Watch surfing live — Photo courtesy of Jade Eckardt
Chances are you spent a good chunk of your hard-earned cash getting to Oahu, and now it's time to cut costs while still having a great Hawaiian vacation. Since Hawaii has so many wonderful natural attractions, it's easy to find fun and cheap things to do. And since it's not just a tourist destination, there's lots of places to eat and entertainment to be had that's geared towards locals and is also affordable. So, here's a list of the best affordable, and fun things to do on the island.
If you're looking for free or low cost nightlife, drop by Surfer, the Bar. On Mondays Hawaiian music night is free of charge for the live music and if you hit up happy hour, you can get $6 cocktails. Tuesdays are open mic and one of the most popular nights, Wednesdays provide on-stage interviews with pro surfers, and Sunday is karaoke - all free of charge. Movies on a big screen are played every Saturday night on Waikiki beach and anyone can come watch for free.
On Oahu being frugal doesn't have to mean no shopping. You can easily shop for hours - and for cheap - at the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet. Everything under the sun seems to be up for sale here, some previously owned items as well as imported decor, jewelry, clothing, accessories, art and a lot more. All the imported goods sell for very cheap and much of it is quality and appealing to the eye.
Cheap and great finds — Photo courtesy of Aloha Stadium Swap Meet
For healthy, tasty and affordable food, you can't beat Andy's Sandwiches & Smoothies in Manoa Valley. For a Hawaiian take on fast food that's tasty and made fresh each day, drop into a locally owned and operated Zippy's. Affordable full meals are some of the cheapest around; try the chili.
See & Do
For outdoor exploration, hike Waimea Valley to see cultural sites, rare and endangered plants and animals and swim in a waterfall. For just $7.50-$15.00, you can explore the sacred valley and spend the day there. Oahu's white sandy beaches can't be beat, but for a unique twist on an average beach day, go out to the North Shore to Sunset Beach or Waimea Bay and watch amazing surfers ride waves. At Waimea, you can also attempt the rock jump when the waves are small. End the day at Yokohama Bay with the best sunset view on the island.