Fabulously beautiful beaches, swaying palm trees, and the casual aloha vibe make Oahu a paradise for kids and adults alike. Your family can hike to the rim of Diamond Head State Monument, the island's iconic natural crater; try hula dancing at the Polynesian Cultural Center; learn to surf on the beginner-friendly waves of Waikiki Beach; and investigate the big swells and laid-back surf culture of the North Shore.
While you're there
Take the kids to the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument (final resting place of the U.S.S. Arizona, sunk at Pearl Harbor) and Iolani Palace, the official residence of the Hawaiian Kingdom's last two monarchs. Visit the entertaining Hawaiian monk seals at the Waikiki Aquarium, home to the popular outdoor summer concert series called Ke Kani O Ke Kai.
Where to stay
Every room at the Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach (from $379 a night) includes a sitting room with pullout couch; an efficiency kitchen; a full, made-to-order breakfast; and afternoon drinks and snacks. Perfect for families! You can relax at the sunny pool area on the fourth-floor Grand Lanai or cross the street to Honolulu's iconic Waikiki Beach for a dip in the Pacific.
* All hotel prices are approximate.
Eat like a local at the Rainbow Drive-In, known for its authentic (and affordable) Hawaiian-style "plate lunch" offerings, then order up a light-as-snow "shave ice," a colorful island staple, at Waiola Shave Ice.