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Hawaii Field Trips with Kids

Annotated Lists of Great Hawaii Field Trips with Kids

Hawaii State Parks
Hawai’i’s State Park System is composed of 53 state parks encompassing approximately 25,000 acres on the 5 major islands. These parks offer varied outdoor recreation and heritage opportunities.

Hawaii Web
Prepare yourself for a truly memorable experience as you guide yourself throughout the Hawaiian islands ­ learning the ancient history, seeing the natural beauty, listening to the romantic melody of this exotic culture.

O’ahu, Family Vacation Ideas
Enchanting and awesome, diverse and dynamic, the island is loaded with good stuff for families.

Top 10 Things to do inMaui with Kids
For visitors to Maui. What the various hotels have to offer for children’s activities. Some more educational and fun sounding than others.

Bike Tours

Haleakala Bike Company
Maui’s most experienced, most affordable downhill tour company. Get taken to the top of a volcano at dawn, and then ride down! Stupendous views. (808) 575-9575

Children’s Discovery Centers

Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center
Our interactive exhibits are designed to stimulate curiosity and to help children develop problem solving skills. 111 Ohe Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813. (808) 524-KIDS (524-5437)


Bishop Museum
Grade level activities and an education guide make this a well organized field trip. 1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu Hawai`i 96817, (808) 847-3511

Lyman Museum
A superb collection of artifacts, fine art, and natural history exhibits as well as an archives, special exhibitions and a gift shop. We provide guided educational tours and hands-on workshops, linked to state curriculum standards, to thousands of students each year. 276 Haili Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720, Phone: (808) 935-5021.

Polynesian Cultural Center
Located about one hour’s scenic drive from Waikiki, is the top paid Hawaiian attraction for a reason. Our seven native villages give visitors the rare chance to participate in the daily adventures of Hawaiian and other South Pacific cultures.

Family Sites

Terry’s Hawaiian Homeschool Hangout
Come take a virtual trip to Hawaii with this homeschool mom.


Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park
The park highlights two of the world’s most active volcanoes, and offers insights on the birth of the Hawaiian Islands and views of dramatic volcanic landscapes. Earn aJunior Ranger badge. 30 miles from Hilo on Hawaii, the Big Island.

Hana Lava Tube
This is an incredible family adventure. It is safe, fun and free of mosquitoes and bats. Maui. (808) 248-7308

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
One of the most spectacular natural resources in Hawaii, is reaping the benefits of over a decade of moves to re-establish its pristine marine ecosystem.

Kawai Nui Marsh
The largest fresh water marsh in the Hawaiian Islands. On Oahu.

Historic Places

`Iolani Palace
This National Historic Landmark is the only state residence of royalty in the United States. Located at the corner of King and Richards Streets in Honolulu.

Pearl Harbor
A detailed account of what to expect on a field trip to this battle site, such as you won’t be allowed to take your diaper bag along.


Honolulu Academy of Arts
Classes and special tours to bring art into the everyday lives of students. 900 South Beretania Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814-1495. (808) 532-8700

Whalers Village Museum
The history-oriented museum brings to life Lahaina’s whaling era (1825-1860) with hundreds of artifacts, photo murals and interpretive graphics. Free admission. Maui.

Natural Resources

Hawaii Audubon Society
Bird watching field trips. Details will be provided as the scheduled dates get closer.

Hawai’i Nature Center
We are recognized as the only organization in the State of Hawai’i solely dedicated to educating island children about their unique environment in the out-of-doors. ‘Ioa Valley, Maui, (808) 244-6500

Koke’e Natural History Museum
Open every day. Interpretive programs and exhibitions about Kaua’i’ s ecology, geology and climatology. Kekaha, Kaua’i, HI. (808) 335-9975

Kualoa Ranch
Tour by horseback, ATV, or tour tram. See where many movies were filmed. Priced for tourists, but online booking is reasonable – about $19.

National Tropical Botanical Garden
Opportunities for homeschoolers to work at our restoration sites through a program called Junior Restoration Team.  We bring students around middle and high school age to the Garden’s restoration sites, and the students learn about native ecosystems while working with our Restoration Specialists. 3530 Papalina Road, Kalaheo, HI, (808) 332-7324 ext. 250

Ocean Life

Living Art Marine Center
Recommended by Vince. “I was called in as a parent/chaperone to come help out on a field trip/family outing to this place. I never heard of it before, it’s quite new, tucked in next to Honolulu Airport. The cool thing about this place is that it is interactive and hands-on. Especially for home school kids this is a benefit. They offer group rates (which we got) and provided us with a guided tour, games, activities, touching animals, and even Gyotaku fish print art project on t-shirt.” 3239 Ualena Street #100, Honolulu HI 96819, Phone: (808) 841-8080.

Maui Ocean Center
Your visit will be a journey of discovery through the extraordinary underwater world that lies beyond Hawaii’s surf-ringed shores – from the complex beauty of the Living Reef, to the vast, blue realm of the Open Ocean. 192 Maalaea Rd Wailuku, HI 96793.

Sea Life Park
Hawaii’s marine life comes alive in a dazzling display that will entertain and delight. Located just 15 miles from Waikiki on Oahu’s beautiful and scenic Makapuu Point.

Snuba Big Island
Ever wanted to swim in an aquarium? Minimum age is 8 for Snuba, 4 for Snuba Doo, no maximum age yet! (808) 326-7446

Waikiki Aquarium
Our exhibits, programs, and research focus on the aquatic life of Hawaii and the tropical Pacific. Site features a virtual tour and web cams. 2777 Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki. (808) 923-9741

Science Museums

Richard T. Mamiya Science Adventure Center
A gathering place for island residents and visitors to discover the natural wonders of Hawai’i and the world through science exploration. 1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu, Hawai’i 96817, Phone:(808) 847.3511


Honolulu Zoo

Check the Calendar of Events for fun family programs such as Dinner at the zoo followed by a night tour, stargazing, or even a chance to spend the night. Located between the slopes of Diamond Head and Waikiki at the corner of Kapahulu Ave. and Kalakaua Blvd. (808) 971-7171.

Pana`ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens
Located off Hwy. 11 in Hilo on the island of Hawaii. It is the only natural tropical rainforest zoo in the United States Admission is free. (808) 959-9233

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