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While Oahu is the most crowded of the Hawaiian Islands (over one million people on that tiny island), it’s still a big draw for families. There are a TON of beach resorts on Oahu, but some are definitely better for kids than others.

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I feel like this post needs a disclaimer up front: pretty much anywhere you go in Hawaii is going to be kid friendly. Hawaii is not a stuffy destination. The most posh and expensive hotels on the island (hello, Four Seasons) caters to children quite amazingly and unless you’re at the adults only pool (many resorts have them, you’ll always find kids boogie boarding in the waves, bobbing around in the pool, and having dinner with their families. That being said, this list includes resorts that may appeal to children especially due to their pools or kids clubs, and parents due to their locations and convenience factors.

Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa: If ever there as a resort made for families in Hawaii, it’s Aulani, Of course, Disney and kids go together like pb&j, but Aulani is really something special. Yes, it’s a sprawling mega resort with every kind of activity and amenity you could ask for, but the attention to detail in the architecture, design, and landscape manage to make it feel intimate and charming. I’d say it’s the most “Hawaiian” resort you’ll find in Hawaii. Read all about my last stay at Aulani here. Pricing starts at $400/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your stay.

Hilton Hawaiian Village: This 22-acre sprawling resort is practically its own city with its own shopping and dining complex right on the edge of Waikiki. The resort has its own lagoon that’s perfect for kids and its location on the edge of Waikiki Beach makes it very convenient to walk into the heart of Waikiki, but being a bit removed makes it seem less hectic. It also has six pools (one just for kids) including some of the best water slides on Waikiki. The HHV also has a great kids club, which includes off property excursions to the Honolulu Zoo, Waikiki Aquarium, Bishop Museum, and Children’s Discovery Museum. Pricing starts at $180/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your stay.

Marriott Ko’olina: If you’re looking for a relaxed beach vacation away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki, the Marriott’s Ko’olina Beach Club is the perfect spot. Located out on the west side of Oahu, it’s situated on a perfect little lagoon perfect for kiddos who want to swim I the ocean. In addition to guest rooms, families can book one and two bedroom villas so you’ll really have room to spread out. The grounds of the resort are lovely and the main pool features a walk-in sand entrance, which is a big hit with kids. Pricing starts at $320/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your stay.

Sheraton Waikiki: If you want to be in the center of the action, you’ll love the Sheraton. It’s right smack in the middle of Waikiki so in addition to the gorgeous Infiniti pool (adults only), you’ll have every beach activity you can imagine at your fingertips (surfing, paddle boarding, outrigger canoe rides, snorkeling, parasailing, etc.). The Helumoa Pool complex has two freshwater pools, a huge waterslide, a play area for kids and cabanas. There is no kids club, but if you plan to spend your vacation split between the pool/beach and out adventuring, the Sheraton Waikiki is a good home base. Pricing starts at $280/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your stay.

Hyatt Regency Waikiki: The Hyatt Regency Waikiki is a great place to stay with kids. It’s central Waikiki location makes it convenient for attractions like the Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium. It’s right on the beach with great pools, plenty of restaurants and shopping, a spa, and a ton of cultural activities. There’s also a kids club. Pricing starts at $240/night. Click here to check pricing and availability during your stay.

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