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Kauai with Kids

Kauai Family Vacation

So many people assume Kauai is a honeymooners’ destination (and it is!) but it’s so much more than that. For families with young children, Kauai is a dream escape. With its mystique and spiritual energy (known as “mana” in Hawaiian), this fourth largest island in Hawaii gives young and old plenty of opportunities for wonder, delight, fun and learning. Here are a bunch of things to do with the kids while in Kauai.


Ideal for families, Poipu on the South Shore is a great place for hitting the beach because the water is always calm no matter the season. Tourism is a niche here, but it’s not overwhelmingly so like in other areas. Don’t miss Baby Beach with a gentle slope of sand that glides smoothly into the water. Got toddlers and preschoolers? They will have endless hours of fun here.

Kapaa Beach Park

Although not as stunning of some of Kauai’s other beaches, this one on the east shore is a local hangout with sandy and grassy areas to lay out your blanket. If you’re into snorkeling, go towards the north end of the beach. If you’re into kite surfing, your little ones can watch you as you join the myriad kite surfers found here on a breezy day.

Anahola Beach

Also on the East side is Anahola Beach, a family-friendly destination tucked away from the main road. Ideal for swimming, relaxing, fishing, and strolling, this white sand fringed bay will be a favorite with your kids. It’s just a short walk from the parking lot to the sand so even with all your beach gear and toys it shouldn’t be too much of a hassle. You’ll enjoy the views of the Kalalea mountains as the backdrop. A lifeguard is on duty and there are shady areas to seek shelter when your little one has had enough of the sun.

Limahuli Garden and Preserve

Older kids will appreciate the pretty blossoms of Limahuli Garden and Preserve, ranked as the best natural botanical garden in the U.S by the American Horticultural Society in 1997. It stretches more than 1,000 acres throughout a lush tropical valley home to three distinct ecological zones on Kauai’s north shore. Located in Ha’ena, the Makana Mountain range towers in the background, plus you get unbeatable views of the mighty Pacific Ocean.

Mountain Tubing

For adventurous kids and those who love to relax, mountain tubing can provide hours of fun. The historic waterways of Kauai offer a fun way to explore the island along the Hanamaulu ditch system, originally built to provide much-needed irrigation from the waterfalls and streams of Mt. Waialeale. Your kids will love this unique way to spend a hot day.

Know what kids love? They love visiting Oahu too! Older kids and teens will enjoy the history behind Pearl Harbor while little kids will enjoy the Dole Plantation and visiting all the waterfalls. Book a tour with Hoku Hawaii Tours now to extend your stay in Hawaii.