BEST FOR FAM­I­LIES

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Di­rect flights to Honolulu make Oahu the eas­i­est desti­na­tion for those trav­el­ling with chil­dren.

While adult trav­ellers may en­joy vis­it­ing Pearl Har­bor and hik­ing Di­a­mond Head, kids will pre­fer vis­it­ing Kualoa Ranch, where Juras­sic Park was filmed. The ranch has quad­bik­ing, trail rides and zip lines. See kualoa.com

Take them for surf lessons in the shel­tered bays on the North Shore of Oahu, well away from the crowds on Waikiki. See sun­set­suzy.com

If you want to stay closer to your ho­tel, Waikiki Beach Ser­vices hires out chairs and beach um­brel­las so you are en­sured a spot on the sand. You can also hire boards, take a surf­ing or out­rig­ger-ca­noe les­son. See waikik­ibeach­ser­vices.com

Ev­ery Fri­day at 7.45pm, the skies above Waikiki are lit up with a fire­works dis­play that lasts for a child­friendly 10 min­utes.

While they are put on by Hil­ton Hawai­ian Vil­lage Ho­tel, you’ll be able to see them from the beach. An­other big hit at Hil­ton Hawai­ian Vil­lage is the At­lantis Sub­ma­rine. See hilton­hawai­ianvil­lage.com

Kids will also love the Wet’n’Wild theme park, Honolulu’s two aquar­i­ums (Sea Life Park and Waikiki Aquar­ium), Honolulu Zoo, the Poly­ne­sian Cul­tural Cen­ter and one of Hawaii’s most pop­u­lar lu­aus, at Par­adise Cove. For more ideas, see go­hawaii.com/au/oahu

Take the shut­tle bus to Hanauma Bay for snorkelling in a marine park in­side a safe, long-sincecol­lapsed vol­cano crater. See hanaum­abaystatepark.com

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