Hawaii is a very popular place to travel with children. In this LOCAL BESTS, we will introduce the best places to visit with kids. How do locals enjoy their family time with their children?
Kuliouou Beach<Hawaii Kai area>
It is like a shallow pool! Super shallow beach
When you drive on the Kalanianaole Highway towards Hanauma Bay from Waikiki, you will reach the Hawaii Kai area, which is a quiet and beautiful residential area. Right before the Hawaii Kai area, there is Kuli’ou’ou Beach on the right side of the highway. The park and beach are same level and connected, there is spacious area in front of the ocean. It is super shallow beach and quite amazing! You can see the people taking a walk with their dogs really far from the shore. There are no waves so some people bring their low beach chairs in the water and relax with their child. It is good to hang out with babies around 1 year old who can’t control their movement so much. The landscape is very dynamic. Koko Head is nearby and you can see China Walls beach on the other side of the ocean. At low tide, there will be no water so you have to be careful of the timing. High tide is better suited for enjoying the water. Best timing depends on the season.
(Check here for the best time )
By Car: (From Waikiki) Drive on Kalanianaole Highway towards Hanauma Bay. Turn right on Bay Street and go to residential area. Go straight and you will see a parking lot. On the left hand side of the parking is Kuli’ou’ou Beach.
By Bus: Take #22 or #23 bus to Sea Life Park at Waikiki. Get off at Kalanianaole Hwy + Opp Kawaihae Street and walk back towards the Waikiki direction a little bit. Take a left on Bay Street. Walk straight down the street and you will see Kuliouou Beach.
Children’s Discovery Center
Best place to take your kids in the rainy days.
The Children’s Discovery Center is in the Kakaako water front area. Inside the building, there are different theme areas. One of the areas is where children can play and enjoy learning about biology of the human body. Also there is small town with a lot of miniature shops like the doctors office, restaurant, store or fire station. Kids can enjoy role-playing there. Upstairs has displays of different cultures, so children can enjoy and learn. For children under 3 years old, there is an area called Rainforest Adventures Area, where kids can play with water and slides. This is the best place for kids to go when it is raining. Make sure you go within the opening hours! It is open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on weekdays except Mondays and 10:00 am until 3:00 pm on the weekends. You need at least 2 hours if you want to enjoy all of the activities.
HAWAII CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY CENTER
111 Ohe St. Honolulu, HI 96813
Tue-Fri 9:00～13:00、Sat・Sun 10:00～15:00
Adults/Kids $10、Children under 1 Free
By Car: Parking is free and located in the Kakaako Waterfront Park parking lot.
By Bus: From Waikiki and Ala Moana Shopping Center take #19 Airport, #20 Airport, #55 Kaneohe, #56/#57 Kailua busses to Ala Moana Boulevard and get off in front of Cutter Mazda Volkswagon on Koula Street. Cross Ala Moana toward Pflueger Acura and follow Ohe Street toward the ocean until you come to a blue and pink concrete building with a smoke stack, which is across from the Kakaako Waterfront Park.
Let’s exercise with local friends!
My Gym Honolulu 820 WEST HIND DRIVE #1227
HONOLULU, HI 96821
Check out our event info (KOTO>Events) on our website for the MyGym events that are open to everybody.
A hike that can be done with your baby and stroller
Makapu’u Light house Trail
10035 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo, HI 96795
From Waikiki, take the H1 freeway going east. Drive past Hanauma Bay, Sandy Beach and Hawaii Kai Golf Course. You will see the sign “Makapu’u Lookout,” then go into the parking.
By Bus: Take the #22 bus going to Sea Life Park. Get off at Sea Life Park and walk back towards the direction you came about 12-15 minutes. You will see the sign “Makapu’u Lookout.”