Best Hawaii Hotels for Families

Kids playing in the Sea Shell Pool at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu. Photo by Four Seasons
By Jeanette Foster

Your family has been dreaming about a Hawaii vacation, but where should you stay? Check out these best hotels on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island for inspiration.

Photo Caption: Kids playing in the Sea Shell Pool at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu
One bedroom suite at The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui. Photo by Fairmont Kea Lani Maui
The standout is Fairmont Kea Lani Maui, where the price of a hotel room gets you an entire suite -- plus a few extras. Each unit in this all-suite luxury hotel has a kitchenette, a living room with entertainment center and sofa bed, an oversize marble bathroom with separate shower, a spacious bedroom, and a large lanai that overlooks the pools, lawns, and white-sand beach.

More Info: tel. 800/659-4100; www.kealani.com

Photo Caption: One-bedroom suite at The Fairmont Kea Lani Maui
Complimentary cookies in the lobby at the Doubletree Alana Hotel Waikiki are sure to be a hit with kids. Photo by Doubletree
On Oahu, the DoubleTree Alana Hotel-Waikiki is run by the Hilton Hawaiian Village and located within walking distance of Waikiki Beach. At this small boutique hotel, you get comfortable rooms and the kind of prompt service that you usually receive only at twice the price. (Rack rates here start at $189.)

More Info: tel. 800/222-TREE [222-8733]; www.alana-doubletree.com

Photo Caption: Complimentary cookies in the lobby at the DoubleTree Alana Hotel Waikiki are sure to be a hit with kids.
Kids with the Camp Penguin program at Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa visit the aquarium. Photo by Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa
Not only does the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa on Waikiki Beach have a great menu and prompt room service, but the entire megaresort is kid-friendly. The Rainbow Express is the Hilton's year-round daily program of activities for children 5 to 12. Spot flamingoes and adorable African black-footed penguins not far from the restaurants, where kids 4 to 11 eat free.

More Info: tel. 800/HILTONS [445-8667]; www.hawaiianvillage.hilton.com

Photo Caption: Kids with the Camp Penguin program at Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa visit the aquarium.
Family at King's Pond at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu. Photo by Four Seasons
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu offers a relaxing vacation in the lap of luxury. You can't get any better than this -- everything from a complimentary children's program, something for the teenagers, and kid-friendly restaurants. The resort also offers children's menus in all restaurants, a game room, videos, complimentary infant gear (cribs, highchairs, and so on), and more amenities to make your family feel at home.

More Info: tel. 888/340-5662; www.fourseasons.com

Photo Caption: Family at King's Pond at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Kaupulehu
Ka'anapali Beach Hotel offers a number of cultural Hawaiian classes, including Hula dancing lessons. Photo by Kaanapali Beach Hotel
Located in the older section at the north end of the resort area, the Kaanapali Beach Hotel has an irresistible local style that's missing from more modern hotels. As part of the hotel's extensive Hawaiiana program, you and your kids can learn to cut pineapple, weave lauhala, or even dance the real hula. There's also an arts-and-crafts fair three days a week, a morning welcome reception on weekdays, and a Hawaiian library.

Check out Kupanaha, a gourmet dinner show with world-renowned magicians.

More Info: tel. 800/262-8450; www.kbhmaui.com

Photo Caption: Kaanapali Beach Hotel offers a number of cultural Hawaiian classes, including hula dancing lessons.
The Dolphin Lagoon at night, Kahala Hotel & Resort. Photo by Kahala Hotel & Resort
Located to the east of Diamond Head about four miles from Waikiki Beach, the tropical grounds at Kahala Hotel & Resort include an 800-foot crescent-shaped beach and a 26,000-square-foot lagoon (home to two bottle-nosed dolphins, sea turtles, and tropical fish). Views from the floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass doors are of the ocean, Diamond Head, and Koko Head. The resort offers a "keiki club" for kids, with activities ranging from lei making to snorkeling

More Info:
tel. 800/367-2525; www.kahalaresort.com.

Photo Caption: The Dolphin Lagoon at night, Kahala Hotel & Resort
Living room in a suite at Halekulani in Waikiki, Oahu. Photo by Halekulani
The beachfront Halekulani is an oasis of calm amid the buzz of Waikiki Beach. The complimentary children's program is tops, and the rooms are practically suites.

More Info:
tel. 800/367-2343; www.halekulani.com

Photo Caption: Living room in a suite at Halekulani in Waikiki, Oahu
Turtle Bay Resort, Oahu. Photo by Roland Pernter
Head out to Oahu's North Shore for the Turtle Bay Resort, an hour's drive from Waikiki. Sitting on 808 acres, this place covers five miles of shoreline with secluded white-sand coves. All the rooms have great views, there are tons of activities for the keiki (children), and there's even a romantic restaurant for an adults' night out.

More Info: tel. 800/203-3650; www.turtlebayresort.com

Photo Caption: Turtle Bay Resort, Oahu
View from the The St. Regis Princeville Resort. Photo by The St. Regis Princeville Resort
Every view in Hawaii is terrific, but the Princeville at Hanalei is set in one of the most remarkable locations in the world -- on a cliff between the crystal-blue waters of Hanalei Bay and mountains. You arrive on the ninth floor and go down to the beach. This palace of green marble and sparkling chandeliers recalls Hawaii's monarchy period of the 19th century. Opulent rooms with magnificent views, a great children's program, and all the activities of Princeville and Hanalei make this one of Hawaii's finest resorts.

More Info: tel. 800/826-4400; www.princeville.com

Photo Caption: View from the The St. Regis Princeville Resort
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