Are you bringing your kids with you on your vacation to the Big Island? Are you wondering what you can do to make it a family adventure where you can enjoy yourselves AND your kids can, too?
A 365Kona reader reached out to me and asked:
We will be in Kona in mid-February with our 3 boys. I would love for them to experience a Hawaiian Luau. Do you have any recommendations for one that would be good for boys ages 8, 10 and 12? Any other experiences that are a “must do” for this age range?
KEAUHOU (SOUTH KONA)
The Haleo Luau Dinner & Show at the Sheraton Kona [link]
- The Island Breeze Luau at the Marriott King Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel [link]
- The Royal Kona Luau at the Royal Kona Resort [link]
KOHALA COAST (RESORTS, NORTH OF KONA)
- Gathering of the Kings Luau at the Fairmont Orchid [link]
- Sunset Luau at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa [link] or phone: 808-886-8111.
- Mauna Kea Luau at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel [link]
- Legends of Hawaii Luau at Hilton Waikoloa Village [link]
I always believe in providing a cultural learning experience to children who visit the island so they get the wonderful opportunity to see the “real” Hawaii. (and women dancing with coconut shell bras is NOT Hawaiian..if you look back on early photos of Hawaiian wahine with their hula skirts on, they were topless. But I digress..)
Many of the regional shopping centers on the Big Island organize free cultural events which are very family friendly. Most of these events are organized on a weekly or monthly basis, so you can plan to attend one during your visit to the Big Island.
The free events include Polynesian shows, Hula performances, music shows and Hawaiian craft demonstrations that your children may enjoy which include lei making classes and carving out gourds to make musical instruments.
LIST OF FREE CULTURAL EVENTS ON THE BIG ISLAND
- The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park calendar [link]
- The Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau National Park calendar [link]
- The Pu`ukoholā Heiau National Historic Site calendar [link]
- Weekly events at the King shops [Waikoloa resort, link]
- Upcoming events at the Queens marketplace [Waikoloa resort, link]
- Events calendar at the Mauna Lani shopping center [Kohala coast, all events linkor the bi-weekly free hula shows]