Hawaii With Baby and Kids: The Best Tips and Things to Do

Hawaii is definitely one of the most beautiful spots on the planet. I can actually still remember the moment we arrived into this island and the looks on my kids’ faces. I can even sense how giddy my 9-month-old baby is! Each of us is very excited to experience what this haven-for-a-tourist can offer.

Anyway, in my article for today, I have compiled all the most unforgettable activities you can enjoy as a family. Hey, who said travelling to Hawaii with baby and kids is not possible? Let me prove it to you that they’re wrong.


So are you ready to take in as much of this island as possible?

The Most Kid-Friendly Activities You Can Do at Hawaii

There are six accessible islands in Hawaii and each island offer experiences that cater towards a particular family type. With the wide range of fun and educational entertainment, your kids will definitely be able to bring home more than just a souvenir.

1. Oahu

Oahu is the perfect island to bring your kids to. There are so many kid-friendly activities that you can do here. It's the best place for active families with kids who want to be spending in the sun and sand, go on surfing, riding the kayak or kayaking or just explore the arts, culture, and history of Hawaii.


For instance, you can pet a dolphin at Sea Life Park. This marine park is ideal for children of all ages. It will let you get up-close with all sorts of marine creatures. I’m sure your little one would absolutely enjoy watching the penguins clown around with each other while the dolphins will entertain you with their comical antics. Of course, swimming with the dolphins in Oahu is a must. You can try out a once in a lifetime experience at the Kahala Hotel and Resort. They provide educational programs that will allow your kids to interact with dolphins in a 26,000 square foot lagoon.


And of course, your trip to Hawaii with baby and kids will never be complete without visiting Oahu's Waikiki Beach which is composed of eight beaches. I highly recommend Kuhio Beach as its calm waters are perfect for families with little ones.


Don't forget to check out and be amazed by the different fish species at the Waikiki Aquarium, explore the inside of a real submarine at Pearl Harbor.

2. Hawaii Island

The black, green and white sand beaches of Hawaii Island are definitely the most spectacular snorkel spots in Hawaii. So I highly suggest you take your kids on a snorkeling adventure at Kahaluu Beach. This is a life-guarded cove located in Kailua-Kona where you get to see a number of Hawaii green sea turtles hanging around.


There’s also the Hilo’s Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens which is a more intimate zoo with only 80 animals. This is the only zoo in America that is in a tropical rainforest. So don’t miss this and get the chance to see how the whiter tiger steals the show.


Anyway, I must say that Hawaii Island is definitely the mecca for interesting farms like the Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm, an aquarium brimming with live seahorse babies, sea dragons and pregnant male seahorses. There’s also the Kanaloa Octopus Farm which is the first octopus farm in the world.

3. Honolulu

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A visit to Honolulu with your kids will not be just as any classic family vacation. The Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center, for an instance, gives you an interactive, hands-on learning environment created to inspire the little ones. There are plenty of unique ways to learn and discover being offered in this environment. This will encourage the children to make use of their senses of sight, touch, smell and hearing in order for them to gain a better understanding of the world around them. The little guests can take an inside look at how a human body would function and get to explore different cultures.


And for some beach activities, make sure to visit Puunoa Beach on Maui's west coast. It has shallow waters that are just ideal for your kids to play.


Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park at Honolulu can also be a good destination when the temperature starts to climb and when your little minions already have enough sand in their suits. This 25 acres water park is wealthy of fun-filled activities like enclosed water slides, tubing river and wave pools that are intended for children.


Honolulu Zoo, on the other hand, has more than 900 animals that for sure will impress your kids. I suggest you book for a Twilight Tour which allows you to stay even after the gates are already closed. This is the best way to discover what happens next when the visitors are already gone.

4. Kauai

Kauai has exciting activities to offer perfect for outdoorsy families. It is a paradise of beaches, waterfalls, rainforest, sea cliffs and canyons.


So for some sand in your toes, head on to Poipu Beach located on the south shore of Kauai. This place is being frequented by endangered Hawaiian monk seals. This beach park also has two ocean pools, a playground for kids and a grassed picnic area. So bring your tent or shade and simply enjoy the relaxing atmosphere.


Gardens can definitely be a welcoming environment for little kids. Na Aina Kai Botanic Gardens in Kauai, for instance, offer family tours where your kids can wander through the beautiful grounds dotted with sculptures. They can also feed the koi in the lagoon and navigate a hedge maze.

5. Maui

But if you just want something relaxing, Maui is the best place to be. It has been famous for luxury oceanfront resorts where you can chill by the pool. There are also plenty of nearby beaches that you can visit and small towns to stroll through.

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You can also visit here the largest tropical aquarium in the western hemisphere. The Maui Ocean Center is a walk through the tunnel being surrounded by a 750,000-gallon water tank where sharks and manta rays can be seen swimming overhead. There are also live corals and touch pools for you to explore.

6. Molokai

When in Molokai, it is best that you spend an afternoon at Big Wind Kite Factory located in Maunaloa. I like how my kids were given the chance to be their own flight captains and were able to pilot their ships on the trade winds.


Of course, you can also soak up in the sun on this island too. Head on to Papohaku Beach, this is one of the largest white sand beaches in Hawaii.

Final Thought

Without a doubt, there is no other state in quite like Hawaii. In fact, most families regularly vote the island as their top vacation destination for several reasons. The scenic view, the great learning centers where the kids are given the chance to stretch their imagination, the fun-filled activities – these are just amazing.


How about you? Do you have your own personal tips that you can share with you fellow parents that are heading to Hawaii with baby and kids? Please don’t hesitate to leave it in the comment section below.


Summary: Who said travelling to Hawaii with baby and kids is not possible? With all the fun and educational activities this island can offer, your kids will definitely be able to bring home more than just a souvenir.

    Tony Anderson

    My name is Tony and I am sitting on a mountain of experience that I would like to share with you! I’ve been to so many incredible places and done some pretty cool things. So I am hoping that you will find inspiration through my travel experiences to help you get started with your adventure and make travel a priority. I will also be talking about different travel and outdoor gear available in the market today that will make your trip and outdoor experience better.

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