Honolulu – Visit Oahu with the KIDS
Honolulu – Visit Oahu with KIDS
Hawaii is a fantastic destination for family fun. With so many islands to choose from – which one to visit first? Each has something special to offer but none such a wide variety as Oahu. You’ll love all that Oahu has to offer your family!
Honolulu – Visit Oahu with the Kids: History
Honolulu has the unique history of being the location of Pearl Harbor. Take time before the visit to explain to children so they will have a better idea of what they are seeing. When visiting the USS Arizona monument you’ll see a video explaining the history and then ride a ferry to a platform above the sunken ship. Take this time to explain words like memorial and hero to the kids to make it an educational experience, too. Afterwards you can visit the USS Bowfin which is a WWII submarine. The memorial is free but there is a ticket fee for the USS Bowfin.
Honolulu – Visit Oahu with the Kids: Fish to eat
Many kids think food comes from the grocery store – shrink wrapped and boxed. Travel is a great way to expand their thoughts on where food actually originates! Visit the Honolulu Fish Auction to see really fresh fish and a real auction. Since the auction tour begins early, it is also a great way to take advantage of jet lag which might otherwise feel like a bummer. Read the rules and make a reservation!
It is very chilly inside the fish market, as you might imagine, and the fish are all on ice. Explain how an auction works and then marvel at the different types of fish. How many have you tasted?
Honolulu – Visit Oahu with the Kids: Fish to watch
The ocean is a big part of an Oahu visit so get in and swim with some fish! Snorkeling is a great way to see the lovely salt water fish. Snorkeling feels a lot like swimming in an aquarium! Take a look at the card given to you before you dive in the water to get familiar with the local fish. Which ones will you see?
Keep a lookout for the official Hawaii state fish – the reef triggerfish. The name is simple enough in English but in Hawaiian, the reef triggerfish is called the humuhumunukunukuapua’a. That is a mouthful and you’ll have fun trying to say it with the kids. Don’t know where to start? It sounds like: who-moo-who-moo-noo-koo-noo-koo-ah-poo-ah-ah.
Honolulu – Visit Oahu with the Kids: Geology
Learning a little about the geology of Hawaii is part of the fun. The entire chain of Hawaii came from erupting volcanoes. You can see the very prominent volcano on Oahu called Diamond head. It is now dormant but once erupted so much that it created this entire island. Now it is a state monument where you can go hiking!
Honolulu – Visit Oahu with the Kids: Culture
Explore the fascinating polynesian culture with a visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center. Learn the hula and enjoy a luau. Kids will love the music and costumes and dances.
Honolulu – Visit Oahu with the Kids: Where to Stay?
Looking to visit Honolulu with the kids? Visit Hotel Planner for choosing the perfect lodging for your adventure! Choosing the perfect accommodation is part of the fun.
Guess what? Disney is on Oahu, too! The magical Disney resort of Aulani is just 20 miles away from the city of Waikiki. If your dream trip to Oahu includes the magical world of Disney be sure to give us a call. Disney vacation planning is FREE from The Pixie Dust Queen.
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