Flight and accommodations have been paid for and now your wallet is feeling a little light? No problem. Here’s how to spend a week in
Money Saving Tips for Vacationing in
2. Get settled in…throw on your bathing suit and then stop at an ABC store (they are on almost every street corner). Buy an air mattress for $3.00…pay an extra 60 cents to have it blown up. This is both your beach mat and your ocean toy. It will easily last a week as long as you don’t tear it.While at the ABC store, purchase a 4-day bus pas for $20. Best investment ever. No need for a rental car because this pass will get you anywhere on the island as many times as you like.
3. While you are walking, grab several tourist mini publications like “The Best of Oahu” booklet. The brochures are full of great maps, both city and island. In addition, you’ll find lots of coupons like “two-fer” specialty coffee drinks and Beard Papa’s cream puffs. 4. And speaking of food, if your accommodations have even a tiny fridge and or microwave, use them. Stock up on essentials like butter, eggs, cheese, bread, and juice at an ABC store or the Food Pantry on Kuhio Avenue. If you are really feeling adventurous, do what the perennial tourists do and head to a major grocery store. A quick call to “The Bus” and you will know exactly where and what bus to catch to get to Foodland or Safeway or Wal*Mart.
5. As to Wal*Mart, there is no better place to buy cheap souvenirs, bathing suits, towels, and other beach essentials you may have forgotten in your rush to get away from the snow. But if you can’t get there, an ABC store is always near by and they are well stocked with oodles of clothing and sundries.
6. Want a free ride? Hop on a Hilo Hattie shuttle. You’ll be chauffeured in an open air trolley all the way to the main store. Here you’ll be greeted with shell lei…and fruit punch. Wander through the store and exit into a bus depot. As long as you are wearing your shell lei, you will be taken back to
Or go to the Waikiki Town Centre or the Waikiki Mall for more free hula shows. Excellent entertainment and it’s all free.
9. Want tropical drinks but the prices are ridiculous? Make your own in your room. ABC stores sell everything from wine to beer to
Hint: If you can afford to splurge at least once, you must budget $12 for a plate of garlic shrimp from Giovanni’s shrimp truck in Haleiwa. Absolutely delicious! Sign his truck while you are there.
11. Continue around the island towards beautiful
And there you have it! If you can’t have a good time in
Best advice: Use sun screen or budget your time in the hot Hawaiian sun. After all, do you really want to lose 2-3 days to a nasty sunburn? That’s one terrible and completely unnecessary price to pay.