Oahu, the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands, is the ideal
starting point for family island adventures. Once a playground for
Hawaiian royalty, Waikiki, Oahu's main tourist destination, is now
a playground for families. Travel in warm, off-season months and
you'll benefit from smaller crowds and lower prices.
Sun-splashed Waikiki is one of the most famous beaches in the
world. Need a break from the sun? Check out the beachside Waikiki
Aquarium or the nearby Honolulu Zoo. Don't forget to catch an
unforgettable Waikiki sunset.
Book a half-day trip with your hotel or rent a car for a visit
to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.
Rent a snorkel and dive mask and enjoy colorful fish and corals
at the pristine Hanauma Bay Nature Reserve. On the way home, stop
at Oahu Dolphin Quest, located within the Kahala Hotel and Resort.
Your kids will have a chance to touch, feed, play and swim with
Learn more about Hawaiian and other South Pacific cultures at
the Polynesian Cultural Center, about one hour's scenic drive from
Waikiki. The center features eight village re-creations nestled
around a large lagoon. Try your hand at traditional activities.
Stay on for the authentic evening luau.
Daring teens will love the challenge of hanging 10 on the
Waikiki waves: Oahu Surf School offers small group lessons starting
at $70. Afterward, devour a giant shaved ice, President Obama's
favorite cool treat when he lived on the island. One of the best
can be found at the Sandwich and Shaved Ice Shop, just off Kaimana
Beach near the New Otani Hotel.
Hawaii Visitors &
Amy Bizzarri is a mom of two living in Logan Square. She also blogs at tiramisumom.com.
See more of Amy's stories here.
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