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What Activities will the kids love in Hawai`i?


What Activities will the kids love in Hawai`i?

story by: House of Travel

What do you think of when you picture a Hawaiian family holiday? We think about sunshine, togetherness, quality time and epic memories. Add into the mix butter-soft golden sands, sapphire seas with waves that are as entertaining as roller coasters and a myriad of delicious beach-side restaurants to feed every appetite, and Hawai`i becomes a paradise for family holidays.

Here's your guide to keep your kids entertained on this sunny American island. 

1. Waikiki Beach and Aquarium

Waikiki is one of the main beaches on the hawai`ian island of Oahu, located along the southern shore of Honolulu. The name 'Waikiki' translates to 'spouting waters' in the melodic hawai`ian language, and you can see this flowing water even today at Waikiki Beach as waves rise and fall against the shores.

Once upon a time, this area was occupied by Hawaiian royalty. Today, this beachy neighbourhood is always alive with action. Surfers make their way over the cresting waves on colourful surfboards, life guards patrol the sands and there are plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars dotted along the road opposite the beach if you'd like a tasty treat or some ice cream. Spend your time building sand castles with the kids or running along the beach and enjoying the sand between your toes.

When you want to take a small break from the hot sun, simply stroll over to the nearby Waikiki Aquarium. It's a historic part of the area, founded back in 1904 and built right next to a living reef, adding to the natural bliss of Hawai`i. Delight your eyes by seeing more than 500 marine species here, especially the majestic Hawaiian green sea turtle. Ocean lovers will also be pleased to know this is the only place on the planet to see the rare peppermint angelfish on display. 

2. Kahalu'u Beach Park

On Big Island, this beach park offers superb snorkelling as it is set within a marine preserve protected by natural reefs along the outer bay. The waters are calm, so little ones can wade through them and ease into their snorkelling and swimming if they aren't fully confident in the waters just yet. Toddlers will adore the shallow splash pools, especially when they see a range of colourful fish darting in and out. Sea turtles are also known to visit these waters, making for a particularly special moment when they swim right up to you. 

3. Na 'Aina Kai Botanical Gardens

Spread over an impressive 97 hectares, this massive botanical garden is on Kauai's northern shore. Tropical and exotic flowers bloom here in nearly every colour under the sun. A highlight here is the Formal Garden which has features such as a hedge maze - sure to make for some adventurous experiences - and the Ka'ula Lagoon where kids are allowed to feed the schools of fish.

If you're after some more child-centric gardens, they have built a special area called the Under the Rainbow garden with a wading pool, jungle gym and trains. A standout sculpture of Jack and the beanstalk soars high at nearly five metres tall, one of the centrepieces of this garden. 

4. Pearl Harbor

Older children will appreciate seeing the historic warplanes, naval ships and other artefacts in the museums and exhibits here. It is an educational spot that helps explain the history of World War II, where audio-visual interactive displays make learning about this significant time and place in human history easier. You can go inside submarines and take a boat out to the USS Arizona Memorial, helping your teens develop a deeper understanding of war and life. It can be a sobering experience, but the beaches are never too far away for some reflection afterward. 

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