Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center
Children’s museums across the country have become vitally important in the lives children and their families throughout the United States. The Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center opened in a storefront facility in 1989 and moved to its present location in the Kaka’ako Waterfront Park in 1998.
The only children’s museum in the state of Hawaii, the Center provides children with experiences that ignite their imagination, exhibits that inspire learning, and a staff that is dedicated to nurturing growth through play. It is a “Window to the World” for the children of Hawaii and a popular destination for families visiting the islands from the mainland United States and abroad. It is the only children’s museum in the world that started first in donated space in a pineapple cannery and ended up in a beautifully transformed city incinerator!
With 30 acres of waterfront park and the Pacific Ocean at our doorstep we look forward to welcoming our colleagues attending the Asia Pacific Children’s Museum Conference to Hawaii this year and to provide a venue for us to come together to learn from each other and to share new ideas.
At the Center we focus on activities that empower children and encourage and inspire adults to be forever “young-at-heart,” thereby promoting the concept of life-long learning. The Center’s 45,000 square foot facility has five major galleries of state-of-the-art, interactive exhibits appealing to both the young and young-at-heart.