- Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa (Oahu; www.hiltonhawaiianvillage.com; tel. 800/HILTONS): Camp Penguin, Hilton's year-round daily program of activities for children ages 5 to 12, provides a wide range of educational and fun activities for $60 per half-day (no excursions) to $90 for a full day with excursions, including lunch. Everything about this hotel is kid-friendly, from the wildlife parading about the grounds to the submarine dives offered just out front.
- Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawaii (Oahu; www.resorts.disney.go.com/aulani-hawaii-resort; tel. 714/520-7001): Mickey Mouse comes to Hawaii. Located about an hour's drive from Waikiki and 25 miles west of the Honolulu Airport in the 640-acre planned resort community of Ko Olina, Disney built this high-rise hotel and spa (with timeshare condos) on 21 acres on the beach. Opened in 2011, it offers a great alternative for families -- there are even Disney characters (Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, and so on) walking the resort and stopping to take photos with kids. Disney is at its best here -- not only does Disney have a full children's program, but they also have areas and activities for teens and tweens.
- The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii (Big Island; www.fairmont.com/orchid; tel. 800/845-9905): The Keiki Aloha program, for kids 5 to 12 years old, features supervised activities from watersports to Hawaiian cultural games for $65 for a half-day and $85 for a full day. The resort has some great money-saving deals, too; for example, children 5 and under eat free at various restaurants on the property.
- Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa (Maui; www.maui.hyatt.com; tel. 800/233-1234): The Camp Hyatt program, for kids 5 to 12 years old, operates daily from 9am to 3pm and offers young guests a range of activities, from "Olympic Games" to a scavenger hunt. The cost starts at $45 for a half-day and goes up to $80 for a full day.
- Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea (Maui; www.fourseasons.com/maui; tel. 800/334-MAUI): The most kid-friendly hotel on Maui not only offers a complimentary kids' program year-round and an everyday activities center (daily 9am-5pm), but also makes children feel welcome with extras such as children's menus at all resort restaurants (and even from room service).
- Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa (Kauai; www.kauai.hyatt.com; tel. 800/55-HYATT): In addition to the Camp Hyatt program for kids 3 to 12 (costs start at $60 for a half-day with lunch or $50 without lunch, and go up to $80 for a full day or full night), it's the collection of swimming pools (freshwater and salt, with slides, waterfalls, and secret lagoons) that makes this oceanfront Hyatt a real kids' paradise. Summertime features theater nights, when the whole family can enjoy one of hundreds of movies filmed on Kauai.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.