You’ve bought your plane ticket, booked your hotel and you’re super stoked to be here in Hawaii. Only now you don’t have any money to spend on activities. Or maybe you live in Hawaii and have a free day but you want something inexpensive to do. The great thing is there are a ton of things to do in Hawaii that don’t have to break the bank. So whether you’re here on vacay or you call Hawaii home, here are a list of fun things to do that don’t cost a fortune.
Take a Hike
If you are the outdoorsy, adventure type there are plenty of hikes to keep you busy. From peaceful strolls to Maunawili Falls or Makapuu Lighthouse or attempting the breathtaking climb to the top of Koko Head, Hawaii offers an array of hiking for all levels.
Ala Moana Hula Show
Luaus are great but they can be really expensive. Ala Moana Center offers a complimentary 20 minute hula show Monday through Saturday at 1 p.m. which features both kahiko (traditional) and modern hula. There is also a keiki (child) hula show on Sundays. If you’re there on a Friday or Saturday, head to the Ewa Wing and unwind with free musical entertainment from 5-5:45 p.m. This is a great way to get a taste of the island culture without spending a ton.
For a little indoor time, visit one of Hawaii’s many museums. There are actually quite a few including Iolani Palace, the official residence of Hawaii’s monarchy; Bishop Museum, Hawaii’s largest museum; and Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor on Historic Ford Island. Prices will range from $6-$25 depending on which museum you choose and whether you are an adult, child, kama`aina (local) or a visitor.
Whether you are looking for prepared dishes or local produce, Hawaii Farmers Markets have something for everyone. The Farmers’ Market I frequent most often is the KCC Farmers Market and is open every Saturday from 7:30–11 a.m. and Tuesday from 4-7 p.m.
University of Hawaii Baseball Games
We may not have a professional team, but we still have baseball! Games are only $10 for the cheap tickets and the food isn’t much more expensive. HINT: You can use a credit card to purchase tickets but bring cash for the food and drinks.
Snorkeling is a must for both visitors and locals. There’s nothing quite like spending time in the water. For residents, entrance into Hanauma Bay is free. If you have snorkel gear and don’t mind walking down the hill into the bay the trip won’t cost you a dime. For visitors, admission is $7.50 and gear will run you another $20, unless you bring your own of course. For those who want to avoid the crowds, another great place to snorkel is Electric Beach in Nanakuli, but make sure you bring your own snorkeling equipment.
Go to the beach, of course!
I would be amiss not to mention the beautiful beaches we have here in Hawaii Nei. You can hunt for beach glass at Sand Island, scope out the turtles at Lani’s, body surf at Sandy’s or relax at Lanikai. Just don’t forget the sunscreen!