Did you know that you can enjoy many things in Hawaii on a budget or free? Whether it’s hiking, watching parades, or learning to snorkel, there’s lots to do every day. With its open-air living and open-arms hospitality, Outrigger’s Hawaii bustles with things to do that don’t cost a dime. So go ahead, take a few vacation days. You’ve earned it and we’ll help you save with our great rates on condos and hotels in all the right places. Here are some ideas from Outrigger ohana to help you plan a free itinerary on each island.
1 Farmers Markets: There’s a farmers market open somewhere on the island nearly every day of the week. Find fresh-picked produce and locally sourced products. Browsing and sampling are free!
2 Picnic on the beach: Drive around the island to find a terrific spot for a day at the beach. Some favorites:Ala Moana Beach Park, Kailua Beach Park, Waimanalo Beach Park, Waimea Bay Beach Park.
3 Makapuu Lighthouse Trail: The path leading to the lighthouse is paved and there’s a beautiful view in all directions when you get there. It’s a fairly easy hike for kids and even out-of-shape adults.
4 First Friday: Downtown Honolulu hosts a street party on the first Friday of every month. Wander into art galleries, shops, and bars. Lots of live music and late night fun!
5 Festivals and Parades: No matter what time of year, there’s a celebration going on! Some upcoming events: Kamehameha Day Parade (June), Ukulele Festival (July), Slack-key Guitar Festival (August).
1 Road to Hana: 52 curvy miles of stunning scenery. On the way, stop at Keanae Landing Fruit Stand and get shave ice and Aunty Sandy’s banana bread!
2 Historic Lahaina Tour: Travel back to 19th century whaling days with a self-guided walking tour of Lahaina town’s well-preserved historic sites. Print Lahaina tour map
3 Windsurfing at Hookipa: Watching windsurfers skim across waves is an exciting spectator sport. And it doesn’t get better than at this famous spot on Maui’s north shore.
4 Snorkeling: There are many superb snorkeling sites accessible from the highway on a drive around the island. Here are some recommended Maui snorkeling sites
5 Kapalua Resort Hiking Trails: This has got to be one of the best free things to do on Maui. There are over 25 miles of well-maintained coastal and mountain hiking and walking trails to explore. Download map of Kapalua hiking trails
1 Obon Festivals: Obon is celebrated at many Buddhist temples on the island with lively traditional Japanese singing, folk dancing, taiko drumming and local food! June – August.
2 Ke Ala Hele Makalae Coastal Path: There are two sections to this east Kauai walking and cycling path. Great views and ocean breezes!
3 Kauai’s North Shore: Drive all the way to the end of the road to Ke’e Beach for snorkeling. Along the way stop at the Hanalei Valley overlook to snap photos. Pick up lunch and do a little shopping in Hanalei town.
4 Kokee State Park Trails: Hike a mile or two or more of the 50+ miles of trails. Different experiences await: ocean vistas, waterfall pools, Berry Flat forest or hike deep into Waimea Canyon.
5 Lawai International Center: This cultural and spiritual center located in Lawai is an oasis for peaceful reflection. Open on the second and last Sunday of every month.
HAWAII, THE BIG ISLAND
1 Snorkeling:Two favorite spots on the Kona Coast are Kealakekua Bay and Kahaluu Beach Park. The reef fish and coral formations are simply stunning to see in the clear waters.
2 Lava Rock Graffiti: Create a crazy message using white coral rocks on black lava beds along Queen Kaahumanu Highway heading toward the Kohala Coast. It’s an eco-friendly way to shout out on vacation!
3 Mauna Kea Star Gazing: Scan the heavens through the lens of a high-powered telescope 9,300 feet above sea level. Bundle up, it’s cold up there! Viewing is available every night at the Mauna Kea observatory visitor center.
4 Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park: Visit well-preserved heiau and archelogical sites. Park rangers provide a short talk on the location’s historical significance. The park’s annual cultural festival is June 29 – July 1.
5 Fishponds at Mauna Lani: These beautifully maintained ponds were used for farming fish in ancient Hawaii. It is a spiritual place and the setting is lovely for morning walks.
What are you waiting for, pack your bags and explore the free things to do on each island!