family friendly activities
The Honolulu Zoo
Open daily from 9am – 4:30pm and on Saturdays from 5:30pm – 7:30pm twilight zoo tours are available. The Honolulu Zoo has opened a new Petting Zoo. For more information, please visit their website: www.honoluluzoo.org
This Renaissance-style mansion built in1822, is the only royal palace in the United States. It was once the official residence of Hawaii’s last monarchs, King Kalakaua, Queen Liliiuokalani and Princess Kaiulani. The Palace today is a monument to the Hawaiian monarchy’s grandeur. Please visit their website for reservations and pricing. www.IolaniPalace.org.
Pearl Harbor, the Arizona Memorial, the U.S.S Missouri, the Bowfin & the Aviation Museum
Pearl Harbor hosts 5 historical landmarks that honor where World War II began and ended. Each year more than 1.5 million people visit the Pearl Harbor Navy Base, located about 35 minutes west of Waikiki, and pay tribute to the many servicemen that lost their lives there. We recommend that guests make it a priority to visit Pearl Harbor & the Arizona Memorial early in the morning due to the popularity and draw which the center encounters on a daily basis. Please visit their website for more information: www.PearlHarborMemorial.com
The Bishop Museum
The Bishop Museum was built in 1889 by Charles Bishop as a tribute to his wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, who was a member of Hawaii’s royal family. The museum features the largest Asia/Pacific natural history collection in the world, along with displays of ancient Hawaiian crafts and exquisite royal artifacts. Please visit their website for more information: www.bishopmuseum.org
The Waikiki Aquarium
Award-winning exhibits are home to more than 2,500 marine creatures that live in Hawaii and the tropical Pacific. Come face to face with jelly fish, sea dragons, Hawaiian monk seals, living corals, reef sharks and an array of colorful native fishes. For more information, please visit their website: www.waquarium.org
Diamond Head State Monument
The iconic silhouette of Diamond Head State Monument sits along the Honolulu skyline just beyond Waikiki. This 760-foot tuff crater is one of Hawaii's most famous landmarks. This moderately challenging trail includes two sets of stairs, totaling 175 steps, as well as dark, underground tunnels and old military bunkers that require a flashlight. The stunning views that greet you at the top of Diamond Head are well worth the effort.
The Polynesian Cultural Center
They are open for half or full day programs. They have representations of 7 different Polynesian Cultures which makeup Polynesia in general. You may visit their web-site for further information at www.polynesia.com
Take in the rich cultural heritage of the pacific islands. Enjoy the spectacular Polynesian show delivered to you at the ocean's edge, under the stars and palm trees. Be touched by the magic of ancient Hawaii and feel the spirit of Aloha while experiencing a Backyard-style Hawaiian Luau. Please visit their website: www.germainesluau.com
Paradise Cove Luau
With the most spectacular Hawaiian sunset as a backdrop, their award-winning performers will entertain and amaze you with an unforgettable display of songs and dances of Hawaii and Polynesian culture and mouth-watering food. Please visit their website for more information: www.paradisecove.com
Aha’aina at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel
You will have a plated course dinner served to you, beachside under the stars. Talented performers tell the story of Waikiki and its beginnings through song and dance. Please visit http://royal-hawaiianluau.com/ for times and pricing.
SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS
Dolphin Quest Hawaii
Located at The Kahala Hotel & Resort. For further information you can visit their website at www.dolphinquest.org
Sea Life Park Hawaii
Located on the South Shore of Oahu, where the heart meets the sea. Be inspired by amazing marine animals during a show or by observing them in their habitats. If you're looking for a more unique experience, you can swim with Dolphins, Sharks, Sea Lions, or Hawaiian Rays. For further information you can visit their web-site at www.sealifeparkhawaii.com orwww.dolphindiscovery.com
The North Shore
Oahu Stretching for more than 7 miles, the beaches of the North Shore host the world’s premier surfing competitions during the peak, winter months, including the Super Bowl of wave riding, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (November - December). Stroll in the thick sands of Waimea Bay, Ehukai Beach (Banzai Pipeline) and Sunset Beach.
SNORKELING AND CATAMARAN TOURS
Located approximately twenty-five minutes from Waikiki on the East side of Oahu. Hanauma Bay is open daily except on Tuesdays. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is inclusive of changing rooms, showers, food concessions and snorkeling equipment (available to rent). We recommend arriving early if you will be driving, as parking is limited and tends to fill up quickly.
Maita'i Catamaran or kepoikai II Catamaran
Located near the Halekulani and Sheraton Waikiki Hotel (Maita'i Catamaran) & Sheraton Moana Surfrider (Kepoikai II Catamaran). They offer a wide range of different catamaran sails. Including day catamaran sails, snorkeling sails, sunset, and evening sails. Please visit www.leahi.com or http://www.kepoikai.com/ for more information.