Free Things - or almost free things to do in Hawaii. Also, there is a gift for making some reservations.
This is a list of the some of the most popular free or low cost visitor attractions in Honolulu. All are either free or reasonably priced. Hawaii'sHow to understand our weather and directions. Hawaii does not use north, south, east, west as directions. We us Windward or Leeward Mauka, Eva and Diamond Head. Great stuff to figure out before you get here.
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The Aloha Flea Market
No ifs ands or buts. . . go here first before you do your shopping in Hawaii. The Aloha Flea Market has lot-sa stuff to buy. Many manufacturers and vendors who cannot afford to rent space in Waikiki, sell their goods at the Aloha Flea Market. More importantly, they pass their savings on to you. The merchants set up tents in the parking stalls surrounding the Aloha Stadium.
You can hike 760-foot Diamond Head for a 360-degree view of Waikiki, Honolulu and the Pacific Ocean. Enter off Monsarrat Avenue and park inside the crater. Make sure you are wearing good shoes and take your time getting to the top. Most people carry water and a camera. Call 587-0300.
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U. S. S. ARIZONA MEMORIAL TOUR
The memorial has a visitor center which chronicles the history of the attack on Pearl Harbor that killed more than 2,400 Americans and got the United States into World War 11. You can take a boat shuttle to the U. S. S. Arizona Memorial. Open daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Operating Hours, Seasons Open Sunday through Saturday 7:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Interpretive programs, including a documentary film about the attack and the boat trip to the USS Arizona Memorial, begin at 8:00 A.M. (7:45 A.M. in summer). The last program each day begins at 3:00 P.M. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day Call 422-0561.
NUUANU PALI LOOKOUT
The lookout is on Oahu's windward side from the Nuuanu Pali Lookout at the 1, I 86-foot summit of the Pali Highway. If you drive you will have to take the Nuuanu Pali Lookout exit off highway 61. On a windy day you could loose a hat.
View the best collection of Hawaiiana in the world at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum. Stop by the Planetarium and Observatory. Small fee is charged. Open daily except Christmas 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 847-3511.
HISTORIC BATTERY RANDOLPH
Battery Randolph is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Built in 1911, the massive, steel reinforced concrete structure housed two 14" diameter guns on "disappearing carriages" whose accuracy and range of 11 miles allowed them to outgun any Battleship then afloat. The Battery survived demolition attempts in 1968 and became the home of the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii in 1976. Its unique construction and architecture are featured through exhibits and adaptive restoration.
Ride the elevator to the 10th floor of the 185-foot Aloha Tower, the tallest structure on Oahu until 1959. View downtown Honolulu and the harbor. It will take you hours to stroll through the adjoining Aloha Tower Marketplace.
PUNCHBOWL CEMETERY MEMORIAL TOUR
The American Legion hosts walking tours of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. See the Battlemap Gallery and Lady Columbia. Daily tours at 11a.m., noon, 1 and 2 p.m. Call 946-6383.
HAWAII MARITIME CENTER
Visit the Kalakaua Boathouse Museum on Pier 7 at Honolulu's waterfront next to the Aloha Marketplace for exhibits tracing Hawaii's maritime history. There are over fifty exhibits including a four-masted tall ship. A small fee is charged. Open daily 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 536-6373.
HONOLULU ACADEMY OF ARTS
The Academy of Arts, established in 1927, houses a number of important works. Open 10 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday; and closed on holidays. Call 532-8701.
Honolulu Zoo is the biggest and best zoo within 2,300 miles! You'll see the lion, elephant, and giraffe, of course but also rare wildlife like the Nene (Hawaiian goose) and a collection of Hawaiian marsh and forest birds. Call 926-3191.
This is one of America's only royal palace built in 1882 by King David Kalakaua. Open 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Call 522-0832 for tour reservations.
Hawaii is a special place to go to church because it is so friendly and the people you meet here are from all over the world. A little known fact is. . . there are two places on the planet that have unusually high magnetism readings. One is Jerusalem and the other is Hawaii. To see our list of chapels in the Waikiki area CLICK HERE.
If you love to dance... don't miss Augie Rey at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel at Poolside. Drinks are reasonable and the entertainment is fabulous. One of the best free shows in Waikiki. Get there early to get a seat... the place is packed. Don't forget to ask Augie to dance. Click here for Augie Rey.
The best polynesian show in Waikiki is called, "Creations". However, it is not free.
Sheraton Waikiki: Ku'uipo Kumukabi with Aloha and Halau Na will be performing Poolside every Monday, in May, from 6-8:30 p.m.
Sheraton Waikiki: Maika'i Trio with Aloha and Halau Na will be performing Poolside every Thursday, in May, from 6-8 p.m.
Sheraton Waikiki: Aloha Friday Pau Hana will be performing Poolside every Friday, in May, from 6-8:30 p.m.
Sheraton Waikiki: Jimmy Kaina will be performing as the Lobby Entertainment every Tuesday and Friday, in May, from 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Hilton Hawaiian Village: Fireworks and show by the beach pool every Friday night at sunset.
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