Author: Lavonne Leong

We Tried It: 2018 Butterfly Conservatory at Pearlridge Center

Photo: Lavonne Leong Who: Two moms and two kids, 6 and 7 What: Butterfly Conservatory at Pearlridge Center, Uptown Center Court When: Friday afternoon. It got busy around 2:30 p.m. Butterflies! They’re just about the only bug that doesn’t look…

Our Guide: Sea Life Park

Photo: Lavonne Leong Where: Sea Life Park, 41-202 Kalaniana‘ole Highway, Waimānalo Who: Three parents and three kids–two 6-year-olds and an 18-month-old. When: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on a sunny high-season Sunday. I grew up going to Sea Life Park, perched…

We Tried It: Atlantis Submarines

Photo: Lavonne LeongThe view underwater. Who: Four parents and four kids, ages 4 through 10. What: Atlantis Submarine Premium Tour, Waikīkī When: A weekend morning, 9 a.m. When you go to the beach, do you ever wonder what’s way out…

Our Guide: Spalding House

Photo: Lavonne Leong Editor's Note: In 2019, Spalding House was closed to the public and the historic building went on the market.  If you are interested in visiting other museums, read Our Guides to Family Sunday at the Honolulu Museum…

Our Guide: Kualoa Ranch

Photo: Lavonne Leong Where: Kualoa Ranch, a working cattle ranch and farm that offers ATV, horseback, zipline, land and boat tours in Windward O‘ahu. Who: Two families with five kids, ages 4 through 13. When: A holiday Monday, from early…

We Tried It: Zip lining at CLIMB Works at Keana Farms

Photos: Lavonne Leong Who: Two moms, two 8-year-olds (a girl and a boy), one gymnastic 13-year-old. Almost all first-time zip liners. What: The zip lining course at CLIMB Works at Keana Farms When CLIMB Works O‘ahu opened its gates at…

Our Guide: Gunstock Ranch

Photo: Karen DB Photography Prices and hours information were updated in 2021. Where: Gunstock Ranch, a 600-acre recreation space on O‘ahu’s North Shore. Who: Two adults and their two children, ages 8 and 9. The minimum age for a horseback ride is…

Weekend Adventure: Play, Walk and Swim at Waimea Valley

Photos: K aren DB PhotographyIf you grew up on Oahu, you’ve probably been to the lush, green valley behind Waimea Bay. Once, Waimea Valley was a place known for its show featuring cliff divers, who plunged into the deep pool…

Our Guide: Wet 'n' Wild Hawai‘i

Photo: Lavonne Leong Where: Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawai‘i. Who: Two families with five kids, ages ranging from 3 to 10 years. When:A holiday weekend afternoon, just after lunch. Perched on a hill on O‘ahu's sunny west side, Wet‘n'Wild Hawai‘i offers…

We Tried It: Art Explorium's Kids' Workshops

Who: 2 eight-year-old girls. What: The Art Explorium's artist-led kids' workshops. When: An hour-and-a-half on a Sunday afternoon. In the past year or so, the Art Explorium in Kaimukī, a young nonprofit founded on the idea that art can be made…