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Kauai with a 5 Year Old

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Kauai with a 5 Year Old

We are thinking of taking our 5 yr old grandson with us when we visit Kauai in January. He will want to play on the beach and go in the pool at a hotel/condo. Do you have any recommendations of other things to do while there with him? What beach areas are good for children? Are any hotels better than others if you are travelling with children? Our price range is under $200 per night.


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1. Re: Kauai with a 5 Year Old

Good for you and what fun you will have.

I would have recommended Grand Hyatt but it looks like your budget doesn't fit this family friendly hotel.

I will now recommend Kiahuna Plantation condos. The beach in front of the large, spread out property is perfect for kids. In January the ocean will calmer than the North Shore. They have a pool (located across the street) with a small water slide your grandson would enjoy, I'm sure.

You could also check out The Sheraton, also in Poipu. You might find a garden view room in your price range but I would tend to steer you to a condo.

Even if you can't afford to stay at The Hyatt, do go and visit. Your Grandson would enjoy the bird show and the grounds are beautiful.

You could take him on a train ride around Kilohana Plantation, visit the Lighthouse, see whales and go to Lydgate Park where they have a wonderful play structure.



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2. Re: Kauai with a 5 Year Old

Taking your grandchild to Kauai will fill your heart with joy. We've been taking our 6 year old GC since she was one. We've gotten some great deals at the Hyatt, and the lagoon and pools there are very kid friendly. Do go to the 10 am Parrot Talk, view the Koi fish swimming all over the grounds. If you pound your fists quietly on the railing of the bridges, dozens of Koi will swim to greet you. Several nights a week the Hyatt has a free Torchlighting Ceremony followed by a children's hula show. Call to check day and times of all activities.

The beach in front of the Sheraton in Poipu is great for kids.

Have a great time.

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Thanks so much for the information. That seals the deal...I was kind of wavering on taking him but it sounds like he will have a great time! I will check out the different hotels/condos that you have mentioned. I'm sure we can find one that will work for us.

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Aloha from Kaua'i!

My suggestions:

Kamalani Playground - Lydgate Park - Wailua. This wonderful children's playground is popular with all the keiki here - it is situated by Lydgate Park, which is also a great place for little ones to splash around - it has a large, rock walled area so that it is safe for little ones to play in the ocean (with supervision of course!) - people snorkel there as well.

Keiki Hula Shows - Coconut Marketplace - free - Saturdays at 1:30pm and Mondays at 5pm - Center Stage. Young children from a local hula halau (school) perform Hawaiian and Tahitian dances - also they sell freshly made plumeria and other types of leis that they have made - the funds go into an account for each girl's "hula education" that they can use for costumes, implements, etc. $5.00 a lei.

Torchlighting Ceremony and Keiki Hula - Grand Hyatt Kaua'i - Po'ipu Beach area. On Tuesday and Saturday evenings at 6:30pm - Seaview Terrace (directly down from lobby, open air) - torch bearers escort a dancer thru the gardens and to a platform above the waterfall - where she dances hula kahiko (ancient hula) to the accompaniment of oli (chanting) and pahu (drums) - with narration. Lasts 15-20 minutes and at 7pm in the same location a Keiki Hula Show (the same children from the same hula halau as at Coconut Marketplace) goes from 7pm to 8pm - showcasing dances of Hawai'i, Tahiti, and New Zealand. Fresh leis are sold by the students during the show (same as Coconut Marketplace). Shows are free.

Kilohana Train - Kilohana, Puhi - a train that takes you around the area surrounding this plantation home - wild baby pigs are a big feature!

Links: Train: http://www.kauaiplantationrailway.com/

Kamalani Playground: http://www.kamalani.org/playground.htm

Keiki Hula Coconut Marketplace www.youtube.com/watch…

Torchlighting Ceremony (partial clip): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bEP_uuUGZY

Have fun!

Malama Pono,


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5. Re: Kauai with a 5 Year Old

My daughter was 6 for our first visit - and it was all the simple things that she enjoyed the most. Beach time was probably the best - we bought some things at Walmart like a small board with a window as well as snorkel stuff - she had floaties on her arms and did very well. One of her favorite things was taking photos of the chickens - we have a ton of those. Shave ice, the hula shows, etc. I am sure you will make a lifetime Kauai travel partner bringing him. :)

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6. Re: Kauai with a 5 Year Old

Just wanted to mention that the Kamalani playground at the Lydgate Beach park is inland, across the road from the beach in the trees. I think one person on this board didn't find it because they were looking for it on the beach side.

There are actually 2 rock-protected pools at Lydgate beach, and the smaller one is shallow for the kids. It's only about 2-feet deep in the middle, so most kindergardeners can stand up no problem, and then spalsh around and have fun. My 4-y-o daughter really likes that one.

Hanalei Bay is great too, shallow water, small waves, sandy bottom, and views of Puff the Magic dragon. We like the Pavilion and next to the Pier at the east end of Weke road.

The Marriott at Kalapaki beach near Lihue also has beautiful grounds with ponds, koi, and birds (including the native Nene). It it expensive to stay there, but we keep hearing about deals on this board. Even if you don't stay there, you could stop by for a swim and a visit (park at the beach park nearby and walk there on the bridge and sidewalk).

We had friends with 3 and 6-y-o kids stay at the Waipouli resort on the east side, and they (the kids) loved the pool with 2 slides. Maybe you can find some deals there on the street-facing units.

The train at Gaylord's and the birds at the Kilauea lighthouse and wildlife refuge are both great suggestions for kids.

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7. Re: Kauai with a 5 Year Old

Aloha! When my niece & nephew come to Kauai we stay at the Point @ Poipu. The pool is great for kids with a "sand" bottom and a shallow entrance. The price is fair as well. Also as you walk along the sidewalk or sit in the hot tub you can look for the whales! Something that is fun for the whole family from 5yrs-85yrs is the Tubing Adventure, a must do!

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