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Summer Family Fun

July 02, 2020


As many of our partner organizations have begun to reopen with safety measures in place, we encourage you to plan a fun and educational family visit to these places of exploration and learning.

  • Bishop Museum features outdoor programming with the theme of “Nā Mea Ola,” or “Health and Wellness.” Guests are invited to participate in self-directed activities in Nā Ulu Kaiwiʿula, the Hawaiian Garden, learn about the healing properties of plants on their Great Lawn, attend socially distanced presentations on food and its effects on our physical and mental well-being, and, have keiki take home a small growing kit via our “Grow and Go” activity. The Mai Kinohi Mai: Surfing in Hawaiʻi exhibition has been held over through March 28, 2021 which also features Ethen Estess' Plastic Free Pipeline sculpture made from marine debris.

  • Honolulu Zoo is the 42 acre home to 905 different animals from the tropics. Komodo Dragons, orangutans, elephants, primates, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and a variety of African animals can be seen Wednesdays through Sundays from 10:00am - 2:30 pm.

  • Iolani Palace reopened as of June 19. During the first phase of reopening, self-guided audio tours will be available on Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Learn more about the re-opening, how to make reservations, special kamaaina and active military family rates, and what guests can expect in order to visit one of Hawaiʻi’s State treasures. 

  • Keiki and Plow is a family run, organic farm in Hawaii Kai that offers families a hands-on farm experience. Visit to play in the dirt, harvest your own produce, interact with farm animals, and enjoy reconnecting with the ʻāina. Book your private playgroup today!

  • Lyon Arboretum in Manoa Valley is open with limited access and hours to their seven miles of hiking trails and more than 6,000 taxa of tropical and sub-tropical plants on their nearly 200 acres. Reservations are required, but admission is still free. Check out the virtual tour of their Ethnobotanical Garden, highlighting several canoe plants and native plant species.

  • The Hawaii Nature Center  Nature Adventure Camp Week 11, from August 10-14, is still open for registration for keiki! Kids can go tech-free and high-touch in nature in this five-day program held Monday through Friday from 8 am to 3 pm. Programs are led by expert environmental educators who specialize in outdoor exploration with hands-on education. Check out more Hawaii Nature Center Community Programs! here.

  • Waimea Valley is a sacred wahi pana - a storied place of healing, restoration, and connections for many generations. Daily activities include botanical and cultural tours, traditional Hawaiian games, guided historical walks, lei making, hula, music and more! Daily, annual and lifetime admission rates have been significantly lowered for kamaʻaina and military. 

  • Waikiki Aquarium reopened June 29.  The Waikīkī Aquarium is located on the shoreline of Waikīkī Beach next to a living reef and across from Kapi’olani Park. The Aquarium – second oldest in the U.S. – showcases more than 500 marine species, and maintains more than 3,500 marine specimens. Public exhibits, education programs, and research focus on the unique aquatic life of Hawai‘i and the tropical Pacific. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available  online only.