Edit ModuleShow Tags

Best of Honolulu 2016: Family Picks

The three editorial picks for the best family fun in the city.



Best Kids’ Party

Gunstock Ranch

Photo: Karen DB Photography


Pony rides for all sizes can be just the start of the party package at Gunstock Ranch, a working ranch in Lā‘ie. Kids can swim in a heated pool (opt for the glow stick and balloon package after dark); snuggle up to lambs, bunnies and a miniature pony in the petting zoo; climb around a playground; roast s’mores at the camp fire; or just enjoy free fun on the property, including chasing chickens and spinning on the tire swing. Plus, you can bring your own food at no extra charge. 

56-250 Kamehameha Highway, Lā‘ie, 293-2026, gunstockranch.com.


SEE ALSO: Best of HONOLULU Family 2016


Best Family Pau Hana

Uncle Wayne's Family Pau Hana

photo: courtesy of mission social hall and café


Chasing your kids (and dealing with scornful hipsters) at a downtown bar isn’t the best way to unwind. Thank goodness for Uncle Wayne’s Family Pau Hana at Mission Social Hall and Café. Chef Mark Noguchi and wife, Amanda Corby, are parents of two little girls, so they created this party on the lawn every third Wednesday of the month. Kids can run around while you grab a glass of wine or ‘ōlena lemonade and one of Noguchi’s famous burgers or other family-friendly fare. Childrens’ band Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dogs Band perform live, so, if your kid has a tantrum, no one will hear it. Even if they do, at least you’ll have a drink. 

553 S. King St., 447-3913, thepiligroup.com.


Best Sushi for Kids

Genki Sushi

Whoosh: Ordering sushi is fun when it arrives at your table on a train.
Photo: Karen DB Photography


At Genki Sushi, select dishes on a tablet and watch as a race car speedily delivers fresh sashimi, sushi, karaage chicken and other favorites right to your table. The popular bullet express system made its debut at Ala Moana Center, and can now be found in Pearlridge, Waikele and Windward City. Expect the rails to race into all Genki locations in the future. 



Discover more Best of Honolulu 2016 winners.


Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Subscribe to Honolulu

Honolulu Magazine October 2018
Edit ModuleShow Tags



41 Thoughts We Had While Watching the New “Magnum P.I.”

Magnum PI

Only one mentions Jay Hernandez's shirt.


20 Great O‘ahu Hikes

20 Great Hikes

20 great adventures that offer beautiful vistas, waterfalls, steep climbs and relics of the past.


16 Fascinating Facts About Sharks in Hawai‘i Every Local Should Know


Important facts you may not know about sharks in Hawai‘i.


50 Greatest Songs of Hawai‘i

50 Greatest Songs

An esteemed panel of musicologists, producers and artists select the greatest hits in Hawai‘i’s music history.


Political Survivor

Mazie Hirono

A Closer Look at Hawaiʻi’s First Female Senator, Mazie Hirono.

Edit ModuleShow Tags