10 Family-Friendly Activities to Enjoy in Hawaii

Published on May 23, 2024


Surrounded by endless ocean beauty, the islands of Hawaii provide every guest a welcoming home for relaxation, with stunning beaches, a vibrant culture and exhilarating attractions not found anywhere else on Earth.

Embark on immersive experiences for the entire family on the tranquil islands of Maui and Kauai, as well as the Big Island of Hawaii during your stay at one of the many premium resorts and vacation properties from the CoralTree Residence Collection.

Make the most of your time in the Aloha State with these family-friendly attractions and activities:

  1. Go snorkeling at Molokini Crater.
    A partially submerged volcano just off the shore of Maui, Molokini Crater’s shallow coral reef houses a variety of colorful fish and marine animals. Snorkeling tours are available most days. It’s a must-see for anyone staying at Wailea Point, a luxurious 30-acre oceanfront resort, or the exclusive and secluded Makena Surf that hugs the Makena coastline along Po’olenalena Beach.

  2. Get up close and personal with marine life at Maui Ocean Center.
    An ideal attraction for the whole family, the Maui Ocean Center is the largest living tropical reef aquarium in the Western Hemisphere. Through an underwater tunnel, you can get close to sharks, rays and other ocean life. Pro tip: The Maui Ocean Center Sphere takes you on a 3D experience that brings you eye-to-eye with Maui’s humpback whales in their realm beneath the waves. Shows run every half hour and it’s included with admission. It’s one of many memorable adventures awaiting your family in Maui.

  3. Let loose at an authentic Hawaiian luau in Maui, Kauai or the Big Island.
    Take the family to experience a true Hawaiian tradition. Many resorts in Maui host luaus featuring delicious local cuisine, hula dancing, fire-eating and live music. The Big Island is also home to multiple luau options in Waikoloa, Kailua-Kona and South Kona. Polynesian culture is also on full display in Kauai, where you can enjoy an authentic luau on Poipu Beach within a mile of CoralTree’s Koloa locations – the residences in the Kukui’ula Luxury Home Collection and the bungalows, cottages and villas at The Lodge at Kukui’ula.

  4. Pamper yourself with a luxury spa treatment in Kauai.
    It’s a paradise within a paradise. Immerse yourself in a range of unique wellness treatments and services that feature a Hawaiian twist. If you’re staying at The Lodge at Kukui'ula in Koloa, take advantage of exclusive access to the on-property spa where you can try the popular wet ritual encompassing a series of saunas and spas. While you’re there, be sure to visit Old Koloa Town and other attractions in Kauai.

  5. Express your artistic side with an Island Art Party experience.
    Create your own masterpiece and have a fun-filled afternoon with Island Art Party. This mobile art studio can be booked for private and group events throughout Maui, so whether you’re staying at Wailea Ehaki Village in Keawakapu Beach; a two-story luxurious townhome at Wailea Ho'olei; or the gated, private Polo Beach Club resort, Island Art Party will come to you.

  6. Sink your toes in the sand at Mauna Lani Beach Club on the Big Island.
    Stay at any CoralTree Residence Collection location on the Big Island of Hawaii and you’ll have access to Mauna Lani Beach Club, a tropical oasis set upon the famed Kohala Coast. It’s an oceanside experience that complements any visit. Whether you’re basking in the privacy of The Islands at Mauna Lani or soaking in spectacular sunsets from your private lanai at Mauna Lani Point, the Big Island never disappoints.

  7. Explore the majestic Haleakalā National Park.
    Take a day trip to one of Maui’s true marvels – the dormant volcano and surrounding landscape at Haleakalā National Park. Pro tip: One of the most popular experiences in Maui is watching the sunrise from atop Mount Haleakala’s summit. The sun bursting over the clouds provides astonishing views!

  8. Find gifts for everyone, or treat yourself, at Whalers Village.
    Enjoy a little retail therapy at Maui’s premier oceanfront shopping center, Whalers Village. Surround yourself with the best brands and one-of-a-kind specialty retailers. This upscale mall is only steps away from the spacious vacation rentals at Kaanapali Alii, where you can also play world-class championship golf courses and dine at celebrity-chef-influenced restaurants, all within minutes of a stunning white-sand coastline.

  9. Stop and smell the flowers (and take lots of pics) at Kauai’s Allerton Garden.
    Nestled on the south shore of Kauai beside the Lāwaʻi Bay, the lush 80-acre Allerton Garden is home to plants from all over the South Pacific! Pro tip: Bring your camera and book an Allerton Garden at Sunset guided tour. You’ll visit the garden, the Allerton house, and enjoy a delicious dinner on its oceanfront lanai. The garden is within a mile of both CoralTree Residence Collection locations in Koloa.

  10. Enjoy a stroll, hike or jog along Wailea Beach Path.
    What better way to get in some light exercise than on a scenic coastal pathway with breathtaking ocean views? Wailea Beach Path connects various beaches and resorts, and is a 3-mile roundtrip that you can take at whatever pace you please.

Book your stay within the CoralTree Residence Collection and select from the largest assortment of premium beachfront, oceanfront and golf-front vacation residences Hawaii has to offer!