Best family and kid-friendly hotels in Hawaii

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When you’re looking for a great Hawaii hotel for the family vacation, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all the choices. In general you can’t make a bad decision as most Hawaii hotels make great vacation bases whether you are looking for a romantic trip for two or a family fun vacation.

When planning a family vacation to Hawaii, we think one of the most important aspects to consider is to find a hotel that offers safe and fun water sports. In this list, we’ve put an emphasis on hotels situated beside sheltered ocean swimming spots and/or have outstanding pools.

So there are a lot of great family-friendly Hawaii hotels, but the following hotels are the best of the best, in our opinion.

—  Oahu  —

Aulani Disney Resort & Spa

Where: Oahu’s west coast is an outstanding resort for families.

Reasons families like it:

  • The resort offers an amazing waterpark that’s fun for kids of all ages.
  • Aulani was built by one of the sheltered Ko Olina lagoons which is much safer for kids to splash around in the ocean.
  • The resort operates a complimentary kid’s club plus activities for teens.
  • There’s a mix of rooms and villas at the resort. The villas have full kitchen’s and a washer and dryer.
  • They offer an onsite hula show.

Reviews: See our Aulani review and reviews from TripAdvisor

Nightly rate: starting at approximately $375.

Hilton Hawaiian Village

Where: Waikiki

Reasons families like it:

Reviews: See our review of Hilton Hawaiian Village and reviews from TripAdvisor

Nightly rate: starting at roughly $225

—  Kauai  —

Kauai Marriott Resort

Where: Kauai’s east coast near Lihue airport.

Reasons families like it:

  • Located on sheltered Kalapaki Beach
  • One of the largest resort pools in all of Hawaii
  • Located on the east side of Kauai making it convenient for sightseeing around the island.

Reviews: See our review of Kauai Marriott and read reviews from TripAdvisor.

Nightly rates start at roughly $275.

Other noteworthy Kauai hotels/locations

– Hotels and vacation rentals in the Poipu area are worth considering because of the sheltered kiddie beach at Poipu Beach Park.

—  Hawaii, the Big Island  —

Hilton Waikoloa Village 

Where: Located on the luxurious Kohala Coast.

Reasons families like it:

  • This resort has many fun pools and one with a large waterslide.
  • The resort has a sheltered lagoon that’s fun for waters sports, snorkeling and seeing sea turtles.
  • Waikoloa makes a great base for a Hawaii Island vacation with several restaurant and shopping options plus free entertainment.
  • Dolphin Quest is located onsite where you can view and swim with dolphins.
  • They have a kid’s club available for a fee.
  • They have an onsite luau.

Reviews: See our review of Hilton Waikoloa Village and read reviews from TripAdvisor.

Nightly rate: starting at just under $200.

—  Maui  —

Grand Wailea

Where: in sunny Wailea on South Maui.

Reasons families like it:

  • The resort has very fun pools plus waterslides and a water elevator.
  • There’s an onsite luau.
  • The resort offers fun activities for kids and teens for a fee. See this link for more information.

Please note that there isn’t a sheltered ocean swimming spot. So check conditions before allowing kids to play in the ocean.

Reviews: See our Grand Wailea review and read reviews from TripAdvisor.

Nightly rate: starting at approximately $575.

Other noteworthy Maui hotels/locations

– Honua Kai is an upscale condominium-style resort with full-sized gourmet kitchens and washer and dryers which families love. They have several pools including a fun pool with a waterslide. See our review of Honua Kai and more reviews from TripAdvisor. Please note that there isn’t a sheltered ocean swimming spot. So check conditions before allowing kids to play in the ocean.

What other family-friendly Hawaii hotels do you recommend?

  1. We really liked the warm welcome given to our kids at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. When they were younger, they received a welcome pack of beach toys, water bottle and activity books. I’m not sure if they still do the welcome pack, but the atmosphere was still very family-friendly on our second visit a few weeks ago. There’s no kid’s club, but the location right across from the beach means little legs don’t have to go very far to play in the waves! Tiki’s restuarant on site has a great kid’s menu, too. A definite reccommend!

    1. Mahalo Christine for adding your recommendation. I did consider listing the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel and the Marriott Waikiki, which is next door, because of the sheltered swimming that’s across Kalakaua Ave.

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