9 Best Things to Do on a Hawaii Family Vacation with Kids

Hawaiian Islands wouldn't exist without volcanoes. These lava-spewing behemoths keep the island chain growing. Kilauea has developed almost 500 acres on the Big Island since 1983.

See a Volcano on Your Hawaii Family Vacation

Due to its closeness to Waikiki, Hanauma Bay is the most popular snorkeling destination on Oahu, but my favorite is Sharks Cove near Pupukea Beach Park on the North Shore. The term seems scary, yet the destination is bliss. 

Snorkel in Hawaii’s Warm Waters Filled with Life

Family hikes on Haleakala in Maui include the lunar-looking crater. Maui is dominated by this inactive volcano at 10,023 feet. The four-mile Pipiwai walk from the Seven Sacred Pools through a bamboo grove to Waimoku Falls.

Experience a Hike that Leaves You in Awe

Honu sunbathe on Lanikea Beach on Oahu's North Shore. Sea turtles may be seen at Napili Bay, Kapalua Bay, and Turtle Town on Maui. There are various outfitters who take people out of the water to observe dolphins and whales swimming freely.

Encounter Wildlife

Explore two WWII ships. Visitors may observe submarine life and learn about the submarine combat at the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum. Family members may board the USS Missouri, a genuine warship. 

Experience the Rich History of the Pacific Monuments

Polynesia's island groupings have distinct cultures and identities owing to their remoteness and centuries of isolation. Visit the Bishop Museum in Honolulu to learn about Hawaii and Polynesia's history and culture.

Learn About Polynesian Culture and History

These are some Hawaiian holiday activities we dream about from hundreds of miles away. While cliché, they're enjoyable, so go for it! Poi, kalua pork, and Polynesian luau performances will delight families. Each major island has luaus. 

Enjoy Some Classic Hawaii Experiences

Hawaii's waterfalls are stunning, therefore they're renowned! Many falls are only accessible by helicopter or long forest hikes, while others are family-friendly. A short, rainy jungle climb on Oahu leads to the base of 150-foot Manoa Falls.

Watch Tropical Waters Plunge Over Scenic Falls

You flew across the Pacific to see Hawaii—why stop at one island? Each island has its own character, topography, and vibe. Short, affordable inter-island flights are common.

Visit a Neighboring Island