Historical Attractions in Hawaii with kids

You’ve heard the saying “History can be fun”…well, we think history IS fun (especially in Hawaii!)

Hawaii is filled with history, and what better way to learn about it with children than to experience the many places to visit in The Aloha State  that can actually take you back in time!

Historical attractions come in all shapes and sizes. There are landmarks where iconic events happened. There are homes of historic figures filled with treasures and artifacts from their amazing lives. There are historic buildings whose walls are filled with stories from Hawaii’s past. 

The best way for kids to learn about history, is to actually visit the places where history happened. It makes sense! Kids can use their imagination as they read and hear all about events, people and places, and feel like they have gone back in time.

There are plenty of things to do with kids in Hawaii when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • USS Arizona

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    Honolulu

    The USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor is "ground zero" where World War II began for the United States. The USS Arizona serves as the final resting place for many of the battleship's 1,177 crew ...

  • Kalaupapa Historical Park

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    Kalaupapa

    Situated on the leeward side of the peninsula, Kalaupapa Settlement is still home for several surviving Hansen's disease patients whose memories and experiences are cherished values. Once a community ...

  • Kaloko-Honokohau Historical Park

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    Kailua Kona

    Along the western coastline of the Island of Hawai'i lies the hot, rugged lava of Kaloko-Honokohau.The reason was, perhaps, a spiritual one.Perhaps you too will experience this spirit on your visit ...

  • Pu'uhonua Honaunau Historic Park

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    Captain Cook

    Visit a sacred site in Hawaii that features some of the most significant traditional sites across all of the islands! Historic fun for kids.

  • The Battleship Missouri Memorial

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    Honolulu

    The Battleship Missouri Memorial educates and entertains with exhibits, memorabilia and activities.

  • Ewa Beach Railway

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    Ewa Beach

    Come ride along a historic stretch of track west of old Ewa and listen to stories about the history of railroading in Hawaii. Train rides are available year round. This is the only historic railroad ...

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  • Kauai Museum

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    Lihue

    The Kaua'i Museum is the cultural sanctuary for the art and artifacts of Native Hawaiians and it nurtures the creative spirit of today's artists. This year, we have embarked on a journey to ...

  • Grove Farm Homestead Museum

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    Kauai

    A fascinating experience at this 80-acre sugar plantation acquired in 1864. A historical look at the family who called it home, their rise to fame and an insight into how they lived in the 1870s. ...

  • Kauai Childrens Discovery Museum

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    Kapaa

    Hands on learning activities for children! One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in Hawaii

  • The Contemporary Museum

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    Honolulu

    The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, is the only museum in the state of Hawaii devoted exclusively to contemporary art. TCM provides an accessible forum for provocative, dynamic forms of visual art, ...

  • USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park

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    Honolulu

    USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park's mission is to restore and preserve the World War II submarine USS Bowfin (SS-287), and submarine-related artifacts on our grounds and in the Museum. Bowfin Park's ...

  • Hawaii Maritime Center

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    Honolulu

    Welcome to Hawaii's World-Class Maritime Museum. Enjoy the excitement of the Honolulu waterfront and harbor at Pier 7. You'll get a close-up view of Aloha Tower plus a chance to experience Hawaii's ...

  • The Bishop Museum

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    Honolulu

    The Museum was established to house the extensive collection of Hawaiian artifacts and royal family heirlooms of the Princess, and has expanded to include millions of artifacts, documents and ...

  • Kokee Natural History Museum

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    Kaua

    Koke'e Natural History Museum is a little museum with heart open 365 days a year. Koke'e Museum provides interpretive programs and exhibitions about Kaua'i' s ecology, geology and climatology. ...

  • Hawaii Army Museum

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    Honolulu

    Helicopters, tanks, guns now silenced, and vacant bunkers welcome you to the U.S. Army Museum of Hawai`i. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Honolulu for ...

  • Laupahoehoe Train Museum

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    Laupahoehoe

    The Laupahoehoe Train Museum and visitors\' center opened on March 1, 1998, and celebrates the story of Hawai\'i\'s railroads, as well as the rich history of the Hamakua Coast.

  • Pacific Aviation Museum

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    Honolulu

    An amazing aviation experience for the family at Pearl Harbor - ranked #8 aviation attraction in the entire country! Set in two hangars, kids will love getting up close to real live planes that once ...

  • Mission Houses

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    Honolulu

    Take a family tour, hear a story, try out historical activities, or make something to take home. Each month on Kamaaina Family Day, the Mission Houses Museum offers a themed experience for everyone ...

  • Whalers Village Museum

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    Lahaina

    Renowned across the Pacific, the free-admission Whalers Village Museum tells the story of the heyday of whaling in Lahaina (1825-1860) from the perspective of the seafarers themselves, with ...

  • The Pacific Tsunami Museum

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    Hilo

    The museum features a series of in-house permanent exhibits that interpret the tsunami phenomena, the Pacific Tsunami Warning system, the history of tsunamis in the Pacific Basin, tsunamis of the ...

  • Waikiki Imax

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    Honolulu

    The IMAX Waikiki features several amazing films formatted on a 5 foot story tall screen enhanced by 12,000 watts of wrap-around digital sound. One of the many fun family places to go if you're ...

  • Maui Myth and Magic Theatre

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    Maui

    Maui Theatre Presents 'Ulalena, a theatrical experience as impressive as the story. This is not just a theatre. It is a multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art venue built for this presentation. ...

  • Warren and Annabelles Magic Show

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    Maui

    In one of Maui's most elegant and intimate settings, Warren Gibson, highly acclaimed showman and one of the country's premier sleight-of-hand magicians, treats you to a variety of magicians ...

  • Duck Tours Hawaii

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    Honolulu

    One of the funnest tours! An absolute must-do when in Hawaii and one of the best ways to see the sights of Honolulu, Pearl Harbor, Waikiki, world famous Hanauma Bay, and so much more.

  • Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii

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    Hilo

    Since opening, â

  • Honolulu Zoo

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    Honolulu

    The goal of the Honolulu Zoo's Environmental Enrichment Program is to involve all staff members; including keepers, curators and volunteers, in a zoo-wide program of effective environmental ...

  • Waikiki Aquarium

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    Honolulu

    Our exhibits, programs, and research focus on the aquatic life of Hawaii and the tropical Pacific. Over 2,500 organisms in our exhibits represent more than 420 species of aquatic animals and every ...

  • Sea Life Park

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    Waimanalo

    Experience Hawaii's famous marine life and get closer than you've ever been to dolphins, sea turtles, penguins, and more! Sea Life Park Hawaii is a worldclass aquatic experience at Oahu's Makapuu ...

  • Maui Ocean Center

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    Wailuku

    Visit the LARGEST tropical aquarium in the western hemisphere! With live corals, touch pools, and 750,000 gallons of exhibit for you to explore!

  • Panaewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens

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    Keaau

    Pana`ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens is located off Hwy. 11 in Hilo on the island of Hawaii It is the only natural tropical rainforest zoo in the United States. One of the many fun family places to go ...

  • Wet n Wild Hawaii

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    Kapolei

    Set on 29 acres in lush, tropical surrounds in Kapolei, Oahu's 'second city', the all-new Wet’n’Wild water park delivers over 25 rides and attractions for families and thrill-seekers alike. It is ...

  • Dolphin Quest

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    Waikoloa

    Feel the thrill of a lifetime as you touch, swim with and even kiss a dolphin! Let loose, laugh and have loads of fun swimming with dolphins.

  • BOBs Hawaii Adventure

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    Honolulu

    Discover a new way to experience the ocean in our high-tech breathing observation bubbles (BOB). BOBs are easy to operate, environmentally friendly, underwater scooters which have nearly 365 degree ...

  • Kahoma Ranch

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    Kahului

    Enjoy a ride in our own ATVs through cattle pastures on private dirt roads and trails. Plus mountain water slides and swimming.

  • Kihei Aquatic Center

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    Kihei

    Kihei Aquatic Center is a full-size competition complex located between Maalea and Makena Bay. Featuring three pools, one for small children, older kids and an Olympic-size lap pool. One of the many ...