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14 Best Resorts in Oahu for Families

While Oahu may be popular among romance-seeking couples and surfers, it also offers plenty of family-friendly activities and resorts that cater to kids. Whether you’re looking to be in the heart of the action at Waikiki Beach or enjoy a more remote setting away from the crowds, you’ll find the perfect place to stay here. These properties offer everything from budget-friendly rooms to luxurious villas.

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa - Kapolei Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa
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Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa - Kapolei

Aulani is sure to thrill your kids as it’s one of the top family-friendly resorts in Hawaii and the world. This Disney resort has favorite characters who roam the grounds, ready to pose for pictures. The daily Disney character breakfast buffet is a big hit, although the stunning pools, lazy river, water slides, and private snorkeling lagoon are a definite highlight too. Other notable features include a beach with calm water for swimming, kid-friendly dance parties, and daytime activities. You’ll appreciate the spacious rooms, all of which have kitchenettes, with upgraded options including full kitchens and laundry facilities.

Key Amenities:

  • Daily Disney character experiences

  • Pools, water slides, a water zone, and a lazy river

  • Supervised activity center

Turtle Bay Resort - Kahuku Turtle Bay Resort
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Turtle Bay Resort - Kahuku

The only true resort on the North Shore, Turtle Bay Resort offers a gorgeous, remote location away from the big tourist crowds. It also boasts a long list of amenities that will please all ages. There are two championship golf courses and many other activities, including everything from surfing lessons to hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Plus, there are dozens of little tide pools and opportunities to watch sea turtles in their natural environment. Kids will love talking to the parrots every morning and feeding fish and turtles. There’s a pool for the younger ones with a fun splash slide and another pool the whole family can enjoy too. All accommodation comes with an ocean view, but the ocean villas are perfect for families.

Key Amenities:

  • Stables with pony experiences and horseback rides

  • 12 miles of hiking, running, and biking trails

  • Daily complimentary resort activities like ukulele lessons, farm tours, night snorkeling, and more

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort - Honolulu Beachfront Rainbow Tower at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
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Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort - Honolulu

The oceanfront Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort feels like an authentic island village, across 22 acres of lush gardens with tropical flowers. It comes complete with its 10,000-square-foot Super Pool, Paradise Pool, and waterslides. Kids and adults love the beach, with water sports gear available for rent. Multiple restaurants, bars, and cafes serve locally sourced and seasonal Hawaiian ingredients, while the 3,000+ rooms are extra-spacious, spread across five huge towers. Sunday through Thursday evenings, the resort hosts an island-inspired luau feast complete with Hula kahiko performers and acrobatic fire dancers.

Key Amenities:

  • Complimentary cultural activities

  • Luau with Hula performers and fire dancers

  • Movie nights and DVD use

Sheraton Waikiki - Honolulu Infinity pool at Sheraton Waikiki
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Sheraton Waikiki - Honolulu

Set along the best stretch of Waikiki Beach, the Sheraton Waikiki is a high-rise hotel that boasts sweeping ocean views and a wide array of family-friendly activities. It has two pools for the kids, including one of the largest in Waikiki, a freeform Helumoa pool, and a shallow pool for tiny tots. For parents who want to take part in activities like surfing lessons or relaxing at the spa, which offers multiple pampering body treatments, Poppins Daycare is available for kids 12 and younger. Rooms come with ocean, mountain, or ocean views.

Key Amenities:

  • Daily complimentary ukulele classes

  • Lei-making classes and hula lessons

  • Surfing and SUP lessons

Waikiki Shore by OUTRIGGER - Honolulu Waikiki Shore by Outrigger
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Waikiki Shore by OUTRIGGER - Honolulu

Tucked along Waikiki Beach, Waikiki Shore by OUTRIGGER is an ideal option for families with accommodation that includes everything from studios to two-bedroom condos. Features include floor-to-ceiling windows, flat-screen TVs, kitchens or kitchenettes, and private balconies. Some boast unparalleled views of the ocean and the iconic Diamond Head. The sand and the sea are the top attraction here, with water fun for all ages and abilities, from beginner surf lessons to customized surf excursions. OUTRIGGER canoe surfing and stand-up paddleboarding are popular too. After a day of recreation and adventure (excursions can be arranged at the hotel’s independently-owned tour and activity desk), guests can enjoy Dive-In movie nights and live music while dining on Hawaiian fare.

Key Amenities:

  • Variety of condo options all with kitchenettes or full kitchens

  • Access to beach rentals and activities

  • Onsite beauty shop and boutique

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Twin Fin Hotel - Honolulu

The Twin Fin Hotel in Honolulu has one of the best locations you could ever hope for. Situated right along the beach, most rooms come with a beautiful ocean view. A top pick in Waikiki, this is a great hotel for families traveling in Hawaii because it’s very close to the Kuhio section, which is known to be one of the most family-friendly areas. When you stay here, you can enjoy private balconies, mini-fridges, large flat-screen TVs, and the on-site Tiki’s Grill & Bar.

Key Amenities:

  • Beach rentals included in resort fee

  • Daily cultural activities

  • Reef-friendly sunscreen available

Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club - Honolulu Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club - Waikiki, Oahu
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Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club - Honolulu

The Surfjack is more of a boutique resort, ideal for families who want plenty of space with one-, two- and three-bedroom suites that come with various bed configurations, plus balconies or lanais. If you want to experience Hawaiian culture firsthand, take part in a creative workshop like lei making with a floral master or flower crown making, although it’s easy to spend your days at the beach, just a few blocks away. Enjoy the outdoor pool with cabanas, poolside movies, and complimentary bicycles for exploring on two wheels. There is an on-site restaurant and many other eateries close by.

Key Amenities:

  • Onsite lei and flower crown workshops

  • Outdoor pool with cabanas

  • Complimentary bicycles

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Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club - Kapolei

Surrounded by lush greenery on 640 acres in a gated community, this Marriott property sits on a gorgeous beach in a manmade protected cove, lined with sunbeds and lounge chairs. The highlight, however, is its three heated lagoon-style pools with waterfalls, waterslides, and hot tubs. There’s also a sandy zero-entry swimming area for kids and the Keiki Club for ages 5 through 12. The Mermaid Kariel and Friends events are a big hit with the younger ones and include swimming with a mermaid and mermaid storytime. Complimentary activities like Hawaiian Lei Making, the Ko Olina Oceanside Theatre, and Aqua Bingo can be enjoyed too. Rooms have kitchenettes, but there are also villas with full kitchens and multiple bedrooms.

Key Amenities:

  • Complimentary laundry facilities

  • A state-of-the-art fitness center with sauna and steam rooms

  • Onsite spa with customized packages

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Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa - Honolulu

The oceanfront Moana Surfrider opened in 1901 and was Waikiki’s first hotel. It offers historic charm and plenty of luxuries, along with what’s often called the best stretch of sand on Waikiki Beach. It also has a beachfront pool, a popular spot for families to be, along with activities like hula dancing, snorkeling, and making leis. Supervised programs are available for the kids when parents need a break, perhaps enjoying a traditional Hawaiian massage at the spa. A casual beach bar for drinks and light bites and a full-service oceanfront restaurant serving Hawaiian and mainland dishes can be found on-site too. Rooms come with a long list of amenities, with cribs available upon request. The Tower Wing rooms are the most spacious, making them best for families.

Key Amenities:

  • Award-winning beachfront spa

  • Umbrella rentals, surfing lessons, and outrigger canoeing

  • Full event calendar with meditation, yoga, storytelling, beach runs, lei-making, and more

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa - Honolulu Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa
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Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa - Honolulu

Set in two towers overlooking Waikiki Beach and the ocean, the Hyatt Regency offers lots for families, including a kids’ club and Hawaiian-themed activities, like ukulele lessons, lei-making classes, and hula dancing. It’s also possible to spend time together at the beach, build sandcastles, swim in the pool, and relax in the hot tubs. Surfing classes are available too. There’s a full-service spa, a breakfast buffet, and a steak and seafood restaurant with terrace seating, while rooms are all spacious and bright with picturesque mountain, sea, or city views. If you can swing it, book the King Family Ocean Suite, which boasts 1,000 square feet of space, a balcony with an ocean view, and many extra perks.

Key Amenities:

  • Activities like lei-making, ukulele lessons, and hula dancing

  • Pet-friendly resort

  • Car rentals available onsite

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Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina - Kapolei

This family-friendly luxury resort offers numerous pools and a swimmable beach, even for the kids. It sits right along the shore in the posh Ko Olina development, a half-hour’s drive west of Honolulu, boasting lavish rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, private lanais, and spectacular ocean or mountain views, some of the best you’ll find in Oahu. Families can snorkel, play in the sand, enjoy the pools, learn how to hula, or play the ukulele. The spa even offers special kid-friendly manicures and facials. The complimentary kids’ program for ages 5 to 12 features a wide range of fun and educational activities, while dining options include American, seafood, Italian, and buffets.

Key Amenities:

  • Spa and wellness center with locally inspired rituals and therapies

  • 18-hole Ko Olina Golf Club

  • Tennis center with courts surrounded by ocean and mountains

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The Kahala Hotel & Resort - Honolulu

The Kahala Hotel & Resort has been around for nearly 60 years, located about 10 minutes from Waikiki Beach, with complimentary shuttle service to a number of attractions nearby. A beachfront hotel, it has two swimming pools, including one just for kids, multiple on-site eateries with plenty of options to please the younger ones, a spa, and a children’s program. All rooms come with kitchens and all the standard amenities like Wi-Fi.

Key Amenities:

  • Complimentary shuttle services to five locations

  • Hawaiian cultural classes

  • Bike, beach towel, and beach furniture rentals

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The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort - Honolulu

The “Pink Palace of the Pacific” sits on the waterfront, offering the perfect mix of relaxation for adults and fun for kids. What makes it a standout is the tranquil setting, yet right next door, guests have access to the Sheraton amenities, including a pool with a waterslide and multiple affordable, casual eateries. If you want to learn to surf, the Royal Hawaiian’s beach activities kiosk is the place to go. It also hosts its own pool, onsite dining, and cultural programming. Rooms come in various layouts great for families, like the Ali’i Suite which sleeps up to four featuring panoramic views and a full kitchen.

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Halekulani Hotel - Honolulu

One of the best luxury hotels for families, Halekulani offers gorgeous rooms with breathtaking ocean views and a family-friendly vibe. The poolside restaurant serves kid-friendly food and delicious virgin drinks for the kids, while the staff goes out of their way to show the little ones a good time, sometimes even joining in on a game of hide-and-seek. There’s nightly entertainment, including hula dancing, a large beach, and frequent opportunities to watch sea turtles too.

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