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Museums
Bishop Museum
1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu
(808) 848-4106
The Bishop museum
http://www.bishopmuseum.org/ is a staple for anyone
interested in Hawaiian History.  But it has so much more.  Natural history, a
planetarium, science exhibits, etc.  Another great rainy day activity.

The Contemporary Museum Honolulu
2411 Makiki Heights Dr., Honolulu (on the slopes of Tantalus)
(808) 526-0232
Another unique museum in Honolulu dedicated to contemporary art.  The
museum is located in the old Spalding House on one of the most beautiful
estates overlooking Honolulu.  The rolling lawns are great for kids to explore
the sculpture and the collection makes very good use of the open nature of
the home.
 http://www.tcmhi.org/mi.htm

Honolulu Academy of Arts
900 South Beretania Street, Honolulu
(808) 532-8700
This is truly a lovely museum with an outstanding collection that tends to
focus on Asia Pacific but does often expand its reach.  They have a number
of programs geared towards kids that bring the art alive.  If you have a rainy
afternoon, this is perhaps a decent alternative.
 http://www.
honoluluacademy.org/cmshaa/academy/index.aspx?id=510

‘Iolani Palace
364 S. King Street, Honolulu (Downtown)
(808) 522-0821
Quick:  where is the ONLY royal palace in the United States?  OK, I blew it, it
is in Honolulu.  This is the palace of the last sitting monarch of Hawaii before
it was annexed in the 1800s.  Most Fridays, the Royal Hawaiian Band plays
concerts on the lawn.  The old Fort and the nearby Hawaii State Capital are
worth roaming around.  If you go kitty corner towards Diamond Head, you will
see the historic Kawai’ahao Church and Mission Homes http://kawaiahao.org/
which capture a very important part of Honolulu’s history.  Worth a stop as you
make your way to/from the Discovery Museum.
 http://www.iolanipalace.org/

Army Museum
Fort DeRussy, Kalia Road between the Hale Koa Hotel and Saratoga Road
on Waikiki Beach
(808) 955-9552
FREE admission, discounted parking across the street with validation
The Army Museum is a cool find and a great way to spend an air-conditioned
couple of hours in Waikiki.  It is not just weapons but a richly documented
peep into the role of the military of Hawaii and its defense going back to teh
days of King Kamehameha.  For the record, the military has had an integral
role in Hawaii's culture and history for years.  The building itself is a fun
artifact.  It was designed to be part of Oahu's coastal defenses at the turn of
the century.  When time came to tear it down it was discovered that parts of it
had over 12 feet of reinforced concrete that could not be blasted for fear of
causing more damage to the surrounding buildings than to the condemned
structure so the decision was made to turn it into a permanent museum.  
www.hiarmymuseumsoc.org

Activities
Outdoor activities should be planned for the morning as it can get hot
towards mid-day and the kids will wilt.  See my previous remarks on heat in
the
"General" Section on Page 1.

Children’s Discovery Center
111 Ohe St., Honolulu (Ewa (East) of Kewalo Basin/Ward Warehouse
between Ward Ave. and Downtown)
(808) 524-5437
The Discovery Center is a bit like Habitot here in Berkeley.  Probably for kids
under about 6 or 7.  Lots to do, but geared for kids with good imaginations
and a less-media-intensive definition of fun.
http://www.
discoverycenterhawaii.org/  It is near the Ward Center area and can be a
challenge to find.  Make sure you follow the directions carefully.  There is a
great park nearby too, so you can make a day of it.  Beware, it can get
REALLY hot and sunny there, so plan accordingly with hydration and sun
protection.

Fireworks at the Hilton Hawaiian Village
Every Friday night at 7:45 p.m., the Hilton Hawaiian Village launches aerial
fireworks against the rainbow tower.  You can pay $15 to watch from the pool
deck or simply sit on the beach for FREE.  There is a rather cheesy show
called the "Rockin' Hawaiian Rainbow Revue" that precedes the display, but
you don't have to hang for that.  
http://www.hiltonhawaiianvillage.
com/resort_activities/entertainment_and_events.cfm#2  

Honolulu Zoo
151 Kapahulu Avenue (at Kalakaua, right on the Diamond Head end of
Waikiki)
(808) 971-7171
This is a decent zoo.  They have done a lot to improve the experience but it
is still not the reason you go to Hawaii.  It has a cool kid’s area and a
playground. Lots of open space for picnics.  
 http://www.honoluluzoo.org/

Kahala Resort
5000 Kahala Avenue., Honolulu, HI
(808) 739-8888
The Kahala Resort is a lovely oasis far away from Waikiki on the other side of
Diamond Head in the tony Kahala neighborhood.  One of our favorite
restaurants is here, the Plumeria (see Dining Section), which is notable
because you can eat out on the lawn feet away from the beach.  It isn't
cheap, by the way:  a rather tasty burger can cost $20.  Granted, there is a
kids menu that is considerably less expensive but you have to eat, too. Your
kids can play on the grass after their meal.  While you are there, you can
check in on the sea creatures that inhabit the lagoons near the pool.  The
current collection includes sea turtles, rays, and some colorful reef fish.There
are also a pod of dolphins who swim languidly through the tank that serves as
the lagoon for this hotel.  For a large fee, you can swim with the dolphins at
the Dolphin Encounter
http://www.kahalaresort.com/activities/dolphin-
quest-encounter.cfm.  

But you don't have to do that.  Dolphins gotta eat and several times a day
,
the dolphins get fed and do a little show for their kibble.  The feedings are
not scheduled anymore but you can still enjoy watching these beautiful
creatures swimming around.  For those of you concerned for the welfare of
the dolphins, they are very well cared for under the supervision of the folks at
Sea Life Park (see below), an organization that not only manages an
aquarium in Wamanalo, they also do a lot of great work on sea mammal
conservation and research.

Waikiki Aquarium
2777 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu (close to Diamond Head).  
(808) 923-9741
Don’t let the size fool you.  This is a great aquarium with very thoughtful and
interesting displays.  There are a bunch of hands on displays and everything
is tied to the oceans around Hawaii.  We generally make a point of visiting
this place every time we come.
 http://www.waquarium.org/

Sea Life Park
41-202 Kalanianeole Highway, Waimanalo, O'ahu (across from Makapu'u
Beach Park)
(866) 356-7446
Like a mini Sea World.  It is worth a visit as they have excellent marine
mammal shows, penguin shows, excellent sea life exhibits and a breathtaking
view.  It is a hike and pretty pricey at over $40 per person, but tie it into a day
trip and it will be very worthwhile.
 http://www.sealifeparkhawaii.com/

Lyon Arboretum
3860 Manoa Road (deep in Manoa Valley), Honolulu
(808) 988-0456
http://www.hawaii.edu/lyonarboretum/index.php  This place is truly
special.  We started taking our son there when he was very young.  Be wary of
mosquitoes, but the gardens are amazing and the valley is stunning.  You will
truly feel like you have gone somewhere special.  The collection of plants is
truly awe-inspiring.  See if you can find the bodhi tree offspring!  Plan for rain
and if you have time, keep going on the road you took (past the arboretum
turnoff) and there is a trail to a lovely set of falls.  It is an easy 1-2 mile hike
through lush rain forest.  The falls may be cut off for safety, but you might get
close.


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