A family stand up paddleboarding at Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel on Maui
A family stand up paddleboarding at OUTRIGGER Kā‘anapali Beach Hotel on Maui

10 reasons to visit Hawai‘i with your family

With ‘ohana (family) at the heart of Hawaiian culture, the island state makes the perfect place for a holiday with the kids.
Mickey Mouse and Goofy at Aulani A Disney Resort and Spa
Mickey Mouse and Goofy at Aulani A Disney Resort and Spa

1. Kids’ clubs

Keiki (children) are warmly welcomed across the Hawaiian Islands, with many hotels and resorts offering kids’ clubs for children aged five to 12 with fantastic facilities and cultural and educational activities, including lei-making, hula and ‘ukulele lessons.

2. Free activities

From fireworks displays over Waikīkī to gorgeous beaches and parks, there are plenty of free and low-cost attractions and activities to keep the whole family entertained without breaking the budget. Many hotels and resorts also include water sports such as stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking and surfing.

3. Festivals and events

No matter what month you visit, you are bound to find a festival or event that the kids will love. Consider timing your trip around the Honolulu Festival in March, the Lei Day Celebration in May or the Waikīkī Holiday Parade (which honours Pearl Harbor soldiers and survivors) in November.

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A family admiring the sunset from a fishpond on Moloka‘i. Image: Heather Goodman, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority
A family admiring the sunset from a fishpond on Moloka‘i. Image: Heather Goodman, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority

4. Attractions

Child-friendly attractions abound across the state. They include Pearl Harbor, Paradise Cove, Dole Plantation and the Polynesian Cultural Center on O‘ahu; Maui Ocean Center, Surfing Goat Dairy and Ali’i Kula Lavender on Maui and the Kaua‘i Plantation Railway at Kilohana Plantation.

5. Educational experiences

There are many ways to incorporate meaningful layers into your holiday. Learn about history at Pearl Harbor, geology in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and marine life at an aquarium.

6. Culture

Make sure you include a lū‘au – a traditional Hawaiian party and feast featuring music and traditional performances – and another cultural activity in your itinerary.

7. Beautiful weather

Comfortable year-round temperatures ranging from 25°C to 29°C make the Hawaiian Islands a wonderful place to visit.

A girl eating shave ice. Image: Heather Goodman, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority
A girl eating shave ice. Image: Heather Goodman, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority

8. Nature and wildlife

The Hawaiian Islands offer incredible wildlife and nature-based experiences, including beachcombing, whale-watching and dolphin swim cruises, hiking, horse-riding and mountain biking.

9. Food

The Hawaiian Islands’ melting pot of cultures is reflected across its vast culinary landscape. As well as Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine, which has a focus on fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, you can expect to find Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Korean and Portuguese influences. Most hotels and restaurants also offer great value kids’ meals.

10. Adventure

Families looking for adventure can fly over an ancient volcano on a scenic helicopter flight, hike or mountain bike through canyons, go mountain tubing or zipline over a rainforest canopy.

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