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Things For Families To Do In Hawaii

By Claire Quaty

There are six islands that make up Hawaii; Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and Hawaii's Big Island. On each of these islands there are many activities and adventures for you and your family to experience.

Kauai -

Kauai is one of the best islands to visit if you are traveling to Hawaii with kids. On the island of Kauai, children are welcomed and celebrated because the tradition and culture of Kauai centers around ohana or family.

Some things that you and your family can do together on the island of Kauai are:

Crafts and cultural activities usually offered at the resorts of Kauai.


Beach games

Nature walks

Surfing lessons

Sand sculpture contests

Coconut frond weaving

Tide pool exploring


The island of Kauai also has two great museums for children. The Kauai Children's Discovery Museum in Kapaa which has many interactive exhibits that adults will enjoy too and the Starlight Planetarium which tells how the Polynesian voyagers used the stars, winds and ocean to navigate their canoes over the Pacific. This program takes place on Saturdays.

Oahu -

Oahu also has some great family adventures available.

Submarine rides that take you by sunken ships, airliners and reef structures.

Home to Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park

Sea Life Park where you can meet dolphins, sea turtles, stingrays, sharks and moray eels.

Honolulu Zoo

Waikiki Aquarium

4,000-acre Kualoa Ranch where you can explore by horse, ATV, helicopter, Jet Ski or kayak.

The resorts of Oahu also offer many family fun activities including lei making, kite making and lauhala weaving.

Molokai -

The island of Molokai has a unique landscape to offer families. Molokai is perfect for the family that loves to explore the open wilderness, explore tide pools and trek across untouched beaches. You can even rope cattle at the real island ranch that makes its home on Molokai.

Molokai is also perfect for budding astrologers as its cloudless nights allow you to see the constellations perfectly!

Lanai -

Lanai is the least crowded of all the islands which makes it attractive to families for safety. There are still a lot of things for families to do on the island of Lanai.

Explore the entire 141-square mile island on foot or by 4X4.

Watch the dolphins and humpback whales that play off-shore

Make a lei

Learn to hula dance.

Maui -

Although Maui is the most popular island for honeymooners there are many things for families to do as well.

Explore a bamboo forest and look for rare tropical


Volcano exploring

Glass-bottom boat rides

The Maui Ocean center has a 750,000 gallon open-ocean tank and walk-through glass tube

The resorts of Maui also offer many activities for their younger guests.

Hawaii's Big Island -

This is the largest of Hawaii's islands and it also has the largest family. Family embraces family and there are many interesting things for families to do together on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Explore the Kona coast which boasts desert like lava plains

Home to the rainiest city in America - Hilo

Explore the world's tallest mountain, Mauna Kea which is 13,796 ft. above sea level.

Visit the rainforest

See black lava rock

The big island also offers camping for those families that love the outdoors so much they want to sleep there too!

Whatever your family enjoys doing, you will be able to find it on one, or a few, of the Hawaiian Islands.

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