4 Things to do in Waikiki with Kids
Waikiki Beach in Honolulu on the south shore of Oahu is often known for its frenetic activity, both on the beaches and in the clubs. However, there is so much here to do with your children! Once you get your fill of swimming and sunning on Waikiki Beach, head inland for even more fun with the kiddos. Here are four places to check out while here.
1. Waikiki Aquarium
For a fun-filled day of sea creature education, visit the Waikiki Aquarium on Kalakaua Avenue, on the shoreline in Kapi‘olani Park. Open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., all you’ll pay is $5 for kids under 13 and $12 for adults. Kids under three get in free. That’s extremely affordable compared with state-side large-city aquariums. It just so happens to be the second-oldest public aquarium in the country, opening more than a century ago in 1904.
Come see fun exhibits like Amazing Adaptations, Ocean Drifters, Hunters on the Reef and Hawaiian Monk Seal Habitats. The kids will get a kick out of the live web cam of H?‘ailona, a Hawaiian monk seal from the Island of Kaua‘i who was abandoned by its mom three years ago. If you go on a Thursday, you can take a behind the scenes tour at 3 p.m. to see how the marine animals are fed. Educating your kids on Hawaiian marine life has never been more fun.
2. Lucoral Museum
This privately-owned museum showcases corals, pearls, gemstones and fossils from Hawaii and all over the globe. Established in 1992, the Lucoral Museum has fun yet educational exhibits, such as a real dinosaur egg fossil, a display on the history of Hawaii’s pearls, a display on some stunning coral trees, and some jade sculptures, as well as cases and cases of geodes, crystals, and even a lava bomb. Open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., you can book a tour or “Pearl Party” or just come in to visit.
Waikiki Beach is the ideal place to teach your kids how to snorkel, as it features calmer, safer waters than other snorkel spots throughout Oahu. You also get easy access to the beach and there are plenty of snorkel gear rental shops along the shore. Thanks to the gentle conditions of the surf, even the most apprehensive beginner can have fun and feel relaxed. The marine life you’ll encounter isn’t as diverse as other more remote spots because of all the crowds and sandy bottoms, but your kids should be able to see the basics: urchins, needlenose fish, and triggerfish.
For the reasons noted above, the surf isn’t as treacherous as the waves on the North Shore, so Waikiki Beach makes an ideal location for learning how to surf. There are many surfing schools and experienced instructors along the shore, with a typical lesson taking between one and two hours. First-timers are best off using a longboard; another alternative to surfing is stand-up paddle boarding, which features wider, longer boards which are easier to balance and maneuver.
While you’re here in Oahu, look us up for a fun excursion to see the whole island. Our Circle Island Tours will take you around all the main points, from waterfalls to lookouts. The kids will love our funny, knowledgeable guides.