This blog post was updated on October 26, 2018.
Located on the island of Oahu, Honolulu is often a launching point for exploring the island and the rest of the state. However, Honolulu shouldn’t just be a pass through city. The state capital is the only true city in Hawaii, with plenty to see, do and experience. And while those tropical drinks at your secluded hotel on Oahu will cost you along with that hotel room, Honolulu offers plenty of ways to save. Here are three freebies in Hawaii’s capital city that won’t cost you a penny but will leave you rich with an understanding for Honolulu.
USS Arizona Memorial: The number one visitor destination in Hawaii is easily the site of one of the worst attacks on the United States. The USS Arizona is one of the most significant World War II attractions in the United States. It tells of the history of the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941. It also acts as a memorial to the fallen men and women of the attack. The World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument locates in the middle of the Pacific Ocean to achieve the act of commemorating. While some aspects to the Pear Harbor sites do charge an admission fee, this site comes without a charge. The USS Arizona Memorial is one of Honolulu’s most moving free attractions.
The Oahu Market: Right in the heart of Honolulu’s Chinatown, a district settled by Chinese immigrants in the 1860s, you can stumble upon one of the city’s other freebies, the Oahu Market. Even if the contents of the market might cost a few dollars and cents, being an observer comes at no charge. The Oahu Market features plenty of fish, spices, meats and eye-popping fruits. It represents a look into old style Chinatown. If you can’t get enough of the Chinatown markets, Maunakea Marketplace is also worth a look, especially if you are a fan of fine teas.
Aloha Tower: One of the best ways to get to know a city is to see it from above. Luckily in Honolulu, you can rise up above it without incurring a cost. The Aloha Tower is the tallest structure in Hawaii. It was completed in 1926 and has since become a symbol of Hawaii’s spirit. The Aloha Tower boasts a clock from 1926 that is one of the largest in the United States and the biggest in Hawaii. The only way up to its observations deck on the 10th floor is by way of a small elevator. Once you make the ride up, you can appreciate the views of Diamond Head, Honolulu Harbor, downtown Honolulu and the Koolau Mountains. Admission up to this Honolulu perch comes at no charge.
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