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March 3, 2019
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Maria Mancuso

15 Free or Cheap Things to do on Oahu!

If you’re looking for a free or ‘cheap’ way to spend a day or two during your visit to Oahu, see our list of, ‘15 Free or Cheap Things to on Oahu.’

Our Oahu Visitors Blog is a collection of interesting and informative articles focused on helping you make the most of your next visit to Oahu.

This article, ‘15 Free or Cheap Things to do on Oahu’, gives you just a few ideas on how to enjoy a day or two on Oahu spending no money or very little money.

Woman scuba diving among colorful fish
Enjoy the day at Hanauma Bay, snorkeling among the beautiful coral and many tropical fish that call the bay, home.

Please enjoy this list of, ‘15 Free or Cheap Things to do on Oahu:’

  1. Enjoy the amazing local food, entertainment and race down Kalakaua Avenue with colorful beds for the ‘Fastest Bed’ at the annual International Bed Race Festival in April.
  2. Enjoy several other popular parades and events and the colorful costumes, and parades that take place on the streets of downtown Honolulu and Waikiki during the Aloha Festivals, Chinese New Year, Honolulu Festival and King Kamehameha Celebration.
  3. If you are an early riser, you can watch the local Meet Hawaii's local fishermen sell their fish at the  Honolulu Fish Auction at Kewalo Basin. At 5:00 a.m. the fish are sold and auctioned off to local markets and chefs.
  4. Visit perhaps the most popular of souvenir stores on Oahu, and often referred to as, ‘The Store of Hawaii.’  Visitors can enjoy a free juice, often there is entertainment, demonstrations for Lei making and other crafts, as well as local food sampling. It is free to visit the store, but you will likely want to pick up a piece of Hawaii to remember your visit to the island.
  5. Watch, or take a free Hula or Ukulele lesson offered at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center. 
  6. If you are visiting on a Friday evening, you can take a spot on the beach or practically anywhere in Waikiki and enjoy the fireworks show as a celebration of King Kalakaua's Jubilee.
  7. Enjoy the ‘Honolulu Zoo's Wildest Show in Town’ summer concert series which is presented each week from June through August.
  8. Visit Dole Plantation and test your navigational skills by going through the "World's Largest Maze,” As a reward for making it through the maze, or even if you don’t, celebrate your effort with a famous ‘Dole Whip’ treat…trust us, you will thank us after.*
  9. Enjoy food, entertainment, a parade of decorated beds and a race down Kalakaua Avenue for the fastest bed at the annual International Bed Race Festival in April.
  10. If you’re feeling a bit energetic, and if you want to enjoy one of the best views of Honolulu, hike to the top of Diamond Head.  Take photos of this amazing view to remember your visit.*
  11. Get a great view above Pearl Harbor by hiking the Aiea Heights Loop Trail on the leeward side of Oahu.
  12. Learn more about the interesting history of the sport of surfing through artifacts, memorabilia and early photos at Duke's Canoe Club at Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach.  You can also stop by Duke’s for a thirst-quenching Mai Tai and enjoy free live music and watch an amazing sunset on Waikiki Beach.*
  13. Enjoy the numerous fairs displaying arts and crafts at Ala Moana Beach Park, Thomas Square and Kapiolani Park.  Looking is free, but you may be tempted to purchase a bit of local, Hawaiian art to remember your visit.
  14. Learn about the ‘History of Pineapple in Hawaii’ by watching the "James Dole Story" at Dole Cannery Square.
  15. Enjoy the day at Hanauma Bay, snorkeling among the beautiful coral and many tropical fish that call the bay, home. You can also enjoy your time having lunch and relaxing on the beach*

*indicates a cost of $15 to $20 per person.

Beautiful hula dancer
Enjoy several other popular parades and events and the colorful costumes, and parades that take place on the streets of downtown Honolulu and Waikiki.

There are many fun and exciting things to do, see and enjoy during a visit to Oahu, our article, ‘15 Free or Cheap Things to do on Oahu’ only touches on a few options.   Check our Oahu Visitors Blog again to see more interesting and entertaining articles to make the most of your time on Oahu.

See our Oahu Visitors Guide for more recommendations on all there is to do, see and experience during your next visit to Oahu!

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