Surfing with an Expert -- If seven-time world champ Margo Oberg, a member of the Surfing Hall of Fame, can't get your kid -- or you -- up on a board riding a wave, nobody can. She promises same-day results even for klutzes.
Paddling up the Huleia River -- Indiana Jones ran for his life up this river to his seaplane in Raiders of the Lost Ark. You and the kids can venture down it yourself in a kayak. The picturesque Huleia winds through tropically lush Huleia National Wildlife Refuge, where endangered species like great blue herons and Hawaiian gallinules take wing. It's ideal for everyone.
Climbing the Wooden Jungle Gyms at Kamalani Playground -- Located in Lydgate State Park, Wailua, this unique playground has a maze of jungle gyms for children of all ages. You can whip down slides, explore caves, hang from bars, and climb all over. It's a great place to spend the afternoon.
Cooling Off with a Shave Ice -- On a hot, hot day, stop by Brennecke's Beach Broiler, across from Poipu Beach Park (tel. 808/742-7588), and order a traditional Hawaiian shave ice. This local treat consists of crushed ice stuffed into a paper cone and topped with a tropical-flavored syrup. If you can't decide on a flavor, go for the "rainbow" -- three different flavors in one cone.
Exploring a Magical World -- Na Aina Kai Botanical Gardens, (tel. 808/828-0525; www.naainakai.org), located on about 240 acres sprinkled with some 70 life-size (some larger than life-size) whimsical bronze statues and hidden off the beaten path of the North Shore, is perfect for kids. The tropical children's garden features a gecko hedge maze, a tropical jungle gym, a treehouse in a rubber tree, and a 16-foot-tall Jack and the Bean Stalk Giant with a 33-foot wading pool below. Na Aina Kai is only open 3 1/2 days a week, so book before you leave for Hawaii to avoid disappointment. Booking Alert: The only way to see the gardens is on a tour, and reservations are highly recommended.
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