Free Oahu

    1. Sunday Showcase concerts are held weekly from 5:00-6:00 p.m.on the Plaza Stage at Waikiki Beach Walk.
    2. Go to the beach and relax – an oldie but a goodie. Oahu has some of the most fabulous beaches in Hawaii, and Waikiki is one of the best. Easy to get to if you are staying anywhere in Waikiki.
    3. See the Street performers in Waikiki – Walk around Waikiki at night and there are street performers everywhere. It’s fun!
    4. (note – if you are looking to save money on Oahu, check out the Go Oahu Card and the Custom Oahu Explorer Pass for activities, and the Hawaii Entertainment Book for activities and meal discounts, plus check out my oahu coupons page.
    5. USS Arizona Memorial
    6. Kamehameha Hwy. 99, via H-1 west, exit 15A, Honolulu – (808) 422-2771.
    7. The U.S.S. Arizona was completely sunken during the bombing of Pearl Harbor, taking over 1,000 sailors to their death in the harbor. This boat and that event are essentially what entered the United States full-scale into World War II. A not-to-miss if you are on Oahu. Free tours of the memorial are offered daily, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center. Get here as soon as they open. They fill up fast and furious and you could wait for hours.
    8. Damien Museum – 130 Ohua Avenue Honolulu, HI 96815 (right in Waikiki)Tel. – (808) 923-2690Father Damien was the Saint who worked with the sufferers of Hansens Disease (lepers) on Molokai and eventually contracted the disease himself. Museum closed right now, but if you go to the website they will tell you how to see the artifacts at a different church.
    9. Walking tour of Waikiki – Many hotels sponsor free walking tours of the area, showing off the historical and cultural spots.
    10. Hawaiian Ethnic Art Museum59-254 Pupukea Road Haleiwa, HI 96712 (North Shore) Tel. (808) 638-7841
    11. Indigenous art; Maui Loa rock image collection. Located at Sunset Beach.
    12. Iolani Palace State Monument – 364 South King Street HonoluluThe only royal palace in the United States – served as Hawaii’s capitol until 1969. Free admission to grounds – charge for tours.
    13. Puu O Mahuka Heiau State Monument – Pupukea Road Pupukea -Oahu’s largest heiau (ancient place of worship) – a national historic landmark with an incredible north shore overlook.
    14. Kawaiahao Church957 Punchbowl Street Honolulu
    15. White coral church built in missionary times. Free tours, services in Hawaiian and English every Sunday.
    16. Royal Mausoleum State Monument2261 Nuuanu Avenue
    17. Where two of the last royal families are buried.
    18. Kukaniloko Birthstones State Monument – WahiawaA complex of approximately 180 stones – ancient Hawaiian royalty came here for the birth of their children. The stones are said to be a powerful place, and some have petroglyphs.
    19. Kahana Valley State Park52-222 Kamehameha Highway , Kahana
    20. Scenic wildland valley. Swimming, bodysurfing, beach-related activities, picnicking, Family hike (4.9 miles) and fruit picking in lushly vegetated forest; picnicking in coconut grove. Crafts instruction. Park open during daylight hours. Excellent hiking.
    21. Haleiwa and the North ShoreHome of the Banzai Pipeline and some of the biggest waves in the world. The big waves and the quaint surfer towns make a drive to the north shore wonderful free entertainment.
    22. Nu’uanu Pali State LookoutRising 1,186 feet above sea level, the lookout offers panoramics of Windward O’ahu. Hwy. 61 (Pali Hwy.)
    23. Mokolii IslandKualoa Park, Hwy. 83, KualoaYou can wade out to this island at low tide, located off the windward coast at Kualoa Park.
    24. Wyland Galleries66-150 Kamehameha Hwy. Hale’iwa Village -(808) 637-7498Hyatt Regency Waikiki, 2424 Kalakaua Ave. Waikiki – (808) 924-3133Wyland Kalakaua Center, 2155 Kalakaua Ave., #104, Waikiki (808) 924-1322The Wyland Galleries feature the art of Mr Wyland (the amazing ocean scenes) and other nature-featured artists. These were always my favorite. I loved to look around in these galleries.
    25. Kodak Hula ShowKapiolani Park 2805 Monsarrat Avenue. WaikikiDaily free authentic hula shows since 1937. The Kodak Hula show is practically a Waikiki legend.
    26. The Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center has free activities daily (Waikiki)

– Lei making lessons
– Hula classes
– Ukulele lessons
– Hawaiian Quilting
– Torch lighting ceremonies
– Polynesian Cultural Center Mini Show

  1. Go to Dole PlantationDole Plantation is one of the most visited attractions in Hawaii. The business started out as a fresh fruit stand and originally opened to the public as the Pineapple experience in 1989. There you will learn all about the history and farming methods of pineapples. You will be able to view a pineapple cutting demonstration and feed the giant Koi in the fish pond. Dole Plantation is a great place to visit if you are traveling with children.
  2. Listen to Hawaii’s best local entertainers performing in the hotels and on the streets of Waikiki.Enjoy “Sunset on the Beach,” as Kapahulu Pier is transformed into and outdoor movie theater, with live entertainment, food booths, and free Hollywood movies.
  3. Take a stroll through International Marketplace, a bazaar of clothes, jewelry and souvenirs from the island’s colorful merchants set under the shade of a large banyan tree.
  4. Stop by Ala Moana Center’s Centerstage, the hub for more than 500 performances annually, from keiki (children) hula to rock, from chorale music to street dancing.
  5. Close your eyes and relax to the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra during its fall pre-season concerts around the island.
  6. Take ukulele or hula lessons at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center.
  7. 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.
  8. Enjoy the colorful parades that float down the streets of downtown Honolulu and Waikiki during the Aloha Festivals, King Kamehameha Celebration, Honolulu Festival and Chinese New Year celebrations.
  9. Marvel at the “Honolulu City Lights” which illuminate the sky from the financial district to downtown celebrating the holidays in December and then stop in Honolulu Hale to enjoy the display of decorated Christmas trees.
  10. Fly a kite or eat a plate lunch at Kapiolani Park in Waikiki. Then stroll through the   park and see all of the activities from soccer games to craft fairs to exercisers and music.Take a self-guided tour through Manoa, Kapahulu and Kaimuki, some of Honolulu’s oldest and charming neighborhoods.
  11. Pick a team to root for at a polo match at Waimanalo Polo Grounds.
  12. Meet Hawaii’s local fishermen at the early morning Honolulu Fish Auction at Kewalo Basin, where the fresh catch is displayed and auctioned off to the island’s chefs and merchants daily at 5:00 a.m.
  13. Enjoy one of over 100 festivals and events throughout the year that celebrate culture, community, music and art, such as the AT&T Hawaii Dragon Boat festival, Chinese new year lion dances, Hawaiian rodeo, ukulele, slack key guitar and hula festivals to name just a few.
  14. Watch top local, national and international athletes compete in any of the dozens of sporting events such as the Hawaiian Mountain Tour, Tin Man Biathlon, Waikiki Roughwater Swim and Tour O’ Hawaii Cycle Classic.
  15. Experience the most spectacular views of Waikiki at night from the Hanohano Room at the Sheraton Waikiki.Go to Kahala Resort near Kahala and check out the Dolphins, just park near the beach and walk through on the beach, dolphins, hammocks, a gigantic blow up thing in the water to check out.
  16. Go to Kaimana Beach “The Best beach to snorkel in waikiki.”