O'ahu: Family Friendly Vacations in The Heart of Hawai'i

Sponsored content: Easy to reach, explore, and enjoy, O’ahu is a breathtaking tropical oasis for families looking to connect and bond while enjoying a wide variety of experiences.
Easy to reach, explore, and enjoy, O'ahu is a breathtaking tropical oasis for families looking to connect and bond while enjoying a wide variety of...
Easy to reach, explore, and enjoy, O'ahu is a breathtaking tropical oasis for families looking to connect and bond while enjoying a wide variety of experiences. // (c) 2013 O'ahu Visitors Bureau

O‘ahu: Family Friendly Vacations in The Heart of Hawai‘i

Discover the unique attributes that make O‘ahu so appealing to your family clients. 

Exotic Yet Familiar

Today’s families are intrepid travelers with parents who want to explore the world with their children, experience authentic cultures, and make lifetime memories. O’ahu is a one of a kind tropical oasis offering a rare combination of the fascinating Hawaiian culture; inspired town, country, and beach settings; plus activities, attractions, and accommodations to suit every family. 

Whether a family of four or a multi-generational group with babies, children, parents, and grandparents, families find O’ahu easy to reach, explore, and enjoy. Once they arrive, families experience the warm welcoming aloha spirit on O’ahu, where the Hawaiian concept of ‘ohana—family—is revered and respected. 

Accessibility

With numerous flights from the U.S. mainland, O’ahu is a hassle free vacation choice, a real advantage when traveling with children. Travelers can base themselves at wonderful accommodations in Waikīkī or Honolulu to experience the numerous attractions in the city or anywhere else on the island. Visitors can also opt for a beach resort on the North Shore or the Leeward Coast. 

Getting around O’ahu is a snap. Waikīkī and Honolulu are ideal for walking, taxis are plentiful, rental cars are easy to book, and many attractions and outfitters offer free round trip transportation. TheBus, the city transportation system, has reasonable fares, extensive routes, and special visitor passes. The Waikiki Trolley and the bright red, double decker AlohaBus are budget friendly options. 

Value

With loads of choices in accommodations, dining, and activities, O’ahu provides excellent value for families of all sizes and budgets. There are numerous air and hotel packages, promotions for free nights and free kids’ stays, and attractions and outfitters with family friendly pricing. O‘ahu also has loads of free events and festivals for families. 

Variety 

With so much to see and do plus excellent year round weather, there’s never any reason for the kids to complain of boredom. There are ample opportunities for family bonding as well as moments for parents and grandparents who need a grown up break. Families might spend the morning at Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium and then play at the beach all afternoon. On another day, families can play Hawaiian games and attend an authentic lu’au at Polynesian Cultural Center on the North Shore. If Mom or grandma needs a moment, there are luxury spas in all the major resorts. And if the men want to play a round of golf, exceptional courses abound. 

Diverse Family Friendly O‘ahu Activities

  • At the Beach Surf at Waikīkī and snorkel at Hanauma Bay.
  • History Lesson Discover WW II history at Pearl Harbor and Hawaiian history at Bishop Museum. 
  • Royal Family Learn about Hawai’i’s royal family at ’Iolani Palace and Queen Emma’s Summer Palace.
  • Hike the Island Climb Diamond Head and discover the beauty of sacred Waimea Valley.
  • Swim with the Dolphins Head to Sea Life Park or out to sea with Wild Side Specialty Tours.
  • Hawaiian Hula and Music Catch the free sunset Kuhio Beach Torch Lighting and Hula Show in Waikīkī and take a free ‘ukulele lesson at Royal Hawaiian Center.
  • Chinatown Explore the noodle factories, markets, shops, lei stands, and restaurants.
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