Hawaii’s best family-friendly resorts
A vacation is a periodic necessity when you have children, and what better place for adults and children alike to “kick back” than the islands of Hawaii. Families can take advantage the resort prices that right now are near, or at, all-time lows.
Hawaiian resorts are noted for their numerous children’s activities that allow parents some well-deserved rest while knowing their little ones are well supervised. Here are some of Hawaii.com’s favorite resorts that cater to children and to their parents. All of these vacations can be booked directly on Hawaii.com. Be sure to check rates carefully. Prices are constantly changing and new specials are offered every day.
1. Turtle Bay Resort, Oahu
This resort on the North Shore boasts some of the best surfing in all of Hawaii, as well as the
island’s only on-site helipad. For teens looking to “catch a wave,” group lessons begin at $75. (For
safety reasons, children under 13 require private lessons, starting at $95 for one hour.) For future
equestrians, The Stables at Turtle Bay offers a 20-minute pony walk for children under age 7. And
don’t let your kids miss out on the clear-bottom kayaks, allowing them to see the sea life in an
unforgettable way. There’s also a “buried treasure” hunt and 12 miles of hiking trails to
accommodate any age.
2. Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, Koloa, Kauai
There is something for every child at this resort. He or she can choose from a variety of
complimentary activities available in the lobby atrium each day including lei making, hula lessons
or ukulele lessons. Or there’s a meandering river pool, a thrilling 150-foot waterslide and an active
pool for basketball or volleyball. Children love the expansive saltwater lagoon where they can
swim, float or kayak together. Non-water options include an easy hike along a sea cliff with
spectacular views. You might even see endangered humpback whales, green sea turtles or monk
3. The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Honolulu, Oahu
The Kahala Hotel & Resort has a dedicated club (the “Keiki Club” – keiki is the Hawaiian word for
child) for children ages 5-12 to enjoy diverse activities and learn about Hawaiian culture. Among
the many activities offered are reef walking, snorkeling, bamboo pole fishing, lei making, hula
dancing, crabbing and cavorting with the dolphins.
4. Hilton Waikoloa Village, Kohala Coast, Big Island
Located in the expansive Waikoloa Beach Resort, there’s plenty to occupy children’s time and
interest at the Hilton Waikoloa. The “Dolphin Quest” will be a sure hit (parents are likely to enjoy it
as well) and the resort also offers classes in hula dancing and the making of flower, ti leaf or shelland-
5. Hyatt Regency Maui, Lahaina, Maui
Tots and teens alike will have a field day at the “Camp Hyatt Ka’anapali.” Children of all ages will
delight in creating photo memories with their own camp-issued cameras. (Their favorite picture
will be turned into a photo t-shirt.) They will also be able to play tennis, try “coconut bowling,” fish
on the banks of the Hyatt stream and explore Maui’s wildlife and volcanoes. By night, children will
learn about the Hawaiian night sky with the “Tour of the Stars” astronomy program.
6. Prince Hotels on Maui, Oahu and the Big Island
Each of the four Prince hotels offers a comprehensive children’s program. You can request a
private nanny for about $18 per hour or have your children participate in the Prince Keiki Club.
Half-day and full-day programs are available and many fun activities are included. Prince has
certified children counselors to make sure your offspring are well cared for and have fun.