Our favorite picks for family fun on the Big Island of Hawaii

Things to do

The Big Island of Hawaii is a wonderful destination for a family vacation, with lots of family-friendly places and things to do. After the beach, here are some of our favorite activities for family fun!

Go wild at Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo

With free admission, beautiful landscaping, diverse animals and a cool playground, Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens in Hilo is near the top of our list for outings with the keiki (children). This 12-acre zoo is the only naturally occurring tropical rainforest zoo in the United States. It is home to more than 80 animal species including two Bengal Tigers, plus several endemic, endangered animals.

Play at Mauna Kea Recreation Area

The new playground at Mauna Kea Recreation Area is a great place to stop, stretch your legs and enjoy the view on your way to the Mauna Kea Visitors Center or if you’re traveling between Hilo and Kona over Saddle Road. There’s also picnic areas, a walking path with exercise equipment, and restrooms.

Explore and learn at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center

The Mokupāpapa Discovery Center in Hilo offers the perfect combination of education and entertainment. The center features a 3,500-gallon saltwater aquarium, interactive educational exhibits, and life-size models of wildlife found in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands!

Indoor options for rainy days (there aren’t many!)

On the off chance the weather is bad in Waikoloa, consider a movie at the brand new cinemas, where you can enjoy lunch or dinner while you watch the show from your luxurious seat. Or sample some delicious mac nuts, brittle and popcorn, and discover how mac nuts are grown and processed at the “Nut House.”

Ready for some family fun in paradise? Plan your trip to Hawaii!

First, check out the airfare deals to Kona on Google Flights. Then, explore our website to find your perfect vacation rental, whether you’re looking for a cozy studio for two or a luxurious villa for a big group. And remember, you can save 10% by booking your vacation rental directly with us!

Family-friendly home base in Hawaii

For your home base on the Big Island, consider the family-friendly units at Fairway Villas in Waikoloa Beach Resort, about 20 minutes north of the Kona airport on the sun-drenched, beach-dotted Kohala Coast.

Vacation rentals on the Kohala Coast of Hawaii

Enjoy the spacious layouts of these two- and three-bedroom units, which boast flowing indoor/outdoor living areas, fully equipped kitchens, living and dining areas, and beautiful tropical views.

Play at the pool, walk to dinner

The complex offers an infinity-edged pool, central BBQ area, upgraded fitness center, and social room with library and game table. A short walk away are the Kings’ Shops and Queens’ Marketplace, with a wide range of shopping, dining and entertainment options.

Book direct and save 10%

Book directly with us and mention “Aloha Escape” in your reservation to save 10% on your vacation rental. We hope to see you soon – a hui hou!


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