Aloha! Looking for an island getaway? Look no further than Hawaii, where eight islands offer extraordinary scenery, unparalleled culture... and awesome resorts. Read on for a look at the most family-friendly places to stay in Hawaii.

Written by Amanda Geronikos
The Fairmont Kea Lani is Hawaii's only all-suite and villa oceanfront luxury resort. Situated in sunny Wailea, Maui, the hotel offers many value-added benefits to families. One-bedroom suites offer a spacious living space and private patios. If you're traveling with a big group, you might enjoy a villa, which features three bedrooms, a private courtyard with a plunge pool, barbeque grill, private washer and dryer and a full kitchen. Most of the villas include a complimentary luxury class rental car as well. When you're not in your room, take full advantage of all that the island offers, and let the kids join the Keiki Lani program, which focuses on Hawaiian culture. At the end of the day, enjoy a family dinner at one of the resorts four restaurants, including Ko, its signature eatery.

Read our review of the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui.

The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas calls itself an uncommonly luxurious vacation opWestinportunity, and most families find this to be true. The Westin Kids Club offers children plenty of activities, including arts and crafts. Kids will also enjoy the Pirate Ship Pool, one of three large pools. At a flat daily fee, the hotel provides a Kids Pass to Starwood Preferred Guest members, giving kids all-inclusive access to buffets, a special children's menu and beverages. The Westin also makes it easy for families to get around the island, offering a complimentary shuttle service between Kaanapali and three locations in Lahaina. At the end of each day, guests retire to their spacious studio or one-bedroom villa, each with a fully equipped kitchen or kitchenette, washer and dryer, separate living area, sofa bed and Jacuzzi tub.

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When you visit Outrigger Reef on the Beach, you'll experience the most authentic island hospitality. Relaxing rooms come in all sizes, though the City View room is best for families as it accommodates up to four people with one king or two double beds. Families can learn to surf or paddleboard with certified instructors, and the Outrigger Catamaran offers snorkeling, sunset cruises and high-speed sailing excursions. Guests also like their close proximity to the Hawaiian Royal Museum and Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.

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Located in a vibrant area, Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk is the only all-suite nationally branded resort in all of Hawaii. Each morning, families enjoy a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast, followed by a trip to the spa, golf course or beach. Parents will love the rooftop pool and whirlpool, and youngsters will delight in the children's pool. If the kids get bored with the beach, head to nearby Honolulu Zoo or Waikiki Aquarium. All suites are decorated with traditional Hawaiian furnishings, and include a microwave, coffee maker and refrigerator. Options range from a king bedroom suite to a partial ocean-view one-bedroom suite with two queen beds. Suites with patios are also available.

Read our review of the Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk .

As Honolulu's first designer boutique hotel, Hotel Renew offers guests exactly what its name implies: an experience that leaves them feeling rejuvenated. Not only is it relaxing, but it also caters to families, allowing kids 18 and under to stay free. Families will enjoy complimentary continental breakfast daily and complimentary use of beach gear. Parents will love the hotel's weekly mixer with hosted cocktails or a visit to the spa. The hotel's 72 rooms offer all things luxurious, yet cozy, including high-thread count linens and large flat-screen TVs. Rooms range from a City View One Double, a room with views of Waikiki and the Ko'olau Mountains, to a Premier Ocean View room, which offers one king platform bed or two double platform beds.

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There is no shortage of things to do at Four Seasons Resort Lanai, though many love to lounge on the porch or by the pool. For the more adventurous, everything from championship golf to mountain biking, hiking, 4 x 4 adventure, shoot sporting clays and archery, horseback riding, UTV, croquet and lawn bowling is offered. Guests can choose from regular rooms or suites, though suites are best for families of four or more, as they provide more space and bedding options.

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Amenities are infinite at Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa, and each family member will find something they like. While parents relax at the spa or play a game of golf, kids can head to Camp Hyatt, where they'll enjoy everything from feeding Koi fish to lei making. For a day of family fun, go scuba diving, mountain biking or swimming in one of the hotel's sparkling pools. At night, dance under the stars at a traditional Luau. Families like to stay in the Garden View Two Beds room, which features two queen beds fitted with luxurious sheeting over a pillow-top mattress, an extra large marble bath and Portico products. Cribs are also available upon request.

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Located on 32 acres of sugar-white sand and aqua-colored waters, The Fairmont Orchid offers a luxurious atmosphere to travelers. Families rave about everything from the friendly service to a myriad of activities. Accommodations are aplenty at this hotel, which houses 540 spacious guestrooms. All rooms have a refrigerator, and cots and compact cribs are available upon request. Guests can dine at five onsite restaurants, ranging from a casual deli to a sushi restaurant. Kids ages 5 and under eat free off the children's menus, while kids ages 6 to 11 eat for half-price off the regular menus. While parents relax, kids can participate in Keiki Aloha, a program for kids ages 5 to 12, or splash in the 10,000-square-foot oceanfront pool.

Read our review of The Fairmont Orchid.

If you're looking for an elaborate, yet comfortable vacation, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows is the place to stay. Complimentary activities and facilities include a lap pool, spa, hula lessons, bicycles, snorkeling equipment, Ukulele and lei making classes, fish and turtle feeding tour, and a Hawaiian weaving class. Families will also love relaxing under the beach cabanas. Listed at the most affordable price for a luxury guestroom, the Standard Room is a favorite amongst families. All rooms feature a spacious private patio, refrigerator, personal bar and coffee/tea maker.

Read our review of the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows.

Nestled on Maui's southwest coast, Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea offers the ultimate family vacation, packed with tons of activities for children. Upon arrival, families receive a welcome amenity, child-sized bathrobes, complimentary baby and children's toiletries and children's menus. For kids ages 5 and under, the hotel provides beach and pool toys, in-room baby proofing, Pack n' Plays and a wading pool. Kids under 5 also eat free in Ferraro's and Duo, two onsite restaurants. For ages 5 to 12, there's a children's pool and a Kids for All Seasons program, which includes activities like Hawaiian bowling, sand sculpting and visits with Rocky and Lucy, the parrot mascots. For ages 12 and up, the hotel offers a canoe program, scuba clinic and seasonal teen programs. The hotel also has three pools, and families will especially like the Waterfall Pool, a free-form lagoon-style pool.

Read our review of the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.

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10 Best Hawaiian Resorts for Families
Fairmont Kea Lani Maui Reviews
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The Westin Ka'anapali Ocean Resort Villas Reviews
kumamom - Jun 28th, 2012

Just finishing our week at the Westin Ka'anapaali Villas North. This is the newer section of the property, with two great advantages for families. It is right near a pirate ship keiki (kids) pool, and is super quiet. All the other pools and ... read more
mnejad - May 27th, 2012

Just stayed there last week for our 25th anniversary! Ocean View means partial (wall on one side, other resort and construction site on the other side). Island View means view to the Courtyard (not even to the pool). Ocean Front (real Ocean View) ... read more
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Outrigger Reef on the Beach Reviews
mallan - Dec 11th, 2011

The Outrigger Reef is located walking distance from shopping, lots of restaurants, bus and trolley routes, and great views of sunrise over Diamond Head. From our room, we could see the ocean, the city, the mountains, the pool, the water fall from ... read more
divinehair@bigpond.com - May 25th, 2010

we love hawaii , whats there not to love.! .. beach ,balmy nights,& fabulous shopping... we were at the hotel then we ventured off for a cruise to the hawaiian islands .... we have been home back in australia and all my kids want to do is go ... read more
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Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk Reviews
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Hotel Renew Reviews
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Four Seasons Resort Lana'i, The Lodge at Koele Reviews
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Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa Reviews
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The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii Reviews
trvlqueen - Sep 16th, 2009

First, a little background on our family. There are 5 of us ... me, my dh, and 3 daughters, age 8, 12, and 15. We love to travel and have stayed in every type of accommodation you can imagine from fleabag hotels while on the road, bed and ... read more
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Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows Reviews
ktwdg - Oct 25th, 2009

This is a fabulous resort with the staff to match. They are currently undergoing renovations (October 09) to the pools and other areas (though I saw nothing lacking). This was my first trip to Hawaii and this resort was all I could have asked for. ... read more
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