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11 Family Friendly Spring Break Activities

Mid March means Spring Break on Oahu, a time that can be both exciting and overwhelming!  The kids are home from school and ready to be entertained –  luckily, there are plenty of family friendly events going on around the island to keep your keiki busy.

We’ve compiled a list of 11 family friendly Spring Break activities, from historical to hands on.

Take your kids for some fun extra credit.  Show them they can have fun while learning about the wonderful island of Oahu.

1. National Memories Exhibit Opening
Opens March 14th

national memories

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is the first stop of the “National Memories” 2015 United States tour. The exhibit, which first went on display in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen in 2010, has toured Mainland China and Taiwan. Through the use of imagery and more than 100 historic photos taken by the 164th US Signal Photo Company in the China Burma India Theater, “National Memories” brings to life the camaraderie that existed between Chinese and U.S. soldiers as their countries joined forces during World War II. The Museum’s permanent “Flying Tigers Exhibit” featuring a WWII-era P-40 aircraft, will anchor the photographic display.

2. 125 Years Through the Eyes of the Bishop Museum
March 11th- March 16th
125For 125 years, Bishop Museum has chronicled life in the Hawaiian Islands. Over that time we’ve seen tremendous changes to Hawai‘i, our people, our cultures, our environment, and our place in a global society.  The emphasis of the exhibit will be the common lived experience of life in the Islands. Rather than create a linear chronological sequence through the period, the exhibit will examine change thematically, with more than a dozen large graphic panels exploring topics like Communication, Work Life, and Transportation.

3.  Kapolei Prince Kuhio Ho’olaule’a
March 14th

Part of the Prince Kuhio Festival which honors the life of Prince Kuhio, “The Citizen Prince,” this is a free, all day event that includes hula, local entertainment, traditional food prep lessons, local vendors, crafts, and traditional Hawaiian games.

Looking for something different to do outside with the little ones besides plopping them on the beach?  Look no further!

4. North Shore Keiki Surf School Camp
Call for details

North Shore Keiki Surf School specializes in teaching children how to surf and they’ll be holding a Spring Break camp!  Take some time for yourself and rest assured your children are in great hands as they spend the day in the beautiful waters of the North Shore.

5. Keawe Adventures
Call to book

Whether you want to visit Pearl Harbor, explore the North Shore, go fishing, hiking, or snorkeling, Keawe Adventures has a tour for you! Let them help you build your dream Hawaii Vacation or Staycation this spring break with one of their premier private guided tours on Oahu. 

6. Hawaii Duck Tours
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Explore Oahu in a way you never have before with an amphibious tour from Hawaii Duck Tours!  If you book any time in March or April, mention Seek Spot, and like them on Facebook, you get a free Rubber Ducky Scrub – sure to be a hit with your kids.

7. Gunstock Ranch Horse Day Camp
March 17th

This day camp is geared for the beginner rider ages 7-13 years old. It is the perfect introduction to learning about horses. This day will be filled with horse fun, education, and adventure. Students will be oriented and taught safety around horses. They will also learn how to properly mount and dismount, learn basic commands of making a horse do what they want, and go on a trail ride. Students will also learn through hands-on experience basic care for horses, how to saddle, and ride in the Western style.

8. Pipeline Womens Pro
Holding Period: March 16th-24th
pipelineWatch the best female surfers duke it out at one of the most famous surf breaks in the world – Banzai Pipeline.  Make sure you check the website before showing up to see if the event is on!

9. Learn To Play Hockey with Jami Yoder
March 14th

Okay, so this one isn’t exactly outside, but if your kids need a break from the hot sun, let them learn to play hockey with Team USA’s Jami Yoder!

Let your kids’ creative side flourish with these hands on activities.

10. Explorers Club: Astrophotography
March 19th & 20th
All day STEM programs for 3rd through 8th graders. Students explore topics in science, technology, engineering and math.  This session will focus on learning about celestial objects and using technology to enhance images of the cosmos.

11. Paint The Night Away
March 20th


Fun for the whole family!  On March 20th, you and your keiki can create a beautiful Mermaid painting at Haleiwa Joe’s 3rd Friday Art & Music Event.

12. Honolulu Music, Arts, & Food Festival
March 13th-15th

Explore the “5 festivals in 1” and enjoy more than 17 bands, arts & crafts vendors, local artists,  food from some of Honolulu’s best restaurants, petting zoos, games, pony rides, bully dog show, wine and drinks for the parents, and so much more!

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Hokulea…Polynesian Voyaging Canoe on a Mission

It has been in the news a lot lately, but in case you haven’t heard, Hawaii’s voyaging canoe, the Hokulea, is about to set sail on a momentous four year adventure to circumnavigate the Earth! With the support of environmental leaders from over 21 organizations, the voyage is on a mission to raise awareness of the importance of caring for our planet and its oceans. The voyage is called Malama Honua which means “care for the world” and has been years in the planning.

Hokulea navigator Nainoa Thompson compared the earth to an island, saying, “the earth is surrounded by an ocean of space, and it’s the only one we’ve got. It’s time to rethink our world view” The mission of the voyage is to focus on the Earth’s cultural and national treasures, so over the next few years the Hokulea will join with coastal communities worldwide to gain understanding, share concerns, encourage cooperation, and spread awareness of the need to care for our oceans and our earth.

The Hokulea will not travel alone on this voyage. Alongside will be the Hikianalia, which will be equipped with all the latest technology, to document and share the day to day events of this important voyage with the world. We will be able to travel along! The first leg, in 2014, will be to Hilo, then on to Tahiti, the Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga, and New Zealand. In 2015 they will sail to Fiji, Australia, Bali, and Madagascar. In 2016, it’s on to South Africa and across the Atlantic to Brazil, then up the east coast of the United States. The year 2017 will see the canoe returning home via the Panama Canal, stopping at the Galapagos and Rapa Nui before arriving back in Hawaii.

It is an historic event and all those involved are excited and anxious to be underway soon. As navigator Thompson put it, “We’ve been training for six years now. It’s time to go.” They will schedule their sailing periods to avoid hurricane seasons, or places where the risk is too high, such as the piracy issue of East Africa. We wish them well as they set sail on this ambitious endeavor, sailing, in Thompson’s words, “on the belief that at the commonness of us all is a people who care about their children, care about their homes, and care about a world that they will deliver to the next generation”. The canoes are scheduled to leave Oahu on May 17th, 2014.

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Knowledge in Motion (KIM) is hosting the 2014 Wild & Scenic Film Festival at the Doris Duke Theatre in Honolulu on May 24 & 25, 2014. The Wild & Scenic On Tour is one of the largest environmental film festivals hosted throughout major cities in North America. This festival hosts two days of thought-provoking, environmental documentaries that speak to the questions of sustainability not only in Hawaii, but around the world.


This year’s festival is dedicated to supporting environmental education initiatives for Hālau Kū Mana Public Charter School. Founded in 1999, Halau Ku Mana is a community-, culture-, and place-based school in Makiki, serving Oahu students in grades 4 through 12.  They are 120 students strong across seven projects that seek to instill community and environmental stewardship through an academically rigorous curriculum.

Details: Saturday screenings are from 5 – 9 pm and Sunday screenings are at 1 pm, 4 pm and 7:30 pm.


Location: Doris Duke Theatre

900 S. Beretania St

Honolulu HI 96814


Film Schedule:

Saturday  May 24th

I Am Red

A Boom with No Boundaries

Honor the treaties

Field Spotlight: President Anote Tong

Tomorrows Ancestors


The joy of AIR


A Brief History of the 5 Ct Bag Tax


Beyond Reclaimed

An Inconvenient Youth

The Story of Solution


A life well Lived

Ola i ka wai

Sunday May 25

Uranium Drive In

Unacceptable Levels



To see film descriptions and trailers: http://www.wildandscenicfilmfestival.org/category/films/on-tour-2014/


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For those with little ones, an Easter Egg hunt is a good time and an event for the scrapbooks. From pictures with the Easter Bunny to egg hunts and activities, here is all Oahu has to offer you and your family this time of the year:


Gunstock Ranch will be holding its 26th Annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 19. This event is FREE to the community and begins at 10 am. They are hiding 8,000 eggs this year, offering pony rides for $2 a ride, selling food and holding a Team Sorting for a day full of fun. Covered shoes are recommended.

The Discovery Center’s Easter celebration complete with egg hunt, games, crafts and admission to the Center will be held Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13. Egg hunts are at 9:30 am and 11:30 am each day. All ages are welcome and entry is $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

Dave & Buster’s serves up breakfast with the Easter Bunny along with an Easter Egg hunt, face painting, balloon art, a Powercard for each guest on April 12 and 13 from 8 -10 am. Get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny (photo packages are extra). Bring in a canned good for the Hawaii Food Bank and you’ll receive a free gift. Reservations are required. This event is for kids 3-10 ($11.99) and those 2 and under are FREE.

Visit the Easter Bunny then try the petting zoo, crafts and games, face painting and find a pet from the Hawaiian Humane Society at the Hawaii Kai Easter Bunny Celebration at Hawaii Kai Towne Center on April 12 from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Each child will receive free bunny ears and a coloring book.

Bring in a canned good for the Salvation Army to Aloha Stadium’s Egg-citing Easter Celebration
on April 13 from 10 am – 1 pm
and gain access to the family fun including an inflatable playzone, face-painting, train rides, and arts & crafts. Bring your camera for photos with the Easter Bunny. Kids can collect eggs for a chance to win prizes. Hunt is limited to the first 500 participants. Kids 11 and under are free.



Saturday, April 12

Koko Head Complex Easter Eggstravaganza

Koko Head District Park
Hosted by the City & County Department of Parks & Recreation

9 a.m., 395-3407


Diamond Head Complex Easter Egg Hunt

Kaimuki Community Park
Hosted by the City & County Department of Parks & Recreation

9:30 a.m., 733-7350


Sunday, April 13

Manoa Complex Easter Egg Hunt

Manoa Valley District Park
Hosted by the City & County Department of Parks & Recreation

9:30 a.m., 988-3136


Halawa Complex Easter Egg Hunt

Halawa District Park
Hosted by the City & County Department of Parks & Recreation

10 a.m., 483-7850


DeCorte Neighborhood Park

Kalihi Uka
, Hosted by the City & County Department of Parks & Recreation and Kalihi Uka Booster Club

12:30 p.m., 832-7807


Royal Egg Hunt

Iolani Palace, 364 S.King St.

9 a.m. – noon, 522-0832


Saturday, April 19

Mililani Town Association’s Rec 6

95-1010 Konaku St.

Ages 13 and under

8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00 and 10:30 a.m.


University Avenue Baptist Church

2305 University Ave.

8-9 a.m., 947-5008


Spring Fest at Bay View Golf Course

45-285 Kaneohe Bay Dr.

10 a.m. – 2 p.m., 235-8787 ext. 209



Kahala Mall

Mar. 21 – Apr. 19

Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Pearlridge Center

Mar. 22 – Apr. 19

Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Windward Mall

Mar. 22 – Apr. 19

Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.




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GROW + GRIND Farmers Markets on Oahu

Farmers Markets are an authentic and delicious way to get to know Hawaii. You meet the farmers, chefs, and foodies while enjoying live music and trying new things. Indulge in seasonal produce and innovative prepared foods that you can only get here in Hawaii. Many farmers markets have a café where patrons gather with their market-purchased food and beverages, listen to live music, and talk story.

Most food vendors use only bio-compostable utensils and plates. Like many markets, customers are encouraged to bring their own shopping bags, and many vendors are coming up with unique ways to package items that we would usually find in small plastic bags. For example, using banana leaf or palm fronds to wrap up a handful of green beans. These markets do not allow any produce from the mainland, China or elsewhere to be sold — strictly locally grown. They also require that all the people selling produce at the market be the growers themselves. Regardless of what side of the island you’re staying, a farmers market will happen near you!


Haleiwa (in Waimea Valley): Thursdays, 3 – 7 pm

Kakaako: Saturdays, 8 am – noon

Pearlridge:  Saturdays, 8:00-12:00 noon

Hawaii Kai: Saturdays, 8:00-12:00 noon

Ala Moana: Saturdays, 8:00 am – 12:00 noon

Kailua Town Farmer’s Market: Sundays, 8:30-12:00 noon


Grinds: The Story of Food in Hawaii – A Musical

Why do we eat what we eat? Where do we grow what we eat? Why does that even matter? This musical romp through Hawaii’s favorite subject mixes humor, history, and science to explore our community’s relationship with food. Built through extensive conversations with local farmers, chefs, and grandmothers, this is essential viewing for anyone who eats.

WHAT: For all of those kids who don’t believe that some food does grow on trees. This musical takes a look at what we eat and where it comes from with Hawaii Theatre for Youth’s signature humor, song and style. Opening night is already sold out so get your seats early.

WHEN:  The show opens Friday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m., then continues Saturdays, April 5, 12, 19 and 26, May 3 and May 10 at 4:30 p.m. All shows are at Tenney Theatre. Tickets are $20 for adults (age 18-59), $15 for seniors (age 60+) and $10 for youth (age 2-17), see www.htyweb.org or call 839-9885.


  • Audience members are asked to bring a locally grown fruit or vegetable and participate in a pre-show procession that delivers the produce to the stage.
  • Some audience members will help with the produce’s actual preparation on stage, churning butter from cream or pounding poi.
  • Some will get a chance to sample the dishes that are created onstage.
  • Two breadfruit trees will be given away at each show via a drawing, courtesy of the Ulu Project.
  • Chef’s aprons with the HTY GRINDS logo and the GRINDS CD will be available for sale.
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proposal sweetheart-shady-laneA recent survey by TripAdvisor.com found that 92 percent of its respondents are planning a romantic escape in 2014, up from 78 percent in 2013. Among that group, 17 percent will take a “couples getaway” trip for Valentine’s Day. Of all respondents, 61 percent were planning travel to a beach or ocean destination. Honolulu was listed third on the top ranking destinations for a romantic trip (San Francisco ranked first and Las Vegas second).

If you are one of those couples planning a romantic trip to Oahu, or a resident looking for unique date ideas, Seek Spot made our own “Top Three” for date ideas this Valentine’s Day:

1) Watch a Whale, Ride a Horse

February is the month to whale watch. Romantically enough, when you watch whales, you end up on a boat, which is often the perfect setting for an amorous time. Check out these options to find your ideal whale watching cruise!

Horseback riding is another romantic way to enjoy breathtaking views and do something adventurous with your amour. Gunstock Ranch in Laie is offering 20 percent off of their sweetheart rides special for the month of February. They also have a contest for free rides + flowers on Facebook until Feb 13!

2)   Get a Strike

Food, fun, and friendly competition can actually be quite romantic. Aiea Bowl is known among locals for its delicious food, namely the Tasty Chicken and all of their many desserts. For a fancier twist though, Aiea Bowl’s “Tasty Tuesdays” offer a five-course prix fixe menu. Cosmic bowling with live DJs happens four nights a week — Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays —late-night pupu and drink specials as well.

3)   Get Artsy, Foodie

Honolulu Night Market is happening on February 15 from 6 – 11 pm in Kaka‘ako. Each monthly event has a slew of food trucks, art and retail vendors, and live music. A date with fashion, food and music, how could you go wrong? Make sure to use our South Shore coupons page just in case you need to add a couple more stops to this Honolulu night out.



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It’s Time for “The Eddie”!

It’s that time of year again on the North Shore of Oahu, when the notorious big waves start pumping in! Time also for prestigious surf meets that take place at spots like Sunset, Pipeline, and Waimea. One of these meets is especially dear to those in Hawaii, since it honors a very respected Hawaiian surfer and lifeguard, Eddie Aikau. The Quicksilver Eddie Aikau Big Wave Invitational had its “opening” just last week at Waimea Bay, with a ceremony honoring Eddie, but the surf meet itself does not always take place. The surf conditions must be just right and waves must exceed 20 feet in height before this event takes place!

Why do we have this special meet in honor of Eddie? Well, you have probably seen or heard the saying “Eddie would go” if you have spent any time shopping or at the beaches of Oahu. As a lifeguard at Waimea Bay, Eddie saved countless lives and braved the big waves of Waimea many times. He was also an excellent surfer. Growing up on Maui and Oahu, he began surfing at a young age and when he grew up he became a pioneer of big wave surfing. However, that is not the end of the story, because in addition to his talents and his dedication as a surfer and lifeguard, Eddie is remembered for the selfless act that took his life. Eddie was a part of the crew of the Hokule`a, which set sail in March of 1978. He was proud to be on board and to connect with his Hawaiian heritage through the experience of sailing this traditional, double-hulled Hawaiian voyaging canoe. Sadly, a storm arose and the boat capsized in the dangerous, rough waters of the Molokai Channel. In a heroic effort, Eddie volunteered to swim for help. The crew of the Hokule`a was eventually spotted and rescued, but Eddie was never seen again. Honoring the bravery of Eddie Aikau is the reason for “The Eddie”, as this invitation only surf meet is affectionately known. Although scheduled every year, the surf does not always meet the heights necessary, as we said before, and the last Eddie Invitational Meet held was in 2009. If conditions are right between now and February 28th, we will see this impressive contest occur again, in memory of Eddie!

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Shopping for a Christmas Tree on Oahu?

If you are spending Christmas in Hawaii, then you are likely going to want a Christmas tree. When shopping for a Christmas tree in the islands, you may find your choices are a little different and somewhat limited, so we thought a little information might help you with your choice.  Fresh trees are already arriving from the mainland, and these trees are carefully inspected for unwanted pests before being sold in stores. If you desire a “traditional” tree with the smell of spruce or fir, then you will want to shop early as the number of these trees available can be limited and often goes fast!

However, there are other options. Believe it or not, there are actually Christmas tree farms on Oahu! You can go and choose a live tree to have freshly cut for you. These trees are guaranteed to last through the holidays and there are generally two types to choose from. One is a beautiful pine that grows well in the islands and still has that “Christmasy” feel and smell. The other is a very popular choice here in Hawaii, the Norfolk Island Pine. It is an elegant tree with an open lacy look. It often graces the homes of families here and many weave flower leis through its branches or decorate with shells and other ornaments to give it that special island touch.

Whichever tree you choose, whether traditional or with an island flair, we hope you enjoy the holidays here on Oahu, and the Aloha spirit that is a part of Hawaii at any season! We wish you a very Mele Kalikimaka!

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A New Year and A New Name!

As we embark on a new year, with the publication of our expanded, island-wide 2014 directory, we would like to introduce you to our new brand name, Seek Spot, by Seek Spot by Be Our Guest! After numerous surveys, and much research and planning, we are excited to be able to offer visitors more of what they seek, as well as making it easier to find the information they need! Our goal is to provide reliable recommendations about quality, local businesses and attractions, saving guests to Oahu time, and giving them valuable content regarding all areas of the island. The Seek Spot Directory includes maps, coupons, an events calendar, surf and weather updates, and an extensive, easy-to-use guide to activities, restaurants, shopping, and more, for all regions of Oahu.

In addition to striving to help visitors to more fully enjoy their vacation experience, Seek Spot is working with Oahu’s Lifeguard Association to help increase ocean awareness and safety, and reduce the number of potentially fatal incidents at Oahu beaches. We include Beach Safety Tips and Big Surf Safety Tips in the Seek Spot Directory, to help educate visitors and insure a safe, fun visit. We endeavor to enhance your stay in every way! Our unique, insider’s guide to Oahu is your go-to resource for all the information you seek, all in one spot….Seek Spot!

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Choosing a Wine for Your Holiday Celebrations

At this time of the year many people ask what wine is perfect for the holiday season.  There really isn’t a one size fits all answer because everybody has different tastes, and so much of the enjoyment of wine depends on the occasion, the company you are with, the setting, the food, and the mood.  Wine does enhance gatherings and it is always handy to have a few extra bottles around for the impromptu get together or the unexpected guest.  Instead of worrying about the perfect wine for the perfect occasion, pick a variety of wine or better yet, versatile wines that can fill the need of different situations.  Venture out of your comfort zone and try something different.  Sparkling Riesling and Viognier for white wines and Grenache for red wine are not mainstream wines, but they are versatile with different foods – perfect for a pot luck.  If you are a Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon drinker, try a Syrah or a Zinfandel, both full bodied red wines that can spice up an event.  The holidays are a special time so don’t do the run of the mill.  Do something new and exciting. Wine enhances family gatherings, and discovering a new wine will make it even more special.

Guest Blog courtesy of Jay Kam with Vintage Wine Cellar

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