Photo: Courtesy of Turtle Bay Resort

How to Celebrate Easter in Hawaii in 2019

Hop to any of these brunches, festivals and egg hunts across the state.

Longer days, sunny skies and blooming flowers: Spring is here! If you’re looking for things to do over Easter weekend, hop over to these brunches and egg hunts across Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island.

OAHU

Community Easter Egg Hunt at Gunstock Ranch, Laie

Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m.

Gunstock Ranch on the North Shore in Laie is hosting a free community Easter egg hunt with pony rides ($3), painting a horse, horseshoe painting, food vendors, an inflatable bouncy house ($2) and face painting starting at 8:30 a.m. The egg hunt, categorized into four age groups, starts promptly at 10 a.m. and features more than 10,500 hard-boiled, candy-filled and toy-filled eggs. Keep an eye out for special colored eggs, which can be exchanged for money or prizes donated from local businesses. Prizes include two Polynesian Cultural Center luau tickets, a free horseback riding lesson at Aloha Riding Lessons and 500 McDonald’s gift certificates. The fun continues after the hunt with a petting zoo, pictures with the Easter bunny and more. Booths are cash only. Donations for parking are welcome to support the event. 56-250 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku, (808) 293-2026, gunstockranch.com

Easter Brunch at the Moana Surfrider, Waikīkī

Photo: Courtesy of the Moana Surfrider

Sunday, April 21, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Enjoy the ocean views from the famed Veranda at the Moana Surfrider on Easter Sunday with a brunch buffet befitting the setting. Executive chef Jason Watanabe and his culinary team will serve a brunch spread with everything from island-style ahi poke to lilikoi-and-lehua-honey-glazed ham topped with mango chutney. The buffet will also feature a charcuterie table, an omelet station, a slew of desserts and a carving station with Hawaiian salt-crusted prime rib, roasted suckling pig and roasted rack of lamb.

$85 for adults, $45 for children ages 6 to 12. Reservations recommended. 2255 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki, (808) 921-4600, moana-surfrider.com

Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt at Turtle Bay Resort, Kahuku

Sunday, April 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Spend a relaxing day on the North Shore at Turtle Bay Resort’s Easter brunch and egg hunt. Buffet seating starts at 11 a.m. and the family Easter egg hunt with the Easter bunny starts at 1 p.m. on Kuilima Point lawn. Pono, the hotel’s official canine ambassador, will also be making an appearance. Enjoy buffet offerings including made-to-order omelets, maple brined pork loin, a waffle station with toppings and a smorgasbord of desserts. Each adult receives one complimentary glass of sparkling wine. Macaroni and cheese, mini pizza, and corn and butter will be a part of the keiki (children) buffet.

$80 for adults, $30 for children ages 4 to 11. Reservations required. 57-091 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku, (808) 293-6020, eventbrite.com

Royal Brunch Buffet at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Waikiki

Photo: Courtesy of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel

Sunday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (final seating at 12:30 p.m.)

Who can resist Pink Palace pancakes topped with a balsamic Kula strawberry guava compote and haupia (coconut) glaze, crispy Applewood bacon and Portuguese sausage, kiawe wood smoked prime rib, a seafood station and more? Before heading down to the brunch buffet, take your kids to the Royal Easter egg hunt from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Coconut Grove. Children ages 12 years and younger may participate in the hunt. Children under two years old require adult supervision.

$92 for adults, $45 for children ages 5 to 12 plus tax and gratuity. For buffet reservations, call (808) 921-4600 or email centraldiningreservations@pleasant.net. For recommended egg hunt pre-registration, contact concierge team at RoyalHawaiian-Concierge@pleasant.net or email EunBee.Hamasaki@luxurycollection.com. 2259 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki, royal-hawaiian.com/events

Easter Brunch at the Sheraton Waikiki’s Oceanfront Kai Market, Waikiki

Sunday, April 21, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Enjoy brunch at Sheraton Waikiki’s signature restaurant, which will serve up slow-roasted prime rib, roasted leg of lamb with local Ho Farms baby carrots and pearl onions, made-to-order buttermilk pancakes with toppings, hot and cold offerings, and a dessert table featuring warm Portuguese bread pudding topped with a vanilla anglaise sauce, North Shore mango pudding and much more.

$75 for adults, $30 for children ages 6 to 12. Children ages 5 years and younger are complimentary with a paying adult. Reservations required. Call (808) 921-4600 or email centraldiningreservations@pleasant.net. 2255 Kalakaua Ave., marriott.com/hotels/travel/hnlws-sheraton-waikiki

MAUI

King’s Cathedral Maui Easter Egg Hunts, Kahului

Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20, various locations and times

If you’re purely looking for an Easter egg hunt for your keiki, you’re in luck. King’s Cathedral Maui will be hosting four hunts around Maui on Easter weekend with thousands of candy-filled eggs and prizes. On Friday, join in on the fun at Lahaina Recreation Center at 8 a.m., Kalama Park in Kihei at 10 a.m. and at Pukalani Soccer Field at 2 p.m. On Saturday, the hunt will start at 10 a.m. at King’s Cathedral Maui in Kahului. The Easter bunny will be making an appearance and there will be an Easter story presentation as well. Admission is free.

Locations vary, (808) 871-7311, kingscathedral.com

The 27th annual Celebration of the Arts Festival, Kapalua

Photo: Courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua

April 19 to 20

The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua hosts this interactive arts festival, in its 27th year, featuring some of Hawaii’s famed artists, educators, cultural practitioners, speakers and entertainers to celebrate and share the state’s rich culture and history. This year’s theme is “Aloha I Na Mea Kanu,” or "Love For All Things Planted.” Over the weekend, festival-goers can participate in hands-on art demonstrations, watch curated films, learn about cultural practices (above, an awa ceremony) and enjoy music and dance performances at the luxe West Maui resort. On Sunday, the hotel will host a lavish Easter brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Anuenue Room with a sushi station, raw bar and more. The cost of brunch ($112 for adults, $52 children) includes a cookie-decorating station, special egg hunt and photos with the Easter Bunny. Advanced reservations for brunch is recommended.

1 Ritz Carlton Dr., Kapalua, (808) 262-8400, ritzcarlton.com

Kaanapali Beach Hotel Easter Brunch and Festivities, Kaanapali

Sunday, April 21, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Watch live Hawaiian entertainment while dining on selections such as ahi shoyu and raw crab poke, slow roasted beef striploin, stuffed roasted pork loin and homemade pork lau lau. The children’s menu includes pepperoni pizza, hot dogs, and assorted ice cream and Jell-O with toppings. For the kids, check out the petting farm, face painting, and Easter themed arts and crafts.

$58 for adults, $26 for children ages 6 to 12, children ages 5 and under eat free with a paying adult. 2525 Kaanapali Parkway, Lahaina, (808) 667-0124, kbhmaui.com/dining/sunday-champagne-brunch

PacWhale Eco-Adventures Easter Brunch Cruise, Lahaina

Sunday, April 21, 11 a.m. (check-in 45 minutes prior to departure)

Spend Easter morning at sea on PacWhale Eco-Adventures Easter brunch cruise, featuring grilled chicken breast with Hamakua mushroom cream sauce and vegetable stuffing, baked ham with Maui Gold pineapple chutney, scalloped potatoes with parmesan and chive, locally grown vegetables with feta cheese and a lilikoi vinaigrette, fresh baked taro, guava and sweet rolls, triple chocolate chip brownies and unlimited beverages. Adult tickets come with up to three complimentary alcoholic beverages. Outdoor seating is guaranteed for all guests. The cruise will take approximately two hours and will depart from Lahaina Harbor.

$81.95 for adults, $51.95 for children ages 3 to 12, children ages 2 and under are free. 612 Front St., Lahaina, (808) 249-8811, pacificwhale.org/content/easter-brunch-cruise-lahaina

HAWAII ISLAND

The 56th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival Hoolaulea, Hilo

Sunday, April 21, 9 a.m., Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium

Although not technically an Easter event, the 56th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival, the state’s iconic celebration of hula and Hawaiian culture, kicks off on Easter Sunday, with a hoolaulea, or celebration, at the Afook-Chinen Civic auditorium. Enjoy free admission to watch local halau (hula schools) perform.

Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium, 201-, 323 Manono St., Hilo, merriemonarch.com