Best Places with Kids in Hawaii LOCAL BESTS

Nov 16, 2016 | LOCAL BESTS | 0 comments

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.
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Best Places with Kids in Hawaii - Kuliouou Beach
Best Places with Kids in Hawaii - Kuliouou Beach with beach chair

Kuliouou Beach


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.

Best place with kids Children's Discovery Center
Yellow and pink colorful building is Children’s Discovery Center.
Best place with kids Children's Discovery Center Restaurant set
Restaurant set
Best place with kids Children's Discovery Center Hawaiian Air set
Hawaiian Air set. Kids can try to be pilot or flight attendant.

チルドレンズ ディスカバリーセンター

111 Ohe St. Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 524-5437
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.

MyGym Honolulu

Let’s exercise with local friends!

MyGym is a fitness club for kids and there are hundreds of locations in more than 30 countries. Whether you are a member or not, MyGym opens their classes, free-play time, parents night out and seasonal event with non-member price. Regular class is $45, free-play is $15, and parent night out is $45 for three hours. There are also seasonal events, depending on the time. In October, they had a Halloween event and lots of children (and parents) with costumes participated. Each class has free-play time and designated game or exercises with the instructors.  The activities build confidence in the children and help them develop necessary skills as they grow. It is very interesting for adults to see how the kids communicate with other children and adults. In Hawaii, there are two locations in Kailua and Aina Haina, but please note that the price of above is only for Aina Haina. If you go to Kailua, please call them to check if there are classes for non-members. There are lots of play equipment like slides, balance beam or ball pool. When you plan to take a class, go to their website and make a reservation on the spot. Events are irregular so please check our events calendar on the website for the schedule and details.
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Halloween event. Instructer and children with their costume.



My Gym Honolulu 820 WEST HIND DRIVE #1227
(808) 537-1900

Check out our event info (KOTO>Events) on our website for the MyGym events that are open to everybody.

Makapu’u Hiking

A hike that can be done with your baby and stroller

It is good to go to beach but why don’t you try to go hiking with your kids? On the weekend, lots of local people go out for hiking with their friend or family. Among many hiking spot, Makapu’u trail is the best trail to go with your baby or kids. Whole trail is paved and very wide so you can even go with the stroller. One way is about 30 to 40 min. The view of east side of Oahu is fantastic. In the winter time, you might have chance to see whales. There are several points on the way to see the whales, so try to check out the binocular.
Best Places with Kids in Hawaii - Makapu'u trail

Makapu’u Lookout

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.”