Fun Free Things To Do On Oahu

If you’re looking for fun free things to do on Oahu then look no further!  Here are some fun ideas for free things to do around different parts of the Hawaii’s most popular island.

1.  Take A Stroll Down The Waikiki Strip

If you’re staying in Waikiki, there are plenty of free things to do just outside you hotel room door.  Kalakaua Avenue is Waikiki’s main strip, and is home to a wide variety of sights and scenes. If you’re out and about during the daytime, Kuhio Beach Park is a perfect place to stop. You can snap a photo in front of the famed Duke Kahanamoku statue and relax at the beach while watching the the surfers. The lineup of surfers at the breaks can get pretty crowded, especially on the weekends! Across the street is from Kuhio Beach Park is Waikiki’s International Marketplace, open daily from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, you can find almost anything you are shopping for.  A huge variety of restaurants, shops, souvenirs, and culture will not leave you disappointed! There is also local entertainment nightly. To learn out everything there or for an events calendar check out the Waikiki International Marketplace homepage. If you are exploring Waikiki at night, you can watch the Waikiki Beach Fireworks every Friday night.  Starting at 7:45 pm, make sure you get there a little early so you can find a good spot to sit!
An Evening in Waikiki

An Evening in Waikiki

2.  Hawaiian Sunrise From Makapu’u Lighthouse

If you crave the excitement of the great outdoors then head over to Oahu’s east side for an early morning hike.  The hike from the Makapu’u Lookout up to the lighthouse is one of Oahu’s most popular hikes! Located on Oahu’s easternmost point, it is the best place to watch a Hawaiian sunrise.  With a mild incline, the hike is not very difficult.  The majority of the trail is paved, and is rated as beginner to intermediate. There is a scenic point just off the road where you can get some great vacation photos, but the top of the trail offers even more spectacular views of Oahu’s Windward side. There are not one, not two, not three, but four offshore islands that can be seen from the point! Be sure to bring you camera and a light jacket… it can be a bit breezy. From its easy to continue up the coast and explore some of the island’s hidden gems like Waimanalo Beach Park and Lanikai Beach in Kailua.
View from Makapu'u Lighthouse Trail

View from Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail

3.  Experience Local Culture & Events

The month of May means one thing for local culture and events… The Mele Mei Festival! The Mele Mei Festival is a month-long celebration of Hawaiian music and is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in Hawaii’s local culture.  There are more than 20 events scheduled at various Honolulu and Waikiki venues. A variety of events ranging from hula performances and slack key guitar concerts to pool parties and Mother’s Day brunch, there is something for everyone and fun for the whole family.
Mele Mei Festival presented by Discover Hawaii Tours

Mele Mei Festival presented by Discover Hawaii Tours

For a complete calendar of events check out the Mele Mei Festival homepage.  And there may even be events being hosted by your hotel! For more information and coverage of the Mele Mei Festival check out our Mele Mei Festival blog.

Need To Find More Free Things To Do On Oahu?

Expenses on Hawaiian vacations can add up quickly.  I hope these ideas help when making a list of free things to do on Oahu. Be sure to check out our News Blog for more information about upcoming local events. You can also find useful travel tips, tour features, customer reviews and much more in our Travel Blog. Aloha!

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