The Best Family Resorts In Hawaii

Travelling to Hawaii always has many families excited, the challenge comes in when kids are involved; below are a number of Hawaii Resorts that cater to families with kids. What’s even more interesting about these resorts is that they have kids clubs, and pools with waterpark features, and they’re grouped by islands with recommended outings.

Hanalei Colony Resort

On Kauai’s stunning North Coast: a quiet part of the island where the road literally ends; also in the area are a good snorkeling spot, laid-back town of Hanalei, surf lessons and swimming at Hanalei Bay. The Hanalei Colony Resort has extra-large suites and some units literally on the beach; excellent dining and spa on-site.

OAHU – Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach is still a lovely place despite so much nearby concrete development, and it’s lots of fun for families. Generally, kids 18 and under stay free.

Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa

The most resort-like of the hotels on Waikiki Beach, with 22 acres, pools, kids’ club, fish ponds, flamingos, hula classes, spa, restaurants, shopping village.

Ohana Hotels and Outrigger Resorts

OHANA is a brand of Outrigger Resorts and Hotels that offers non-beachfront properties at a good price point. Both OHANA and Outrigger have family-friendly properties on several islands; most OHANA locations are near Waikiki, and the flagship Outrigger Reef is right on Waikiki Beach.

JW Marriott Ihilani

The JW Marriott Resort & Spa – on Oahu at Ko Olina, a short drive from the Honolulu airport– has kids program, teen program, Marine Life Program, and a bunch of Ocean Adventures. No charge for two kids 17 and under, in parents’ room.

Hawaii resorts – KAUAI

Kauai is the “Garden Isle”: expect verdant natural beauty, and slower pace; and – like everywhere in Hawaii– “ohana” means family, and pretty much every resort, from high-end to value-priced, welcomes families.

Turtle Bay Resort

Turtle Bay is a unique Hawaii resort, a lone property on the beautiful north coast of Oahu, with 880 acres, file miles of beach, five different bays, pool with waterfall and slide, on-site snorkeling, horseriding, surf lessons.

MAUI: Grand Wailea Resort and Spa

Fun at this luxury Maui property includes kids camp and the Canyon Activity Pools, nine pools connected by a river that floats swimmers along.

Ka’anapali Beach Hotel

Value alert: this place aims to be “a moderately-priced first-class hotel”, and also “Maui’s most Hawaiian hotel.” The free kids’ “Aloha Passport” program of activities features local arts and crafts.

BIG ISLAND – Kohala Coast

If you feel like lapping up a little luxury, here’s a group of eight upscale Hawaii resorts – on the west side of the Big Island – that Conde Nast readers voted among the “Top Fifty Tropical Resorts Worldwide.”

Hilton Waikoloa Village

On the Kohala Coast, with 65 acres with pools galore, waterfalls, grottos, slides; salt-water lagoon with water-toys and snorkeling (sea turtles swim in); and a novelty kids love a monorail and canal-boats to get around the large grounds.

Kona Village

A luxury getaway on the Kohala Coast, with no phones or tv in your room. Stay in individual “hale” cottages spread over 82 acres; complimentary outrigger canoe and glass-bottom boat rides, kids program and teens program; snorkeling in the bay full of colorful fish.

Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa – Big Island

On the south Kona coast of the Big Island, this Hawaii resort has a multi-level pool complex with connecting river, waterfall, children’s pool, lava tube waterslide.

Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy

This condominium property – on 13 acres on the east side of Kauai– has one- and two-bedroom units with private lanai, full kitchen, washer-dryer, etc. Swimming pool has lagoons and kids’ pool.