Hotels and resorts throughout the Hawaiian Islands have taken
notice of the increasing numbers of families traveling together to
Here are some
recently released packages that cater to children and
" On Maui, the
Grand Wailea Resort & Spa is offering a Keiki (Children)
Pedicures program in the resorts Spa Grande. The pedicures, which
use chocolate, coconut, honey and sugar flavors, are for children
ages 6 to 12.
To keep the kids
occupied while being pampered, the spa offers them the use of iPod
minis. The cost of the program is $38.
at the Grand Wailea is Camp Grande, which is geared toward kids
ages 5 to 12. Activities include sand-sculpting contests, the
Wailea Canyon activity pool, arts and crafts, movies and video
Workshops for the
whole family include hula dancing, Hawaiian tile painting and
T-shirt dying. The cost is $80 for a full day, $50 for a half day
or $60 for nighttime activities. Workshops range from $15 to $20.
For either program, call (800) 888-6100 or log on to www.grandwailea.com.
" On the opposite
end of western Maui, the Kapalua Resort hosts the Art School at
Kapaluas Keiki Day Camp for kids ages 5 to 12. Youngsters
interested in performing can learn acting skills at a Moovin &
Groovin workshop or attend a variety of dance classes, including
ballet, hip-hop, modern jazz and creative movement. Other
activities include classes in drawing, watercolor, photography,
ceramics, oil painting and sculpture.
The cost is $60
for a full day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or $30 for a half day, 9 a.m. to
noon. Call (800) KAPALUA or log on to www.kapaluaresort.com.
" On the Big
Island, the Mauna Lani Hotel & Bungalows are calling this July
4 Turtle Independence Day, with a kids-and-family program that
lasts from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
entertainment and a carnival are among the features of the day,
which culminates with the release of young Hawaiian green turtles
into the sea while a hula master performs a chant. A picnic
(including shave ice) follows the ceremony.
A second program
at Mauna Lani is the fish-feeding tour that takes place on
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
The manager of
the resorts fish pond leads guests on a tour around the resort,
providing educational information while feeding the fish, turtles
and sharks in various ponds.
The cost for both
programs is included in room rates for the week. Call (866)
877-6982 or log on to www.maunalani.com for more information.
reporter Brian Berusch, send e-mail to [email protected].