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Mini Guide: Hawaii, Lanai

  • Things to do in Lana‘i with kids: Kids' camp at Four Seasons Resort Lanai, Hawaii
  • Things to do in Lana‘i with kids: Culture programs at Four Seasons Resort Lana‘i, Hawaii
  • Things to do in Lana‘i with kids: Hawaiian traditions at Four Seasons Resort Lana‘i, Hawaii
  • Things to do in Lana‘i with kids: golf putting green at Four Seasons Resort Lanai‘i, the Lodge at Koele, Hawaii
  • Things to do in Lana‘i with kids: outdoor activities in Lana‘i, Hawaii
  • Things to do in Lana‘i with kids: surfing in Lana‘i, Hawaii
  • Things to do in Lana‘i with kids: Voluntourism in Lana‘i, Hawaii
  • Things to do in Lana‘i with kids: Volunteering in Lana‘i, Hawaii
During a day at the Resort’s Pilialoha Keiki Camp, young visitors can explore koi ponds, waterfalls and tidal pools found around the Bay, or participate in a creative art class.
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Lana‘i’s kapuna, or village elders, share their knowledge of Hawaii’s rich history with guests during lessons and storytelling sessions at the Resort’s Hookipa Cultural Program.
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Through the Cultural Program’s offerings, learn to play the ukulele, do the hula dance and create a traditional floral lei—a custom first introduced to the islands by early Polynesian inhabitants.
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The kid-friendly putting green at Four Seasons Resort Lana‘i, The Lodge at Koele is the perfect way for a greenhorn golfer to master his or her swing.
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At the Lodge’s highlands centre, adventurous families can try their hand at activities such as sporting clays or archery.
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Back at the beach, aquatic activities such as surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkelling and deep-sea fishing abound.
Photography courtesy Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Voluntourism programmes at Four Seasons Resorts in Lana‘i allow visitors to interact with locals and give back to the community. Through the Giving Tree Malama Aina Program, guests support reforestation efforts by planting native seedlings on the island.
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At the Lana‘i Animal Rescue Center, volunteer efforts are directed at providing care for local animals.
Photography courtesy Lana‘i Animal Rescue Center

Discover Lanai, Hawaii, With Kids

Hula lessons, surfing, golfing and giving back—here are the best things to do with kids in Lana‘i.

Jan 31, 2014

With a full range of water sports and deep-sea excursions available along its coastline, and horseback riding, hiking and world-class golf in its lush countryside, Lanai is a prime destination for both adults and children. Together, families can embark on a mountain- or sea-set adventure, lend a hand to a voluntourism programme, or immerse themselves in local island culture. Just for kids, the Pilialoha Keiki Camp at Four Seasons Resort Lanai (pilialoha means “close friendship and beloved companionship” in Hawaiian) welcomes children ages 5 to 12 to spend a day or evening learning, exploring and tasting everything the destination has to offer. No matter your clan’s travel style, this intimate isle is full of opportunities for family fun.

Experience Hawaiian culture.

In Hawaiian, ho‘okipa means “hospitality,” which is exactly the mission of the Resort’s Hookipa Cultural Program. Created and led by Lanai’s kapuna, or elders, the initiative’s complimentary offerings are designed to share treasured parts of Hawaii’s heritage with visitors. This includes storytelling, instruction in traditional arts and crafts such as coconut weaving, and ukulele lessons.

One of the programme’s most popular activities is lei making, a custom that dates back over a millennium. Hula lessons are also available to families. Not only will dancers learn all the right moves, but they’ll also experience the values that this rich Hawaiian tradition places on family and nature.

Explore Lanai by land and sea.

Together, the two Four Seasons Resorts in Lanai boast the finest golf courses in the state. Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele also offers a kid-friendly challenge found at only a handful of resorts worldwide—a real grass putting course. Perfect for an afternoon of family fun, this 18-hole course offers a variety of par-3 “holes.” Putters, balls and scorecards are provided.

The Lodge also offers an opportunity for active youngsters and parents alike to channel their inner Robin Hood at a full-service archery range. Watch the kids’ excitement as they perfect the “art of the arrow,” then hold a friendly competition to see who has the best aim. In addition to a traditional 12-station target course, the centre also features a 3-D archery range where participants can target three-dimensional dinosaurs and other creatures. Instruction is available for all levels of ability, including children and beginners.

Ready to hang 10? Surfing is Hawaii’s native sport, and standing up and riding a wave is easier than it looks. Staffers at Four Seasons Resort Lanai specialize in giving lessons to all ages. Alternatively, families can try stand-up paddleboarding—a surprisingly easy-to-master action sport, enjoy a snorkel safari, take shoreline fishing lessons or visit with the resident aviarist at the bird rescue.

Back at the Pilialoha Keiki Camp, while parents steal away for a romantic excursion, kids have the opportunity to explore tidal pools or build an erupting volcano on Hulopo‘e Bay, search for koi fishponds and waterfalls in the Manele Bay Gardens, and practice traditional Hawaiian games with new-found friends. At night, karaoke contests, relay races and stargazing trips are the perfect finish to an exciting day.

Say “thank you.”

As part of the Monk Seal Foundation—one of several unique voluntourism programmes at the Lanai resorts—guests have the opportunity to adopt a monk seal. There are under 1,100 of this critically endangered mammal left in the wild. Teach your children the importance of animal stewardship with this program, complete with certificate of adoption and plush monk seal toy.

For the animal lover in your family, the Lanai resorts offer another unique voluntourism opportunity through their partnership with the Lanai Animal Rescue Center, a feline sanctuary dedicated to protecting the island’s cats. Visitors can spend a few meaningful hours at the facility, assisting with everything from painting the shelters’ “kitty condos” to interacting with cats through the “Pet & Purr” socialization programme.


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3 Comments about Discover Lanai, Hawaii, With Kids

  1. Bonnie schmelke says:

    Hello we area family of 11 —6 adults and 5 children 9-15 …we would like to visit Dec 28- to approx Jan 4 2016… What options do you suggest?
    Thank you

    • Elyse Weidner says:

      Hi Bonnie,
      Thanks so much for your comment. I’ve forwarded your request onto Four Seasons Lanai so that some can be in contact with you directly.

      Thanks for reading!

    • Emily Littlepage says:

      Aloha Bonnie,

      Mahalo for your interest in our little Island Paradise for your Ohana (family). Lana’i truly is a great place for families to explore and provides just enough activities to suite everyone’s needs.

      I would suggest our 2-bedroom Ohana Suites for your family. These newly redesigned suites feature the latest in technology and comfort. Providing your family enough space to spread out, but still be connected to create unforgettable memories. All Ohana Suites are done in neutral-naturals, earth tone colors and rich textures. All suites feature a custom leather sleigh bed, a custom made sofabed in the living room, two state of the art Bezel 75” LED flat screen televisions and a fully customizable Private Refreshment Center and Nespresso station. Two modern bathrooms, featuring an in mirror television, oversized soaking tub, a double wide rain shower with river stone floor and a Toto toilet in the master bath. These suites are located throughout the property on either the first or second floor, each with a private furnished lanai. The Ohana suites are available as Partial Ocean View, Ocean View, or my favorite Ocean Front – with Full panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Ohana suites are available as 2-bedroom options connecting with coordinating King or Double Bedded rooms.

      We hope your family will discover the secret of Lana’i this upcoming holiday season. Mahalo.

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