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Free things to do in Honolulu?

I'm planning a trip to Hawaii and will be in Honolulu for a few days-- I love the beach activities, local markets, music, art. What are the best free or inexpensive things to do? I'm up for hearing all ideas, thanks! 

4 Answers

top answer by
Jacey & Scott from Fort Collins

It isn't free, but it was inexpensive:  hike up to the top of Diamond Head - Kapahulu - St Louis.  The hike is hard enough to feel like you are working, but not terrible.  The scenery is beautiful and the views of Honolulu are spectacular.  Everyone else hiking up is incredibly friendly, you may make some new friends!

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answered by
Terri from Arkansas

Nuʻuanu Pali State Wayside is on Oahu a little bit from Honolulu but a cool place to go where the winds blow all the time on the mountain. Going through the tunnel there has different weather on each side too.

Another super cool thing we did while we were on O'ahu was go to the North Side of the island which isn't too far away and visit Goat Island. You have to get there in the morning when the tide is low and walk through the water to the island. Hang out and then walk back through through the water which is now higher as the tide comes in. Don't wait too long or you will swim. The park on the island and the mainland are really cool there. Can google it for directions.

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answered by
Michael from Honolulu


Your in luck this week is the start of the bon dance season here in Hawaii which continues all the way to September and takes place on Friday and Saturdays. It started as a Japanese religious event that while still having religious ties is more of a community gathering now. With lively Japanese music and dancing where anyone can participate in dancing. At these events there are a lot of local food that is sold by the church as a fundraiser which is quite reasonably priced which is great when on a budget.


  • July 18 & 19: 38th Annual Prince Lot Hula Festival
  • July 19: 45th Annual Ukulele Festival Hawaii


  • Royal Hawaiian Center offers free classes during the day and free Hawaiian entertainment at night. You can check out the calendar on their website.

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answered by
James from Fremont, California

Unless you have a friend with a car. It can be hard to get to some of the cool beaches outside of Waikiki. North Shore is a must imo. Hiking Koko Head is great for those who want to exercise while on vacation.

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