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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.