Best of HONOLULU Family 2014: Party
Best Party Entertainment Sure to Make a Fun Mess
EDITORS' PICK » Hawaii Nature Center
Photo: Kristin Lipman
Go play outside and celebrate your child’s birthday fishing, hiking and building terrariums, looking for bugs or customizing nature notebooks (the perfect party favors). 2131 Makiki Heights Drive, Makiki, 955-0100, hawaiinaturecenter.org.
Best Baby Luau Location
READERS' PICK » Paradise Cove
Photo: Courtesy Paradise Cove
Hawaii families love their baby’s first luau celebrations. The beautiful setting and private location makes this a local favorite. Guests are treated to a yummy buffet, entertainment and fun keiki arts and crafts. 92-1089 Alii Nui Drive, Kapolei, 842-5911, paradisecovehawaii.com.
Best Party Entertainment
READERS' PICK »Dave & Buster’s Hawaii
Escape the heat and get ready to play hard and eat well. Think Chuck E. Cheese, but all grown up. Try your hand at the virtual jump rope (it’s not as easy as you think, Mom and Dad), roll and win at the horse races, test your reflexes in the “Speed of Light,” or snag a cuddly bear in the giant-claw machine. Kids and parents alike will enjoy all the cool arcade games and delicious food. The fare includes kid-friendly options, as well as a variety of yummy adult choices, such as fire-grilled salmon, bacon-wrapped sirloin medallions and grilled shrimp … yum! 1030 Auahi St., Ward Centers, 589-2215, daveandbusters.com.
Best Place to Snag Unforgettable Party Favors
» Shop Toast
All in favor of heart stumps, kokeshi dolls and mini pop bottles party favors say, “Yes!” These festive little party supplies rank high on any celebration checklist. They are adorably cute and functional. The favors can be customized to carry anything from mini arare bites and roasted macadamia nuts to chocolate-covered coffee beans. Create and personalize a label sticker. 3434 Waialae Ave. #3. 447-9233, shoptoast.com.
Party: Rest of the Best
Best Place for a Birthday Party
READERS' PICK »Chuck E. Cheese Two locations: Dillingham and Pearl City, chuckecheese.com.
Best Family-Style Caterer
READERS' PICK »Tanioka’s Seafood & Catering 94-903 Farrington Highway, Waipahu, 671-3779, taniokas.com.