After receiving a flood of emails, DMs, and comments on Facebook about Oahu tips/tricks, I decided I would sit down and pour my Oahu travel tips into this blog post. In this comprehensive guide, you’ll find information about the best Oahu beaches, Oahu family resorts, the top attractions in Oahu, best hikes in Oahu, and more!
When I tell people that I take my kids to Hawaii about once a year, I always explain that my Mom lives on Kauai and we try to cut costs whenever possible. The truth is, a trip to Hawaii (even with kids) doesn’t have to cost and arm and a leg. So, I’ve compiled my top Oahu travel hacks and tips for Oahu on a budget.
Why is Doing a Family Photo Shoot in Hawaii a Smart Idea?
When you are planning your Oahu vacation, I’m sure you’ve thought about the best beaches, attractions, activities, and restaurants you want to experience on your Hawaiian vacation. And you may be driving around the North Shore, Waikiki, Honolulu and all over the island. So, why would you stop all your fun to do Hawaii family photography on Oahu? Here’s why:
As I’ve gotten older, most of my souvenirs from Hawaii are food souvenirs. Honolulu Cookie Company features some of my favorite Hawaiian cookies. Shortbread cookies are my favorite and I love how Honolulu Cookie Company puts their own tropical flair into each cookie. I’m partial to the guava, lilikoi and mango flavors.
Disney Aulani Character Breakfast: Aunty’s Breakfast Celebration at Makahiki
Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa is one of the premier Disney vacation destinations. It’s the only Disney resort in Hawaii. Not only is it an incredible resort, but it’s home to the Disney Aulani Character Breakfast.
My Mom lives in Hawaii. That means, sometimes she can get a Kamaaina discount at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. When she realized she could get a 40% off discount for a room at Aulani in February, she immediately booked us for a 2 night stay at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. As a family travel blogger, my first thought was how to get tons of Aulani photos where I got to be in some of the pictures. I didn’t want to spend the entire trip hauling a camera around. I wanted to enjoy our Hawaiian vacation! That’s when I looked into the Aulani PhotoPass!
If you’re looking for things to do in Oahu with kids, the Polynesian Cultural Center should be high on your list. For the past 55 years, it’s been of the most prominent family activities on Oahu. In fact, it’s Hawaii’s number one paid attraction. More than 1 million visitors experience the Polynesian Cultural Center each year. A day at the Polynesian Cultural Center is a MUST while exploring Oahu with kids.
Are you heading to Oahu and looking for a family-friendly luau to attend? Have you been to others on the island and just want something a bit more authentic or different? Toa Luau at Waimea Valley is Oahu’s newest luau experience. It’s a family-run luau that started in October 2017. If you’re visiting Hawaii for the first time, Toa Lua is a must do in Oahu.