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From the moment of arrival, we welcome keiki (children) to The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua by encouraging them to explore the sights and sounds of the hotel and its environment. Guided by playfulness and a sense of wonder, Ritz Kids delights and engages your children to interact with their surroundings in a fresh and exciting way, while introducing them to the four important pillars of Ritz Kids discovery: Water, Land, Environmental Responsibility and Culture.

Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment program offers excursions for adults, families and children (five years and older) led by expert naturalists.

Our Ritz Kids program includes:

  • A fun Ritz Kids registration area
  • A ‘registration form’ for children to complete upon check in
  • Ritz Kids welcome packet with coloring book and scavenger hunt focused on the Ritz Kids four key pillars: water, land, culture and environmental responsibility.
  • Welcome card and toy amenity in guest room
  • A Ritz Kids menu offered throughout all hotel restaurants, with healthy and local options available


Proof of age required at check in.


Turtle Tracks 
9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. $84.95

Adventure outside with a naturalist to search for green sea turtles in the wild. Learn about Hawaiian turtles, the sand they nest in and discover the role turtles play in the Hawaiian culture.

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Shark Discovery
1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. $84.95

Discover the world of Hawaii’s “Mano”, their crucial role in our global oceans and their importance in the lives of the Hawaiian people.

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Clue into Nature
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. $84.95 
Get ready for a geocaching adventure like none other! We will learn about navigation and nature as we utilize GPS technology to discover the treasure of our Kapalua resort.

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1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. $84.95 

Can you imagine arriving at a deserted island? No computers, TVs or video games! What would you do? How would you survive? Join us on our journey to square one and learn the basics of island survival and discover what early Hawaiian life was really like.

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Creative Kitchen
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. $94.95 

Don your chef hat as we go on an exclusive tour of our hotel’s kitchen and organic garden. Make your own pizza and learn about the local ingredients that make up this tasty treat.

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Whale Wonders
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. $84.95 

Discover the natural wonder of whales as our naturalists share their knowledge of these magnificent creatures through interactive activities and games. Then adventure outside to catch a glimpse of them from the shoreline.

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C.S.I. Water Investigation 
1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. $84.95 

Water pollution is a crime and Ambassadors have the important job of investigating the source through special water-testing techniques. We collect samples and analyze the final conclusions to help solve the case!

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Life at the Edge of the Sea 
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. $84.95
Explore tide pools as we take a close-up look at both sides of the water’s edge. During this program children will discover life in the tide pools through hands on exploration and guidance from our experienced naturalists.

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Marine Debris to Artistry 
1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. $84.95 
There is no waste in nature. Engage your artistic talents by creating unique artworks and jewelry using native Hawaiian plants and new-found treasures such as beach glass.

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Creatures of the Night 
5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. $94.95 

Venture into the night to experience heightened sensory awareness while observing nocturnal wildlife. Dinner provided for children at an additional cost. Please inquire about dinner menu with Ambassadors.

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The Fires of Pele
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. $84.95 

Sand sculpting, storytelling and a hike to an ancient lava flow will help us to learn how the Hawaiian islands rose from the middle of the sea as fiery volcanoes.

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Wet and Wild Waves 
1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. $84.95 

Through hands-on experiments, learn about ocean currents, tides and what makes the perfect wave. Take a journey outside to see the water in its powerful state from a safe, dry location on property.

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For further information, please contact Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment Center at (808) 665-7292.

Schedule and pricing are subject to change without notice.

24-hour advance reservation required for all programs.

Cancelation Policy
Please note that if you wish to change or cancel your activity, you must contact Ambassadors of the Environment 24 hours in advance to avoid a 50% cancellation fee.

** Due to liability reasons, all children must be at least 5 years old and bathroom independent.