Your Insider Guide to the Ko Olina Children’s Festival

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  • May 07, 2024
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Everything you need to know about this beachfront bash on Saturday, May 11.

Now in its 8th year, the Ko Olina Children’s Festival is back on the sands fronting ‘Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa on Saturday, May 11, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. A fan-favorite for local families, the event celebrates childhood with hands-on learning opportunities, arts and crafts, fun food, live entertainment and, of course, the highly anticipated Disney character appearances.

This year’s theme is all about bugs, so expect creepy encounters, critter crafts, a butterfly release and “A Bug’s Life” sunset movie on the beach. But the best part is that 100% of the proceeds will benefit Kapiʻolani Medical Center for Women and Children’s new project, the Martha B. Smith Cancer & Infusion Center, honoring the inspirational former chief executive officer.

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How Much It Costs
Discounted presale tickets are available now through May 10.
If the event doesn’t sell out (it did last year), at-the-door tickets will be available.

  • $40 for adults
  • $35 for active military adults
  • $27.50 for keiki ages 12 and younger
  • $25 active military dependents ages 12 and younger
  • Free for infants age 1 and younger

Where to Park
As you enter the Ko Olina Resort, follow signs to the event parking area and hop on a trolley for a short ride to the festival. Presale tickets include parking, otherwise expect to pay $15 per vehicle.

Kapi‘olani Health Foundation

What to Do
Get your toes in the sand and flitter from booth to booth enjoying educational and entertaining exhibits where you’ll test your knowledge of insect specimens, transform into your favorite bug with face paint, step inside a dome filled with butterflies and pot your own native plant to take home. Renowned street artist and World Wide Walls founder Jasper Wong returns to the event this year and will inspire keiki to create whimsical clay bugs.

Take a break for a treat, such as portable sushi handrolls from Ilea’s Kitchen, colorful popcorn from Ono Kettle Pop, bubble tea from Sama Sama, organic popsicles from Street Sweets, waffle dogs from Celine’s Kitchen and more.

Hawaiʻi News Now’s Steve Uyehara will host the program and live entertainment, which includes tunes from Hui Pū, Aulani’s ‘Ohana Hula Show with Disney Friends and several inspiring stories about the keiki who have benefitted from Kapiʻolani Medical Center’s care.

Kapi‘olani Health Foundation

Activities & Eats
Here are the vendors confirmed so far.
Food, Beverage & Retail: Available for purchase.

  • Celine’s Kitchen
  • Coco Nene
  • Ilea’s Kitchen
  • Local Poke Bowl
  • Ono Kettle Pop
  • Sama Sama
  • Street Sweets

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