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As anyone who's seen Lilo and Stitch knows, "Ohana" in Hawaiian means "family", and has central importance in Hawaiian life. For visitors, this translates as "families welcome", and they're welcome even at the high-end luxury brand resorts.

Click below to find many family-friendly Hawaii Resorts, grouped by island. Many Hawaii resorts have kids' clubs, and lavish pools with slides, waterfalls, and other features; not all-inclusive pricing, though!

1. Hawaii Resorts - Oahu

Turtle Bay Resort, Oahu. Photo ©  Teresa Plowright.
Photo © Teresa Plowright.

Oahu is the most-visited Hawaiian island, and most of its resorts are concentrated on that most famous of beaches, Waikiki. Only a few resorts or hotels are on the beach itself; others are just across the road; others still are just a short walk away. Click to explore Hilton Hawaiian Village, Moana Surfrider, and more Waikiki Beach properties, plus some resorts in quieter spots.

2. Maui

Photo courtesy of Kaanapali Beach Hotel.
Photo courtesy of Kaanapali Beach Hotel.
Many families love to stay in condos in Maui, but the island's also big with resort-goers. One resort in particular prides itself on value and on its kids programs. Maui's got the high-end too: for example, Maui's been voted "Best Island in the World" by readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine.

3. The Big Island

Hilton Waikoloa Village. Photo ©  Teresa Plowright.
Photo © Teresa Plowright.
Hawaii's largest island has some top places for resorts: such as the Kohala Coast, on the west of the island, where eight properties welcome families.

4. Kauai Resorts

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa. Photo ©  Teresa Plowright.
Photo © Teresa Plowright.
Kauai is the "Garden Isle": expect verdant natural beauty, and slower pace. Note, however, that many of Kauai's beaches have surf that's too rough for swimming; some resorts compensate with lavish pools.

5. Lanai Resorts

This tiny island has not one but two high-end (and family-friendly) Four Seasons resorts.

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