As the saying goes, there's a first time for everything, even your family's fist visit to Honolulu. What's great about the Gathering Island is that it's easy to navigate your family between the best shops, restaurants and things to see and do. If it's your family's first time to Honolulu, look no further than our itinerary because out of the tons of things to do, we'll guide you to the best of the best so there's no confusion between the multitude of eateries, beaches and attractions.
During your first time to Honolulu, make sure to hit up these family-friendly hot spots to absorb the best of the city.
Snorkel Hanauma Bay
Created from a collapsed volcano crater, Hanauma Bay is protected, calm and ideal for snorkeling with children. The snorkeling is amazing since the preserve protects the wildlife and creates a favorite place for the fish to come eat. Additional family-friendly facilities include picnic areas, showers and restrooms, concession kiosks, a volleyball court and lifeguards.
Aerial view of Hanauma Bay — Photo courtesy of Jade Eckardt
Eat at Irifune
Irifune is delicious, casual, fun and perfect for kids. One of the most renowned homestyle Japanese restaurants in the city, Irifune is known not only for its great food, but for the intriguing decor of fish, nets and lights and the surprise lights-out and venue-wide happy birthday song the staff is happy to spring on any guest in celebration.
Soak Up the Sun at Waikiki Beach
Along the southern shore of the part of Honolulu called Waikiki, is famous Waikiki Beach. Waikiki Beach is where the action's at, from surf lessons (you can book one on the beach) to swimming, snorkeling and good 'ol sand castle building, you can find anything beach-related to do here.
Beautiful Waikiki — Photo courtesy of pandk
Explore the International Marketplace
A local fixture that's changed amazingly little since its inception in 1955, International Marketplace features more than 130 shops, kiosks, and artist's stands selling everything from fine jewelry to toys, from quilts to candles. Parents will enjoy browsing and so will children, along with having fun exploring the overhead roots dropping from the huge banyan tree. This is both an attraction and a shopping experience.
Hawaii Children's Discovery Center
It's all about the keiki (children) here, where parents and children (both visitors and locals) gather daily for classes, play, view exhibits and experience historical lessons - all of which are woven with a universal thread called fun. Kids can be a grown up for a day and learn about how a town functions, learn about Hawaiian rainbows, take an inside look at the human body or explore a Hawaiian rainforest - all at the center.