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Last updated on February 7th, 2020 at 11:21 pm
For many people, a trip to Honolulu sounds like a very expensive dream come true. Located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, the destination’s faraway Pacific Ocean location and premium resort prices can easily make a vacation to Honolulu seem out of reach. Fortunately, for the budget-minded traveler, there is no shortage of affordable things to do in Hawaii’s capital city. [Also read: How to Save Now for Your Summer Vacation]
Waikiki hosts several free and low cost opportunities for tourists of all ages to learn more about local island culture. Visitors may tour the US Army Museum to learn about the events of World War II that took place in Hawaii. The museum houses fascinating artifacts and also includes exhibits on prior Hawaiian wars. At the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, onlookers gather at 6 p.m. for a daily torch lighting ceremony followed by a Polynesian dance show at 6:15 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The show takes place in the morning from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the remaining days of the week. The shopping center also hosts lessons in Hula, lei-making, and ukulele on select weekdays.
Queen’s Surf Beach is the site of a city beach party every Saturday and Sunday night all year, except the month of August. The party includes performances by Hawaiian bands from 4 p.m. to sunset followed by a movie screening. Tables and chairs are available, and party attendees may purchase food inexpensively from various food stalls. Free concerts also take place on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons at the Royal Kapiolani Park Bandstand.
Families can take advantage of inexpensive attractions for kids such as the Honolulu Zoo and the Waikiki Aquarium. The zoo occasionally hosts after hours jazz night events.
By starting early to search for the best airfare deals and affordable hotels in Honolulu, travelers can maximize their savings. With several free and low cost venues and activities all over the city, visitors can enjoy an exotic Hawaiian vacation at a fraction of the cost while making memories that will last a lifetime.
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