Looking for hotel for your next family reunion? Check out these vetted Oahu properties. Aulani Disney Resort This 21-acre property is one of four major resorts in Ko Olina connected by a 1.5-mile beachfront path and four white sand lagoons. As they were building, Disney brought in cultural advisers to create the ultimate Hawaiian experience, which combined with the company’s showbiz savvy produced entertainment lodging at its finest. The advisers emphasized authentic architectural details interwoven with a story about a Hawaiian family who has lived on the site for centuries. While the protected lagoon is great for lap swimming, toddlers learning to swim or adults floating on a raft, the extensive seven-acre pool system will most likely dominate the kids’ water time. The water features include a 900-foot lazy river perfect for floating on and two towering slides as well as Rainbow Reef, a 3,800-square-foot reef enclosed in a pool, teeming with tropical fish of various colors.
HIGHLIGHTS Another unique family amenity at the resort is the Laniwai spa, which offers ohana (family) spa treatments, as well as Painted Sky, the only teen-oriented spa on the island. Here ages 13–17 can get mani-pedis and massages and create their own signature body oils. Little ones can get a princess or warrior makeover. Rooms start at $429,
With a just-completed $45 million renovation, Turtle Bay Resort is looking better than ever. Activities range from surf lessons and horseback riding to tennis and golf, all within the 840-acre property. HIGHLIGHTS Any Lost, Hunger Games or Pirates of the Caribbean fans? At least some of the scenes were filmed on the property. You can have some photo fun recreating the smoke monster scene from Lost, or reenact an important battle scene from The Hunger Games at Kawela Bay. Rooms start at $299, turtlebayresort.com
Another longtime family destination is the Halekulani, known for its elegance, seven shades of white decor, nightly hula dancing at the House Without a Key, great photo ops (Diamond Head is in the background) and central location in Waikiki. For families who don’t mind paying a little more to be buffered from the Waikiki hustle and bustle, this is the spot. HIGHLIGHTS La Mer, a five-diamond restaurant, is an excellent place for a foodie-pleasing family meal. Rooms start at $525, halekulani.com
Not traveling with a car seat, stroller and Pack ’n Play? The mid-century chic Modern Honolulu is a great option, and a family grand poobah wanting to host the ultimate cocktail party can stay in the 1,400-square-foot penthouse, which has one of the largest decks in the state, with views of Waikiki and the nearby harbor. HIGHLIGHTS It’s hard to choose between the on-site Morimoto restaurant and the “take a selfie here because it’s so swanky” adult pool, but you can’t go wrong with either. Rooms start at $289, themodernhonolulu.com
The Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort offers a variety of accommodations, from guest rooms to suites with sweeping views of Diamond Head and the Pacific, and there is no additional charge for kids under 17 who share a room with parents (using existing beds). The large central pool is a popular meeting place for families during the day and a great spot to listen to the nightly Hawaiian music. HIGHLIGHTS The Ocean House beachfront restaurant has been getting lots of attention these days and is ideal for the “big dinner.” Rooms start at $285, outrigger.com
While not officially in Waikiki, Kahala Resort, a celebrity favorite, has hosted family reunions for decades. Built in the mid-1960s, it now boasts five restaurants (some award-winning), a world-class spa and a swim-with-the-dolphins experience. HIGHLIGHTS The private protected beach is ideal for learning to stand-up paddleboard, snorkel and swim. Rooms start at $395, kahalaresort.com