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Hawaii Field Trips with Kids

By: Andrea Dillon 

One of the benefits of homeschooling is the freedom and ability to take many field trips and provide real-world experiences for your homeschoolers. Whether it is a visit to a museum, science center, or even a trip to a local post office or fire department, there is something out there to help make learning fun. Every state has its unique locations that would be fun to visit. We have gathered a list of great places to visit in Hawaii with kids. Find your next homeschool field trip below!  

Want to add a field trip location? Send us a message to get your location added today!

 

Educational Homeschool Field Trips Ideas In Hawaii

Hawaii homeschoolers can get out of the house and into the local communities with a fun day trip in Hawaii.  Out-of-state homeschoolers can take a vacation and pick a few of these educational, fun locations for things to do in Hawaii with kids while you are visiting. 

 

Music / Art Museum Field Trip Ideas  State/ National Park Field Trip Ideas  Science/ Discovery/ Natural History Field Trip Ideas 
Historical Site / History Center Field Trip Ideas Aquariums / Nature/ Farm/ Zoo Field Trips Other Field Trip Ideas 
     

 

Music / Art Museum Field Trip Ideas 

 

 

 Honolulu Museum of Art

“The Honolulu Museum of Art is a home for art and education that exists for the benefit of the entire community, presented in a setting that promotes beauty, harmony, learning, self-awareness, and connection.” 

 

 

 


State/National Park Field Trip Ideas 

Get into the world with state and national park field trip ideas. Many of these locations hold a variety of history, science, and nature for your homeschoolers to enjoy.  

 

  • Hawaii State Parks is composed of 50 parks encompassing approximately 30,000 acres on five major islands. These parks offer a variety of outdoor recreation and heritage opportunities.  The park environments range from landscaped grounds with developed facilities to wildland areas with trails and primitive facilities.

 

  • Get connected with Hawaii National Parks! “Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of our national parks. With the help of volunteers and partners, we safeguard these special places and share their stories with more than 318 million visitors every year.” 

 

 


Science / Discovery/ Natural History Field Trip Ideas 

Bishop Museum

“Immerse yourself in Hawaiʻi’s rich culture and heritage at the premier natural and cultural history museum in the state.”

Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center

“The Center provides an environment that encourages children to use their senses of touch, sight, hearing, and smell to gain a better understanding of the world around them.”

Lyman Museum and Mission House

“ Today, the restored Mission House is on the State and National Registers of Historic Places and may be visited by guided tour. The Lyman Museum building, next door to the Mission House, was constructed in 1971 and houses a superb collection of artifacts and natural history exhibits as well as special exhibitions, archives, and a gift shop.  Visitors touring the two facilities can see the old Mission House and life as it was 150 years ago, as well as immersive exhibits on many aspects of Hawaiian natural history and culture…a rare and well-rounded view of the real Hawai`i.” 

 

 

 


 

Historical Site / History Center Field Trip Ideas 

Iolani Palace

“Registered as a National Historic Landmark since 1962 and the only official royal residence in the United States, the Palace is one of the most recognizable buildings in Hawaii. Meticulously restored to its former grandeur, Iolani Palace tells of a time when their Majesties, King Kalakaua and his sister and successor, Queen Liliuokalani walked the grand halls.”

Lyman Museum and Mission House

“ Today, the restored Mission House is on the State and National Registers of Historic Places and may be visited by guided tour. The Lyman Museum building, next door to the Mission House, was constructed in 1971 and houses a superb collection of artifacts and natural history exhibits as well as special exhibitions, archives, and a gift shop.  Visitors touring the two facilities can see the old Mission House and life as it was 150 years ago, as well as immersive exhibits on many aspects of Hawaiian natural history and culture…a rare and well-rounded view of the real Hawai`i.”

 

 

 


 

Aquariums / Nature Centers / Farm/ Zoo Field Trips

Hana Lava Tube 

“This is an incredible family adventure. It is safe, fun and free of mosquitoes and bats. You will marvel at the underground lavascape, as your mind expands and your world becomes more wondrous. Temperatures are comfortable year round and the clear cinder trail is easily traveled. (You must have good vision and be physically fit for walking on this natural terrain).”

Hawaii Nature Center

“We seek to foster awareness, appreciation, understanding, and stewardship of Hawai‘i’s environment by educating children with an interactive and immersive approach.”

Honolulu Zoo

“Operated by the City and County of Honolulu, the Waikiki land on which it is located belongs to the Kapiolani Charitable trust by an agreement between the Republic of Hawai‘i and the Kapiolani Park Association. The aim of the agreement was for the now 220 acres of Kapiolani Regional Park to remain a place of natural beauty and ornamental landscaping, and to ensure free, recreation grounds for the benefit of Hawai‘i’s residents and visitors.”

Kualoa Ranch Private Nature Reserve

“Our goal is to protect and enhance the natural beauty of these lands while developing sustainable recreational, agricultural and aquacultural enterprises that are compatible with the environment. All tours and commercial activities enable Kualoa to keep the lands undeveloped so that future generations will be able to enjoy them as well.  We truly care about and strive to educate all visitors … kama’aina, military and malihini … about traditional Hawaiian values, reverence for our natural environment, respect for the host Hawaiian culture and most importantly, the sacred history of Kualoa.”

Maui Ocean Center, The Aquarium of Hawaii

“Aptly termed “Aquarium of Hawaii”, this 3-acre marine park faithfully replicates the natural ocean ecosystem, where visitors encounter only animals that occur in Hawaii; many of which are found nowhere else in the world! Featuring the largest collection of live corals in the nation, and over 60 exhibits, including interpretive displays, outdoor touch pools and a 750,000-gallon Open Ocean exhibit with 240-degree view acrylic tunnel, the marine park is designed to help visitors develop an understanding and appreciation of Hawaii’s marine environment.”

National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG)

“National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) is a not-for-profit institution, dedicated to discovering, saving, and studying the world’s tropical plants and sharing what is learned.”

Sea Life Park

“This East Oahu attraction is a place to enjoy the company of dolphins, sea lions, rays, sharks, native fish and more. With a focus on educational and interactive programs, Sea Life Park is small enough to enjoy on foot but diverse enough to be a full-day destination.”

Waikiki Aquarium

“Our exhibits, programs, and research focus on the aquatic life of Hawaii and the tropical Pacific.”

 

 

 


 

Other Field Trip Ideas 

 

Big Island Watersports

“Big Island Watersports is a new and one of a kind water sports center located in the heart of Kailua.”


Haleakala Bike Company

“Explore the epic volcanic landscapes of Haleakala with guided or self-guided bike tours. Begin your experience with our guided vehicle trek up to the 10,000ft. summit, then cruise down the mountain on our top-of-the-line Kona bikes.”

Polynesian Cultural Center

“Spend the day exploring the rich heritage of the Pacific Islands. Wander through 42 acres of tropical splendor and enjoy the adventure of traditional hands-on activities. Dine like royalty at an authentic Polynesian lūʻau and top it off with the most spectacular evening show in the islands.”

Whalers Village 

“For a truly unique Maui shopping experience, plan a visit to the island’s premier oceanfront retail center, Whalers Village. You’ll find yourself surrounded by the best brands and one-of-a-kind specialty retailers. A wide variety of food offerings ranging from fast food to full-service oceanfront restaurants makes Whalers Village the preferred Maui shopping, dining and entertainment destination on the island.”

 

 

 


Events 

Are you still looking for more ideas for field trips in Hawaii? Check out our event section for Hawaii day trips and more! If you have an event that you want to share, please add it as well. 

Do you have a location that would make a good field trip in Hawaii? Let me know in the comments below or contact me to get it added! 

 

 

 

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