Free in Waikiki
Waikiki is a mecca of sun, sand, and a thousand shops ready and willing to drain your wallet. Yet, amidst all the shiny, expensive boutiques and alluring hotel bars a savvy traveler can find some fun and free things to do in Waikiki.
Waikiki Fireworks Friday
Every Waikiki weekend kicks off with a free fireworks show courtesy of the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The show runs for about ten minutes and starts at 7:45pm. The display can be seen from almost every vantage point on Waikiki beach as well as the tip of Ala Moana Beach Park. To make the most of the evening consider a picnic on the beach or dinner at a beachside restaurant just prior to sunset. That way you can enjoy the show right after your romantic dinner.
Kuhio Torch Lighting Ceremony
Several times a week, weather permitting, a torch lighting ceremony followed by a hula show is featured at Kuhio beach. It is free and in Waikiki! The show starts at 6:30pm and runs for about an hour (6pm start time Nov, Dec, Jan). Kuhio beach is a specific section of Waikiki beach situated between the Moana Surfrider Hotel and the retaining rock wall known as the Kapahulu Groin, near the Duke Kahanamoku statue (Ulunia &Kalakaua Ave).
First Friday Art Walk
Ok, this is a short cab ride outside of Waikiki, but definitely worth a visit if you happen to be in Oahu on the first Friday of any month. First Friday is like a giant block party in downtown Honolulu where you can tour unique art galleries, boutiques, cafes and restaurants that feature local art exhibits and free entertainment. First Friday takes place in Chinatown between 5pm and 9pm on the first Friday of every month. Feel free to dress up and stay late for the after party at some of the best bars in Honolulu. More about First Friday or view our events calendar.