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10 Best Free Activities in Hawaii

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You don’t have to spend a fortune when on vacation in the most beautiful place on Earth. If you budget your trip wisely, you can fit in plenty of free activities that won’t break the bank, freeing up more money to splurge on shopping and dining. Check out these 10 best free activities on Hawaii.

1. Fireworks, Waikiki Beach:

On Friday nights, there are free fireworks shows set off from the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The show starts at 7:45pm and goes on for about 10 minutes. The kids will love the vantage point and the brilliant pops of color.

2. Torch Lighting Ceremony, Kuhio Beach Park, Waikiki:

This amazing show will fill you with wonder as you take in some traditional Hawaiian music and dancing. The show is presented right on the beach on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday nights at sunset. A great way to view some local culture and heritage!

3. Sea Turtles, Laniakea Beach, Oahu:

Dubbed Turtle Beach, this sea turtle nesting ground is located on the North Shore between Haleiwa and Waimea Bay. Bring your own picnic for lunch or dinner. Bonus at dinner: the sunset. All sea turtles here are endangered and therefore protected, so just watch, don’t touch.

4. Road to Hana, East Maui:

Take off on a drive to see waterfalls, bamboo forests, beaches, lava tubes and much more through this scenic free experience. Sure, you’ll have to spend money on gas, but it’s worth it!

5. Free music, South Maui:

Hit the Shops at Wailea on Wednesdays for a free live music event from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. where you can also enjoy some shopping, dining and gallery receptions to meet the local artists.

6. Pipiwai Trail, Maui:

When visiting Haleakala National Park and the Seven Sacred Pools, check out the Pipiwai Trail too. This four-mile round trip hike will put you in touch with impressive banyan trees, a bamboo forest and of course the majestic Waimoku Falls. This waterfall splashes down 400 feet! You get free entrance for three days if you bring proof that you were at the summit of Haleakala.

7. Take a waterfall pilgrimage, Kauai:

There are so many beautiful waterfalls on this island, you just have to see them all. Don’t miss Wailua Falls near Lihue and Opaekaa in the Wailua River Valley. For excellent views of tall, slim waterfalls, head to Princeville and Hanalei on the north shore and check out the mountains.

8. Kilauea Lighthouse, Kauai:

For a pretty-as-a-picture view, don’t miss this beacon of hope for everyone around it. Created in 1913 to guide ships out to sea, the Coast Guard decommissioned it in 1976. However, it’s still famous for its large clamshell lens – the world’s biggest in fact. This area is a National Wildlife Refuge, so there’s plenty to admire while here, including spinner dolphins frolicking off the coast. Don’t forget to hit the scenic outlook for some amazing pictures.

9. Spouting Horn, Kauai:

This impressive blow hole is completely free if you just take the time to get there on the south shore.

10. Kalapana lava viewing area, Big Island:

In the Puna district, check out the flows of molten lava from a safe distance!

There are countless free things to do on Hawaii. Just ask Hoku Hawaii Tours for some suggestions!