national grandparents day

Top 10 Ways to Celebrate #NationalGrandparentsDay in Hawaii

national grandparents day

Grandparents are a crucial part of any family! They tell all their stories from “back in the day”, never miss a single birthday (even if they only send you a card), always check in to see if you’re eating enough, and ask you why you’re still single…thanks, Grandma, we get it. The reason why grandparents do all these things is to show us how much they really care. Luckily, there’s a whole day dedicated to your grandparents so you can show them you really care, too- National Grandparents Day! Check out our 10 favorite ways to celebrate this special day in Hawaii!


1. Waikiki Trolley

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Since your grandparents drove you all around town as a kid, return the favor by (not driving 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♂️) taking them on The Waikiki Trolley! These trolley tours are a great way to explore what Honolulu has to offer and can take you to some of the best sightseeing and scenic spots around the southeast part of Oahu including destinations such as Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head, and Sea Life Park. This is a perfect trolley tour to take your grandparents on because you can hop on and hop off at your own leisure to see all the stops and sights they’re interested in.


2. Farmers Market

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Remember when grandma used to make you home-cooked meals? They were probably so delicious because she bought everything fresh! Farmers Markets are a great way to spend time with your grandparents because you’re spending time outdoors, you can pick up fresh produce, and you’re supporting local vendors! If you plan on spending the whole day with your grandparents, the farmers market is a great place to go in the morning before it gets too hot. Plus, you can grab snacks for later in the day!


There are a few markets open on National Grandparents Day (Sunday, September 9): Kailua Town Farmers Market at Kailua Elementary School from 8:30am-12:00pm, Ala Moana Center Farmers Market at Ala Moana Shopping Center Level 2 from 9:00am-12:00pm, and Manoa Farmers Market at 2752 Woodlawn Dr. from 6:00am-2:00pm.


3. Pearl Harbor

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Visitors of Pearl Harbor have the opportunity to tour their Visitor Center, Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, Battleship Missouri, USS Oklahoma Memorial, Pacific Aviation Museum, and stand directly over the remains of the USS Arizona. It’s a great way to pay homage to this historical event and your grandparents are sure to enjoy it! Be sure to get there early as some tours sell tickets on a first-come, first-served basis!


4. Honolulu Museum of Art

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For the grandparents who framed your finger print art… The Honolulu Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the state of Hawaii and is open 6 days a week (closed Mondays)! You can spend National Grandparents Day meandering through their curated exhibits, view films at their theater, grab lunch at the café, shop, or even do your own research in their library.


5. SKY Waikiki

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For all those grilled cheese sandwiches grandma used to make, repay her two-fold with the Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich and breathtaking Waikiki views. The perfect sunset dinner on National Grandparents Day, SKY Waikiki rests 19 stories above the city; this rooftop bar and restaurant offers beautiful views of Diamond Head and the Honolulu city lights as the sun sets behind Waikiki Beach. Talk about a perfect ending to a great day with your grandparents. Reserve your table now!


6. Waikiki Aquarium

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For all the times your grandparents had to re-watch The Little Mermaid and Finding Nemo… The Waikiki Aquarium is the second-oldest public aquarium in the United States! Their mission is to inspire and promote understanding, appreciation, and conservation of Pacific marine life. Full of native Hawaiian species, the Waikiki Aquarium is a great way to spend National Grandparents Day and admire the ocean’s beautiful creatures.


7. Polynesian Cultural Center

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This Polynesian-themed park and living museum is located in Laie on the north shore of Oahu. With six different “villages” representing different island nations, the Polynesian Cultural Center is jam-packed full of live entertainment, performances and delicious Hawaiian food. This is a great way to spend National Grandparents Day and keep your grandparents entertained and loving every minute of their visit here!


8. Chief’s Luau

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The Chief’s Luau is the best luau in Hawaii! Located at Wet ‘n’ Wild in Kapolei, this luau is highly interactive, passionate, funny, and spectacular! This is a great way to spend your evening immersed in the rich island heritage and enjoy delicious food and drinks, paired with a thrilling show! The Chief’s Luau is one way to end National Grandparents Day with a bang and some fire dancers!


9. Iolani Palace

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Treat grams and gramps like royalty on National Grandparents Day! Iolani Palace is the only official royal palace in the United States, a living restoration of a proud Hawaiian national identity, and a registered National Historic Landmark. They have two options for tours, both which take you through the first and second floors of the palace. This is a unique experience that is guaranteed to make National Grandparents Day a day to remember!


10. Hanauma Bay

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Whether your grandparents are adventurous in the water or prefer to stay on the shore, Hanauma Bay is a gorgeous and peaceful place to spend National Grandparents Day. If you venture into the water and go snorkeling, you’ll see an aquatic world filled with many different types of coral reef and fish!


Now that you’ve got plenty of options for where to take your grandparents on National Grandparents Day, make sure to book your dinner, tickets, or tour and mark your calendars! This is a special day that will make your grandparents feel extra loved and happy to have someone as thoughtful as you in their lives!