10 Surprising Hawaiian Activities for Families

If you’re planning a trip to Hawaii this year with the family, consider going off the beaten path to do something a little different. Of course snorkeling and beach days are a must, but what about a little sand sledding? See how you can make your mark on Hawaii by planting a tree, and then track its growth from your home. These ten surprising Hawaiian activities for families are filled with experiences that are a bit different from the already exciting Hawaiian adventures. The last time I went to Hawaii I got to try my hand at Hawaiian graffiti; this type definitely does not require any spray paint.

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  • Submarine Tour 2 of 11

    Take a submarine tour on Waikiki, Maui, or Kona on Atlantis Submarines. See marine life up close at 100 feet below the water. Rates start at $99 for adults and $35 for children up to 12 years old.

    Find out more at Atlantis Adventures.

    Photo via Wikimedia.

  • Beach Graffiti 3 of 11

    Head to the Kekaha Kai State Park on the Big Island and you'll notice a completely different type of graffiti. It has become increasingly popular to take pieces of white coral and write your name with it on top of the black lava rocks. 

    Find out more at Hawaii State Parks.

    Photo via Wikimedia.

  • Snooze in the Zoo 4 of 11

    Have a brand new experience of camping at the zoo. This fun event comes with dinner, an evening zoo tour, s'mores, breakfast, and a morning tour.  Sleep near the animals in a tent and make new friends around you. This costs $65 for members and $80 for non-members.

    Find out more at Honolulu Zoo.

    Photo via Wikimedia.

  • Sleep in Haleakala Volcano 5 of 11

    Pack up and stay a night at a wilderness cabin in Haleakala National Park. Don't worry the volcano is dormant ... for now. Cabin fees are $75 per night and can accommodate up to 12 people.

    Find out more at National Park Service.

    Photo via Wikimedia.

  • Make Your Mark by Planting a Tree on Mauna Kea 6 of 11

    Throughout time the forest that once grew at Mauna Kea has been depleting rapidly. A great way to make your mark and give back is to take a trip to plant a tree through the Hawaiian Legacy Hardwoods' non-profit. Once the planting is done you'll receive coordinates to locate your tree on Google Earth to check on its growth. This tour is $180 for adults, $90 per child, and kids under age 5 are free.

    Find out more at USA Today.

    Photo via Wikimedia.

  • Explore Oahu on a Mountain Bike 7 of 11

    Rent a mountain bike as a new way to explore Lana'i, Hawaii. If you ride a little too far and feel tuckered out, you can have the company come and pick you up for an air-conditioned lift back to the shop. Instead of letting the sights pass you by in a car, hop aboard a mountain bike to take it all in. A guided tour is $35 and an unguided tour is $10. 

    Find out more at Mountain Bike Hawaii.

    Photo via Wikimedia.

  • Join a Drum Circle 8 of 11

    Take the family to Camp Mokuleia on the north shore of Oahu to join in on a drum circle while you watch dolphins and sea turtles swimming in the ocean nearby.

    Find out more at Hawaii Drum Circles.

    Photo via Wikimedia.

  • Sand Sledding 9 of 11

    Head to Kailua Beach to find what is called the "sand slide." Bring a boogie board and sled right on down with the locals and then cool off in the blue ocean in front of you.

    Find out more at Hawaii Aloha.

    Photo via Wikimedia.

  • Explore the Oceans on a Glass Bottom Boat 10 of 11

    See the Kona coastline from the comfort of a boat, and with the beauty of the ocean below. Get unique views of tropical fish and coral by peeking through the glass bottom boat. Cruises are $40 for adults and $20 for children under 12. 

    Find out more at Kona Glass Bottom Boats.

    Photo via Wikimedia.

  • Visit a Farm 11 of 11

    Visit a Hawaii farm up close and personal. Meet the animals and enjoy delicious fresh goods while you're there. Afterwards, head to one of the restaurants that serves the food to enjoy a tasty meal. You can come take a tour of the Kauai Kunana Dairy farm and meet the goats.

    Photo via Wikimedia.

Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman), follow up fill-in journal My Prudent Advice, and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family. Follow Jaime on TwitterFacebookPinterest, and YouTube.

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