Hawaii Mom Blog: Hawai`i Family-Friendly Hotel Guide




Hawai`i Family-Friendly Hotel Guide

Hawai`i offers families a lot of great hotel options.  There are hotels that really cater to families, and others that are suitable for families, but don't necessarily offer many kid-specific perks.

Below is a guide to Hawai`i hotels that Hawaii Mom Blog contributors have stayed at with their families, along with a very brief summary of the family-friendly features.

The hotels are broken down into the following categories:
  • Family-Friendliest: Offers family suites, a kids program, kids menus, and many kid-friendly activities and/or amenities.
  • Family-Friendly: Suitable for families, with a few kid-friendly perks.
Please click on links to read actual reviews.  Please note hotel amenities, services, and accommodations may have changed since the post date of the reviews.

Hawai`i Island
  • Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
    • Accommodations: The `Ohana Suite is perfect for families, complete with a video game system, telescope, outdoor shower, and easy access to the Keiki pool.
    • Activities: Hale Kula toy and game room can keep kids busy all day long; new Marine Center is fun for all ages.
    • Amenities: Toys, kids bath amenities, and mini bathrobes welcome the littlest of guests.
    • Dining: Kids meals are offered at the restaurants, and kids can even request happy face or Mickey-shaped pancakes at `ULU Ocean Grill's Breakfast Buffet.  
    • Kids Club: Kids for All Seasons
    • Other Notes:  Kids can splash around at the Keiki pool and indulge in yummy poolside treats, or swim with an eagle ray in King's Pond.  
  • Sheraton Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay:
    • Accommodations: `Ohana Suite
    • Activities: Kids Play Area
    • Kids Club: Keiki Club
    • Other Notes: Children's pool (with free pool-side treats!)
  • Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa:
    • Accommodations: A spacious suite with bunk beds offers plenty of room for large families
    • Activities: Kiddie pools, water slide, table tennis, pool toys, and pool pleasers keep kids busy all day.
    • Dining: Keiki menus available at on-site restaurants.

  • Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa:   
    • Activities: Lawn games, koi feedings, and other activities offered on property will entertain kids.  
    • Kids Club: Camp Hyatt (for a fee) offers all day and night, providing kids ages 3 to 12 with all sorts of activities
    • Other Notes: It will be hard to tear the kids away from the incredible pools, which include a slide, lazy river, and salt-water lagoon.  
  • Koloa Landing Resort
    • Accommodations: Spacious villas will full kitchens are perfect for families.  
    • Activities: Pool and waterslides.
    • Dining: Keiki menus at Holoholo Grill
    • Other Notes: S'mores nights help to make the property fun for all ages.
  • Kauai Shores Hotel:  
    • Accommodations: Studios with kitchenettes provide families larger spaces than the average guest room.
    • Activities: Unlimited DVD and Playstation 3 rentals, and lots of grassy areas for kids to run around and release their energy.  
    • Other Notes: 2 pools, easy beach access.
  • Four Seasons Resort Lanai (formerly Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay)
    • Amenities: Welcome toys and bath amenities greet the little ones upon arrival.  
    • Dining: Kids under 4 eat free with paying adult. 
    • Kids Club: Kids for All Seasons program keeps kids busy with games, toys, and activities.  
    • Other Notes: No need to worry about high chairs, pack n plays, etc. - the resort offers them complimentary. 
  • Fairmont Kea Lani
    • Accommodations: Villas are perfect for families, with multiple rooms, a full kitchen and even a plunge pool.  You'll even find games to play with the little ones.
    • Activities: Kid-friendly pools with a water slide, pool toy rentals.
    • Dining: Kids menus and keiki dining program.
    • Kids Club: Keiki Lani Kids Club is included with the daily resort fee.
  • Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
    • Activities: Game Room 
    • Amenities:  A fruit-filled shark carved out of a watermelon, cookies, juice, toys, and stuffed turtles - just a few examples of what will greet kids upon arrival.
    • Dining: Free kids meals for kids 5 and under at at Ferraro's and DUO when accompanied by a paying adult.  Kids can request Mickey-shaped pancakes at DUO's breakfast buffet. 
    • Kids Club: Kids for All Seasons
  • Grand Wailea
    • Accommodations:  Spacious suites accommodate large families.
    • Activities: The Rock will keep kids busy all day with video games, toys, a movie theater, arts and crafts, and LEGO.
    • Dining: Keiki 5 and under staying at the resort eat free.
    • Other Notes: The Wailea Canyon Activity Pool boasts nine pools, four slides, a rope swing, and a water elevator.   The littlest guests of Napua Tower have access to board games, DVDs, and more.  
  • The Westin Ka`anapali Ocean Resort Villas:  
    • Accommodations: Spacious villas with a full kitchen and a washer and dryer are ideal for families.  
    • Activities: Large pools, including a Pirate Ship pool, a playground, a kids club, shuffle board, and more will keep kids busy throughout the day.
    • Dining: Kid menus available at on-site restaurants. 
  • Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa
    • Accommodations: The `Ohana Suites are ideal for families.  
    • Activities: Cultural activities are fun for the entire family.  A kids pool, lazy river, and fresh-water lagoon provides ours of fun in the sun; lawn games, beachside s'mores.
    • Dining: Kid-friendly dining options.
    • Other Notes: Beachsides S'mores is a must!
  • Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa
    • Accommodations: Villas with full kitchens create a "home away from home."  Some villa have easy access to pools.  
    • Activities: Amazing pools (where you can watch Mickey & friends perform), slides, and a lazy river will keep kids happy all day long.  
    • Amenities: Menehune necklaces are given to the little guests upon check-in, marking the start of a magical stay.  
    • Dining: Character dining (complete with Mickey waffles) and kids menus at other dining venues will satisfy even the pickiest eater.  
    • Kids Club: Aunty's Beach House offers a variety of kid-friendly activities.  
    • Other Notes: Complimentary step stools, high chairs, and play yards means less things to worry about.  
  • Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina: 
    • Activities: Cool pool inflatables and yummy treats keep kids content at the pool; beach toys and stand-up paddle boards keep the keiki busy at the beach.  
    • Accommodations: Spacious suites are great for families.
    • Amenities: A kid-friendly welcome of toys and sweets is just the start of a family-friendly stay.  
    • Dining: Kids 5 and under eat free at the four on-property restaurants.
    • Kids Club: The Kids for All Seasons program offers activities, video games, and movies.
  • Holiday Inn Express Waikiki:
    • Activities: 5th floor skydeck featuring a 9-hole mini-golf course shuffleboard, chess game, ping pong, and foosball.  Game room with Wii game console and TVs.
    • Dining: Complimentary daily breakfast is a money-saver
    • Other Notes: Complimentary beach day essentials (beach towels, beach chairs, sand toys, and boogie boards).
  • Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa
    • Accommodations: Family Suites provide lots of room for large families. 
    • Activities: Complimentary cultural activities are a great way for families to spend time together.
    • Dining: Keiki menu available at SHOR
    • Other Notes: Kid-sized beach chairs and beach toys available for use.  Dylan's Candy is located downstairs in the Pualeliani Atrium Shops, where kids and kids-at-heart can indulge in all sorts of sweet treats.  
  • Kahala Hotel & Resort: 
    • Accommodations: Scenic View Suite offers great views and ample space for families.
    • Activities: Families can splash away at the pool or beach; keiki art program.
    • Amenities: Welcome gift of cookies.
    • Dining: Kids menus offered at Plumeria Beach House and The Veranda.
    • Kids Club: Kahala Keiki Club offers half-day and all-day programs (for a fee). 
    • Other Notes: Kids will love watching the dolphins in the Dolphin Lagoon (and can even get up-close and personal through Dolphin Quest). 
  • Ritz-Carlton Residences - Waikiki Beach:
    • Accommodations: Large, multi-room suites with kitchens, sofa beds, and in-room laundry.  
    • Amenities: Kids' welcome gift.
    • Other Notes: Separate adult and family pools.  
  • The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort
    • Activities: Family-friendly activities (lei-making, coconut art, etc.) offered on property.  
    • Dining: Kids menus and dining offers at select restaurants.  
    • Kids Club: Children's program available for a fee.  
    • Other Notes: Guests have use of the Helumoa Playground at Sheraton Waikiki.  High chairs or boosters available for in-room dining.
  • Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel
    • Accommodations: Suite with two bedrooms and a full kitchen is perfect for families.
    • Activities: Cultural activities and a large pool will keep kids busy 
    • Amenities: Kids receive an activity book up on check-in. Ice pops offered at the pool 3x daily!.  
    • Dining: Children 5 & under eat for free from Children’s Menus at designated dining outlets with paying adult.
  • Sheraton Waikiki:
    • Activities: Helumoa Playground - complete with a slides and a splash area, keeps both kids and adults busy.  A variety of complimentary cultural activities are offered; billiards and games can be played in the lobby. 
    • Dining: Children 5 & under eat for free from Children’s Menus at designated dining outlets for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner with paying adult.   
    • Kids Club: A children's program is available for a fee.   
  • Aston Waikiki Sunset
    • Accommodations: Spacious suites with fully-equipped kitchens are great for families. 
    • Activities: Kids will have fun at the pool, or it's just a short walk to the beach. 
    • Amenities: Unlimited DVD/Playstation 3 rentals provide the perfect excuse for a night in.
  • Best Western The Plaza Hotel: 
    • Accommodations: Connecting rooms available.  
    • Other Notes: Pool on site.  Rooms facing runway great for kids who love to watch planes take off.
  • Coconut Waikiki Hotel: 
    • Accommodations: Coconut Executive King Suite offers ample space for families.  
    • Other Notes: Bosley & Bosley, Jr. Mascots welcome kids in the lobby.
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Waikiki Beach Walk:  
    • Accommodations: Families will enjoy this all suite-hotel.  Guest rooms offer plenty of space for families. 
    • Dining: Complimentary breakfast and evening reception helps families save money.  
    • Other Notes: A large pool and a beach that's just a short walk away offers plenty of fun for all ages.  Located right on Waikiki Beach Walk, the hotel is just steps away from a variety of dining and retail options.
  • The Equus
    • Other Notes: A small pool is on property.  During Mai Tai reception, little ones can request juice.
  • Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani:
    • Accommodations: Interconnecting rooms are great for families
    • Other Notes: Dine at Orchids on site at sister hotel Halekulani, where keiki meals can be made even when not listed on the menu (one of my kids ate pasta with cheese). 
  • Hilton Waikiki Beach on Kuhio: 
    • Accommodations: Spacious suites available for families.
    • Dining: family-friendly dining at M.A.C. 24/7.
    • Other Notes: Executive Lounge access for those who book Executive Rooms are have Diamond Status offer a great way to save on meals; great pool with first-come, first-served cabanas and loungers.
  • Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber:  
    • Accommodations: Spacious suites suitable for large families.  
    • Other Notes: Pool on property to swim and splash; complimentary rides on the Waikiki Connection Trolley offer a fun way to explore the city.
  • Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites: 
    • Accommodations: Large, spacious suites provide ample room for families. 
    • Other Notes: Unlimited DVD and Playstation 3 rentals can keep kids busy for hours. Kids can cool off at the pool or go on an easy walk to the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon. 
  • OHANA Waikiki East
    • Accommodations: Suites offer plenty of room for families.  
    • Other Notes: Complimentary rides on the Pink Line Trolley are both fun and convenient.
  • Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
    • Activities: Cultural activities (kukui nut bracelets, ukulele lessons, etc.) are fun for the entire family.
    • Dining: Kids menus offered at on-site restaurants. 
    • Other Notes: The beach is just steps away, or a large pool beckons guests on property. 
  • Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
    • Activities: Cultural activities (hula lessons; lei-making) are great for those young and young-at heart.
    • Dining: Kids menus offered at on-site restaurants. 
    • Other Notes: Kids can swim in the pool or the beach.  
  • Park Shore Waikiki:  
    • Dining:  Several family-friendly dining options on property. 
    • Other Notes: A nice pool offers plenty of fun, and the beach is just across the street. 
  • Prince Waikiki:
    • Accommodations: Spacious suites great for families
    • Dining: Keiki menus available at 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar
  • Queen Kapiolani Hotel:
    • Activities: Surf school (fee)
    • Dining: Kids menu at Deck
    • Other Notes: Close proximity to the beach. Beach chairs and towels for guests' use. Recently renovated pool is open from morning to night
  • Shoreline Hotel Waikiki:  
    • Other Notes: A rooftop pool provides plenty of fun and gorgeous views.
  • Turtle Bay Resort:
    • Activities: Super fun kids pool with a slide.  A variety of keiki activities offered - some for free (hula and ukulele lessons); some for a fee (biking, tennis, foot golf). 
    • Dining: Children's menus offered at select on-site restaurants.

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