Family Fun on Oahu
Oahu activities and adventures for families and kids.
Looking for a one-stop destination for families? Look no further, because Oahu
is the place to be. The island of Oahu offers a wealth of unique and affordable
options to choose from. From kid-friendly family fun activities to culturally
enriching experiences, Oahu is the ideal vacation spot for families.
ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES
Atlantis Submarine Adventures
On Atlantis Submarines, visitors explore the mysterious undersea world without
getting wet. On an unforgettable 45-minute journey, visitors see sunken ships
and hundreds of exotic fish.
Toll-free Phone: 1-800-548-6262
Battleship Missouri Memorial
Affectionately known as "Mighty Mo," the USS Missouri represents the end of
World War II with the signing of the peace treaty on her deck. The Missouri
invites guests to see a glimpse of history as well as modern technology
aboard a battleship.
Phone: (808) 973-2494
Children's Discovery Center
Children's Discovery Center features 37,000-square-feet of exhibits including
a variety of galleries and five hands-on exhibits where children can actively
participate in discovery experiences. Interactive exhibits are "Fantastic You"
-provides an inside look at the wonders of the human body; "Your Town" -
allows children to be a grown-up for a day and it shows them how a community
functions; and "Hawaiian Rainbows" - gives children the opportunity to learn
what makes living in Hawaii so special.
Phone: (808) 522-8910
Dole Pineapple Plantation
Dole Plantation welcomes nearly one million visitors a year. Guests of Dole
Plantation enjoy a variety of attractions and activities including the
Pineapple Express, the Plantation Garden Tour, the Pineapple Garden Maze,
the Guinness Book of World Records 2001 World's Largest Maze, informational
displays and presentations about pineapple and the history of Dole, and the
plantation center, offering hundreds of unique pineapple-related and Dole
Phone: (808) 621-8408
Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park
The beautifully landscaped 25-acre tropical water theme park is designed to
appeal to all ages and features a unique variety of age-appropriate rides and
amenities. It’s the perfect place to enjoy safe, secure and extreme fun under
the sun with your family and friends. Experience the many thrilling rides
including the "Cliffhanger"- a six-story free-fall down; "The Shaka" - a
four story half-pipe; "Typhoon" - a four and a half story storm ride;
"Lava Tube" a tube ride simulating the ultimate volcanic eruption and
"Hurricane Bay"- a great place to catch waves. "Keiki Kove" is an
interactive children’s fun pool, full of waterfalls, mini-slides and
Phone: (808) 674-9283
Hans Hedemann Surf School
Hans Hedemann Surf School is geared to introduce students to the fundamentals
of surfing and water safety. Students will learn about waves, currents, winds
and tides. All the information provided is backed by over 17 years of Hans
Hedemann's professional surfing career - both in Hawaii and around the world.
A surfing camp and hourly lessons are available.
Phone: (808) 924-7778
Hawaiian Fire Surf School
Based on the dream of three firefighters, the Hawaiian Fire Surf School takes
you out of Waikiki Beach and brings you to a secluded sandy beach on the west
side of the island. Perfect for beginners, the school is equipped with
everything you need to learn how to surf in a day by instructors that are
Phone: (808) 384-8855
This 43-acre zoo is a place the whole family can enjoy. Attractions include
the African Savannah, a 10-acre wildlife preserve exhibit of more than 40
species of uncaged African birds and mammals including the komoda dragon.
For a relaxing family outing, the zoo hosts free weekly concerts in the
Phone: (808) 971-7174
Kualoa Ranch & Secret Island Activity Club
Set on 4,000 acres of paradise on the windward side oh Oahu, Kualoa Ranch
offers a wide variety of outdoor activities, educational programs and
scenic tours. Activities include helicopter tours, horse rides, ATV’s,
ranch and movie set bus tours, pasture ball, scuba diving, jet ski rides
and snorkel tours.
Phone: (808) 237-8529
Outrigger Catamaran Rides
The 45-foot boat affords dramatic views of the skyline of Waikiki, the Koolau
Mountain Range, Diamond Head lighthouse and the Kahala coast, as well as
spectacular green flash sunsets. Spinner and bottlenose dolphins are
often sighted, along with Humpback Whales during the winter months.
Phone: (808) 923-3111
Paradise Cove Luau
Set on 12 beachfront acres, Paradise Cove Luau relives the magic of the
islands through interactive games, song, dance and food. Guests share in
Hawaii’s rich cultural heritage in the beautiful setting on the west
side with the sun dropping into the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop.
Phone: (808) 842-5911
Polynesian Cultural Center
Polynesian Cultural Center is Hawaii's number one paid visitor attraction.
Located on Oahu's north shore, the center features seven Pacific Island
villages on 42 acres with hands-on cultural experiences and interaction.
In addition to the villages, visitors can enjoy the new canoe pageant,
the hula show at the luau and the spectacular evening show, "Horizons!"
Toll-free Phone: 1-800-367-7060
Sea Life Park Hawaii
Always looking for new ways to bring the ocean world to visitors, Sea Life
Park Hawaii added several new attractions to its already fascinating 62-acre
marine park on Oau's south shore. Visitors can get up close and personal with
the interactive dolphin adventures or swim face-to-face with stingrays. Other
activities include an underwater Sea Trek photo safari in a 300,000-gallon
tank and exhibits of sea lions, penguins, seals, turtles and sharks.
At Pirates' Lagoon, visitors compete in games in Dead Man's Cove. Children
also can wander through a pirate ship maze and play pirates in an activity
area complete with slides, balance beam, a sandbox with hidden treasures
and an area to test climbing skills.
Phone: (808) 259-7933
U.S.S. Arizona Memorial
The National Park Service offers a free 75-minute guided tour, including
documentary film depicting the Pearl Harbor attack, a short boat trip and
a self-guided exploration of the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial.
Phone: (808) 422-0561
U.S.S. Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park
Visitors explore this historic World War II submarine making it easy to
imagine what life on board was like for her 80-man crew. USS Bowfin was
launched on December 7, 1942 and completed nine successful war patrols.
Phone: (808) 423-1341
Waimea Valley Audubon Center
Located on Oahu’s scenic North Shore, the 1,800-acre Audubon Center
features botanical gardens, wandering peafowl and a 60-foot waterfall,
giving visitors direct interaction with the natural environment.
Phone: (808) 638-9199
World-famous for its collection of tropical fish, the Waikiki Aquarium
features a hands-on exhibit about sharks, an interactive exhibit on
the origins of Hawaii's marine life and a giant exhibit with sharks
and other reef predators. A $150,000 Coral and Reef Interactive Exhibit
opened at the Waikiki Aquarium on Thanksgiving Day in 1998. The exhibit
includes films, live presentations, touch-screen interactive displays
and samples of coral species that live in waters around Hawaii and the
South Pacific. The objective of the Waikiki Aquarium is to continue to
educate people about the importance of corals and reefs through this
Phone: (808) 923-9741
Wild Side Specialty Tours
The leeward coast of Oahu is like a journey to the land time forgot.
Experience miles of uninhabited beaches, the most extensive coral
systems in the state and pristine areas far off the beaten path.
For the past 6 years, the husband and wife crew of Island Spirit
have been taking researchers, students, naturalists, families,
photographers, and small intimate groups of travelers to encounter
the coastal marine life. This unique experience features one of a
few known areas in the world that free-roaming dolphins interact
with humans in the water.
Phone: (808) 306-7273
GUIDED TOURS AND CRUISES
Discover Hidden Hawaii Tours
Since 1995, Discovering Hidden Hawaii Tours has been a leader in
personalized island tours of Oahu, including scenic tours to popular
activities and attractions as well as eco-tours for the adventurous
types. Selection of tours include over 20 island tours, giving visitors
a variety of itinerary options to choose from.
Phone: (808) 737-3700
Duck Tours are held aboard refurbished World War II amphibious transport
vehicles and visit sites via land and sea such as the U.S.S. Arizona
Memorial, the city of Honolulu, Diamond Head, H?nauma and Manalua Bay.
Phone: (808) 988-3825
KoAloha Ukulele Factory Tour
KoAloha Ukulele factory tour showcases the meticulous processes of the
master craftsmen as they create the ukuleles that bring much joy, as
the visitors experience firsthand at the culmination of the tour.
Phone: (808) 847-4911
Martin & MacArthur Factory Tour
Martin & MacArthur tour of its factory, showroom furniture and lumber
department presents the impeccable skill and variety the woods of
Hawaii gives to the woodworking world of art, including the special
native wood of koa.
Phone: (800) 845-0099 (Wednesday only)
Mauka Makai Excursions Inc.
Mauka Makai Excursions Inc. is a Hawaiian owned and operated eco-tour
company featuring visits to archeological and cultural sites.
Participants will learn about ancient Hawaiian culture while they
hike through a tropical rainforest, explore reefs and tide pools,
and investigate the local coastal ecosystems. Shoreline activities
include fishing, arts, crafts and story telling.
Phone: (808) 593-3525
Navatek Sunset Dinner Cruise
Called the "Hawaii’s smoothest cruise," guests on the Navatek I
will be entertainment by a show-stopping cast during lunch, dinner
and cocktail cruises. Whale Watch Cruises are seasonal.
Phone: (808) 973-1311
Star of Honolulu Hawaiian Cultural Cruise
Onboard the Star of Honolulu, guests take in the breathtaking views
of Waikiki’s coastline and sample their Hawaiian lunch buffet. They
also partake in cultural activities from lei-making, to coconut front
weaving, ukulele and hula lessons and fish feeding. Their finale
include the all-new "Enchanting Waikiki" hula show.
Phone: (808) 983-7827
As the State Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Bishop Museum
houses the world's largest collection of Hawaiian and Pacific
artifacts and natural history specimens. In addition, it features
interactive exhibits and exciting programs for visitors of all ages,
providing them with discovery, wonderment and adventure. Bishop
Museum also offers daily cultural activities, planetarium shows,
sleepovers, and more for families.
Phone: (808) 847-3511
Hawaiian Arts & Cultural Center
Located in the Hilton Hawaiian Village Kalia Tower, the Hawaiian
Cultural Center offers an exciting educational and cultural
experience for the entire family. Learn about the rich Hawaiian
history and how Hawaii came to be. The center is operated by the
Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association (NaHHA).
Phone: (808) 947-2458
Hawaii Maritime Center
Hawaii’s seafaring heritage comes alive with exhibits depicting the
Pacific’s rich maritime history. Guests board the only fully rigged
four-masted sailing ship left
in the world, The Falls of Clyde. The Center is also home of the
world famous voyaging canoe, Hokulea.
Phone: (808) 536-6373
Hawaii Plantation Village
This collection of 30 original and replica plantation homes and
buildings at offers a glimpse of the time when sugar cane transformed
the land, economy and culture of Hawaii. The living museum of a
plantation village recreates the lifestyles of the different ethnic
groups that helped to shape Hawaii.
Phone: (808) 677-0110
Hawaii State Art Museum (HiSAM)
As one of the few state sponsored museums in the country, HiSAM
presents the largest and finest collection of work by Hawaii artists.
In 1967 the Hawaii State Legislature passed the Art-in-State-Buildings
Law, which established the Art in Public Places Program (APP). Hawaii
became the first state to set aside one percent of the cost of state
buildings to acquire and commission works of visual art. Today, the
Art in Public Places (APP) collection has approximately 5,000 pieces
of art by 1,400 artists. Admission is free.
Phone: (808) 586-0308
Honolulu Academy of Arts
Celebrating 75 years of activities, interactive children’s exhibitions
and keiki-parent art programs, the Honolulu Academy of Arts makes
the world a smaller place through their extensive art collection.
Kids 12 and under are always free admission at the Honolulu Academy
Phone: (808) 532-8712
Built in 1879, Iolani Palace is the only royal palace in the United
States and was the official residence of Hawaii’s last monarchs,
King Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani. Painstakingly restored, the
Palace is reminiscent of the grandeur of Hawaii’s monarch period.
Ph: (808) 522-0832
Mission Houses Museum
This complex of New England-style salt box homes at the Mission Houses
Museum includes the Frame House, the oldest existing house in Hawaii
built in 1821. Today, prefabricated the Frame House is a museum of
with an annex that houses a replica of the Ramage hand press used to
print the first Hawaiian laws, newspapers, bibles, school books and
other material. Visitors will enjoy the Living History Program where
guides dressed in period costumes lead the tours.
Phone: (808) 531-0481
North Shore Surf and Cultural Museum
The museum provides education and preservation of surfing. Historic
surfboards line the walls, along with printed displays of oral histories.
Visitors can watch a video about the newest craze, tow-in surfing, in
the museum’s mini-theater.
Phone: (808) 637-8888
Queen Emma Summer Palace
Built in 1849 and nestled in the cool Nuuanu Valley, Queen Emma Summer
Palace was once the country home of King Kamehameha IV and his wife,
Queen Emma, and today houses their personal artifacts.
Phone: (808) 595-3167
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