June 9, 2023

Free activities around Waikiki offer the best of the Hawaiian islands

Oahu’s Hyatt Regency Waikiki offers free classes on weekday afternoons in ukulele playing and storytelling.
With hula, music, history, culture, movies, and fireworks all free in Waikiki, visitors can save some dough and still thoroughly enjoy this Oahu visitor mecca’s prime pastimes.

Hilton Hawaiian Village Fireworks: Friday evenings mean oceanside fireworks at this Hilton. For more free entertainment here, watch wildlife experts feed penguins and turtles on the hotel’s grounds.

Royal Hawaiian Center: Take classes in hula, ukulele, quilt making, lei weaving, and more at the center, or enjoy live music and hula shows most evenings.

Aloha Friday at Hyatt Regency Waikiki: Every Friday afternoon at this hotel, there is a Polynesian show complete with performances of hula and Samoan fire knife dancing, as well as hands-on demonstrations of lei making and Polynesian art tattooing.

Kuhio Beach Torchlighting and Hula: Four nights a week a sunset, travelers gather at the Kuhio Beach hula mound near Waikiki’s statue of Duke Kahanamoku to see a traditional torchlighting ceremony and an hour of hula dancing.

Royal Hawaiian Band:
Hear songs of the islands from this musical ensemble each Sunday afternoon at the bandstand in Kapiolani Park. Then stay to enjoy the 500-acre park itself.

Movies on the Beach: About once every other month, family-friendly movies are shown on a 30-foot screen at Waikiki Beach. The free show kicks off with live entertainment in the afternoon.

Waikiki Historic Trail: Take this self-guided tour to visit 21 surfboard makers in significant locations, complete with legends and lore of the area.

History Tours: At Hawaii’s oldest hotel, the 1901 Moana Surfrider, visitors can see fascinating memorabilia, while historian-led tours of the classic Royal Hawaiian are another option for turning back the clock.

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