- All inclusive beach resorts aren't part of the scene here.
- At some beaches, the surf may be beautiful but too rough for swimming. Beach resorts in these settings will have lagoons or a pool complex to compensate.
- Condo rentals are a very popular way for families to have a beach vacation in Hawaii. See, for example, info about Maui condos at About.com's Hawaii Travel website
One of the world's most famous stretches of sand, Waikiki is busy and famous, yet is still a lovely place with many good features for families.
Waikiki is flanked by many hotels of different styles and price range. You can take surf lessons with the kids, go for a hike up Diamond Head, or a catamaran sail, or an outing to Pearl Harbor, and maybe even a free outdoor movie on the beach. For a return to a bygone era, take High Tea at the Sheraton Moana Surfider Hotel. (See Top Things to Do on Oahu.)
The most resort-like of the hotels on Waikiki Beach is the Hilton Hawaiian Village, with 22 acres on the west end of the beach. The resort has a kids' pool, fish ponds, flamingos, kids' club, shopping village, spa, and 22 restaurants and lounges.
Right next to the Hilton Hawaiian Village is the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon, which has water toys for rent, and a walkway around it-- a popular spot.