Parents’ Travel Guide: What to Do in Hualalai With Kids

Take the kids on an unforgettable Hawaiian vacation at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai—the hardest part will be having to leave.

Oct 13, 2014
A family playing on the grounds of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
Between golf, swimming, tennis, fitness classes, the Spa, eating, drinking, and land and water excursions, you can call Hualalai home for weeks and never get bored.
Photography courtesy Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

At Four Seasons Resort Hualālai at Historic Ka‘ūpūlehu, you can create a family vacation with as much (or as little) activity as you want. And because the property is spread out across a gorgeous stretch of coastline, there’s room for everybody to find his or her own slice of heaven, be it poolside, at the beach or on the oceanfront golf course—the number of gorgeous places to unwind are limitless.

With 11 different climate zones and one of the world’s most active volcanoes, Hawaii is fascinating to explore. Hawaii Island, or the Big Island, is just that—big—so prioritize family excursions worth leaving the Resort for.

Why go

  • The oceanfront setting. There’s nothing like the otherworldly look of Hawaii Island, with its eye-popping lava-strewn coastline.
  • Exotic, but easy. Hawaii has all the enticing cultural and visual elements of a remote beach holiday with all the modern conveniences.
  • Cultural richness. Feel the warmth of the “aloha spirit”—plus the stunning and diverse topography—with a variety of local activities.

What the kids will love

  • Beachside swimming pools. With seven different pools at the Resort, the kids can play games and splash around in a variety of locations. Little ones will especially love the Keiki Pool, a beach-like play zone for toddlers.
  • Snorkelling with thousands of fish and rays in King’s Pond.
  • Playing tag in front the Beach Tree Bar and Lounge.
  • Joining a Kids Night Out movie on the big screen under the stars.
  • Checking out the on-property tide pools brimming with life.
  • Spending hours in Sea Shell Pool with children from around the country.

What you will love

  • The sunset. Watching the sun go down in front of the Beach Tree restaurant is the ultimate family-friendly cocktail hour scene—kids have space to safely run and play while parents happily sip libations.
  • Guilt-free downtime for parents. Kids For All Seasons at the Resort does what few kids’ clubs do: it actually entertains a variety of ages successfully.
  • Quick in and out. Four Seasons is 10-minutes from the Kona International Airport.
  • Exotic gardens. A sea of colour and tropical beauty envelops guests at every turn.
  • Scenic trails. There is a historic path that winds through lava fields by the ocean that makes for a one-of-a-kind stroll or jog.
  • The food. Enjoy pupus, fresh sushi or dessert by the oceanfront firepits at island favourite, ‘ULU Ocean Grill.
  • You time. Take in a fitness class followed by a state-of-mind altering treatment at the Resort’s Zen-like Hualalai Spa.

Look for

Hawaiian sea turtles napping on the beach.

Eat this

Dine in
Beach Tree is filled with families enjoying the open-air setting that hosts nightly live music and Mediterranean-inspired fare. Beach Tree also serves island specialties, pizza and burgers. Your kids will love the grilled mahi-mahi fingers with steamed veggies and the organic turkey burger with avocado. Parents, try the Mahi taco with mango relish.

Perfect for date night, ‘ULU Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge is modern with a hip vibe. Right on the ocean, it features sustainable, farm- and ocean-to-table ingredients from 160-plus famers and fishermen on the island. The made-to-order Hawaiian ‘Ahi Poke, prepared tableside, is a must.

Dine out
Bamboo Restaurant, in the lush town of Hawi in North Kohala, serves classic Hawaiian and Asian fare in a fun and funky atmosphere filled with locals and tourists alike. Save room for shaved ice and fresh fudge upstairs at the Kohala Coffee Mill.

5 family to dos

1. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Hike around Kīlauea, which has been steadily erupting since 1983. Better yet, try a 360-degree adventure. Paradise Helicopters will take you and the kids on excellent two-hour tours where you get otherwise inaccessible views of Hawaii’s outrageously diverse topography. If luck is on your side, you may see Kilauea spewing lava into the ocean.

2. Beach day. Spend time together playing in the waves and bodysurfing at the breathtakingly beautiful Hapuna Beach State Park, with its enormous stretch of soft white sand and turquoise water.

3. Sightseeing. Learn about the seven historic and spiritual Kalahuipua’a Fish Ponds at Mauna Lani.

4. Explore the village. Stop in the charming town of Hawi, Hawaii’s northernmost town, for a stroll. Peruse the galleries, have lunch and treat kids to a giant multi-flavoured shaved ice treat.

5. Go hiking. Take a short but steep hike to gaze at a breathtaking black sand beach set against steep, rugged cliffs at the mouth of the remote Pololu Valley. (Recommended for school-age and older kids only.)


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