Family Vacation

What could be better than a family vacation in Hawaii? You’ll find lots of ways to enjoy your time together here from taking a surfing lesson, to snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, visiting the Arizona Memorial, or just relaxing at the beach. Here are our favorite suggestions to ensure that everyone has the time of their lives!

Must Dos
  • Learn to dance hula at the Polynesian Cultural Center (Oahu)
  • Swim with dolphins at Sea Life Park (Oahu)
  • Taste Hawaii's most famous frozen treat at Waiola Shave Ice (Oahu)
  • Watch trainers feed the Hawaiian monk seals at Waikiki Aquarium (Oahu)
  • Wander the famous Dole Cannery Pineapple Garden Maze with a frosty Dole Whip (Oahu)
  • See Namaste, the white Bengal tiger at the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo, the United States' only tropical zoo (Big Island)
  • Take a wagon tour through the lush Waipio Valley (Big Island)
  • Visit the Mauna Kea Observatory (Big Island)
  • Channel the paniolos (Hawaiian cowboys) and ride horseback along the Kauai coastline
  • Watch manta rays and sharks swim above you in the tunnel at the Maui Ocean Center
  • "Flumin' Da Ditch" Flume the Kohala Ditch (Big Island)
  • Take a walk through Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park (Big Island)
Favorite Family-Friendly Beaches
  • Kailua/Lanikai Beach (Oahu)
  • H.A. Baldwin Beach Park (Maui)
  • Poipu Beach Park (Kauai)
  • Turtle Bay Resort Beach (Oahu)
  • Magic Island (Oahu)
  • Baby Beach (Maui)
  • Onekahakaha Beach Park (Big Island)
  • Ko Olina Resort Beach (Oahu)
Favorite Snorkeling Spots
  • Hanauma Bay (Oahu)
  • Shark's Cove (Oahu)
  • Molokini (Maui)
  • Ulua Beach Mark (Maui)
  • Lydegate Beach Park (Kauai)
  • Spencer Beach Park (Big Island)
  • Kahaluu Beach Park (Big Island)
  • Fleming Beach (Maui)
Fun Family Restaurants
  • Oceanarium Restaurant in the Pacific Beach Hotel in Waikiki (Oahu)
  • House Without a Key at the Halekulani Hotel (Oahu)
  • Hula Grill (Oahu and Maui)
  • Kupunaha Magic Show Dinner Theater (Maui)
  • Duke's Canoe Club (all islands)
  • Brennecke's Beach Broiler (Kauai)
  • Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Luau (Big Island)
  • Orchid Marketplace (Big Island)