Next stop, Honolulu Museum of Art

The Honolulu Museum of Art shuttle bus will offer free rides from Waikiki to the museum and Spalding House. The service will be offered through Nov. 27 (Tuesdays through Saturdays) with stops at the trolleys stops at The Modern Honolulu, the Trump International Hotel Waikiki and the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. For more information, call 532-8700.

Mauna Kea Mist a photo-friendly treat

We finally tried the Mauna Kea Mist ($5.95) from Da Snack Shack at Pearlridge Center. The airy balls don’t taste like much but it sure is fun to eat. They are barely sweet but with a choice of dipping sauce that isn’t tasty enough to justify its mist-blocking properties. Also available at the newly opened Japan Village Walk kiosk.

Vacation planning

It’s nearly the end of the school year. If you’re planning a trip to the mainland and have an incoming or outgoing fourth grader in tow, check out the National Park Service’s Every Kind in a Park program. Fill out some info online and get your fourth grader a year’s free admission to any National Park. Whether your going to take a sunrise drive up Haleakala, explore the melting ice caps of Glacier National Park or camp by Half Dome at Yosemite, there are fabulous experiences for every kid out there.

Spring Break fun

If you can’t quite afford a Spring Break getaway, vacation at home. Hans Hedemann Surf School is running a Spring Break Keiki Waterman Adventure on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon at Turtle Bay Resort through April 14. Kids ages 7-14 can learn tandem surfing and stand-up paddleboarding and ride an outrigger canoe for $140. After the class is over, hit the links with the resort’s kids golf free noon-4:30 p.m. deal.

Boatload of fun

Play tourist and watch the humpback whales frolic from the three-deck Star of Honolulu. Through April 5, a kamaaina family of four can take an early whale-watching cruise for less than $60. The two-hour cruise leaves at 8:45 a.m. and costs just $27.79 for adults with a child, age 3-11, free with each paying adult. Visit