Step 3: Free and Cheap Stuff
Starting at the airport end of Waikiki (opposite of the Diamond Head end), here are a number of free attractions.
The Gilligan's Island Harbor
Remember where the 3 Hour Tour started from at the beginning of the TV show? Well, it's here at Ala Wai Yacht Harbor. Check out some rather large pleasure craft. It's at the airport end of Waikiki between Hawaiian Prince and the Hilton Lagoon. Nothing special, but well worth a photo!
US Army Museum of Hawaii
Awesome displays and artifacts from both Hawaiian wars and WWII.
Just have a swim, paddle, snorkel, body-surf, sun bake, sleep, whatever floats your boat!
Royal Hawaiian Hotel (the big pink, old looking one)
Free tours 2pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center (In the Fountain Courtyard)
Torch Lighting ceremony nightly from 6 to 6.15pm.
30 minute Polynesian show 6.15pm Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
Polynesian show 10 to 11.30am Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.
Hula Lessons 10am Monday, Friday.
Lei-making lessons 11am Monday, Wednesday.
Ukulele lessons 10am Tuesday, Thursday and 11.30am Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
Sheraton Moana Surfrider (looks like an old Plantation Inn)
Free tours at 11am and 5pm, Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
Wizard Stones of Kapaemahu
On Kalakaua, beside Police Station. They are said to contain the secrets and healing powers of four sorcerers.
Duke Kahanamoku Statue
Just Diamond Head side of the Wizard Stones. Hawaii's most decorated athlete, who brought surfing to the world.
Most nights of the week there is some form of free entertainment at the Hula Mound (200m Diamond Head side of Duke's Statue on Kalakaua), at 6pm. Hula shows predominantly.
From the hotel lobby of the Pacific Beach Hotel you can easily see a massive aquarium that divides two restaurants (very expensive food). Divers feed the fish at noon, 1pm, 6.30pm and 8pm.
The Wall (and Groin)
Built on top of a storm water outlet, this is a great little walk out to the end, to get a different view of Waikiki beach. You can watch surfers and boogie boarders at very close quarters.
Sunset at the Beach festival (not August)
Every Saturday and Sunday, except in August, the Mayor throws a beach party. Queen's Surf Beach. Hawaiian bands perform from 4pm to sunset, then when darkness falls, a huge screen is set-up to watch a feature movie! Tables and chairs are set up. Food stalls galore, with nothing over $US6!
Free concerts (not August)
Sunday 2 to 3pm, the Royal Hawaiian Band, at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand.
Friday 5.30 to 6.30pm, different Hawaiian groups each week, at the Kapiolani Park Bandstand.
Kapiolani Park and Beach Park
Gorgeous, well manicured place for relaxing. On weekends, the locals relax, swim, and grill on the barbeque.
Waikiki Historic Trail
Look out for the surfboard markers with historical information about a particular area. 23 in total, you can walk it all in one day, or just complete sections whilst visiting other nearby areas. Definitely print out the text and map from www.waikikihistorictrail.com.
Walk along Waikiki beach at sunset
Sample the outdoor Hawaiian shows at the beachfront hotels. See musicians playing at Sheraton Moana Surfrider's Banyan Veranda, Duke's Canoe Club or poolside performers at Sheraton Waikiki.
Kalakaua at night
Street Performers and buskers abound. Also enjoy the antics of the mentally deranged homeless (I know that's not PC but it is free and entertaining).
Not Free, but CHEAP
$US9, supposed to be quite good. A great place to identify all of the fish you will/have seen snorkeling.
$US6, how good is that. Just be aware that it closes at 4.30pm. Occasionally they have a jazz night after hours.