Free or Cheap Things to Do in Hawaii

Free or Cheap Things to Do in Hawaii
Between the cost of airfare, hotels, food and all of the other traveling expenses that come along with a trip to Hawaii, finding fun activities that don't cost a small fortune can really help travelers who are on a budget. There are plenty of free (or cheap) attractions to visit throughout the islands of Hawaii. Checking with the front desk at your hotel or local tourist office can also help you find free attractions directly around your accommodations.

Diamond Head

The Diamond Head State Park in Waikiki, Honolulu, is home to the Diamond Head Summit. The trail is eight-tenths of a mile long and has a moderate level of difficulty. Hikers need to be comfortable climbing staircases, since the trail contains two sets of staircases with 175 stairs each. The trail also has a dark tunnel, so flashlights are recommended. Once hikers reach the top, they are offered the chance to see a 360-degree panoramic view of the island, beach and Pacific Ocean. The cost to enter the state park and hike Diamond Head is absolutely free for adults and children of all ages.

Diamond Head Road
Honolulu, Hawaii


Dole Plantation

Visitors who are interested in food, history and agriculture can visit the Dole Plantation at no cost. On a visit to the Dole plantation, guests can learn about the history of the plantation and even take a tour. The staff at the plantation is knowledgeable and friendly, willing to talk to anyone that comes through for a visit. For additional small costs, visitors can also take a ride on the Pineapple Express to learn more about the history of the Dole Plantation, pineapple and the surrounding area. For the kids, the Dole Plantation offers a Pineapple Garden Maze, which set the Guinness Book of World Records for world's largest maze. Admission to the maze is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Visitors can also take an educational Plantation Garden Tour to learn even more about the plantation and the pineapples it grows.

Dole Plantation
64-1550 Kamehameha Highway
Wahiawa, HI 96786
(808) 621-8408

Launiupoko State Wayside Park

Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy an afternoon at the Launiupoka State Wayside Park. The park has a man-made, wave-free wading pool, which is perfect for visitors traveling with children. The beach also has helpful amenities such as free parking, picnic tables, grills and restrooms. Adults and children can pack a lunch, sit back and take advantage of the beautiful scenery before swimming or snorkeling along the coast of the ocean. For children who love the ocean but hate the waves, the wading pool will allow them some time to enjoy the water without feeling vulnerable to the waves. While many of these activities can be done on most of the public beaches throughout Hawaii, this park doesn't get too crowded and offers a bit more peace and quiet.

Launiupoko State Wayside Park
Highway 30 (south of mile marker 18)
West Maui, HI 96761


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Nice easy flat trail that leads to beautiful red rocks.
Stunning hike but extremely steep and tiring! Bring plenty of water.