Activities for Kids in Hawaii
When it comes to keeping the kids entertained on vacation, Hawaii offers myriad choices on sea and land. Close encounters with local marine life should top the "must-do" list.
Have a Close Encounter with a Dolphin
Children can experience live dolphins up close and personal at The Hilton Waikoloa Village's Dolphin Quest facility, where expert trainers oversee dolphin encounters in a shallow lagoon. A second Dolphin Quest program is at the Kahala resort & Spa on Oahu. The programs are popular, so advance reservations are recommended.
Visit the Waikiki Aquarium
More than 3,000 marine species await visitors of the Waikiki Aquarium, where such attractions as giant clams, sea jellies and endangered monk seals are among the residents of this fascinating facility. According to aquarium administrators, more than 25,000 school-age children Waikiki Aquarium visit each year.
Take an Underwater Journey in a Submarine
Atlantis Submarines safely take passengers 100 feet below the surface, revealing an underwater paradise featuring colorful tropical fish, dolphins, turtles and manta rays. Kids will enjoy peering out the expansive portholes, or exploring the interior of the submarine. Atlantis Submarines offer tours on Maui, Oahu and the Big Island.
All Aboard the Sugar Cane Train
The Sugar Cane Train offers a six-mile journey through Maui's old sugar cane country, crossing a 325-foot wooden trestle that features panoramic views of West Maui mountains.
Karen Sprinkles has been a freelance writer since 1988. She's currently the managing editor of a luxury home magazine and has written for regional newspapers and magazines. Sprinkles received the Award of Excellence from the Hawaii Book Publishers Association for "The Hawaii Home Book," which reached No. 1 on the Hawaii bestsellers list. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California.