Hawaii with Kids

Note: Hawaii with Kids was written by Keryn Means of Walkingon Travels, a blog about traveling with kids. A mother of two boys, Keryn recently visited the Big Island and Maui with her family and plans on returning to the islands to experience Kauai. The Hawaiian Islands provide the perfect backdrop for a memorable vacation your whole family can get excited about. With a little planning and a few fun tips you can have your kids out enjoying the sun and surf, while you get to do a little relaxing. Yes parents, even with toddlers this is possible.

Packing for your trip

The two things you must have on hand for a successful beach trip are a swimsuit and sunscreen. Let’s assume you want to pack a little more than that though. Here are a few other suggestions to make your trip safe and worry free.
  • Water shoes for exploring along the more rugged beaches.
  • Life vests are a must if you have inexperienced swimmers or plan to be on a boat.
  • Flip flops are essential but if you want to do any hiking pack your closed toes sneakers as well.

What to buy or rent in Hawaii

  • Boogie boards
  • Buckets and pails
  • Snorkel gear
  • Crib: your hotel may have one available or you can rent from an agency on the island.


Pick a spot to call home that gives you the most flexibility and sleeping options for your money. When traveling with kids we prefer condos and houses. We have a kitchen at our disposal, which cuts down on overall food costs, and the luxury of kicking back on the lanai when the kids are napping.


Hawaii’s Farmers markets are a family favorite. You can pick up some of the island’s freshest produce, meet the locals and snack on a few baked goods as you tour around the island or build a killer sand castle on the beach.


Set achievable goals for yourself. You may only be able to tackle one beach or activity per day if you have naptimes to work around. Write a list of things you would love to see and then start wandering. Also take advantage of tours on the islands. I used to think I couldn’t do any group activities until my kids were older, but many tour companies are willing to work with families. Be realistic about your expectations though. You may not be able to scuba dive with your 2 year old, but you can go dolphin and whale watching.

Enjoy Hawaii with Kids

Creating lasting memories is what family vacations are all about. Hawaii provides the perfect backdrop to stories your kids will be recounting for years to come. Make the most of the time you have together in Hawaii. Before you know it they will be off to college or headed to Hawaii on their own.

About Keryn Means of Walkingon Travels

Mom and active blogger, Keryn Means left the publishing world in 2011 to take care of her growing family and follow her passion for travel. A native of Philadelphia, she spends her days exploring her new home in Seattle with her toddler and newborn sons. When her kids are asleep you can find her editing photos and writing away on Walkingon Travels. Keryn follows the mantra that just because you have kids doesn’t mean you have to put your travel dreams aside, if anything they just get bigger and more exciting. (All photos courtesy Keryn Means)

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