Oahu Family Resorts

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Vacations with children can be equal parts exhausting and exciting. Finding a resort that caters to families and children can help every member of the family get the most of a trip. Oahu offers many family activities like the Honolulu Zoo, the Waikiki Aquarium, the Children’s Discovery Center, the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial and the Pineapple Garden Maze on the Dole Pineapple Plantation, as well as a number of family-friendly resorts.

Oahu offers activities for the whole family.

Oahu offers activities for the whole family.

JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina Resort

The JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina Resort is located on the western shore of Oahu. All of the 387 rooms on the property offer over 640 square feet of space. Many rooms have oceans views; others overlook the Ko Olina Golf Club and Waianae mountain range. The secluded resort offers many grown-up amenities for parents to enjoy, including spas, golf courses and fine dining restaurants.

The resort also caters to kids with the Keiki Beachcomber Club, an extensive and supervised program of activities for children aged from five to twelve. Some counselors will work with four-year-old children as well. Programs include studying volcanoes and petroglyphs, snorkeling, exploring tidal pools, and learning to hula. Activities are either half-day or full-day.

JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina Resort

92-1001 Olani St.

Ko Olina, Hawaii 96707

800-626-4446

ihilani.com

Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa

The Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa caters to families with many different programs and activities. Rooms are located in a series of towers, each with different appeal; the Ali’i Tower offers private pools, terraces and a fitness center. Rainbow Tower offers views of the Diamond Head Crater and Honolulu coastline, and the spa is located in Tapa Tower. There are a number of swimming pools and lagoons for water sports.

The resort features a nature preserve and extensive gardens. Camp Penguin offers full and half-day programs of activities for kids between the ages of 5 and 12. Children can learn about the history and culture of Hawaii with story telling activities, music lessons. arts, crafts, hula workshops and lei-making classes. Excursions include visits to the Waikiki Aquarium, the Hawaii Army Museum and the Honolulu Zoo.

Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa

2005 Kalia Road

Honolulu, Hawaii 96815

808-949-4321

hiltonhawaiianvillage.com

Turtle Bay Resort

Located on the North Shore of Oahu, Turtle Bay Resort has nearly five miles of beachfront. The accommodations include rooms, suites, cottages and villas for families of all sizes and age ranges. Activities at the resort include championships golf courses, tennis courts, mountain bike and hiking trails, horseback riding, surfing lessons, and several swimming pools. The Spa Luana offers treatments based on local and indigenous plants and fruits, such as pineapple pedicures and coconut body scrubs.

The Keiki Turtle Club has daily programs for children that run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.; children may swim, take reef walks and learn lei making. There is also a weekend evening program that runs from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. for parents who want to enjoy dinner on their own.

Turtle Bay Resort

57-091 Kamehameha Highway

Kahuku, Oahu, Hawaii 96731

808-293-6000

turtlebayresort.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Author and journalist Elle McLaughlin has been writing about travel and lifestyle topics for magazines since 1994. Always in pursuit of a good story, she has harvested agave in Mexico, made cheese in Vermont and picked grapes in New Zealand. McLaughlin attended the City University of New York, majoring in history and minoring in international relations.

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