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Camp Penguin, the children’s program at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa now accepts children of guests staying at properties other than the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to enroll in a full- or half-day program at the resort, which was recently named one of the Ten Best Family Beach Resorts in nation by Parents Magazine.

Camp Penguin is based out of a 1,200-square-foot space in the Diamond Head Tower and features colorful wall murals, fabric-stuffed palm trees, bean bag furniture, lockers, soft carpeted areas and computer stations. The team of trained and caring camp counselors immerses the children into the rich history and culture of Hawaii. The program also teaches kids to protect the environment with green activities and crafts. A retail outlet offers products that promote the “green theme,” including t-shirts and penguin-themed items made from recycled materials. 

Every day of the week features a different Hawaiian theme and will include fun, educational activities with a focus on learning about Hawaii through storytelling, games, music, arts and crafts, hula and lei-making. Participants learn the “Hawaiian Word of the Day,” which is often used throughout the day. Off-property excursions include visits to the Honolulu Zoo, the Waikiki Aquarium, Bishop Museum and Children’s Discovery Center. Daily themes include: “Wild About Hilton,” “Hawaiian Ocean Explorer,” “Hawaiian Skies,” “Treasures of Hawaii,” “Discover Hawaii,” “Waikiki Aloha Friday” and “Hawaiian Safari.”

At the end of each day, kids receive Camp Penguin Daily News, a recap of the day’s adventures to allow parents an opportunity to engage in conversation with their children. Black and white themed drawings in the newspaper for kids to color will reflect the different Hawaiian themes and lined space encourage kids to write a personal memory about their experience.

Parents can choose between full-day (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and half-day (8 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 11:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.) programs. Camp Penguin costs $90 per child ($85 without excursion) for a full day or $65 per child for a half-day ($60 without excursion). Lunch is included and all participants receive a Camp Penguin t-shirt as a part of their registration fee. Registration can be done by calling (808) 942-CAMP (2267).

The Hilton Hawaiian Village is the only resort on Oahu that features African black-footed penguins. The eight penguins—Pu, Malia, Icarus, Remy, Betty, Shaka, Kalia and Mana—have endeared themselves to guests since the establishment of the Penguin Pond exhibit more than 20 years ago. Guests can interact with the penguins during morning feedings and learn about the species from the wildlife team. The comical birds are a part of the resort’s extensive wildlife collection, which also includes flamingos, macaws, ducks, ibises, turtles and fish.

Top photo courtesy of Hilton Hawaiian Village

Bottom group of photos (clockwise – penguins, pink flamingo, turtles, ibis) taken by Sandi Yara