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5 Can’t-Miss Cultural Activities on Oahu Perfect for Families

4/12/2022

5 Can't Miss Family Cultural Activities | Oahu

The best family vacays? Those that let the kids explore, play and learn with a little fun for parents, too. One of the best spots in the world for family vacays? Oahu. Known as "The Gathering Place," Oahu has it all, all year-round. We've gathered the five best family-friendly ways to have fun on the island. Let the family (aloha) fun begin!

Surfing | Oahu

1) Surf's Up

Perfect Home Base: Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
Surfing is a must when on Oahu, and one of the best spots for both beginners and pros alike is the world-famous Waikiki Beach (which made influencers the Can Family's Top 5 Oahu faves list, too). For both the kids—and kid-at-heart beginners—check out Faith Surf School for surf lessons or catch a wave on an outrigger canoe, one of the only places in the world where you can try this exhilarating ancient pastime.

Insider Tip: Check out the other best family-friendly beaches across Oahu.

2) Get Cultured

Perfect Home Base: Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
Keep the kids active and entertained with a taste of the aloha tradition(s) with Outrigger Reef's culture programs for all ages. Learn to hula dance or make lei together for beautiful family moments, and there are even more options for local-culture fun (think ukulele lessons and Hawaiian woodcarving!).

Insider Tip: After a day of culture with the kids, try an evening under the stars at Kani Ka Pila Grille for live Hawaiian music and a nightcap.

3) Jurassic Adventure

Perfect Home Base: Waikiki Malia by Outrigger
Just over 20 miles from Honolulu, Kualoa Ranch feels worlds away. Take a Jungle Jeep Expedition through the "Jurassic" rainforest where scenes from family-favorite movies like Jurassic World and Jumanji were filmed. Zipline over the beautiful Kaaawa Valley, a.k.a. Hollywood's "Hawaii Backlot," famed for being the backdrop to more than 300 movies and TV shows. Go on an eco-adventure while also giving back with the Malama ka Aina Tour: an experience that gives the family a chance to learn and explore while volunteering (and you get your third night free at Outrigger!).

Insider Tip: Capture all the beautiful moments with these tips to take travel shots like a pro.

4) Museum-ing

Perfect Home Base: Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
From the planetarium to the storied history of surf—and the largest assemblage of surfboards in the world—Oahu's Bishop Museum is the perfect place to spend an afternoon with the kids to learn about Hawaii from past to present.

Insider Tip: Check out Love & Aloha exhibit in the lobby at Outrigger Waikiki, created in partnership with Bishop Museum.

Hula Pie | Oahu

5) Foodie Family Fun

Perfect Home Base: Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger
One of the best things about Oahu has nothing to do with beautiful beaches or adventure: the food. Known for favorites like loco moco, lau lau, and poke, Oahu has everything from food trucks to five-course fine dining. Try the iconic must-stop Duke's Waikiki (foodie YouTubers Amanda and Felix love the roasted Tristan lobster and coconut-ginger braised seafood and the kids-will-love famous Hula pie) or the colorful acai bowls at Hawaii's most Instagrammed coffee shop.

Insider Tip: You can easily explore Waikiki without a car, especially for sampling the local cuisine.

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Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort | Hawaii
  • Home of Hawaiian Music, Kani Ka Pila Grille
  • Renovated modern guest rooms
  • Immersive cultural activities
  • Voyager 47 Club Lounge
Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger | Hawaii
  • Hawaii’s first and only craft hotel
  • Home of The Beachcomber Originals
  • Hawaiian Aroma Caffe, Waikiki’s most Instagrammed coffee shop
  • Island’s longest bar at Maui Brewing Co
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort | Hawaii
  • Beachfront location
  • Home of Duke’s Waikiki
  • Hawaii’s best live music venue, Blue Note Hawaii
  • Voyager 47 Club Lounge
Waikiki Malia by Outrigger |Hawaii
  • Intimate retreat for adventure seekers
  • Easy access to Waikiki Beach
  • Choice for value-minded families and groups
  • Spacious guest rooms and studios
  • Offering connecting rooms and kitchenettes
OHANA Waikiki East by Outrigger | Hawaii
  • Spacious guest rooms with kitchenettes
  • Ideal for large groups or families
  • Steps to Waikiki Beach and International Market Place
  • Onsite restaurants – Appetito Craft Pizza & Wine Bar and Tanaka of Tokyo
Airport Honolulu Hotel | Hawaii
  • Only half a mile from Daniel K. Inouye International Airport
  • Pet friendly
  • Convenient for business travelJust minutes from Pearl Harbor
Waikiki Shore by Outrigger | Hawaii
  • Only resort condo directly on Waikiki Beach
  • Sweeping panoramic ocean views
  • Family friendly
  • Perfect for extended stays
  • Ability to select a specific condo unit
Regency on Beachwalk Waikiki by Outrigger | Hawaii
  • Intimate, boutique style condo resort
  • Situated in the Waikiki Beach Walk shopping and dining district
  • Ability to select a specific condo unit
Honua Kai Resort & Spa | Maui
  • 38 tropical beachfront acres
  • 3-acre aquatic playground
  • AAA Four Diamond Award accredited
  • Luxury, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites on Kaanapali Beach
The Kapalua Villas Maui | Hawaii
  • Located on 22,000-acre Kapalua Resort
  • Choose from 3 beaches and 11 restaurants
  • Ocean and golf room views
  • Offering two magnificent golf courses
  • Ability to select a specific condo unit
Palms at Wailea Maui by Outrigger | Hawaii
  • Located within the world-famous Wailea Resort community
  • A short drive from the Shops at Wailea and beaches
  • Near Wailea’s most renowned restaurants
Royal Kahana Maui by Outrigger | Hawaii
  • Ocean view of Molokai and Lanai
  • Boasts oceanfront pool
  • Private lanai
  • Ability to select a specific condo unit
Kaanapali Maui at the Eldorado by Outrigger | Hawaii
  • Fronts the fairways of Kaanapali Beach Resort
  • Short walk from Whalers Village
  • Featuring three swimming pools
  • Ability to select a specific condo unit
Aina Nalu Lahaina by Outrigger | Maui
  • Boutique-style condos in heart of Lahaina
  • Two blocks away from Front Street
  • Walking distance to shops and restaurants
Napili Shores Maui by Outrigger | Hawaii
  • Offering stunning views of Lanai and Molokai
  • Newly renovated condos
  • Oceanfront on property dining at the Gazebo Restaurant
Waipouli Beach Resort & Spa Kauai by Outrigger | Hawaii
  • Heated river pool running through two-acre property
  • Features flumed water slides
  • Ability to select a specific condo unit
Kiahuna Plantation Resort Kauai by Outrigger | Hawaii
  • Cottage-style beachfront condos
  • Complimentary access to Poipu Athletic Club
  • Ability to select a specific condo unit
Lae Nani Resort Kauai | Hawaii
  • Oceanfront condos
  • Includes an ocean pool within a natural stone breakwater
  • Adjacent to the Coconut MarketPlace
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Fairway Villa Waikoloa by Outrigger | Hawaii Island
  • Guests treated to infinity pool and lava rock whirlpool
  • Surrounded by Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed golf course
  • Selection of on property dining options
Kohala Coast Vacation Rentals by Outrigger | Hawaii Island
  • Five distinct properties to choose from
  • Ability to select a specific condo unit
  • Close to upscale King’s Shops and Queen’s Market Place
  • Golf at Beach Course
Kanaloa at Kona by Outrigger | Hawaii Island
  • Set on 18 oceanfront acres
  • Boasts 3 swimming pools and 2 tennis courts
  • Ability to select a specific condo unit
Royal Sea Cliff Kona by Outrigger | Hawaii Island
  • Set on a lava rock bluff
  • Panoramic views of the Kona coast
  • 5-minute drive to restaurants and shops
  • Ability to select a specific condo unit
Castaway Island, Fiji Resort | Outrigger Hotels & Resorts
  • Beachfront bures
  • Complimentary beach services
  • Kava ceremony welcomes guests
  • Wood-carving guest activity
  • Enjoy Meke traditional song and dance
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  • Beachfront bures
  • Offering Meimei nanny service
  • Talai butler service available
  • Named #1 Family Resort
  • Amazing firewalking ceremony
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    • Luxury beachfront suites
    • Mauritian Rum tasting experience
    • Dance to Sega music
    • Relax on private beach
    • Complimentary kid’s club
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    • Located beachfront on Lamai Beach
    • 2 swimming pools
    • Fitness center
    • Restaurants and in-room dining
    • 3 meeting rooms
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    • Located beachfront on Bangsak Beach
    • Swimming pool
    • Fitness center
    • Restaurants and in-room dining
    • 3 meeting rooms
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    • Located on Surin Beach
    • Boutique resort
    • 2 swimming pools
    • Restaurant and in-room dining
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    • Luxury resort in the Maldives
    • Choose from beachfront villas or over-water villas
    • Numerous dining options, including our signature restaurant Moodhu Grill
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    Waikiki Beach | Hawaii
    • Famous for Waikiki Beach
    • Hike Diamond Head Crater
    • Take a historical journey at Pearl Harbor
    • Birthplace of legendary surfer Duke Kahanamoku
    • Home to Iolani Palace, US’s only royal place
    Experience a gorgeous Maui sunset
    • Voted “Best Island in the US”
    • Home to Haleakala volcano
    • Famed for whale watching during the winter months
    • Famous scenic stretch road to Hana
    • Mile long of sandy shore at Kaanapali Beach
    Beaches of Kauai | Hawaii
    • Nicknamed the Garden Island
    • Known for lush valleys, waterfalls and hiking trails
    • Has more beaches than any other Hawaiian Island
    • Most hiking trails than an other Hawaiian Island
    • Largest coffee plantation in the US
    Hawaii Island (Big Island)
    • Often referred to as the “Big Island”
    • Kilauea volcano is the most active and largest in the world
    • Known for black sand beaches
    • Grows most of the world’s macadamia nuts
    • Home to some of the world’s largest telescopes
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