Any suggestions for a Hawaiian resort to stay with ASD child?

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FatherOf2
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Any suggestions for a Hawaiian resort to stay with ASD child?

Postby FatherOf2 » Tue Jan 26, 2016 1:09 pm

We are planning our first vacation since our autistic son was born. He is almost 7. We would like to stay at a Hawaiian resort that
- has rooms that can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children
- restaurants have kids menus
- has activities for kids
- has a pool with water slides
- has a protected lagoon where kids can snorkel and see fish and turtles
- preferably not too crowded even during peak season

Before kids, I stayed at Maui (my favorite), Big Island (my 2nd choice), Kauai (Waimea Canyon is very beuatiful, but snorkeling wasn't not that good where we stayed) and Oahu (very crowded). I did some search on internet and places that are recommended most are
- Disney Aulani on Oahu (nice waterpark and protected lagoon, but very crowded)
- Hilton Waikoloa on Big Island (also crowded)
- Grand Wilea on Maui (I was there a couple of times, it didn't strike me as a kid-friendly place, no protected lagoon)

The most important thing is for our 7yo twins to be able to see turtles and fish while snorkeling in calm waters. We can find a nice pool where we live. So, it must be an exotic experience for them, worth remembering. Any suggestions and experiences will be greatly appreciated.
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Santosg
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Re: Any suggestions for a Hawaiian resort to stay with ASD child?

Postby Santosg » Tue Jan 26, 2016 5:26 pm

No suggestions. I've never gone. But have a wonderful time!

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Re: Any suggestions for a Hawaiian resort to stay with ASD child?

Postby FatherOf2 » Sun Jan 31, 2016 11:35 am

Thanks, santosg. Decided to go to Disney Aulani for 5 nights and then hop to Grand Wailea for 5 nights. Both resorts have impressive pools with water slides and lazy river. Aulani was built in 2011. Grand Wailea got renovated last fall. Hilton Waikoloa would also be a good destination, but it so spread that it takes 1hr just to get from your room to the lobby. A friend was there with his kids and recommended not to go to there.


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