Head west to KAPOLEI for family-friendly entertainment. There are plenty of options to keep keiki (children) entertained that don’t involve on-demand movies or a third round of shave ice. From education to adrenaline-filled activities, THE SECOND CITY OF O‘AHU has it covered.
ADD A NEW BOARD TO YOUR QUIVER AT SURFBOARD FACTORY HAWAII. Waveriders of all skill sets will be able to find what they need at the comprehensive factory, located in Kapolei. With more than 1,000 boards on-hand, this is the largest surfboard factory in the state. Here, they build boards as well as offer a vast selection of surf apparel and more. Take a gander at the on-site surf art gallery that features some of Hawai‘i’s top ocean-inspired artists.
TRY GO-KART RACING—Want to push the pedal to the metal? Hawai‘i’s first and only indoor electric racecar track, K1 SPEED HAWAII, boasts a revamped raceway open seven days a week for kids, grown-up race enthusiasts and newcomers alike. Helmets are provided, but wearing sandals is not allowed. Visit k1speed.com/hawaii-location.html.
Have some lively, calorie-burning fun at CORAL CRATER ADVENTURE PARK. Work up a sweat at the park’s Adventure Tower Climbing Wall, or get off the ground at a 50-foot giant pendulum swing. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, try the Aerial Challenge Course. There you’ll be met with 18 challenge
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COOL DOWN AT A WATER PARK—Sandy beaches and hotel pools are fun, but for a real thrill, head to WET ‘N’ WILD HAWAII for a splashing good time. With more than 25 water rides and attractions—from the whirling Tornado to the relaxing Kapolei Kooler lazy river, to water cannons and mini slides— there is something for families and thrill-seekers alike. Visit wetnwildhawaii.com.
SHOP AND EAT—The open-air shopping complex, Ka Makana Ali‘i, opened in October 2016 with a lengthy list of retail stores and eateries that’s got everyone excited to make a shopping detour there. Located less than 10 miles from Ko Olina, Ka Makana Ali‘i houses a Macy’s, Forever 21, Foot Locker, Sunglass Hut, Victoria’s Secret, California Pizza Kitchen, Applebee’s, SURA Hawaii Korean Restaurant, ‘Olino (a luxury movie theatre) and much more.
SAMPLE ISLAND EDIBLES—Taste island produce and hot plates at MAKEKE KAPOLEI. This farmers’ and greens market sprouts every Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Kapolei High School. Stroll and taste your way through more than 50 vendors, including pressed juices and plate lunches, rooted in sustainability. Visit facebook.com/makekekapolei.