The Mauna Kea Luau
62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Waimea, HI 96743
If it’s Tuesday, it’s luau night at the Mauna Kea. Will you feel like a tourist with a capital T? Of course you will. But it’s entirely worth it: The kids will lose their minds this event is so exciting. Starting at 5:30, walk down to the cliffs of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel (whether or not you’re staying there), grab dinner from the endless buffet tables, and settle in for the show. The evening’s program includes a dynamic history of the kings of Hawaii, theatrical reenactments of the islands’ legends, and plenty of hula dancing. The highlight for the kids is a toss-up between getting up on stage to learn how to hula dance and watching the fire dancers at the end of the night.
Mauna Lani Beach Club canoe tour
68-1400 Mauna Lani Dr., Waimea
The Mauna Lani Beach Club is an Auberge Resort property, which is to say it’s incredibly luxurious and beautiful. And if you come with kids, you’ll want to head straight to the beach. This is where you’ll meet a young Hawaiian man named Bullet. You’ll jump into a canoe, paddle out to the ocean, and take in a view of Hawaii you can get only from the water. But Bullet is a lot more than a knowledgeable guide—he’ll free dive to the bottom to pick up baby sea urchins for the kids to hold (and then release). He’ll tell the kids about the history of the island. And perhaps most important of all, he’ll teach his guests about all the ways visitors can help the island’s sustainable initiatives.