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The Perfect Family Vacation for Travel to Hawaii

The perfect Honolulu vacation destination is at the Legendary Luxury Resort, The Kahala

Your Kahala Hotel & Resort vacation memories will include the bliss of new discoveries as your little ones enjoy the sights and culture of Hawaii with the complimentary Hawaiian Traditions programs; delectable meals prepared just the way everyone in the family prefers at one of our five restaurants; and if you choose, a little adult time that’s made possible by our kieki or kid’s programs, as well as babysitting services available day and night. The Kahala Hotel & Resort is the only resort on Oahu with a Dolphin Lagoon with resident Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins.  Dolphin Quest offers educational and interactive programs for the whole family to be able to swim with dolphins. We look forward to embracing your family and tailoring a getaway that each of you will find enriching, energizing and memorable. Our rooms and suites are ideal for traveling with small children, teenagers or grandparents, we can offer inner and outer connecting rooms, Suites with plenty of room for everyone and two bedroom suites for larger families. It is an experience that the whole family will savor for years to come.

Keiki Kids Programs at The Kahala

Why Book The Kahala?

We never charge a resort fee and offer the following complimentary to all our guest rooms and suites:

  • Welcome "oishibori" cool towel at check-in
  • Aloha Lei greeting
  • Internet access in guest rooms and public areas (Lobby, Veranda, Pool).
  • Daily newspaper
  • 24 hour use of CHI Health & Fitness Center’s work out facilities, Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna
  • Resort Shopping Shuttle to Ala Moana Shopping Center, Waikiki and Kahala Mall
  • Business Center computer work stations with Free Internet access (30 minutes)
  • Twice daily maid service
  • 2 Complimentary bottles of water in room daily at turndown
  • Bottled water for runners
  • Introductory Surfing lessons and Stand up paddleboard clinics daily
  • Free Locksafe system in the room
  • In-room tea and coffee making amenities, as well as complimentary morning coffee or tea in Lower Lobby between 5:30am to 8:30am
  • Free Baby Crib
  • Free Beach Towel Rental
  • Free Bicycle rental (rental arranged by concierge)


Kahala Celebrations

The Kahala Hotel & Resort continues its Celebrations Program with Kahala Celebrations Package. Families have been a significant part of our 52 year history and we continue to be the perfect choice for family vacations in Hawaii. The perfect Honolulu vacation destination is at the Legendary Luxury Resort, The Kahala. A Kahala family vacation is a lot more fun with our family celebrations package. 

Named as one of the Top 20 Favorite Family Resorts by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Reports and one of the Top Family Hotels in the U.S.A. (No. 1 in Hawaii) by Travel+Leisure, celebrate time with your family at the legendary Kahala and receive:

  • Daily breakfast buffet at Plumeria Beach House for two adults, a value of over $96 per day
  • A Special Kahala Canvas Logo Bag
  • $100 resort credit issued for every 3 nights of stay
  • Complimentary Internet
  • Complimentary use of CHI Health & Energy Fitness Center
  • Welcome lei on arrival



There is nothing more precious than time with your family making lasting memories.  Here are just a few ways The Kahala Hotel & Resort gives your family to celebrate the finer things in life.  

The Kahala Keiki Club

Our Keiki Club is a place for kids to have fun and learn about Hawaiian culture at the same time.

‘Keiki’ is the Hawaiian word for child, and at The Kahala they have their own special club. It’s the perfect place for 5 to 12 year olds to make friends and to learn about our beautiful islands and rich Hawaiian culture in a safe and fun environment, all while Mom and Dad relax and enjoy being at The Kahala.

Dolphin Quest

The Kahala Hotel & Resort's 26,000 square foot natural lagoon is home to a family of playful Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins. The Dolphin Quest trainers offer daily education programs where guests can experience these animals up-close, and understand what makes them unique.

At The Kahala you have the chance to have face-to-face, in-water contact with these intelligent and most fascinating creatures. The encounter gives guests an unforgettable glimpse into the lives of dolphins in a beautiful environment that blends fun, inspiration and education. Dolphin Quest Brochure (PDF) *A portion of the fees from Dolphin Quest supports important marine education, conservation & research.


Our pool is a popular place to soak up the sun. You'll find everything you need to enjoy the Hawaiian sun at the Pool Desk, from sunscreen and protective eye wear, to hats. We also have a full range of magazines for your entertainment. It's also the place to find out about the variety of water sports available. Kahala logo items such as T shirts, bags and visors are also available. Order your beverages and snacks when you feel thirsty or hungry. Pool and Beach rentals available from 8:00am – 5:30pm.



The Kahala Hotel & Resort is situated on an 800 foot secluded, ivory sand beach. Enjoy a relaxing day with complimentary beach chairs and towels. This is the place for you to unwind and enjoy the best part of a Hawaiian vacation - a sun-filled Hawaiian day. Don’t forget the sun protection, even in the shade.

The Kahala Hotel & Resort is ideally located for many of Oahu's most popular attractions. The following activities may be arranged through our Concierge:

Golf ~ A wide range of golf courses are available nearby and include such renowned courses as Ko Olina Golf Club, Ko’olau and Royal Hawaiian Country Club. We can arrange tee times, transportation and equipment.

Tennis ~ Court time, lessons, ball machine and fitness trainer are all available at a nearby tennis facility just 20 minutes away by car.

Bicycles for the Complimentary Use of Kahala Guests ~ The Kahala neighborhood is a great area for bicycle enthusiasts. For the pleasure of our guests, our Concierge Desk has bicycles that guests can use for maximum 3 hour periods. There are two ladies' and two men's bikes available. They can be used up to sundown or 7.30 pm whichever is earlier with the appropriate helmets, which are for guest use as well. To use these bicycles, guests must register at the Concierge desk and sign the rule sheet and the waiver form. Our concierge staff will take guests out to the bicycles and make sure that everything is in working condition for an enjoyable and safe ride. 

Joggers can choose from a variety of routes using our Kahala Jogging Map.

Surf Lessons

Standing up on a surfboard has never been so easy! There will be a brief instructional demonstration and practice on the beach prior to heading out to the surf zone. At The Kahala Hotel & Resort, we utilize the outrigger canoe to access the surf. We provide each participant with reef walkers, a rash guard, a leash, and a surfboard. Our surf instructor will imbue you with the confidence, motivation, and knowledge needed to stand up on your first surfing experience. $100 per person for 90 minutes

Free introduction Surf class with Beach Adventures from Hans Hedemann Surf School daily from 9:15 am - 9:30 am for Kahala guests.

Stand Up Paddling (SUP)

Stand up paddling is a new sport to hit the islands and has grown in popularity in the last several years. It is a great core work out and requires minimal skill. Allow your guide to teach you the basic skills to master this balancing act. Stand-Up Surfboard Rental available at $30 per hour, $100 per day

Free introduction SUP class daily from 9:30 am - 9:45 am for Kahala guests.

Private Stand-up Lesson

The private stand up lesson comesfrom a very experienced surfer, lifeguard and stand-up paddler. Learnnumerous techniques on how to turn the stand up paddle board. Learn howto hold the paddle and paddle both forward and backwards. Learn how toavoid hazardous areas and potential accidents. The lesson will increaseyour confidence and in no time you will be on your own. The instructorwill stay with you for an entire hour. $75 one hour private stand-up lesson


One or two person touring kayaks are available and allow you to paddle around our bay. Enjoy the breathtaking views as you paddle out to the open ocean from the bay! $25 per hour - one person kayak, $30 per hour - two person kayak


Snorkel Gear

Try snorkeling in our bay and spot as many fish as you can. You may also take the snorkel gear with you if you leave property to check out snorkeling at other great spots such as the afternoon reef snorkel or the snorkel sail. (Oahu activities can be arranged by the concierge concierge@kahalaresort.com). Snorkel Gear includes Fins, Mask, and Snorkel. $10 for one to four hours, $15 per day

Boogie Boards

Boogie Boards are great fun for the keiki 'kids' and their parents. Use these to kick and propel yourself around our bay (not intended for going into the surf). $10 for one to four hours, $20 per day


$30 per day

Complimentary Photography Session

Reserve a fun beach portrait session compliments of the Kahala Hotel & Resort. Let the artists of Pacific Dream Photography capture your vacation the right way. This 45 minute shoot on the scenic grounds of the resort requires no hourly fee, sitting fee or minimum purchase. Professionally edited images can be viewed as soon as the next day where you can purchase the images you love. 

Price: For additional information please inquire at khr@pacificdreamphotography.com.

Family Friendly Activities on Oahu

Oahu’s an island of dazzling beauty, deep history, and epic cultural attractions, which makes it absolutely ideal for all-ages getaways. Here we’ll run down a few of our favorite family-friendly destinations, all of which are easy to reach from our magical haven.

The Waikiki Aquarium

Here’s one of the standout aquariums in the U.S.: the second-oldest public aquarium in the country, for one thing (it was established in 1904), and situated at the doorstep of a genuine coral reef. Here the whole family can explore in rich, up-close detail the marine world of the Hawaiian Archipelago (and beyond)—and no need to don a snorkel or scuba tank! Exhibits range from mangrove forests and coral reefs to simulated open-ocean habitats; you’ll be particularly absorbed by the displays representing specific Hawaiian ecosystems, from the churning surf of Koko Head to the deepwater reefs of Lana’i.

The Waikiki Aquarium’s tanks feature myriad critters sure to mesmerize the kids. Among the highlights is a pair of dewy-eyed Hawaiian monk seals representing their critically endangered species, found nowhere else but Hawaii, as well as green sea turtles, the Hawaiian form of which is uniquely non-migratory. The “Barrier Reef” exhibit, meanwhile, houses South Pacific giant clams the aquarium reckons are the world’s biggest and oldest captive specimens. Resident fish include everything from ogre-like frogfish and exceptionally delicate seadragons to beautifully patterned zebra sharks and a gargantuan giant grouper. And some of the most otherworldly-looking Aquarium residents reside in the “Ocean Drifters Gallery” dedicated to jellyfish.

All the more reason to visit: The Aquarium offers plenty of interactive programs especially catered to families, including “Critter Encounters” and behind-the-scenes tours.

The Honolulu Zoo

This delightful zoo occupies the grounds of Queen Kapiolani Park, established in 1877 by the royal decree of King Kalakaua. It harbors animals hailing from all corners of the globe: ring-tailed lemurs from Madagascar, hamadryas baboons and reticulated giraffes from Africa, golden lion tamarins and spider monkeys from the Neotropics, Sumatran tigers and Malayan sun bears from Southeast Asia.

Birdlife on display is equally diverse; among the hundreds of species housed at the Zoo are a number of Hawaiian natives, including the nene (or Hawaiian goose) and Hawaiian hawk. On-site reptiles range from skinks and poison dart frogs to Komodo dragons, American alligators, and Nile crocodiles; two different types of long-lived giant tortoise, the Aldabra and Galapagos, also call the Honolulu Zoo home.

The gardened grounds of the Honolulu Zoo are a lovely attraction in their own right: You can admire many native Hawaiian plants as well as flora deeply associated with Polynesian lifeways.

The Zoo also hosts plenty of special events, including the “Wildest Show in Town,” a weekly Wednesday concert series featuring fun kid-friendly activities that runs this summer through August 10.

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

A hop, skip, and a jump from our resort, Hanauma Bay is one of Oahu’s beloved places: a flooded, breached volcanic crater edged by pretty bluffs and a stunning beach and floored with coral. Whether you’re eager for a day of R&R with an undeveloped backdrop, or you’d like to snorkel amid tropical fish and green sea turtles, Hanauma Bay casts quite the spell.

Both locals and visitors cherish Hanauma Bay, and you won’t have the scene to yourself. But it’s definitely worth a visit: It’s a remarkably scenic—and remarkably easy-to-reach—introduction to the fabulous biodiversity of Hawaii’s nearshore reefs, plus an outstanding spot for kicking back and soaking up some middle-of-the-Pacific sunshine. The bay’s closed on Tuesdays, which gives the local ecosystem a chance to take a breather, so to speak.

And we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that Hanauma Bay topped this year’s list of the best beaches in the U.S., compiled by well-known sand-and-surf expert Dr. Stephen Leatherman—aka “Dr. Beach.” Besides citing its conservation-minded management and all-around beauty, Leatherman noted that the bay claims “the best accessible snorkeling in Hawaii.” Not a bad endorsement!

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