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!
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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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.
OTHER FREE EVENTS
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.