Aloha Bruce takes a deep dive into finding a Hawaii kids club for families planning a Hawaii vacation. Bruce begins with a news update about Governor Josh Green’s proposal to impose a $50 fee per visitor coming to Hawaii. Bruce notes that it may be illegal and says Green is tying it to the recent devastating Maui wildfires as an impact climate fee. “I don’t think that will go over very well!” Bruce says.
The opening of the newly renovated Highgate The Roamer Hotel at the old Ambassador Hotel is discussed along with some exciting design elements and dining options. It is set to open on October 1. “We’ll be going!”
Bruce says now is a good time to book a Maui vacation, noting that prices are coming down (bookings on Maui are down 50%). The Kealani on Maui has dropped prices for kama’aina, and Bruce says he plans a Maui trip soon.
On to the main topic of finding a Hawaii kids club during a Hawaii vacation, Bruce says that they are increasingly hard to find in 2023. He explains that Hawaii is a family destination and wonders why they are so rare. Structured keiki programs “are almost impossible to find”, Bruce says. He says the Hilton Hawaiian Village and other family-friendly resorts have not returned to providing a Hawaii kids club.
“Even the Grand Wailea on Maui!” Bruce marvels. “You mean to tell me they can’t assemble a Hawaii kids club together?” He has reached out to multiple properties about keiki clubs and has been told they just haven’t brought back those programs following the pandemic. “I think it’s really important to get those programs back…we are a family-friendly destination!”
Bruce mentions the Sheraton Waikiki’s Poppets program and another program at the Outrigger Reef, both in Waikiki. “The Disney Aulani is a no-brainer for kids,” Bruce says, noting that the properties that do offer a Hawaii kids club are generally major resorts with high rates. The Four Seasons on Maui and on the Big Island are also mentioned, along with the Westin Hapuna Beach and Mauna Kea Resort.
Bruce describes contacting a large number of properties about their offerings for a Hawaii kids club and finding that very few offer them. He discusses Happy Kids Maui and Keiki Sitters on Oahu and Aloha Sitters as options for babysitting, as well as Kauai Babysitting Company on the Garden Isle.