Things to Do in Hawaii With Kids

Things to Do in Hawaii With Kids
Hawaii is an outdoor mecca for kids and their parents. The beach is the main attraction, offering families hours of fun simply bodysurfing and building sand castles. But there are other activities that appeal to kids and expand their horizons. Children will never forget learning how to surf or flying over the islands in a helicopter.


On Maui, rent kayaks or join guided tours led by South Pacific Kayaks. You'll pass by pristine beaches and enter quiet reefs teaming with sea animals. Youngsters will love seeing the sea turtles, dolphins and whales in season. You can also go hiking with South Pacific Kayaks, or arrange a custom outing.

South Pacific Kayaks
95 Halekuai St.
Kihei, HI 96753
(800) 776-2326


Go to Outfitters Kauai for a dose of adventure. Children go wild for the exciting options such as a zip line safari or a downhill bike ride in Waimea Canyon. The company also offers kayak rides along rivers or the coast---if you choose the coast, you can also snorkel, bodysurf, and view dolphins and other sea life.

Outfitters Kauai
2827A Poipu Road
Poipu Beach, Kauai, HI 96756
(888) 742-9887

Big Island

Get surf lessons for you and your children at Kona Surf School on the Big Island. Private, semiprivate and group lessons are available for all ages and skill levels. You'll learn the basics of surfing safety, and etiquette and then you'll take to the water to learn how to ride waves.

Kona Surf
78-6685 Ali'i Drive
Kailua-Kona, HI 96739
(808) 217-5329


Bring the kids to Oahu's Sea Life Park to let them swim with the dolphins, come up close to sea lions and snorkel with stingrays. The park's other popular attractions include an aquarium, seabird sanctuary, kids' play area, shows and talks by trainers.

Sea Life Park
41-202 Kalanianaole Highway 7
Waimanalo, HI 96795
(808) 259-2500

Over the Islands

Take a helicopter ride for a beautiful view of Maui, Kauai, Oahu or the Big Island. Blue Hawaiian Helicopters offers several options, such as a 30-minute tour over the West Maui Mountains and an hour-long trip over Kauai.

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters
Administration: 105 Kahului Heliport
Kahului, HI 96732
(800) 745-2583

Article Written By Barbara Dunlap

Barbara Dunlap is a freelance writer in Oregon. She was a garden editor at "The San Francisco Chronicle" and she currently specializes in travel and active lifestyle topics like golf and fitness. She received a master's degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has been a Knight Foundation Fellow.

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