Families who shake hands with Hyatt Waikiki's Lucky Cat receive fortunes cards and might win prizes. // © 2016 Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa
Feature image (above): Moana Surfrider tea parties cater to all ages. // © 2016 Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa
Hawaii ranks high among family destinations, and it’s constantly adding activities and attractions that appeal to multiple generations.
Just in time for summer vacation, the destination has introduced the following four new programs that the whole clan can enjoy.
Lucky Cat at Hyatt Waikiki
A shining 9-foot-tall cat sculpture is now on display at Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Patterned after the Japanese cultural good luck icon called maneki-neko, it dispenses fortune cards to visitors who touch its paw. To a select few, it hands out prizes such as resort gifts and experiences. Look for it on the Ewa Tower’s ground floor.
S’mores at Sheraton Maui
Say “s’mores,” and people think of a gooey, yummy mix of marshmallows and chocolate on graham crackers. Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa has debuted a Hawaiian version of the family classic, best appreciated around seaside fire pits. Along with the usual ingredients, the kit provides pineapple, strawberries, bananas, macadamia nuts, coconut and Maui cookies. The price is $55 for up to five guests.
Tea Party at Moana Surfrider
Families can try an old tradition in a new way during the Keiki (children’s) Afternoon Tea Party at Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa. Tables are decked out with kid-friendly fare, including tea sandwiches, cookies, cakes, scones, fruits, juice and soda. Festive decor includes balloons, candy jars and teddy bears in large cups. Offered at noon daily, it costs approximately $40 per guest (with a minimum of five participants).
Ukulele Experience at Polynesian Cultural Center
In its Hukilau Marketplace, Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) recently opened the Ukulele Experience, a free, interactive exhibit about Hawaii’s favorite musical instrument. As part of the fun, kids can learn basic chords and strum along with staff members. The North Shore Oahu attraction also features photos, artwork, mementos and ukuleles for sale. It’s a perfect stop for families who love music.