Things to Do in Oahu, Hawaii, for Free

By: Leah Shoup

Explore the Pearl Harbor National Memorial.

Make a reservation for Pearl Harbor National Memorial’s USS Arizona Memorial Program, and your ticket is free! You'll only have to pay a $1 service fee..

Visit Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden.

Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden is one of the best free activities on the island. We recommend arriving as soon as it opens at 9 a.m. to avoid the crowds.

Stop for a photo at the Duke Kahanamoku Statue.

This bronze statue commemorates “the father of modern surfing.” Visitors often leave leis on this statue in Duke's honor.

Visit the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

The cemetery is open every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. While there, don't miss the beautiful view from the Punchbowl Scenic Lookout.

Hike Makapu‘u Point Lighthouse Trail.

This easy 2.5-mile hike is only a 30-minute drive from downtown Honolulu and provides an incredible view of the ocean and landscape.

Spend the day at Waikiki Beach.

This sandy beach is one of the most notable places in Hawaii due to its history within the surfing world and its accessible location.

Watch the free Friday fireworks show.

We recommend the Hilton Hawaiian Village fireworks show each Friday. It's one of the best free things to do in Honolulu at night!

Relax at Sunset Beach Park.

Sunset Beach is famous as a big wave surfing destination on the North Shore– especially during the winter. Watch the surfers and the sunset for free!

Hike Honolulu’s free trails.

The Manoa Falls and Koko Head Lookout trails are both free. Although Diamond Head isn't free, it's still one of the best cheap things to do on Oahu!

Peruse the Hawaii State Art Museum.

It should only take about an hour to check out the exhibits. The museum is open Mondays-Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.