Things to do in Hawaii with Kids


From stunning beaches, to history, hiking, shopping and cultural activities.  There is something for everyone on the island of Oahu, Hawaii.

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One of the wonderful things about Hawaii, is the diversity of swimming spots to choose from.  If you have younger kids, there are plenty of calm water options.  If your kids are older, they can get a bit more adventurous with learning to surf!  

To see a list of my favourite swimming spots to visit with kids in Oahu, check this post out: Best Swimming in Oahu with Kids


This lovely bay has really calm water and is suitable for swimming of all ages.  Younger kids can splash in the shallow waters and older kids will enjoy snorkelling and spotting all of the colourful fish swimming among the coral.  Hanauma Bay is also incredibly popular.  You can book a shuttle bus however if you drive yourself, you will need to get here early as parking spots are limited.

things to do in hawaii with kids


There is a lot of hiking and walking activities in Oahu.  I particularly enjoyed Waimea Falls and Diamond Head trail.  

Waimea Falls is located in the lovely Waimea Valley.  The surrounds are beautiful with a snack shop, picnic tables and facilities.  It’s a nice easy walk to the falls however if you are not feeling up to it, there is a shuttle.  You can cool off at the falls when you arrive. 

things to do in hawaii with kids

There is fantastic views from the top of the Diamond Head Trail however you will definitely need a baby carrier if your kids are young.  I managed it with the Ergo Baby Carrier (see my baby and toddler carriers for travelling section) however there was a lot of huffing and puffing and stopping for rests involved.  You will need to carry your own water and snacks up with you.

things to do in hawaii with kids
View from the top of the Diamond Head Trail
things to do in hawaii with kids
There is some cruel steps on this walk !

Walking around the beaches, harbour and city is fantastic here . The footpaths are suitable for strollers if you have young children, and whilst the city is busy, I wouldn’t really consider it chaotic.

things to do in hawaii with kids
The Yacht Marina


Young kids may enjoy the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet and Market Place.  It’s an outdoor market with plenty of novelty items on offer.  

Older kids might like the opportunity to get surf brand clothes at bargain prices at the factory outlet stores.  Clothing stores vary from low-end prices to high-end brand names.


Exploring the island in a hire car is fantastic when travelling with kids in Oahu.  Oahu has a LOT to offer outside of Waikiki.  Both the coastal roads and the mountain roads that run through the middle have beautiful scenery.


The Foster Botanical Gardens are quite lovely if you have a spare morning however you do have to pay a small entry fee. There is heaps of free space for kids to run and plenty of shade from the trees so its quite a pleasant stroll.

things to do in hawaii with kids
Ripley hitching a ride with Jason at the Foster Botanical Gardens


The Hilton puts on a Fireworks Show every Friday night and its actually pretty decent.  If you take a picnic rug and set yourself up on the sand surrounding the Hilton Lagoon you will be in prime viewing position.  

things to do in hawaii with kids
What kid doesn’t like fireworks ?


Some of the major attractions include the Pacific Aviation Museum, the Polynesian Cultural Centre, Iolani Palace, Pearl Harbour, and USS Arizona Memorial.  It will just depend on the ages and interest of your children as to  which places you visit.

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For more blog posts, photographs and information on my travels through Hawaii (Oahu) with kids, please check out this page: Hawaii

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