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Things To Do In Kauai With Toddlers


Things to do in Kauai with a toddlerThe first think I’d like to tell you about travelling to Kauai (and any of the Hawaiian Islands) with toddlers is to learn the word Ohana.  Family is very important on our islands, so when you see the word ohana, you can believe it.  Looking for things to do in Kauai with toddlers?

Here’s a quick list of the most toddler friendly resorts on Kauai

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
50 acres, in the southeast of the island; this resort’s claim to fame comes from its lovely landscaped pools, ponds, lagoons. The actual beach is beautiful, but has powerful surf. Also at the Grand Hyatt Kauai: ANARA Spa; over a dozen restaurants and lounges; adjacent golf course by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.

Other brand-name resorts on Kauai include theKauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club on Kalapaki Bay (Lihue area), Hilton Kauai Beach Resort, north of Lihue, and the Sheraton Kauai on the south coast on popular Poipu Beach.

Hanalei Colony Resort
This special property is family-run on Kauai’s stunning North Coast: a quiet part of the island where the road literally ends; also in the area are a good snorkeling spot, laid-back town of Hanalei, surf lessons and swimming at Hanalei Bay. The Hanalei Colony Resort has extra-large suites, and some units literally on the beach; excellent dining and spa on-site.

Princeville at Hanalei
Also on the north coast, this prominent resort has a top location overlooking Hanalei Bay.

Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort & Spa
For families who want the convenience of a condo, here’s a "resort condominium": spacious apartments in low-rise units, in town of Kapaa; pool has river float area, waterfalls, small slide, wading pool; Aveda spa; beachfront location. Original listing here.

If you have a big family with lots of kids, you might consider renting a house on Kauai, especially if you plan to stay more than a week.

Best Kauai Restaurants For Children and Toddlers

The Barbeque Inn in Lihu’e — lunch or dinner with salad, soup, homemade bread and homemade pie included; the brand new Kilauea Fish Market for wraps on the way to the lighthouse; and the Hanamaulu Tea Gardenbuffet on Sunday night (a great family restaurant with friendly service). “Hanamaulu’s old style Japanese charm, goldfish ponds and tea ceremony rooms,” says Thomas, “make it the it-spot for local holiday dinners and receptions.”

“For breakfast, we enjoyed macadamia nut pancakes and chorizo at Kountry Kitchen, a Hawaiian spin on American-style breakfast. For healthy groceries, we liked Papaya’s in Kapa’a and Hanalei, and Longs had the cheapest Kona Coffee.”

This report is from Adrian de Jong, Tabatha Thomas, and their two year old daughter, Nadya.

Things To Do In Kauai With Toddlers


“People say the north (has) better weather in the summer months and the south is better in the winter.

But we think the South has more baby friendly beaches — Poipuin the South and Lydgate State Park in the East (Coconut Coast). Both have rock-lined pools for children with calmer water, and Lydgate has a 6,000-ft. park for kids too. We kayaked the Wailua River and hiked up to Secret Falls, which was breathtaking. (Bring a baby carrier for a small tot, though!)

We also loved Waimea Canyon for hikes on ridges and through the rain forest, and also for its breathtaking views of waterfalls and mountain ranges. Wear appropriate footwear and bug repellent.”


1. Best guidebooks: Check out “Kauai Trailblazer” and “Kauai Trails” if you plan to hike, and “Kauai Underground Guide” ( People use the “Ultimate Guide,” but the de Jong family were less than thrilled with it.

2. Best shopping: Check out the cute kids’ clothes at Sand People in Hanalei and Poipu, and Maile’s Closet in Kapa’a with cute handmade things, hip-looking boys’ clothes and adorably packaged gifts, says Thomas. The gift shop at Koke’e Lodge had unusual items too.”

3. If you hike, make sure you use a bug repellent with Deet, and check your children (and yourselves) for tiny ticks.

4. If you’ll be on the islands for any length of time, consider getting a temporary library card for $10 to check out Hawaiian kids’ books, CDs and uke sheet music from any location on the island, or to use the Internet.

5. And finally, try to stay for 10-14 days to get your bearings and slow down properly. “It can take a couple of days,” says Thomas, “for city breakneck-speed life to melt away.”  These tips were found on the wonderful   Check out the whole story there.


Has your family been some place in Hawaii that you think is fabulous?  Please feel free to leave a comment below.  And if you know more things to do in Kauai with toddlers, please share with us.

Ohana is important  (remember, that’s the word for family here).

~~ Aloha Nui Loa


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