Friday, July 3, 2009

Family Time - Honolulu

With summer break finally here and airfares as low as they are, friends with kids are headed out to the island. Here's my Top things to do with your family list--off the top of my head:

Toddlers and Kids:
Honolulu Zoo (small by mainland standards, so a good break for the parents)
Honolulu Aquarium (an often overlooked site)
Beach (bring sandcastle buckets and shovels)
Swim with dolphins - Kahala Resort
Visit the penguins - Hawaiian Village Hotel (in the courtyard)
Story time at the Hawiian bookstore - Ward (waikiki hotel location closed from what i recall)
Older Kids & Teens:
Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park - Kapolei (a 40 min drive)
Sea Life Park - (like Sea World) - Makapuu Point on the South side
Ice Skating - Honolulu Ice Palace
Miniature Golf - Jungle River or Bay View golf parks
"Sunset on the Beach" - free movies near Duke's statue
Movie Theater - Ward
Family Together Time:
Picnic at Ala Moana or Kapiolani Park
Day at the Beach
Island Tour
Snorkel at Hanauma Bay
Parasailing, water skiing, jet skiing, kayaking at Hawaii Kai harbor
Horseback riding or jeep tour at the Kualoa Ranch
Tour of Pearl Harbor/USS ArizonaCollege Aged:
Surf lessons
Bowling - Aiea Bowl
Karaoke - Karaoke Room 2, Karaoke Hut
Dave and Busters (18+) - Ward; open air dance floor top level
Waikiki bars and clubs (various on Kalakaua)
Waikele Outlets20-30-something:
Concerts and shows at the Blaisdale Center
Honolulu parades and festivals (see local papers)
Chinatown lounges - forget the names, located next to one another on Hotel St, San Francisco-ish
My favorites: Pearl, Uncle Bo's, Indigo, W Hotel, Chinatown lounges
Live Music & Wine Bars - see other posts
Cultural events and festivals (see local paper)
"First Fridays" - monthly Chinatown Art Walk
55+: Jazz and Food festivals (check local papers)
Dinner Cruise - departs Aloha Tower
Massage, Facial and Golf at local Resorts
Sail Boating

{Disclaimer: places I recommend but have not myself been to: Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park, Sea Life Park, Ice Skating, bowling, jet skiing, kayaking, parasailing...and yes, snorkeling and surfing}

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