Our Guide

Our Guide: Obon Dances for Beginners

The Jikoen Hongwanji Obon Dance. Photo: Luke Takayama Summer in Hawai‘i usually brings in an abundance of three things: Mango, lychee and Obon dances. These celebrations held across the state are a Japanese tradition, welcoming ancestors who have come back…

Our Guide: 2019 Honolulu Festival

Photo: Courtesy of Honolulu Festival Foundation If you’re interested in learning about the cultures of the Pacific Rim, the Honolulu Festival is the place to be. Now in its 25th year, the three-day festival typically attracts thousands of visitors and performers…

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…

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…

Our Guide: Magic of Polynesia Show

Photo: Courtesy Magic of Polynesia> Where: Magic of Polynesia at the Holiday Inn Resort Waikīkī Beachcomber When: Friday evening, 7:30 p.m. show Who: A 6-year-old girl and her parents. My family loves Waikīkī. The global diversity and relaxed vibe draw us to…

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…

Our Guide: Train Rides on O‘ahu

Editor's Note: Prices and hours of operation were updated in March 2016.  Just like every other 2- to 4-year-old in the universe, my kids were obsessed with trains. And even though our house was littered with tiny little tank engines…

Our Guide: Tropical Farms of Hawai‘i Tour

Photo: michele aucello Where: Tropical Farms of Hawai‘i, the Macadamia Nut Farm Outlet Who: A family of four, kids ages 8 and 10 years.  When: Sunday afternoon. Length: Two hours and we could have stayed longer. If you make a list…

Our Guide: Hawai‘i State Art Museum

Photo: michele aucello Where: Hawaii State Art Museum, housed in a historic building in downtown Honolulu.  Who:  A family of four, mom, dad and two kids, ages 8 and 10 years. When: Saturday afternoon during a Second Saturday event. Length: 1-2…