stunning west coast. Snorkel with diverse sea life and enjoy our water activities. Plus, hula and ukulele performances, and our signature taro bun cheeseburger!

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Sea Turtles sun bathe at Island and You stop
Oahu
Island And You
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Island and You is the tour of all things local! This circle-island tour lets you visit sacred historical sites, enjoy the island’s best authentic Hawaiian food, and shop for the perfect souvenir as you tour around Oahu. Make the most of your time in Hawaii. Take a day to taste, see and feel it all!

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