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Honolulu for free

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Honolulu for free
As if remarkably gorgeous weather and glorious sunsets aren't enough, Honolulu brims with freebies that appeal to visitors of all ages. You can count on most larger hotels and shopping areas and some museums to have complimentary cultural programmes that cover such things as hula dancing, lei making, weaving and ukulele playing.
Good for: Families, Groups, Seniors, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Friday Night Fireworks at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
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Friday Night Fireworks at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

A Friday night pau hana (after work) highlight in Waikiki is the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa’s aerial display that’s visible all along the beach from Ala Moana to Diamond Head and beyond.

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Nuuanu Pali Lookout
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Nuuanu Pali Lookout

The Nuuanu Pali State Wayside is a lookout above the Pali Highway tunnels where you’re treated to a panoramic view of Oahu's Windward side with sweeping views of Kaneohe, Kaneohe Bay and Kailua. It’s also well known for strong tradewinds, forming a natural wind tunnel of sorts. It was here in 1795 that Kamehameha The Great conquered the island of Oahu in one of the bloodiest battles in... More

The Nuuanu Pali State Wayside is a lookout above the Pali Highway tunnels where you’re treated to a panoramic view of Oahu's Windward side with sweeping views of Kaneohe, Kaneohe Bay and Kailua. It’s also well known for strong tradewinds, forming a natural wind tunnel of sorts. It was here in 1795 that Kamehameha The Great conquered the island of Oahu in one of the bloodiest battles in Hawaiian history. Led by Kalanikupule, the defenders of Oahu were driven back up into the valley where they were trapped above the cliff. More than 400 of Kalanikupule's soldiers were driven off the edge of the cliff to their deaths 1,000 feet below. Less

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Kuhio Beach Torch Lighting & Hula Ceremony
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Kuhio Beach Torch Lighting & Hula Ceremony

Held Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting) at 6pm November through January and 6:30pm February through October, this hour-long tradition includes a conch shell blowing, Hawaiian music and hula performances by Hawaii’s finest hula halau (troupes) at the Kuhio Beach Hula Mound near the Duke Kahanamoku Statue. The show varies each night, so it’s worth checking out... More

Held Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting) at 6pm November through January and 6:30pm February through October, this hour-long tradition includes a conch shell blowing, Hawaiian music and hula performances by Hawaii’s finest hula halau (troupes) at the Kuhio Beach Hula Mound near the Duke Kahanamoku Statue. The show varies each night, so it’s worth checking out every evening that’s convenient. Less

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US Army Museum of Hawaii
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US Army Museum of Hawaii

Attention!!! U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii will have shortened hours from July 15th through July 26th, 2014. The hours for these days will be from 9 AM - 3:45 PM The Hawaii Army Museum Society's (HAMS) Museum Store will remain open with hours of operation: Monday-Friday from 9 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. We apologize for any inconvenience. Chartered in 1976 as a not-for-profit... More

Attention!!! U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii will have shortened hours from July 15th through July 26th, 2014. The hours for these days will be from 9 AM - 3:45 PM The Hawaii Army Museum Society's (HAMS) Museum Store will remain open with hours of operation: Monday-Friday from 9 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. We apologize for any inconvenience. Chartered in 1976 as a not-for-profit corporation, the Hawaii Army Museum Society, also known by its acronym, HAMS, was organized by several former military veterans and patriotic members of the Honolulu community. Its sole mission is to support the development of the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii. Today, it continues that tradition by funding exhibit expansion and creation, and other improvements at the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii which is housed in historic Battery Randolph on the grounds of Ft. DeRussy in Waikiki. Constructed from 1909 to 1911, this Coastal Artillery Battery protected Oahu with its two 14-inch disappearing guns. The battery was built so well that it was unable to be torn down in the early 1970's to make way for the military's Hale Koa Hotel. The battery was turned into a museum in 1976 and begins with story of early Hawaiian warfare and covers every major military event in the Pacific theater of operations through Vietnam. The Gallery of Heroes honors Hawaii's soldiers who have received our nation's highest awards: the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross. The Museum is under the direction of the U.S. Army Center of Military History and receives well over 100,000 visitors a year. The Museum is free to all. Both the Museum and the Hawaii Army Society's Museum Store are open from 9am - 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Audio tours are available for rent from the Society for a small fee in both English and Japanese. Less

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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
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National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

The resting place for more than 25,000 victims of three American Wars - World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War – this is truly the “Cemetery of Heroes.” Punchbowl was formed some 75,000 to 100,000 years ago during the Honolulu period of secondary volcanic activity. A crater resulted from the ejection of hot lava through cracks in the old coral reefs that, at the time, extended to the... More

The resting place for more than 25,000 victims of three American Wars - World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War – this is truly the “Cemetery of Heroes.” Punchbowl was formed some 75,000 to 100,000 years ago during the Honolulu period of secondary volcanic activity. A crater resulted from the ejection of hot lava through cracks in the old coral reefs that, at the time, extended to the foot of the Koolau Mountain Range. Of special note is a monument honoring Hawaii-born astronaut Ellison Onizuka, who perished aboard the Challenger space shuttle in 1986. Also noteworthy are the Courts of the Missing, white stone tablets bearing the names of those missing in action from World War II. Less

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