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The Polynesian Cultural Center wins with kids

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10Best readers choose Oahu attraction as best for families

Hawaiian culture holds a special place for ohana (family), and kids of all ages will find plenty to do on the islands. From beaches and water sports to volcanoes and sacred cultural sites, Hawaii’s wealth of family-centric activities and attractions make it a favorite for travelers with children in tow.

  • The Polynesian Cultural Center
    Oahu

    One of Oahu's top attractions provides glimpses into the cultures of Polynesia (Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti, Fimi, New Zealand, Marquesas and Tonga). Each one maintains a separate village, where visitors are regaled with information about celebration and survival in ancient days. Demonstrations, performances, narratives, and even a luau are presented, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the spectacle and character of the past.
    Photo courtesy of The Polynesian Cultural Center

  • Old Lahaina Luau
    Maui

    No family trip to the Hawaiian Islands would be complete without attending a luau, and this one on Maui features traditional Hawaiian food, an open bar, hula dancing, and flower leis, all in a recreated Hawaiian village right on the oceanfront.
    Photo courtesy of Old Lahaina Luau

  • Fair Wind Snorkel Cruise
    Big Island

    Fair Wind specializes in snorkeling cruises in the waters of the Kona Coast and historic Kealakekua Bay, home of the Captain Cook Monument. These family friendly tours take place aboard the Fair Wind II, equipped with staircases for easy water entry, two 15-foot waterslides, a high-jump platform and a variety of floatation devices for a safe and fun snorkel.
    Photo courtesy of Fair Wind Cruises

  • Submarine Scooters
    Oahu

    You don’t need any diving experience to explore Hawaii’s underwater world in a Submarine Scooter. This family friendly adventure from Island Water Sports takes visitors under the surface of Oahu’s Maunalua Bay aboard self-propelled, eco-friendly scooters.
    Photo courtesy of Island Watersports Hawaii

  • Waikiki Beach Services Outrigger Canoe Surfing

    Waikiki Beach Services has been outfitting water sports on Honolulu’s iconic stretch of sand since 1955. Here families are welcome to try out one of Hawaii’s signature sports, once reserved for Hawaiian royalty, the outrigger canoe.
    Photo courtesy of Waikiki Beach Services

  • Atlantis Submarines
    Multiple Locations

    You don’t have to get wet to enjoy Hawaii’s underwater beauty. Atlantis Submarines takes visitors on family friendly adventures beneath the sea off the shores of Oahu, Maui and the Big Island, offering a close-up view of marine life, sunken ships and tropical reefs from the safety and comfort of an air-conditioned submarine.
    Photo courtesy of Atlantis Submarines

  • The Umauma Experience
    Big Island

    Families looking for an adrenaline rush will find it at The Umauma Experience. This Big Island aerial adventure park features a 9-line zipline course extending for nearly 2 miles. Zip past 14 waterfalls while soaking up the ocean and rainforest views.
    Photo courtesy of The Umauma Experience

  • Moniz Family Surf
    Honolulu

    Waikiki Beach is the perfect place to catch your first wave, and Moniz Family Surf provides lessons for all skill levels, with a guarantee that you’ll stand up and ride a wave during your first lesson. It’s a favorite activity among families traveling with teenagers.
    Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson

  • Kamaka Ukulele Factory
    Honolulu

    Families in Honolulu looking for a break from the beach can take a tour of this ukulele factory dating back to 1916. Free hour-long tours give visitors a behind-the-scenes look at how these instruments are made.
    Photo courtesy of Kamaka Ukulele

  • Maui Ocean Center
    Maui

    The Maui Ocean Center is home to one of the largest displays of live Pacific corals in the world. Kids can come face to face with a variety of Hawaiian marine life, including sharks, stingrays, sea turtles and colorful tropical fish.
    Photo courtesy of Maui Ocean Center

The top 10 winners in the category Best Family Attraction in Hawaii are as follows:

  1. The Polynesian Cultural Center - Oahu
  2. Old Lahaina Luau - Maui
  3. Fair Wind Snorkel Cruise - Big Island
  4. Submarine Scooters - Oahu
  5. Waikiki Beach Services Outrigger Canoe Surfing
  6. Atlantis Submarines - Multiple Locations
  7. The Umauma Experience - Big Island
  8. Moniz Family Surf - Honolulu
  9. Kamaka Ukulele Factory - Honolulu
  10. Maui Ocean Center - Maui

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning attractions!

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