Sights and Sounds

101 free things to do on O'ahu (*or under $10 per person)
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International Market Place, O'ahu
International Market Place, O'ahu (OVB)

74. Learn about Hawai'i's culture while listening to popular local musicians as part of Waikiki Beach Walk's Hawaiian music concert series, Na Mele No Na Pua, "Music for the Generations." Embassy Suites hosts the concert series, as well as a permanent, extensive exhibit showcasing Hawai'i's rich music history.

75. Listen to the Royal Hawaiian Band at 'Iolani Palace on Fridays from 12-1 p.m. and at Kapi'olani Park on Sundays from 2-3 p.m.

76. Relax harborside at Aloha Tower Marketplace and listen to the island's most popular entertainers at waterfront stages at Gordon Biersch or Don Ho's Island Grill, as boats, barges and cruise ships float past.

77. Fly a kite or eat a plate lunch at Kapi'olani Park in Waikīkī. Then stroll through the park and see all of the activities from soccer games to craft fairs to live entertainment.

78. Enjoy "Sunset on the Beach," as Kapahulu Pier is transformed into an outdoor movie theater with live entertainment, food booths and free blockbuster movies shown on a 30-foot screen.

79. Take a stroll through International Market Place, a bazaar of clothes, jewelry and souvenirs from the island's colorful merchants set under the shade of a large banyan tree.

80. Stop by Ala Moana Center's Centerstage, the hub for more than 500 performances annually, from keiki (children) hula to rock, from chorale music to street dancing.

81. Close your eyes and relax to the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra during its pre-season concerts around the island.

82. Stroll Kalākaua Avenue and enjoy live Hawaiian entertainment and food from several Waikīkī restaurants at "Waikīkī by Moonlight," a street fair that occurs each summer.

83. Enjoy the colorful parades that float down the streets of downtown Honolulu and Waikīkī during the Aloha Festivals, King Kamehameha Celebration, Honolulu Festival, and Chinese New Year celebrations.

84. Marvel at the "Honolulu City Lights" which illuminate the sky from the financial district to downtown celebrating the holidays in December and then stop in Honolulu Hale to enjoy the display of decorated Christmas trees.

85. Listen to Hawai'i's best local entertainers performing in the hotels and on the streets of Waikīkī.

86. Take a self-guided tour through Mānoa, Kapahulu and Kaimukī, some of Honolulu's oldest and most charming neighborhoods.

87. Pick a team to root for at a polo match at Waimānalo Polo Grounds.

88. Meet Hawai'i's local fishermen at the early morning Honolulu Fish Auction at Pier 38, where the fresh catch is displayed and auctioned off to island chefs and merchants daily at 5 a.m.

89. Watch top local, national and international athletes compete in any of the dozens of sporting events such as the Hawaiian Mountain Tour, Tin Man Biathlon, Waikīkī Roughwater Swim, Tour O' Hawaii Cycle Classic, and Honolulu Marathon.

90. Catch upcoming Major League Baseball players in action at the University of Hawai'i's Les Murakami Stadium and Hans L'Orange Field (Waipahu) during the fall Hawai'i Winter Baseball season.* Ichiro Suzuki, Jason Giambi and Michael Barrett are a few of the notable Hawai'i Winter Baseball alumni.

91. Spend a day at the Children's Discovery Center in Kaka'ako.*

92. Learn more about Hawai'i's melting pot of cultures at any of the Chinese, Okinawan, Japanese, Filipino, Portuguese, and Korean festivals held throughout the year.

93. View the work of local artisans at the Art on the Zoo Fence along the fence of the Honolulu Zoo.

94. Sit in on a Sunday service conducted in the Hawaiian language at Kawaiaha'o Church.

95. Admire the architecture and say a prayer at any of Honolulu's many spectacular churches: St. Andrews Cathedral, Central Union, St. Clements, and Lutheran Church of Honolulu.

96. Watch in awe as fireworks explode into beautiful colors on Friday evenings in remembrance and celebration of King Kalākaua's Jubilee at Hilton Hawaiian Village.

97. Drive to the North Shore for Matsumoto's famous shave ice, a juicy Kua 'Āina hamburger and garlic shrimp from a roadside shrimp truck.*

98. Dedicate and float a paper lantern for a special cause or in memory of a loved one at the Lantern Floating Hawai'i Ceremony, held every May at Ala Moana Beach Park.

99. Browse the booths at the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet for affordable made-in-Hawai'i souvenirs on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 6 a.m.-3 p.m.*

100. Enjoy locally-grown produce and meats, fragrant flowers and tasty treats at the Kapi'olani Community College Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings.

101. Watch films made and produced by Asian, Pacific Islander and Hawaiian filmmakers at the Hawai'i International Film Festival in October.*

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Published: 18 Dec 2008 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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