Baby's Day Out in Honolulu, HI
Don't let the name "hiking trail" intimidate you. The Makapu'u Lighthouse has been braved by babies in strollers and ladies in stilettos . . . Maybe even a few babies in strollers pushed by ladies in stilettos! At the top, stop and surrender to the ocean cliffs and the view of tiny islands off the Oahu coast. The trail is paved as wide as a road along the entire two miles, with Humpback Whale lookouts about halfway up (whale viewing season is December through April). Plan to take 2 hours at a leisurely pace, with rations of sunscreen and water for the lack of shade. Directions: Drive east down breathtaking Kalanianaole Highway until you alight on the Makapu'u Lighthouse Road, just past Sandy "Breakneck" Beach and the Blowhole. This is the easternmost tip of Oahu. Park in the lot at the base of the mountain.
For all the do-hickies and baby doo-dads you never knew your baby needed, along with some you definitely needed, make an outing to Kelsey’s Baby Specialities. At Kelsey’s, they pride themselves on ‘mainland’ prices because they don’t have to pay the sky-high mall rents of other shops. They have a selection of nursery items, baby furniture, and best of all, some gently used items available for cash only. The selection includes carriers, clothes, diapers, and more. Get some baby love and support the mom and pops in the Hawaiian economy. Kelsey’s is located in the Harbor Center in Waimalu, with plenty of free parking.
The university neighborhood is the perfect setting for Baby Awearness, where parents can swaddle their infants in vintage and consignment green baby wear! Baby Awearness also offers baby gear, furniture, and cloth diapers, and the inevitably useful cloth diapering class. Owners Nicki and Lani go beyond the call of duty as shop owners and go out of their way to promote and help mamas breastfeed. Their ecologically-friendly products and gently-used items make Baby Awearness one place a family can feel good about shopping and supporting. Stop in for a Mandarin Sing-Along Class or a Hula Lap Class.
Home to many birthday parties with bounce houses, weekending families who set up massive canopies and barbecues, and sweating sunbathers, Ala Moana Beach Park is huge, fun, and ideally situated smack in the middle of Honolulu. Take your stroller for a jog, play beach volleyball, or let the kids frolic in the lifeguard- and breakwall-protected waters. There are walking paths, huge green areas, metal exercise bars, bathrooms, and a Snack Hut. Families can participate in the annual Dragon Boat Festival, Lantern Floating Ceremony, and many other festivals held at Ala Moana Beach Park. Plenty of parking can nevertheless fill up on busy times and on weekends.
Open to the public and very safe, the Lagoon behind the Hilton Hawaiian Village has resident fish, lifeguards on duty, and plenty of fun beach toys for rent on the premises. The lack of waves makes it a safe swimming space for small children. Parents can sit back and watch from the man-made sand, or take the family a few dozen feet to the ‘real’ beach, which features many more rocks but nicer sand. Dragon Boats, Standup Paddle Boarders, Surfers, Outrigger Canoes, and dinner cruises all leave from this beach. The water stands relatively calm because of the lava rock wall. You’ll get great views of Diamond Head and excellent sunsets from this beach, as well as a free fireworks display put on by the Hilton Hawaiian Village on Friday evenings. Free public parking is available.