Families used to resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico need to adjust their thinking in the Aloha state: the typical "all inclusive" that provides food, drinks, snacks, watersports, kids' programs, and more -- sometimes for $100 a night or less -- is not part of the landscape here. One can see the sense in this, considering the cost of wages in Hawaii and the cost of transporting food and goods to the islands.
Below are several suggestions for those seeking an all inclusive resort experience in Hawaii:
- A luxury property that includes meals, kids club, many activities (-- see details, below)
- A package that includes some meals and activities at a good-value resort known for its Hawaiian cultural activities
- A vacation packager that bundles hotels, meals, transfers and activities
- Several resorts that provide complimentary kids' programs
- "Family Adventures" escorted tours
Kona Village, a Close to All Inclusive Hawaii Resort:
"All Inclusive Hawaii Packages":
One site that does bundle more is Hawaii-Aloha, whose all-inclusive packages include resorts, most meals, airport transfers, and excursions such as sailing outings. Likewise, AATPA has an All Inclusive Hawaii Style package at the Royal Lahaina Resort on Maui, with meals, resort activities, luau, and more.
Ka'anapali Beach Hotel Packages:
Complimentary Kids' Programs:
An outstanding example is Disney's Aulani Resort on Oahu, where Aunty's Beach House is a free!) kids club with multiple areas indoors and out. Meanwhile the high-end Four Seasons brand offers complimentary kids' programs at Four Seasons Hualalai on the Big Island and Four Seasons Maui at Wailea.
It should also be mentioned that most resorts do offer some complimentary activities that families will like, such as free use of snorkeling gear for an hour a day.
Family Adventures are usually offered by adventure travel companies, and several have Hawaii tours: Backroads, for example, has Hawaii trips with biking, sea kayaking, volcano-hiking and snorkeling. See more about this and other Family Adventure tour companies.
Elsewhere in the South Pacific:
Club Med -- which has terrific all inclusive resorts for families -- formerly had a resort in Bora Bora which unfortunately closed in 2009. Meanwhile, some family-friendly Fiji Resorts do offer all inclusive packages (at time of writing.) If you know of an all inclusive resort in the South Pacific, please send the info along.