With a full range of water sports and deep-sea excursions, horseback riding, hiking, and world-class golf in its lush countryside, Lanai is a prime destination for both adults and children. If you’re travelling with family, embark on a mountain- or sea-set adventure, lend a hand to a voluntourism programme, or immerse yourselves in local island culture.
Just for kids, the Pilialoha Keiki Camp at Four Seasons Resort Lanai welcomes children ages 5 to 12 to spend a day or evening learning, exploring and tasting everything the destination has to offer. No matter your clan’s travel style, this intimate isle is full of opportunities for family fun.
Experience Hawaiian culture
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In Hawaiian, ho‘okipa means “hospitality,” which is exactly the mission of the Resort’s Hookipa Cultural Program. Created and led by Lanai’s kapuna, or elders, the initiative’s complimentary offerings are designed to share treasured parts of Hawaii’s heritage with visitors. This includes storytelling, ukulele or hula lessons, and instruction in traditional arts and crafts such as coconut weaving.
One of the programme’s most popular activities is lei making, a custom that dates back more than a millennium. Hula lessons are also available to families. Not only will you learn all the right moves, but you’ll also experience the values that this rich Hawaiian tradition places on family and nature.
Explore Lanai by land
Together, the two Four Seasons Resorts in Lanai boast the finest golf courses in the state. Four Seasons Resort Lanai, The Lodge at Koele also offers a kid-friendly challenge found at only a handful of resorts worldwide—a real grass putting course. Perfect for an afternoon of family fun, this 18-hole course offers a variety of par-3 “holes.” Putters, balls and scorecards are provided.
The Lodge also offers an opportunity for active youngsters and parents alike to channel their inner Robin Hood at a full-service archery range. Watch the kids’ excitement as they perfect the “art of the arrow,” then hold a friendly competition to see who has the best aim. In addition to a traditional 12-station target course, the centre also features a 3-D archery range where participants can target three-dimensional dinosaurs and other creatures. Instruction is available for all levels of ability, including children and beginners.
Embark on a sea adventure
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Ready to hang 10? Surfing is Hawaii’s native sport, and riding a wave is easier than it looks. Staffers at Four Seasons Resort Lanai specialize in giving lessons to all ages. Alternatively, you can try stand-up paddleboarding, enjoy a snorkel safari, take shoreline fishing lessons or visit with the resident aviarist at the bird rescue.
Back at the Pilialoha Keiki Camp, while you steal away for a romantic excursion, kids can explore tidal pools or build an erupting volcano on Hulopo‘e Bay, search for koi fishponds and waterfalls in the Manele Bay Gardens, and practice traditional Hawaiian games with new-found friends. At night, karaoke contests, relay races and stargazing trips are the perfect finish to an exciting day.
Volunteer during your vacation
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As part of the Monk Seal Foundation—one of several unique voluntourism programmes at the Lanai resorts—you have the opportunity to symbolically adopt a monk seal. There are less than 1,100 of this critically endangered mammal left in the wild.
For the animal lover in your family, the Lanai resorts offer another unique voluntourism opportunity through their partnership with the Lanai Cat Sanctuary, a feline sanctuary dedicated to protecting the island’s cats. Spend a few meaningful hours at the facility, assisting with everything from painting the shelters’ “kitty condos” to interacting with cats through the “Pet & Purr” socialization programme.