Free Things to Do in Honolulu

THE 10 BEST Free Things to Do in Honolulu

Best Free Things to Do in Honolulu

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  • CEO
    Haleiwa, HI760 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We hiked up to the top of Koko Crater on Tuesday at around 8 am. The trail was not too busy this early in the morning. And the sun is not as intense as later on in the day. It took us around 35 minutes to reach the top. We made several 1-2 minute stops to enjoy the views and take pictures. The steps are well maintained. Wear sport/hiking shoes with good support and grip. Steps are higher than standard stairs. It's safer to hike on a dry day. I suspect it can get slippery when the steps and loose gravel are wet. The best rewards when reaching the top are the awesome views. We hiked down after about 20 minutes. The hike down was faster. Watch your steps and be careful on the way down. There is no need to rush. We stepped aside to let people pass. Parking is free. There are bathrooms at the park but none on the trail. It's good to bring water and stay hydrated.
    Written 1 March 2024
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  • BelaN74
    Mississauga, Canada4,240 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Busy but Beautiful! I guess it’s to be expected, going after Christmas and before New Year that it would be busy. I’ve never seen Waikiki beach so busy. It was still beautiful and enjoyable until someone decided to put their towel right on mine. Can we not respect at least a one foot between people. I don’t think that’s too much to ask for. Personal space people.
    Written 20 January 2024
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  • Margaret S
    New York City, NY60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was an early Sunday morning hike started at 830 and finished by 11 what a spectacular sight at the end of the hike.A really great place to take pictures and listen to the natural sounds
    Written 23 February 2024
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  • Lazybu
    Paragould, AR165 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not only were the views from this trail Breathtaking, we were able to see baby humpback whales, playing out in the ocean. There are steep parts on the trail but still worth the views.
    Written 20 February 2024
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  • Emma W
    Auckland, New Zealand671 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We visited the Cemetery on our way back to Waikiki from Pearl Harbor. It was nice to end our day walking around the memorial, reading the information and taking in the impressive view.

    If you have a car on Oahu, don't miss going to National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
    Written 12 January 2024
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  • Marty M
    Sydney, Australia52 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting museum about US army history focused on Hawaii. Lots of history and learning here.

    Well organised with written explanations.

    Has a gift shop.

    Free admission with signing of guest book required.

    A guided tour would be good.

    It's near the beach and the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
    Written 10 January 2024
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  • L2912UBs
    Melbourne, Australia765 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The upmarket shopping mall of Honolulu located close to the luxury hotels of Hilton etc.

    Parking available. Buses and trolleys stop there. If in Waikiki up Diamond Head end catch Pink Trolley in front of Dukes statue, next to police station.

    Although outdoor there is cover along front of shops. Everything from luxury brands to standard brands.

    Large food court at ground level including toilets located at rear.

    My only complaint - hardly any seating around shops.
    Written 30 January 2024
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  • Cynthia T
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well laid out & fun shopping mall. Great parking stalls....compact stalls clearly marked. Love dinners there. Relaxing seating areas to rest weary feet with a cup of coffee or tea.
    Written 24 January 2024
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN3,429 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Drive up Round Top Drive to Pu'u 'Ualaka'a State Park to the summit where you find the Tantalus Lookout. Spectacular views on the entirety of Honolulu stretching from Diamond Head and across the city. Try to go on a nice day when the sky is blue and the sun is shining. The drive up takes about 15 minutes. I went around 11am on a Sunday morning and had no problems finding a parking spot. Hardly any others there at that time. Apparently, this is a favorite spot for car break ins so don't leave valuables visible, but I had no issues.
    Written 5 January 2024
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  • Chris Pouliot
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We really enjoyed visiting the beach here, there were a few places for shade and the waves were impressive. The edge of the shore is a bit rocky, but afterwards once you're in it's fine. Well worth the time!
    Written 5 August 2023
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  • parrottdize
    Dyer, IN2,104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Having been to Honolulu a number of times, we looked for something to do that we haven't done before and the Lyon Arboretum was it. Very scenic with many lovely plants.
    While you can do this on your own, a guided tour will add to your experience. There is a lot of walking and on uneven paths, so if you have mobility problems you might want to rethink coming here as the pathways are not wheelchair friendly. Do wear good walking shoes, not sandals.
    Written 25 December 2023
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  • Randy C
    Milwaukee, WI188 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful peaceful setting for site seeing or a quiet walk any time or at sunset. My wife and completely enjoyed the place.
    Written 27 February 2024
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  • Dickenson Family
    Kemptville, Canada969 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for an evening stroll or walk to your favourite beach spot you will learn all the shops and restaurants on both sides of the street. Also for those who love to people watch this is the area you want to be.
    Written 21 December 2023
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  • M&JR
    Fort Worth, TX890 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Catholic Church since 1854. We attended the Sunday 10:00 am Mass which the choir sang in Hawaiian in traditional Hawaiian clothing and garments. Very lovely indeed. The 10 am Mass was somewhat crowded with occupancy maybe 85-90%. St. Augustine By The Sea is a lovely church and excellent architectural stop to view or pray.
    Written 21 January 2024
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  • Dickenson Family
    Kemptville, Canada969 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Located just off the beach across from the Ugg store, this is a great place to stop and get a photo of the family with a local hero.
    Written 21 December 2023
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