Authentic and prepared by Nelly herself, Nelly's this is the best-kept secret on the drive to the North Shore of Oahu.
Authentic and prepared by Nelly herself, Nelly's this is the best-kept secret on the drive to the North Shore of Oahu.
The Dole Plantation is a great spot to visit.
The Dole Plantation is a great spot to visit.
A trip to the beach is a must.
A trip to the beach is a must.
You will find Honolulu Cookie stores all over the Waikiki strip.
You will find Honolulu Cookie stores all over the Waikiki strip.
The view from the Hyatt.
The view from the Hyatt.
Fun on the beach.
Fun on the beach.
Learning about the Polynesian islands.
Learning about the Polynesian islands.

Hawai'i with the kids: A Toy Tips guide

Oahu is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands and by far the one with the most to do for families with children. On a recent visit with my two children, our goal was to soak in some Vitamin D and enjoy the beauty of the island, skyscrapers of Waikiki, the ocean and all the sites that we could visit over nine days.

We flew direct from Chicago on a United flight and the nine-hour trip was very easy. With the five-hour time difference and the sunshine, the kids adjusted quite easily. They stayed occupied with endless drinks and movies, and of course we brought a book, a few activities and great snacks. Nothing better than that!

Hotels

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Resort and Spa - What we enjoyed most at this hotel was the gorgeous view from our oceanfront room. At 17 stories high, this hotel provides a view of Waikiki Beach to Diamondhead Crater that is breathtaking. From the morning surf to the sunset, the view was spectacular.

One of the best tips we can tell is that a visit to Aka and Aunty with the kids is time extremely well spent. Aka and Aunty are storytellers, hula dancers, lei-makers and provide a great way to learn about true Hawaiian culture.

The Na ho ola spa menu includes their own products line which are also placed in the hotel rooms for guests. The shampoo and conditioner smells wonderful. Treatments include a macadamia nut body scrub and pineapple haupia body glow for $145 each.

If you enjoy yoga, take advantage of the morning class in a beautiful private room that overlooks the ocean.

Hilton Hawaiian Village - The size of this resort is like a mini-city! It's a village, all right – with five swimming pools, a private freshwater lagoon, multiple buildings and towers, restaurants and shopping galore and a stretch of Waikiki Beach with a lot of sand for sandcastle building and beach play. The Village hosts a fireworks show every Friday night which brings in locals and tourists from neighboring hotels.

The penguin display is famous on the island an…

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