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Old 05-14-2012, 11:57 AM   #1
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Will my teens be bored at Aulani?

As our Aulani trip approaches, I am worried that my teens (15 and 13) will be bored. I am planning on buying the Go Oahu 3-day card, and we have a car rented so that can explore on our own as well. We are used to the busyness of the parks, and I'm worried there will not be enough for us (them) to do (without breaking the bank in the meantime). We will be there for 10 nights!! Any words of advice/ideas to keep us busy?
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Old 05-14-2012, 01:10 PM   #2
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First of all, I can't imagine anyone, even teens, being bored anywhere in Hawaii. If you have a car, there is a lot you can explore. Teens will love watching the surfers up on the north shore as well as all the other plalces there are on Oahu. We have not been there yet (going in February), but the snorkling sounds like a lot of fun, and there are certainly many other activities like that to occupy middle teens like that. I understand the water area is good no matter what your age.

If your kids are like mine were at those ages, they might enjoy places like the Polynesian Cultural Center or visiting the Palace and Bishop museum about Polynesian life. I assume they and you will want to take in the Pearl Harbor exhibits, and that takes a whole day if you want to see it all.

All that being said, I have been to Oahu enough times to know I would rather spend most of my time on one of the other islands. Have you looked into a day trip to one of them? Most teens would love a helicopter ride over the volcanos or even a whale watch trip if if you are there in winter. Now that I look back at your post, it appears you will not be there during whale season. How about surf lessons?
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:52 AM   #3
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here's a link to a conde nast traveler review from a 16 year old girl...
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:01 PM   #4
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We just spent a week there with our 11 and 13-yo girls. The pools and lazy river were fun for them, as was the lagoon. Be sure to get the Daily Iwa each day to check on activities at the resort; some of them may be surprisingly enjoyable.

A few things that kept ours engaged and interested:
- Bishops Museum (DVC discount)
- Pearl Harbor (PEARL HARBOR HISTORIC SITES ticket through recreation.gov); you can spend a whole day at all the different sites. My kids would have spent hours on the Missouri once they got onboard to see what a battleship is really like.
- North shore beaches, including turtles in the sun, shells, coral, and sand. Drive far enough to have lunch at Fumi's (shrimp farm).
- Stop at Triple Island Creations and check out the carvings. We bought 2.
- The Dole plantation is on the way to north shore, and doesn't take that long to get your fill of the place. Get a Dole Whip and ride the train, then move on.
- Visit Hilo Hatties for trinkets and souvenirs for friends

Things we did not get to, but will next time:
- Hike at the crater
- Snorkel at Hanauma Bay
- Visit the market at the stadium (read: Shopping!). Go on the weekend to catch some of the local artists (who have to work day jobs during the weekday markets)
- Find more of the local beaches (be cautious and safe!)
- Take in a Luau
- Visit the Polynesian Cultural Center
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:41 AM   #5
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We were there in Feb. with our two teen boys, 14 and 16. We also purchased the go Oahu card and extensively travelled the island. Allow extra travel time, the roads are busy! My only complaint about the resort was that there is not a lot to do for older boys, no basketball hoop, no volleyball net, no shuffleboard, the lagoon in front of the resort is too calm to body surf or boogie board. I am so glad I took a football along so at least they could throw that around. The teen center was more geared for girls being as it was in the teen “spa”, our boys would not even go in until the day we were leaving and that was because we had checked out and they had computer/video games there. They were talking about changing the whole teen center not sure if anything has been done yet. If your kids enjoy hanging out at the pool they will love the resort, on day two my son asked if we could go back to Florida next year.... all in all still a great holiday.
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Old 05-17-2012, 11:30 AM   #6
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Hmmm, okay, this is all very helpful!! Thank you everyone!

I guess I was right all along to focus on how we will explore the island. At first glance, it seems Aulani has set up a teen experience much like DCL, which my kids adored last year!! However, I guess I should not rely on that being a key entertainment outlet and look to use it to supplement our own excursions to the island's activities.

Now, the dilemma is whether the Go Oahu Card is worthwhile for us. I have some number crunching and researching to do regarding the value and type of excursions we want to participate in.
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We're staying at Aulani in August and I have the same concern for my teens.

However, we were on Oahu 2 years ago, and some of their favorite things didn't cost much money.

1. Hanauma (sp?) Bay has world famous snorkeling and an incredible beach. Picture a sandy beach enclosed on 3 sides by cliffs and the ocean on the 4th. About $7.50/each to get in, $1 parking, and a few dollars to rent the snorkel equipment if you don't have it.

2. Manoa Falls - Rainforest hike with some "ruggedness" to keep it interesting. Very pretty with a waterfall at the end. Free to park in the nearby neighborhood and walk, or $5 at the trail entrance.

3. Diamond Head - The "must do" hike that's famous. Only about $5 to park, but my family also bought the tshirts with the statistics on it about the hike.

4. Tantulus Road/Round Top Drive - Don't tell your kids you're just going for a car ride as they wont want to go. However, once you get there, everyone will be impressed. It's a windy road to the top of the mountain with a few lookouts along the way. Amazing views and scenery. Free, except the price of your gas.

5. Koko Head. I loved it, the kids loved it, my wife not so much. It's a walk up a crater that utilizes an old railroad track type tram up the side. 1078 steps, almost straight up at points. Free parking at the park, short walk to the crater.

6. Pali Lookup hike. Most people park at Pali Lookout and take in the sights. If you go down to the lower level, you can walk/hike along the old Pali highway that crossed the mountain. Take this trail as long as safety dictates, there are numerous falling rock warning signs. I think $3 to park.

7. The highway around the island along the ocean is fun, again just the cost of your gas. Along this road you'll see small towns, many beaches including the famous Bonzai Pipeline, and some true Hawaiian culture such as roadside shrimp trucks. Make sure you include the H3 in your travels, one of the most amazing feats of engineering anywhere. Lots to read up on regarding the history of the H3.

8. Waikiki Beach - Some people hate it, we love it. Constant hustle and bustle, along with the ability to walk over a mile of beach from end to end. Careful you don't step on anyway, some areas are shoulder to shoulder with people which is part of the fun. Once the sun starts to set, the area immediately off the beach comes alive with people, street performers, and my kids love to visit International Village right off the beach in the evening.

9. Google Hawaii Hikes. You will find countless trails that vary from waterfall hikes to walking the ridge of the mountains. Also have your kids Google "Haiku Stairs". Fascinating history of a currently illegal hike that my kids researched only to have dad tell them "no, we aren't going to be there at 4:00am to beat the guard". Regardless, it was fun for my kids to research the hikes that are anything from a walk through the rainforest, to a walk on the ridge of the mountain with 1,000 foot dropoffs on each side.

10. Punchbowl cemetary. Caught completely off guard by this one. What teenager wants to visit a historical cemetery? However, my kids still talk about the time visiting here. Moving memorial with great view of the city. Definately not enough here for even half a day, but combined with something else it's a nice diversion. I think this put the sacrifice of lives as part of WWII in better perspective for our kids than Pearl Harbor did. Lots to read and soak in regarding the war and the lives involved.

The items above are all free or cheap. We also enjoyed Kulouau Ranch, Polynesian Cultural Center and surf lessons with Hawaiian Fire surf school, but all of these cost money. For our family, hopping to an island was over $1,000 for the day, so we didn't do that.

I'm worried as well about keeping kids entertained at Aulani, but there is so much to do on the island, especially if your family enjoys outdoor activities.

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Old 05-17-2012, 02:32 PM   #8
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Fantastic tips dtauer. We are leaving very soon an this is a great list of hints as one of the big things we wanted to do was hike and explore

thanks!
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Old 05-17-2012, 04:31 PM   #9
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Fantastic tips dtauer. We are leaving very soon an this is a great list of hints as one of the big things we wanted to do was hike and explore

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If you are planning on hiking and exploring I would recommend the book Oahu Revealed. It's kind of a plan it yourself book instead of the typical tourist tour book. For instance, you can pay $39/person to have a guide bring you to the Monoa Falls hike as recommended in other books, or you can read the directions in this book on how to get there and where to park.

Our family doesn't do hiking/exploring at home, but this is some of the stuff we enjoyed the most on Oahu. I guess it's different when you're hiking through a rainforest, up a mountain, or to a secluded waterfall.
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:40 PM   #10
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Thank you so much for all your help!! We are a couple days away from takeoff, and I have a fabulous itinerary all planned out!! I don't think my teens will be bored at all
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Old 08-02-2012, 04:10 PM   #11
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I do not think they will be bored, plenty to do around the island.
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Old 08-02-2012, 08:58 PM   #12
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My daughter and her best friend - both 18- spent a week at Aulani this June as a graduation present. Because they were not old enough to rent a car, they spent the week at the resort (and the nearby areas that were walking distance). She did not get bored at the resort , but did feel a little captive by end of the week. Of course she loves to sun bathe, but also took advantage of many activities that were included. So I would not worry about your kids especially if they will able to take day trips with you.
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Yes, they will be bored at Aulani - take me instead . . .
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Old 08-12-2012, 01:38 PM   #14
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Yes, they will be bored at Aulani - take me instead . . .
Hahaha!!! Too late!! We're back and my teens had an AMAZING time Research is the key to having fun on Oahu without breaking the bank! We rented a car and did most of the fabulous activities suggested in this thread :D
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Old 08-12-2012, 01:53 PM   #15
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happy to hear you had a good time. Could you tell me what kind of activities Disney has at Aulani for teens? Did you have to go off property to find things for them to do.
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