Hawaii

The beautiful islands of Hawaii are an ideal destination when travelling with kids. Children are welcome just about everywhere on the islands. Hawaii’s beautiful beaches, amazing culture, stunning mountain scenery and waterfalls mean this destination has something for every travelling tot and their parents; you can view an active volcano, swim with turtles and other sea and bird life, many hotels have kids clubs and the kids can take hula lessons while mum and dad enjoy a cocktail and massage.

Where to start: 

Hawaii’s official visit website discoverhawaii.com has a huge range of information including itinerary suggestions.

The islands each have visitors bureaus with their own websites;

What is there to see and do: 

It is impossible to list all that Hawaii has to offer holiday makers so we will start with a few of the highlights;

From December to May there is Humpback whale watching.

On O’ahu kids will love a visit to Wet ‘n’ wild Hawaii a water theme park,

Sea Life Park  is a marine life park where you can swim with Dolphins,

Waikiki has an Aquarium and Honolulu a zoo,

Go to a Lu’au at the Polynesian Cultural Centre,

Or take an amazing underwater submarine tour with Atlantis Adventures.

Try mountain tubing on Kauai or visit Salt Pond Beach Park for normally calm sheltered swimming conditions, or explore the rock pools created by lava shelves for small sea life.

On Maui Haleakala National Park has a junior ranger program for kids aged between 6 and 12 years.

Check out Cirque Polynesia http://www.cirquepolynesia.com/

On The Big Island  take the kids to experience a working ranch at Kahua Ranch

Visit Mauna Kea for amazing sunsets and star gazing.

Head to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park  to see a live volcano.

Where to stay: 

The Discover Hawaii web site has a searchable database of accommodation options by island. The following hotels are amongst those that have kids clubs (there are many many more and others that are very child friendly but don’t have an official ‘kids club’):

Oahu Maui Kauai Big Island
The Hilton Hawaiian Village Kaanapali Alii Kauai Marriott Resort Hilton Waikoloa
Aston Waikiki Banyan The Westin Maui Sheraton Kauai  

 

Country Facts

Currency:
US Dollars
Flying Time:
The majority of flights to Hawaii from both the Eastern states and the west coast are via Sydney and take approximately 9 and a half hours
Official Tourism Site:
www.discoverhawaii.com
Phone Details:
Emergency 911
Time Zone:
Hawaii is twenty hours behind Australia’s Eastern states

Food & Supplies

Baby Food Brands:
Heinz, Gerber, Carnation Baby and Nature’s goodness
Formula:
Carnation, Similac and Enfamil formulas are available
Nappies:
Pampers and Huggies
Where to shop:
Most supermarkets and department stores; Walmart, Target, Kmart, Walgreens, Ad Max, Value Plus and United Supermarkets to name just a few

Travelling

Getting There:

Hawaiian Airlines, Qantas, Jetstar and Air Pacific all fly to Hawaii from Australia

Safety

Car Seat Regs:

In Hawaii the law states that all children must be in an appropriate car seat or booster seat when travelling in a car including taxis, for more info click here  

Contact taxi companies ahead of time to see if they can provide a car seat or alternatively bring your own from home.

Click the following links to visit the website of a selection of Hawaii’s taxi companies

Oahu   Kauai    Maui   The Big Island

Car hire companies can provide infant car seats but check and reserve a seat in advance.