The Gunstock Ranch has been a part of Greg Smith's family since 1973. Born and raised in Kailua, Greg grew up helping his father on the ranch, and today, he helps his five children with rodeo practice and 4-H studies. The local rancher leads a staff of experienced wranglers who share intimate knowledge of the land on a variety of scenic trail rides through the 650-acre property. Visitors explore winding paths through the Koolau Mountain Range like traditional paniolos, Hawaiian cowboys, and catch stunning views of Oahu and the ocean in the bright light of day or the warm glow of the setting sun.
Expanding beyond equine excursions and care, Greg's wife, Kyndra, brought swimming lessons and aquatics to the ranch as a way to help children in the community and disprove the myth that you can bring a horse to water, but can't make it swim the breaststroke. The ranch's gentle horses and aboveground pool also make the Gunstock Ranch an all-encompassing destination for children's parties and special events.
There's a lot more to Hele Huli Adventure Center's Segway tours than just rolling along paved surfaces. Atop these two-wheeled, self-balancing devices, groups get to see everything from Hawaiian monk seals sunning themselves to a World War II airstrip and its surrounding bunkers. And these tours of Kahuku are just one of the center's potential itineraries. The company's adventure experts also treat locals and guests of the Turtle Bay Resort to activities including horseback riding, surfing lessons, and kayak tours.
For 29 years, The Watercraft Connection has been helping locals and tourists alike explore the waters of Oahu. The family behind the business sends guests into a harbor nestled in the historic surf town of Haleiwa. There, folks board jet skis, ocean kayaks, or chartered boats and head out to explore the beaches of nearby Ali'i Beach, Puaena Point, or Anahulu river.
Getting a close look at local flora and fauna is a big part of these expeditions. Customers can glimpse green sea turtles and wild peacocks while kayaking down the Anahulu, or spot dolphins and whales while lounging on chartered cruises. Diving and snorkeling trips offer a deeper perspective on coral reefs, sea creatures, and the pirates who evolved gills sometime in the 1700s.
Standup paddling may still feel like a new trend, but the people behind Rainbow Watersports has been at it for the better part of a decade. In fact, they wrote the book on it—literally—releasing a published volume on the sport. During private and group lessons, they teach newbies how to master the boards, assuring them that they'll be able to stand up and paddle before the lesson is up.
These lessons have achieved a near-perfect rating on TripAdvisor for their scenic jaunts through sea-turtle country. They take place in calm water on the North Shore of Oahu.
If you're a sports fan, Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center in Waipahu is the place you want to be.
Pick up a tasty meal at their restaurant, located conveniently within the club.
No need to splurge on a baby sitter — tots will be right at home at this club.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Enjoy the tranquil nature offered by Waikele Community Park in Waipahu.
Check out the restaurant at this park for a delicious meal.
With its kid-friendly vibe, this park is a great spot for families.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.