Best of HONOLULU Family 2021

From butterfly kits to a fun place for little speedsters, here are more than 70 winners selected by our editors and readers.

 

Pacific Monarchs

HONOLULU Family 2021 Cover Kid Nainoa. Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino

 

Best Take Home Butterfly Kits

 

When Henry Fang bred his first chrysalis in his backyard, he couldn’t sleep. He woke up every hour, hoping to see the butterfly emerge. He missed it. Now, his Paradise Monarchs tries to capture that magic with its kits. Each contains a single chrysalis in a charming clear box, so families can watch the transformation. But the real mission of the former Four Seasons catering manager’s venture is to keep repopulating the monarch butterfly population, which is plummeting across the world. Since he launched while furloughed last fall, he has helped release more than 2,000 butterflies into the wild.

 

paradisemonarchs.com@paradisemonarchs

 


 

Razor Drifting

Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino

 

Best Indoor Racing Track

 

The past year, we often felt like we were running in circles. Fortunately, Razor Sports has a much more enjoyable option. Its indoor drifting track lets kids as young as 3 race, spin and slide battery-powered carts at speeds of up to 12 mph. Two tracks separate younger and older drivers, sending them past fun murals of local landmarks including Hale‘iwa’s Rainbow Bridge and the Pali Tunnel. Parents can also book the entire track for parties so keiki can collide with their friends.

 

Ka Makana Ali‘i, Suite 1113, Kapolei, (808) 485-5007, razordrift808.com, @razordrifting808

 


 

My Treehouse Club

Photo: Courtesy of My Treehouse Club

 

Best Art Lessons 

Reader Pick

 

When My Gym in ‘Āina Haina closed last fall, co-director Mina Akamu built something new: a treehouse. Now My Treehouse Club engages smaller keiki in various classes online ranging from preschool prep to fitness to Japanese language. Every session seems to be followed with adorable photos of grinning kids holding their Monet-inspired paintings, donning origami hats or brandishing toy dinosaurs that just emerged from effervescent baking soda eggs. My Treehouse Club also offers babysitters, tutors and even birthday party fun. And in its first year in business, it appears our readers are loving the climb.

 

mytreehouseclub808.com, @mytreehouseclub 

 


 

Pielogy

Photo: Courtesy of Pieology

 

Best Pizza

Reader Pick

 

One kid won’t touch anything green. The other spreads pesto on everything. Picking a pizza for the whole family often leaves someone (parents usually) unsatisfied. At Pieology, eaters can pick any, or all, of more than 20 toppings for a flat $11.99. Pesto sauce, fresh basil, feta, spicy chicken, banana peppers, spinach and grape tomatoes for you and Spam, meatballs, mozzarella and red sauce for them (with some spinach snuck in).

 

Multiple locations, pieology.com, @pieology 

 


 

The Rest of the Best: Reader Picks

 

Best Afterschool/Enrichment Program

Winner: YMCA

Multiple locations, ymcahonolulu.org@ymcahonolulu

Finalist: Kama‘āina Kids

Multiple locations, kamaainakids.com@kamaainakids

 

Best Amusement Center

Winner: Wet’n’Wild Hawai‘i

400 Farrington Highway, Kapolei, (808) 674-9283, wetnwildhawaii.com, @wetnwildhawaii

Finalist: Dave & Buster’s

1030 Auahi St., (808) 589-2215, daveandbusters.com, @dnbhonolulu

 

Best Annual Pass Value

Winner: Honolulu Zoo

151 Kapahulu Ave., (808) 971-7171, honoluluzoo.org, @thehonoluluzoo

Finalist: Wet’n’Wild Hawai‘i

400 Farrington Highway, Kapolei, (808) 674-9283, wetnwildhawaii.com, @wetnwildhawaii

 

Best Art Lessons

Finalist: Kidzart Windward

93 N. Kainalu Drive, Kailua, (808) 354-5905, kidzart.com, @kidzartwindward

 

Best Back-to-School Shopping

Winner: Fisher Hawai‘i 

Multiple locations, fisherhawaii.biz, @fisherhawaii

Finalist: Target

Multiple locations, target.com, @target

 

Best Bakery for Keiki Treats

Winner: Liliha Bakery

Multiple locations, lilihabakery.com, @lilihabakery

Finalist: Bits & Bites Café

320 Ku‘ulei Road, Kailua, (808) 778-3352, bbckailua.com

 

Best Kids Eat Free Deal

Winner: Gyotaku

Multiple locations, gyotakuhawaii.com, @gyotakuhawaii

Finalist: Big City Diner

Multiple locations, bigcitydinerhawaii.com, @bigcitydiner

 

Best Breakfast Restaurant

Winner: Café Kaila

2919 Kapi‘olani Blvd., Suite 2, (808) 732-3330, cafe-kaila-hawaii.com, @cafekaila

Finalist: Cinnamon’s

Multiple locations, cinnamons808.com, @cinnamonsilikai and @cinnamonskailua

 

Best Child Care Referral Service

Winner: PATCH

560 N. Nimitz Highway, Suite 218, (808) 839-1988, patchhawaii.org, @patch_hawaii

Finalist: Care.com

care.com

 

Best Children’s Photographer

Winner: Shannon Sasaki 

(808) 224-7974, shannonsasakiphotography.com, @shannon_sasaki

Finalist: Karen DB Photography

(808) 990-5559, karendbphotography.com, @karendbphotography

 

Best Dance Lessons

Winner: Ballet Hawai‘i

Multiple locations, ballethawaii.org, @ballethawaii

Finalist: 24/7 Dance Force

Windward Mall, 46-056 Kamehameha Highway, Kāne‘ohe, (808) 913-4904, 247dance.org, @247danceforce

 

Best Face Painter

Winner: Face Painting in Paradise

(808) 778-8570, facepaintinginparadise.com, @facepaintinginparadise

 

Best Family Vehicle

Winner: Toyota

Multiple locations, toyotahawaii.com, @toyotahi

Finalist: Honda

Multiple locations

 

Best Family Wireless Phone Plan

Winner: T-Mobile 

Multiple locations, t-mobile.com

Finalist: Verizon

Multiple locations, verizon.com

 

Best Family-Affordable Getaway

Winner: Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikīkī Beach Resort

2005 Kālia Road, (808) 949-4321, hiltonhawaiianvillage.com, @hiltonhawaiianvillage

Finalist: Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

92-1185 Ali‘inui Drive, Kapolei, (866) 443-4763, disneyaulani.com, @disneyaulani

 

Best Family-Friendly Hotel

Winner: Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

92-1185 Ali‘inui Drive, Kapolei, (866) 443-4763, disneyaulani.com, @disneyaulani

Finalist: Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikīkī Beach Resort

2005 Kālia Road, (808) 949-4321, hiltonhawaiianvillage.com, @hiltonhawaiianvillage

 

Best Family-Style Caterer

Winner: Tanioka’s Seafoods & Catering

94-903 Farrington Highway, Waipahu, (808) 671-3779, taniokas.com, @taniokas

Finalist: Zippy’s

Multiple locations, zippys.com, @zippys

 

Best Ice Cream Shop

Winner: Via Gelato

1142 12th Ave., (808) 732-2800, viagelatohawaii.com, @viagelatohawaii

Finalist: Black Sheep Cream Co.

Multiple locations, @blacksheepcreamco

 

Best Item to Sell for a Fundraiser

Winner: Cookie Corner

Multiple locations, cookiecorner.com, @cookiecornerhawaii

Finalist: Zippy’s

Multiple locations, zippys.com, @zippys

 

Best Kid-Friendly Brunch

Winner: Keiki and the Pineapple 

909 Kap‘iolani Blvd., (808) 369-7025, keikiandthepineapple.com, @keikiandthepineapple

Finalist: Cinnamon’s

Multiple locations, cinnamons808.com, @cinnamonsilikai and @cinnamonskailua

 

Best Kid-Friendly Burger

Winner: Teddy’s Bigger Burgers

Multiple locations, teddysbb.com, @teddysburgers

Finalist: McDonald’s

Multiple locations, mcdonalds.com, @mcdonalds

 

Best Local Brand for Kids Clothes

Winner: The Keiki Dept.

thekeikidept.com, @thekeikidept

Finalist: Coco Moon

cocomoonhawaii.com, @coco_moon_hawaii

 

Best Music Lessons

Winner: Roy Sakuma ‘Ukulele Studios

Multiple locations, roysakuma.net, @roysakumaukulelehawaii

Finalist: Taiko Center of the Pacific

(808) 737-7236, taikoarts.com, @taikocenterofthepacific

 

Best Pau Hana with Kids

Winner: Dave & Buster’s

1030 Auahi St., (808) 589-2215, daveandbusters.com, @dnbhonolulu

Finalist: Monkeypod Kitchen

94-1048 Olani St., Kapolei, (808) 380-4086, monkeypodkitchen.com, @monkeypodkitchen

 

Best Pediatric Dentist

Winner: Clyde Uchida, DDS, MS Inc.

Multiple locations, uchidapediatricdentistry.com, @uchidadental

Finalist: Diamond Head Children’s
Dentistry

3150 Monsarrat Ave., (808) 735-5437, diamondheadchildrensdentistry.com

Best Pediatric Doctor

Winner: Dr. Derek Ching

Children’s Doctors, 1029 Kapahulu Ave., Suite 409, (808) 218-7824, childrensdoctorshawaii.com

Finalist: Dr. Ryan Sumida

Children’s Medical Associates, 99-128 ‘Aiea Heights Drive, ‘Aiea, (808) 488-8441

 

Best Pizza

Finalist: Pizza Hut

Multiple locations, pizzahut.com, @pizzahuthawaii

 

Best Place for Kids Furniture

Winner: Flexa

885 Queen St., Suite B, (808) 955-4434, flexahawaii.com, @flexahawaii

Finalist: Target

Multiple locations, target.com, @target

 

Best Place for Potluck Pickups

Winner: Zippy’s

Multiple locations, zippys.com, @zippys

Finalist: Tanioka’s Seafoods & Catering

94-903 Farrington Highway, Waipahu, (808) 671-3779, taniokas.com, @taniokas

 

Best Place to Buy a Healthy Snack Your Kids Will Love

Winner: Whole Foods 

Multiple locations, wholefoods.com, @wholefoods

Finalist: Jamba Juice

Multiple locations, jambahawaii, @jambahawaii

 

Best Place to Experience Cultural Activities

Winner: Polynesian Cultural Center 

55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Lā‘ie, (800) 367-7060, polynesia.com, @polynesianculturalctr

Finalist: Bishop Museum

1525 Bernice St., (808) 847-3511, bishopmuseum.org, @bishopmuseum

 

Best Place to Get a Birthday Cake

Winner: Baskin-Robbins

Multiple locations, baskinrobbins.com, @baskinrobbins

Finalist: Safeway

Multiple locations, safeway.com, @safeway

 

Best Place to Get Educational Toys

Winner: Thinker Toys 

Multiple locations, thinkertoyshawaii.com, @thinkercircle

Finalist: Keiki Kaukau

keikikaukau.com, @keikikaukau

 

Best Place to Get Your First Haircut

Winner: Pigtails and Crewcuts

Moanalua Shopping Center, 930 Valkenburgh St., Suite 106, (808) 422-4300, pigtailsandcrewcuts.com, @pigtailshonolulu

Finalist: Supercuts

Multiple locations, supercuts.com, @supercuts

 

Best Shave Ice

Winner: Waiola Shave Ice

Multiple locations, @waiolashaveice

Finalist: Matsumoto Shave Ice

66-111 Kamehameha Highway, Hale‘iwa, (808) 637-4827, matsumotoshaveice.com, @matsumotoshaveice

 

Best Shopping Center for Families

Winner: Windward Mall

46-056 Kamehameha Highway, Kāne‘ohe, (808) 235-1143, windwardmall.com, @windwardmall

Finalist: Pearlridge Center

98-1005 Moanalua Road, ‘Aiea, (808) 488-0981, pearlridgeonline.com, @pearlridge

 

Best Spot for a Parents’ Night Out

Winner: Roy’s 

Multiple locations, royyamaguchi.com, @royshawaii

Finalist: Tanaka Ramen & Izakaya

Multiple locations, tanakaramen.com, @tanakaramenhawaii

 

Best Store for Locally Made Snacks

Winner: Wholesale Unlimited 

Multiple locations, wholesaleunlimitedhi.com, @wholesale.unlimited

Finalist: Lin’s Hawaiian Snacks

401 Kamake‘e St., (808) 597-8899, linsmarkethawaii.com, @linshawaiiansnacks

 

Best Summer Program

Winner: City & County Summer Fun 

Multiple locations, honolulu.gov

Finalist: YMCA

Multiple locations, ymcahonolulu.org, @ymcahonolulu

 

Best Swimming Lessons

Winner: Lē‘ahi Swim School

Multiple locations, leahiswimschool.com, @leahiswimschool

Finalist: YMCA

Multiple locations, ymcahonolulu.org, @ymcahonolulu

 

Best Teacher Gifts

Winner: Target

Multiple locations, target.com, @target

Finalist: Tiny Hearts

etsy.com, @tinyhearts808

 

Best Tutoring

Winner: Kumon

Multiple locations, kumon.com

Finalist: Sylvan Learning

Multiple locations, sylvanlearning.com