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Aloha! Save Cash on Your Next Hawaiian Vacation

Joanie.Demer


Planning a spring break trip to Hawaii? Those who’ve already vacationed here e are aware of how expensive the Aloha state can be.  Fear not, stick to your coupon clipping mindset, even while on your Hawaiian vacation, and you’ll keep more of your hard-earned cash.  Here are a few things you can save on.

Car Rental

Car rentals are expensive in Hawaii, but thankfully, Oahu has a comprehensive public bus route coverage that extends to almost every corner of the island. Tourists can purchase a visitor’s four-day pass for $25 at one of the ABC Store locations in Waikiki or the Ala Moana Shopping Center. If you’re planning to stay in the Waikiki area for the duration of your trip, consider using the Waikiki Trolley.  You can purchase one-day, four-day, or seven-day passes with or without tickets to the Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium. If you’re visiting one of the neighbor islands, stick with the car rental.  Buses on Kauai, the Big Island, and Maui come every hour (or longer!) and have less-comprehensive route systems.

Food

Attending a luau is one of the quintessential experiences of a visit to Hawaii, but they can be expensive.  Luau tickets, depending on the venue, can cost anywhere from $35 to $200 per person. Forgo the luau crowds and pick up Hawaiian plate lunches at one of the many local places in the islands. Ono Hawaiian Food on Oahu, and Da Poke Shack on the Big Island are two of the best places that serve Hawaiian take-out. If you can’t find a local hole-in-the-wall that serves Hawaiian food, look for one of the many Zippy’s Restaurants or L&L Hawaiian Barbecue locations to get your local-food fix.

Entertainment

Of course, food is only half of the luau experience, enjoying the on-stage entertainment being the other half. Grab your plate lunches and head down to Kuhio Beach Park in Waikiki.  A free tiki torch-lighting ceremony and hula pageant occurs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Additional free daily activities are held at The Royal Hawaiian Center.

On Kauai, enjoy a free hula show at Coconut Marketplace every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. and Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Maui vacationers can watch a hula show or attend a variety of free activities, including lei-making and hula lessons at Whalers Village in Lahaina.

If you’re planning to do a lot of activities on Oahu, consider getting a Go Oahu Card, which combines ticket and fare prices into a single daily rate. Activities available with the card include snorkeling cruises, admission to the Polynesian Cultural Center, and kayak rentals. Unfortunately, there are no Go cards available for any of the neighbor islands.

This has been a guest post by Jacob from Honolulu, HI
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