Best of HONOLULU Family 2022

The 94 family-friendly picks our editors and readers love.



Best Food and Drinks: Editors’ Favorites, Plus Winners and Finalists By Readers

Best of Fitness and Outdoors: 20 Ways to Get Out and Play

Best Services: 84 Picks By Editors and Readers

Best Shopping on O‘ahu: 21 Winners

Best Celebrations and Getaways: Readers Choose Their Top 6 Places


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Photo: Courtesy of Fig & Ginger Honolulu


Best Keiki Snack Box

No stinky cheese here! Leave the brie and blue cheese behind, and let the kids graze on this snack pack that is almost too adorable to eat. Founded by two local female entrepreneurs—and BFFs—Yim Kwok and Jackie Park, Fig & Ginger Honolulu has wowed Honolulu with its grazing boards. Kids love the Keiki Graze & Go Box—it’s like an upscale Lunchable! Packed with string cheese, a mini Babybel cheese, fresh fruit and veggies, gummies and an assortment of crackers, including local favorite nori senbei crackers, it’s everything kids want to eat—which means less whining (and more wine-time for you). And when the pandemic puts a pinch in indoor party plans, the individually packaged boxes built for one are perfect for park or beach celebrations. —LD


McCully Shopping Center, 1960 Kapi‘olani Blvd., Suite 103,, @fig.gingerhonolulu



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Photo: Courtesy of Teruya’s Andagi & Bento


Best Bento

Reader Pick

Teruya’s Andagi & Bento started in 1987 as a small vendor in the old Shirokiya store at Ala Moana Center, serving andagi and taiko-yaki, drum-shaped pancakes filled with azuki beans, custard or Okinawan sweet potato. Over the years, the family-run business added okazuya-style foods packaged into bentos, popular for quick lunches, picnics and potlucks. When Shirokiya moved to the west wing of Ala Moana Center in 2016, second-generation owner Albert Teruya moved to the shop’s current location on Pensacola Street. While the shop still makes its andagi from a generations-old family recipe, and sweet potato mochi too, its bentos are bestsellers, filled with shrimp tempura, garlic chicken, vegetable croquettes, eggplant, stir-fried long beans and more. “We carefully and with thought piece together items we enjoy ourselves in the bentos,” Teruya says. “One of the best compliments customers say is how the food reminds them of Grandma’s cooking.”—CTF


1104 Pensacola St., (808) 389-1714,



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Photo: Laura Dornbush


Best Public Library Branch for Kids

Built in 2014 and awarded the coveted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification, the ‘Aiea Public Library has high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, loads of natural light and children’s artwork on display, making the atmosphere fun and cheery. Half of the library’s square footage is dedicated to keiki, with rows and rows of books and four pint-sized tables and chairs for reading and daydreaming. We love that the children’s books are neatly arranged on short shelves, so kids can reach their favorite titles with ease. With seasonal coloring pages always on hand, rotating keiki activities like Book Bingo, monthly family movie nights and plenty of free parking, this is a branch you’ll want to check out—literally. —LD


99-374 Pōhai Place, ‘Aiea, (808) 483-7333,



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Photo: Jennifer Carlile Dalgamouni


Play Space/Attraction: Outdoor

Reader Pick

Keiki and Plow, a family-run, 4-acre farm in Hawai‘i Kai, was built with kids in mind: There are two friendly Nubian dwarf goats (Koko and Shaka Socks) you can pet, dozens of chickens you can feed and outdoor play areas with a sand pit, pirate ship and a giant slide. And, for an extra fee, you can fill a basket of herbs, fruits and vegetables (radishes, carrots, beets, peppers, tomatoes) you pick yourself. The farm restarted its open farm days in March 2022—and immediately sold out the first two months. Reservations are required and visitors are capped at 75 people. “Honestly, I was nervous that we had just fallen off the map and people didn’t have Keiki and Plow on their brains anymore,” owner Heather Mohr says. “But it’s been so rewarding to have families back at the farm, to have kids running around and laughing, to see school buses pulling up again. It’s been amazing.” —CTF


587 Pākalā St.,, @keikiandplow


The Rest of the Best: Reader Picks


Best Afterschool/Enrichment Program

Winner: My Treehouse Club

600 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite #5A,, @mytreehouseclub

Finalist: Tutor Doctor Hawai‘i

2752 Woodlawn Drive, Suite 5-204A, (808) 439-6777,, @tutor_doctor_hi


Best Amusement Center

Winner: Kids City

Multiple locations,, @kidscityhawaii

Finalist: Fun Factory

Multiple locations,, @funfactorygames


Best Annual Pass Value

Winner: Honolulu Zoo

151 Kapahulu Ave., (808) 926-3191,, @thehonoluluzoo

Finalist: Wet ’n’ Wild Hawai‘i

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


Best Art Lessons

Winner: My Treehouse Club

600 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite #5A,, @mytreehouseclub

Finalist: Rainbow Art Studio Hawai‘i

4348 Wai‘alae Ave., Suite #200, (808) 497-4488,, @rainbowartstudiohawaii


Best Back-to-School Shopping

Winner: Fisher Hawai‘i

Multiple locations,, @fisherhawaii

Finalist: Target

Multiple locations,, @target


Best Bakery for Keiki Treats

Winner: Liliha Bakery

Multiple locations,, @lilihabakery

Finalist: A Cake Life

2320 S. King St., (808) 542-0131,, @acakelife


Best Bento

Finalist: Higoto Japanese Eatery

3221 Wai‘alae Ave., #A4, (808) 892-1199, @higoto_japanese_eatery


Best Breakfast Restaurant

Winner: Café Kaila

2919 Kapi‘olani Blvd., (808) 732-3330,, @cafekaila

Finalist: Moena Café

7192 Kalaniana‘ole Highway, Suite #D-101, (808) 888-7716,, @moenacafe_hawaii


Best Child Care Referral Service

Winner: PATCH

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

Finalist:, @caredotcom


Best Children’s Photographer

Winner: LucieXYZ Photography

(808) 744-7574,,

Finalist: Karen DB Photography

(808) 990-5559,, @karendbphotography


Best Dance Lessons

Winner: Page Academy of Dance

3478 Wai‘alae Ave., (808) 222-6642,

Finalist: Hawai‘i Dance Bomb, @hawaii_dance_bomb


Best Face Painter

Winner: Kyera Dalesandro


Finalist: Storybook Entertainment

(808) 428-9698,, @storybookhawaii


Best Family Vehicle

Winner: Toyota

Multiple locations,, @toyotahi

Finalist: Honda

Multiple locations,, @honda


Best Family Wireless Phone Plan

Winner: Verizon

Multiple locations,, @verizon

Finalist: T-Mobile

Multiple locations,, @tmobile


Best Family-Affordable Getaway

Winner: Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

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

Finalist: Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikīkī Beach Resort

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


Best Family-Friendly Hotel

Winner: The Kāhala Hotel & Resort

5000 Kāhala Ave., (808) 369-9471,, @kahala_resort

Finalist: Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

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


Best Family-Style Caterer

Winner: Tanioka’s Seafoods & Catering

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

Finalist: Enfuego Grill and Catering

590 Farrington Highway, #534, Kapolei, (808) 674-8805,, @enfuegogrillhawaii


Best Ice Cream Shop

Winner: Via Gelato

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

Finalist: Dave’s Ice Cream

Multiple locations,, @davesicecream


Best Item to Sell for a Fundraiser

Winner: Zippy’s

Multiple locations,, @zippys

Finalist: Cookie Corner

Multiple locations,, @cookiecornerhawaii


Best Kid-Friendly Brunch

Winner: Keiki and the Pineapple (closed), @keikiandthepineapple

Finalist: Koa Pancake House

Multiple locations,, @koapancakehouse


Best Kid-Friendly Burger

Winner: Teddy’s Bigger Burgers

Multiple locations,, @teddysburgers

Finalist: The Counter

4211 Wai‘alae Ave., E-1, (808) 739-5100,, @thecounterhonolulu


Best Kids Eat Free Deal

Winner: Gyotaku

Multiple locations,, @gyotakuhawaii

Finalist: Big City Diner

Multiple locations,, @bigcitydiner


Best Local Brand for Kids Clothes

Winner: Cocomoon, @coco_moon_hawaii

Finalist: Fighting Eel

Multiple locations,, @fightingeel


Best Mini Golf Course

Winner: Bay View Mini-Putt & Zipline

45-285 Kāne‘ohe Bay Drive, Kāne‘ohe, (808) 247-6464,, @bayviewminiputt

Finalist: Glow Putt Mini Golf

46-056 Kamehameha Highway, Space G4, Kāne‘ohe,, @glowputtminigolf


Best Music Lessons

Winner: Roy Sakuma ‘Ukulele Studios

Multiple locations,, @roysakumaukulelehawaii

Finalist: Music Together Aloha

Multiple locations,, @musictogetheraloha


Best Pau Hana with Kids

Winner: Monkeypod Kitchen

92-1048 Olani St., Kapolei, (808) 380-4086,, @monkeypodkitchen

Finalist: Liko’s Tap & Table

377 Keāhole St., Suite C2, (808) 394-5456,, @likoshawaii


Best Pediatric Dentist

Winner: Clyde Y. Uchida, DDS, MS, Inc.

Multiple locations,, @uchidadental

Finalist: Diamond Head Children’s Dentistry

3150 Monsarrat Ave., #201, (808) 735-5437,, @diamondheadchildrensdentistry


Best Pediatric Doctor

Winner: Children’s Doctors Hawai‘i

1029 Kapahulu Ave., #409, (808) 218-7824,, @childrensdoctorshawaii

Finalist: Dr. Lance Taniguchi

98-1247 Ka‘ahumanu St., Suite 301, ‘Aiea, (808) 488-1990


Best Pizza

Winner: Boston’s Pizza

Multiple locations

Finalist: La Pizza Rina

1425 S. King St., (808) 941-6634, @lapizzarina


Best Place for Kids Furniture

Winner: Flexa Hawai‘i

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

Finalist: Ross Dress For Less

Multiple locations,, @rossdressforless


Best Place for Potluck Pickups

Winner: Zippy’s

Multiple locations,, @zippys

Finalist: Mana Musubi

1618 S. King St., (808) 358-0287,, @manamusubihi


Best Place to Buy a Healthy Snack Your Kids Will Love

Winner: Whole Foods Market

Multiple locations,, @wholefoods

Finalist: Lanikai Juice

Multiple locations,, @lanikaijuice


Best Place to Experience Cultural Activities

Winner: Bishop Museum

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

Finalist: Polynesian Cultural Center

55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Lā‘ie, (808) 367-7060,, @polynesianculturalctr


Best Place to Get a Birthday Cake

Winner: A Cake Life

2320 S. King St., (808) 542-0131,, @acakelife

Finalist: Safeway

Multiple locations,, @safeway


Best Place to Get Educational Toys

Winner: Thinker Toys

Multiple locations,, @thinkercircle

Finalist: Keiki KauKau, @keikikaukau


Best Place to Get Your First Haircut

Winner: Pigtails & Crewcuts

930 Valkenburgh St., (808) 422-4300,, @pigtailshonolulu

Finalist: Satori Salon and Spa

9 A Maluniu Ave., Kailua, (808) 261-5000,, @satorisalonspahi


Best Play Space/Attraction: Indoor

Winner: Kids City

Multiple locations,, @kidscityhawaii

Finalist: Storybook Station

46-056 Kamehameha Highway, Kāne‘ohe, (808) 428-9698,, @storybookhawaii


Best Play Space/Attraction: Outdoor

Finalist: Honolulu Zoo

151 Kapahulu Ave., (808) 926-3191,, @thehonoluluzoo


Best Shave Ice

Winner: Waiola Shave Ice

Multiple locations, @waiolashaveice

Finalist: Uncle Clay’s House of Pure Aloha

820 W. Hind Drive, #116,, @uncleclays


Best Shopping Center for Families

Winner: Kāhala Mall

4211 Wai‘alae Ave., (808) 732-7736,, @kahalamall

Finalist: Windward Mall

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


Best Spot for a Parents’ Night Out

Winner: Kapa Hale

4614 Kīlauea Ave., Suite 102, (808) 888-2060,, @4614kapahale

Finalist: Maile’s Thai Bistro

Multiple locations,, @mailesthaibistro


Best Store for Locally Made Snacks

Winner: Wholesale Unlimited

Multiple locations,, @wholesaleunlimitedhi

Finalist: Lin’s Hawaiian Snacks

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


Best Summer Program

Winner: City & County of Honolulu Summer Fun

Multiple locations,

Finalist: Hawai‘i Nature Center

2131 Makiki Heights Drive, (808) 955-0100,, @hawaiinaturecenter


Best Swimming Lessons

Winner: Lē‘ahi Swim School

715 Ho‘omoana St., Pearl City, (808) 234-7946,, @leahiswimschool

Finalist: The O‘ahu Club

6800 Hawai‘i Kai Drive, (808) 395-3300,, @theoahuclub


Best Teacher Gifts

Winner: Target

Multiple locations,, @target

Finalist: Red Pineapple

1135 12th Ave., (808) 593-2733,, @redpineapple


Best Tutoring

Winner: Tutor Doctor Hawai‘i

2752 Woodlawn Drive, Suite 5-204A, (808) 439-6777,, @tutor_doctor_hi

Finalist: My Treehouse Club

600 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite # 5A,, @mytreehouseclub



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