Family Activities in Hawaii
A Hawaiian vacation may sound more like a romantic getaway for two, but the truth is, this beautiful state makes for the ideal family vacation. With so many activities that the whole family will love, you’ll never be at a shortage for what to do. From snorkeling to aquariums to museums, you can bond with your children in Hawaii. Check out these family-friendly activities.
Hiking in Hawaii
The Iao Valley State Park in Maui is the ideal place for a family hike. It’s a cultural landmark marking where the ancient demigods were honored, taking a top spot in Hawaiian history. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and each car is $5. Covered in dense rain forest, the ??ao Needle (K?kaemoku) is a must see. This famous landmark is dotted with vegetation-covered lava that stretches up 2,250 feet from sea level with the “needle” being a sharp ridge. You’ll see the extinct volcano of the West Maui Mountains and take the ??ao Needle Lookout Trail and Ethnobotanical Loop for even better views.
Maui Ocean Center
If you want to learn all about Hawaiian marine life, check this place out. With its fun hands-on exploration and education, you’ll enjoy the largest tropical aquarium in the nation. It features displays on ocean ecology, whale life and the history of Hawaiian culture. The outdoor Hawaiian Sea Turtle sanctuary and Hammerhead Shark pool will surely capture the attention of your kids, along with the famous Hawaiian Tako and other curious sea creatures you’ve never laid eyes on.
When National Geographic highlights an attraction, you can bet it’s good! Take a family adventure on the Atlantis Submarine underwater tour in Maui. Plunging 100 feet beneath the water in a 48-passenger sub, you’ll explore the oceans of West Maui and islands of Moloka’i and Lana’i. This under-water paradise takes you by a 19th century vessel, a reef and spectacular marine life.
Polynesian Cultural Center
Located on Oahu, the PCC has several shows and kid-friendly activities such as Hawaiian hula lessons, Tongan shuffleboard, and Tahitian fishing. Children can also sport a temporary Marquesas cultural tattoo, while the parents can learn spear throwing, fire walking, coconut husking, tiki carving, and even fire knife dancing. Here, you will be immersed in the culture of the islands of Hawaii, Samoa, Aotearoa, Fiji, the Marquesas, Tong, and Tahiti.
Imiloa Astronomy Center
Peppered with hands-on exhibits and an impressive planetarium, there are many kid-friendly activities here. Get up close and personal learning about the majestic Mauna Kea, where scientists work within astronomical observatories. What kid doesn’t like the stars and the universe?
The Dole Plantation is the place to be if you love this tasty fruit. The family can take a ride on the Pineapple Express Train, check out the pineapple-shaped maze and get a cool DoleWhip that’s a relief when the weather’s warm. Bet you didn’t know there was so much to learn about pineapples!
Let Hoku Hawaii Tours help you plan excursions on your next family vacation to Hawaii.