The Best Family-Friendly Activities in Hawaii
Visit the Aquarium
Explore the Bishop Museum
The diverse exhibits at Hawaii’s premier museum range from the feathered cloaks of bygone Hawaiian kings to interactive NASA displays. Traveling exhibits to the Bishop Museum tend to be especially kid-friendly, such as stop-motion animation or giant insects.
Stroll Through the National Tropical Botanical Garden
Islands: Kauai, Maui
The National Tropical Botanical Garden’s four locations each have treasures worth investigating. On guided or self-led tours, explore the phenomenal collections of exotic and native plants, archeological sites, bountiful tropical orchards, and blockbuster movie sets.
Submerge with Atlantis Submarine
Islands: Oahu, Maui
Atlantis Submarine passengers dip below the surface of the sea without getting wet. On both O‘ahu and Maui, the submarines cruise past shipwrecks, sea turtles, and even humpback whales during winter.
Paddle an Outrigger Canoe
Islands: all islands
Few things build more camaraderie and confidence than paddling together in a Hawaiian outrigger canoe. Tours glide over jeweled reefs and often encounter magnificent marine life: sea turtles, dolphins, rays, and seals.
Spy on Napping Sea Turtles
See the Volcano at Jagger Observatory in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Nothing compares to witnessing the earth’s fiery core; it’s life changing. Stare into the Kilauea Caldera at Jagger Observatory and learn about the history of one of the world’s most active volcanoes.
Note: Due to increased and damaging earthquakes, corrosive volcanic ash, and continuing explosions from Halemaumau, the summit crater of Kilauea Volcano, most of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remains closed as of Summer 2018.
Hunt for Petroglyphs
Eat Shave Ice
Attend a Luau
Islands: all islands
Hawaii’s traditional feast has become a tourist trap, but there are still authentic, magical examples of indigenous hospitality. Guests at the Old Lahaina Luau sit on mats close to the stage where powerful dancers embody old legends under the stars. At Paradise Cove, diners help haul in the hukilau net.