WAIKIKI FAMILY TRAVEL
Waikiki is an ideal place for family vacations. It
offers a lot of activities and attractions for all
age groups so that the entire family is pleased by
the time the vacation comes to an end. It is an irresistible
place with lots of fun for the family. With the diverse
terrain of the islands and the amazing surrounding
water, there is a great deal of fun and activity to
be had on any vacation. You will find Hawaii activities
that suit people of all ages and can accommodate every
level of physical ability. Here are a few “must
see” items for your Hawaii family vacation list.
The Waikiki beaches, with their sand-swim-snorkel-surf
scene, are as great as you'd expect it to be, but
they’re not enough for fun. The Hawaiian Waters
Adventure Park is an attraction not to be missed.
This water park has all the chutes, slides and half
pipes that can easily keep even the most energetic
of kids interested for hours on end. This water park
offers packages that include transportation to and
from Waikiki hotels and admission. The fees are reasonable,
but it is wise to pack and take your own lunch instead
of leaving yourself victim to the park’s overpriced
Don’t forget to check out dolphin tours or whale
watching tours. There are even great cruises of the
coast where you can appreciate the marine life while
gaining information on the island as well.
At the far end of Waikiki at the base of Diamond Head
is the Zoo. Admission is reasonably cheap. It offers
a full afternoon of affordable fun and relaxation
and its small size makes it possible to see everything
without having to leave feeling that you missed anything.
Besides the usual lions, apes, and giraffes, be sure
to get a glimpse of the many native Hawaiian animals
such as the Nene, Hawaii’s state bird. Aside
from the animals, the Zoo regularly schedules concerts
and entertainment that make a visit here extra special.
Just across Kalakaua Avenue from the Zoo and a few
short blocks from Waikiki Beach, there is the Waikiki
Aquarium. You can see 400 different species at this
small but mighty museum, including monk seals, sharks
and sea turtles. A knowledgeable staff is on hand
to narrate tours and answer questions. The aquarium
has a good gift shop where you can ask about special
events and excursions. It offers some terrific educational
and community outreach programs.
also offers a trip to Mother Nature. Give your children
a treat and a lesson of nature and its wonders by
taking tours of the countryside surrounding the downtown
area. These tours are amazing, bringing visitors to
some of the most beautiful rainforests and volcanoes
in the world. Animal and plant life are abundant,
and the scenery is unsurpassed. A five-minute car
ride from Honolulu brings visitors into some of Nature's
most beautiful and awe-inspiring sights.
There are several museums, like the Bishop Museum,
that combine exhibits on Hawaiian natural history
with lessons about history and culture of its many
diverse peoples. You can also take a tour of Tolani
Palace, the residence of the last of the Hawaiian
monarchs. Chinatown is another attraction. It is more
authentic than many of its mainland counterparts.
Children would love a visit to Arizona Memorial, commemorating
the destruction of the battleship Arizona during the
Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that brought America
into World War II.
If you think that evening events are for those strictly
21 years and over, think again. The 5:00 pm seating
for the Magic of Polynesia is a favorite of families.
John Hirokawa puts on a great show with spectacular
special effects. Hawaiian theme and high-quality illusions
make this show highly recommended.
Hawaii family travel has so much to offer that it
could make your life easier by pleasing the interests