Hawaii Ferry Inter-Island Ferries in Hawaii

Q: Does Hawaii Have an Inter-island Ferry?

last update December 2012: Bad News! The ferry has been “thrown out” of Hawaii by the courts!

There is no more superferry! Maybe someday it will come back. I never got to utilize it. There is currently NO inter-island ferry that goes between the islands!

You can fly, or between Maui and Lanai or Molokai you may be able to take a boat. and that’s it. Here’s more info: Getting around Hawaii – Hawaii Interisland Flights

All the info below the line is what was true when the ferry was here – it is not true as of December 2010

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NO LONGER TRUE .. NO MORE FERRY! For more info on its demise, read the article in the nytimes

A: Kind of! – the Hawaii Superferry is currently offering service to Maui from Honolulu and back only (the website is even down now)

Update – January 2008 Well, the ferry came and made it’s first voyage from Honolulu to Kauai and a bunch of people in Kauai decided they didn’t want it, so they got in the water on their surfboards and blocked the ferry from entering the harbor – so the coast guard had to step in escort the ferry – then a judge on Maui said the ferry couldn’t go there anymore because no Environmnetal Impact statement was ever done – so for months the people and the legislature haraunged each other about this ferry and it just sat. Then, the Governor did something that said by law the ferry could start operating again while the EIS was being done .. but only to Maui. So that’s where we are now. The ferry is going to Maui only. The current fees look to be as low as $49 one-way – compared to $69 one-way lowest availble on interisland airlines.

Currently, to get to other islands EXCEPT HONOLULU TO MAUI, you must take an inter island flight on one of the Hawaii Airlines.

There are two exceptions – normally you can find a charter or tour boat to Lanai and Molokai from the island of Maui – all the other channels between the islands are too far and too rough for ordinary boats.

This is where the superferry comes in. Personally, I plan to never fly again once it is operating. The best things about it will be the fact that cars will be able to go on the ferries (I wonder if car rental will become like snorkel rental – pick up on one island, drop off on another?) and the entertainment for the kids.

The ferries in Hawaii will take at least three times as long as air travel, so if you will only be spending one day on another island it may not be worth it to take the ferry, but otherwise it sounds great. And actually, if the lines and traffic at the airports get any worse, the ferry may be the best option in all circumstances.

Question
I want to pick up a car in Honolulu use it three days and then takie it on the ferry to Maui one way for a 3-4 day stay. Is it being done and if so what car rental company? I would fly from Maui to the Big Island to complete our trip.

Answer
You can take it on the ferry, but if you leave it, it will cost you a $400 drop fee. ouch! It appears that is everyone’s policy at this time.

Traveling between Oahu and Maui

Getting from Oahu to Kauai

Everything about Hawaii InterIsland Flights

Summary: In my opinion, the best way to get between the islands is Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaii Inter Island Flights – Flight Times, Prices

One of the most frequently asked questions in my forum is “Are there any boat ferries between islands as an alternative to flying” – and the answer is “No … except for between Maui and Molokai or Lanai”

The Hawaii Superferry came and left – there is no superferry anymore. There is a ferry between Maui and Molokai or Lanai – links below.

With a few exceptions, flying is the only way to get from one island to another.

Flight times generally take under one hour, with the longest one being the Big Island to Kauai; this flight will

take almost an hour and a half.

Flight Prices

The airlines available to fly between islands are two major ones and a few smaller ones. The major airlines are: Hawaiian Airlines and Go Airlines. Aloha used to be in there too but because of Go! they went out of business. In my opinion, there is little difference between the two – book the one that fits your needs most. They have similar costs and schedules and service.

Booking online is the best method of getting a good deal on cheap airline tickets ($61 one way is the best regular price you will usually see, but you have to get these early). Sometimes there are sales though.

Historically, flights used to cost about $180 for visitors for most flights, but Interisland flight coupons were available, and Aloha Airlines had an unlimited 7 day pass for $321. However, neither of these is available anymore.

How Can I Get Cheap InterIsland Flights?

Well, unfortunately, you may find this quite hard. The best prices are found early and online. I like Hawaiian Airlines but if you are flying from Kauai to Maui you may get the best prices with Go! Airlines. You can also check Mokulele and see if there is anything there.

Expect to pay at least $61 one way. If you see anything less than this, it’s a sale, jump on it! If you wait too late (prices go up as seats sell out) or try to fly on Holidays or during busy times, you may pay quite a bit one way.

These days if you can get the $61 price from Oahu or any of the islands to Maui, the Big Island, or Kauai, then you are doing good.

Also check Hawaiian’s partner program. Maybe you could at least get some miles

The major airports in Hawaii are:

  • Honolulu International Airport (HNL) – Oahu
  • Kona International Airport (KOA) – Big Island
  • Hilo International Airport (ITO) – Big Island
  • Lihue Airport (LIH) – Kauai
  • Kahului Airport – (OGG) – Maui

    but you can also fly into:

  • Hana Airport (HNM) – Maui
  • Kalaupapa Airport (LUP) – Molokai
  • Molokai Airport (MKK) – Molokai
  • Lanai Airport (LNY) – Lanai
  • Kapalua Airport (JHM) – Maui
  • Port Allen Airport (PAK) – Kauai(some of these latter airports only support the small propeller planes, so find out beforehand and be prepared)

    More Flight times

  • Honolulu to Kahului (Maui): 35 minutes
  • Honolulu to Lihu’e (Kauai): 35 minutes
  • Honolulu to Ho’olehua (Molokai): 20 minutes
  • Honolulu to Lana’i City (Lanai): 23 minutes
  • Honolulu to Kapalua (Maui): 30 minutes
  • Honolulu to Hilo (Big Island): 45 minutes
  • Honolulu to Kona (Big Island): 40 minutesThe smaller charter airlines mostly service the neighbor islands for commuter flights, but are starting to try to expand to inter-island flights.
  • Pacific Wings
  • Mokulele Airlines(which is actually now part of Go!)
  • Island Air—- The alternatives to flying for inter-island travel —

    Cruises

    You can take a cruise between the islands, but you *cannot* get on for only one leg of the trip. You must take the entire cruise.

    Ferries

  • The Molokai Ferry

    Offering trips from Maui to Molokai

  • Lanai-Lahaina FerryThe above are the only two regular ferries between islands, the channels are just to far and rough for ferries between other islands to be feasible, especially when flights are so quick and relatively inexpensive
  • Best Hawaii Hotels: Most Popular and Recommendations

    ** This is all my opinion on the best hotels on each island based on my own travels (I like affordability, nice pools, good beach locations, lots to do – I don’t care much about decor and maid service) plus my booking and search logs over the last 14 years.

    Best Oahu HotelsBest Maui HotelsBest Big Island HotelsBest Kauai Hotels

    Oahu Hotels

    #1 Best Oahu Hotel Overall and Best Oahu beach hotel:

    The Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach
    The Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach has one of the best locations on Waikiki Beach. It’s got a great beachside bar and a better restaurant. It is grand-looking and pleasant without being stuffy. Prices are generally lower than other hotels with comparable rooms and less-than-prime locations. Outrigger Official Site.

  • #2 Best Oahu Hotel Overall and Best Oahu Beach Hotel
  • hilton - awesome oahu hotel Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
    The Hilton Hawaiian Village is truly a fun and wonderful hotel to stay at. They do fireworks on fridays and hula shows – they have a brand new awesome waterslide at the pool (the only one in Waikiki as of 2010). They have penguins and fish ponds. It’s a great hotel and lots of fun for families or anyone. I love this hotel. Check prices at the hotel site but expedia is usually better.

    #1 Best Oahu Budget Hotel:

    aqua waikiki beachside hotel Aston Waikiki Beachside Hotel Nice, clean, across the street from the beach. Not a lot AT the hotel, like no restaurants, but you are seriously right in the middle of Waikiki and there are restaurants all around.

    Check prices at the official beachside site (i’ve seen prices as low as $109 at expedia tho)

    this next one is actually an ad, so I wouldn’t call it a best, but the price is awesome and it’s a good hotel. It’s the Ambassador Waikiki.

    #2 Best Oahu Budget Hotel: Aston Waikiki Circle Hotel Waikiki Circle Hotel

    This hotel is super close to the beach, and has great views. the rooms are small, but the view, the price and the short walking distance can make up for that.

    I have seen prices as low as just under $100, but that is during the low season and by booking early.

    If you are booking in summer or other high seasons you may pay closer to $200.

    #3 Best Oahu Budget Hotel: Royal Grove Hotel
    Clean, short walk to Waikiki Beach, friendly service, kitchens available, fantastically low prices.

    The #1 Best Oahu Family Hotel is the Hilton Hawaiian Village that I talk about above.

    #2 Best Oahu Family Hotel: Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
    Full kitchen suites with divided rooms for an inexpensive price. A straight one block walk to Waikiki Beach will get you right behind the sea wall, perfect for small kids. On the roof of one of the floors is a nice playground, a small pool, a tiny putting green, BBQs, and a tennis court. On arrival the kids get a sand pail with beach toys and crayons, and a “Kids play and eat free” card with a booklet telling you where to use it. Walls nice and thick so sound from other rooms doesn’t carry. Parking garage is one of the cheapest in Waikiki. Resortquest Official Site

    Maui Hotels

    Best Maui Hotel Overall:

    Whaler On Kaanapali Beach, Lahaina,HI,United States Whaler on Kaanapali Beach This was a hard choice, because Maui’s touristy areas are really spread out around the island, and each area offers something different – plus there are tons of luxury hotels that are just perfect in every way – but since most people can’t afford $850 a night just for the room, I went middle of the road with a hotel in a popular area that gets great reviews on a fantastic beach.

    #2 Best Maui Hotel Overall

    Diamond Resorts Ka’anapali Beach Club This all-suite resort is loaded with amenities and is surrounded by lush, tropical landscaping, and scenic views of the Pacific. The spacious timeshare accommodations are available in one- or two-bedroom units. These suites include laundry facilities, private balconies, partial or full kitchens, and separate living room and bedroom areas. Check prices on the by-owner timeshare site KaanapaliTimeshare to find rates way lower than the official resort’s site.

    #3 Best Maui Hotel Overall

    Kaanapali Beach Hotel

    This hotel is highly respected as “the most hawaiian” hotel, meaning they do things authentically. People really like to stay here and it’s on a great stretch of beach.

    Best Maui Budget Hotel: Punahoa Beach Apartments

    Great location in Kihei with fabulous ocean views and no-frills, clean apartments for discount prices. Every unit is oceanfront with a complete kitchen. Close to grocery shopping and all of Kihei, with Kamaole Beach park a few steps away.

    Best Maui Family Hotel: Hololani Resort
    This is a condominum resort (not a hotel) with all large, oceanview suites with kitchens. Beach and pool are great for kids and prices are affordable. Location is a short driving distance to the craziness of Kaanapali and Lahaina.

    Another Recommended Family Hotel

    Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

    For families, I also like the Wailea Marriott – for the great kiddie pool structure and the water slides and fantastic location (no beach on the grounds but really nice beach right next door – short walk). official site

    Kauai Hotels

    Best Kauai Hotel Overall:

    Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

    Families and couples and singles alike enjoy this hotel. There’s a lagoon, good boogie boarding at the beach, and adults-only pool, hot tubs, a lazy river and slides. Great rooms, restaurants, and grounds. Overall a fantastic hotel in sunny and hot Poipu Beach.

    Hyatt Official Site

    Best Kauai Hotel for Families: Marriott's Waiohai Beach Club, Koloa,HI,United States Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club
    Located on Poipu Beach with large rooms, gorgeous grounds, and good snorkeling. Kitchens, washers and dryers, a mostly calm beach area, three pools plus a kiddie pool, barbeques, and soundproofing make this a great place to go with the kids.

    Best Kauai Budget Hotel: Kapaa Sands

    These are condos, so you’re not going to get a concierge desk and daily maid service, but you will get great views and a full kitchen at really low prices for every room.

    A note about Princeville hotels – I haven’t mentioned any here, but there are plenty of quality hotels in Princeville. Princeville gets a bit more rain than Poipu and has a little more condos than hotels. However, it is beautiful and many people say it is their favorite place on the island.

    Big Island Hotels

    Best Big Island Hotel Overall: Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

    This was a really hard choice. The Mauna Kea is a gorgeous hotel and it’s on arguable the best beach in all the Hawaiian Islands (plus they restrict access to it which is practically unheard of in Hawaii) with a great reputation and nearby golf and a little pool .. but there’s nothing else to do and it’s quite a far drive from Kailua-Kona. However, lots of people like it and say it’s best for relaxing. I’ll also recommend the Hilton Waikola (see below) and the Sheraton Keauhou in Kailua-Kona. Official Site

    Best Big Island Family Hotel Hilton Waikoloa Village Hilton Waikoloa Hotel

    At the link above I have written a big review and added pictures. My child and even myself and my husband just love to take weekend trips to this hotel – we go about 4 times a year. We love the water slides and the lagoon and the tram and the boats – it’s really nice. It can be expensive (mostly the food is expensive), and it is far to walk from one end of the grounds to the other, but it’s so beautiful and fun. To counter how expensive the food is we usually bring or buy cereal and fruit for breakfast and eat dinner at the King’s shops – they have a Subway and a few other places that are healthy and reasonable and good.

    some of these reviews are poor, and I really don’t understand it. They are about poor service (I’ve never encountered poor service here, and would never count on it to make or break my vacation like some of these people apparently did) and cold swimming pool water ( ?? the pools are HUGE, you can’t expect them to be heated – and I’ve never found the water to be cold) and too much walking (exercise is *good* for you) and having to wait for trams and boats to get to the lobby (get walking 🙂 – the walk from rooms to lobby is paved with $7 million of artwork on one side and spectacular ocean views on the other).

    Best Budget-Inexpensive Hotel on the Big Island: Kona Billfisher
    Close to town, full kitchens, ocean and mountain views. Nice place for good prices.

    The best hotel in Hilo would have to be the Hilo Hawaiian. Great location, and well taken care of. Definitely spend most of your vacation on the Kona side though ;). Hilo tends to be humid and rainy with not as many things to do, and the beaches are not what you’ll be expecting from Hawaii.

    Military Accomodations and Lodging in Hawaii

    Oahu Lodging, Big Island Lodging, Kauai Lodging, Maui Lodging

    If you are in the military and planning on vacationing in Hawaii you are in for the time of your life. The military has great morale, welfare, and recreation facilities here that are actually beneficial to your morale and welfare and provide great recreation. Imagine that. Ok, here we go.

    Oahu

    Hale Koa If you are visiting Oahu, I recommend the Hale Koa (house of the warrior). I LOVE the Hale Koa. (more inexpensive oahu hotels)

    It is located right on Waikiki Beach in one of the prime locations. It has 817 rooms, swimming pools, a PX, bars, restaurants, a weight room and more. Make your reservations as early as possible … It is hard to get a room.

    If you are planning on visiting any of the military bases on Oahu you may need to rent a car (or take the Oahu Bus) as none of them are close to the hotel. I think the cheapest rate is about $75 a night … and the rooms are great!

    Pililaau Army Recreation Center 39 cabins close to the beach on the leeward side of the island (not in Waikiki). Nice place.

    Tripler Army Hotel – right behind Tripler at Fort Shafter. Convenient and easy for work.

    Inn at Schofield Barracks – right at Schofield Barracks. Not so great for vacationing if you are looking for fun and beaches 🙂

    If you are on a vacation, be sure to check out my reviews of the Go Oahu Card and the Hawaii Entertainment Book – both are great for Oahu. They aren’t military discounts, but they can still save you good money.

    The Big Island

    Kilauea Military Lodge On the Big Island, the hands-down best place to stay is Kilauea Military Camp. I worked there as NCOIC of the dispensary for 3 years (cherry duty if you can get it) and loved my entire tour of duty.

    The camp is located across the street from Kilauea Caldera within the boundaries of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Talk about amazing … we used to wow the Sergeant Majors and the Colonels who came on official business to inspect the dispensary by walking them across the street and having them look into the 300 foot drop off the lip of the caldera. Then we told them there was a golf course right across the highway on the other side and they finished up the inspection pretty quick. (Fore!)

    KMC is actually a bunch of cabins grouped together with a general store, a gas station, a bowling alley, and a cafeteria in the middle. The cabins are all really nice and most have fireplaces (it gets cold at the 4500 foot level). I think rooms start around $65.

    Kauai

    My husband and I spent our honeymoon at one of the eight MWR cabins on Barking Sands beach within the Pacific Missile Range Facility Cabins on Kauai. My biggest regret about getting out of the military is I will not get to stay at this place again. I never wanted to leave the base! My husband said “Lets go see the canyon” or “lets go to a restaurant” and I said “No honey, lets stay here and barbeque and swim!”

    The beach is three miles long, the cabins are right on the beach … and we were the only ones there the entire time. We would go out in the morning and swim and snorkel, and then go back to the cabin and shower and eat. And then we would go look for shells and swim and snorkel and fish, and then go back and shower and eat. And then go back and swim and watch the sunset, and then barbeque and go to sleep. It was the most relaxing time of my entire life. The cabins were $80.00 a night (16 years ago) and well worth it.

    Maui

    Unfortunately, there are no military bases or mwr facilities on Maui. Really, the best you can do is a military-friendly hotel. I recommend the Kaanapali Beach Hotel

    So, if you are visiting an MWR facility in Hawaii get ready to have a great time. If none of these meet your needs, then check out more Hawaii hotels here

    Custom Oahu Explorer Pass Review; Build a Discounted Card Hawaii

    go oahu select What is the Custom Oahu Explorer pass and how can it save you money on Oahu? This is actually called the Go Select Card now – but it is still just as good! maybe better!

    Note! The explorer pass is now a go Select card for Oahu! More savings and more choices are included! See it here

    The people who brought you the Go Oahu Card are now offering something new called the Custom Oahu Explorer Pass. Let’s talk about it and see which is best for you on your vacation to Oahu.

    Ok, I like the Go Oahu Card. I bought one, I used it, and I did the math to see how much money it can save. I talk about all of that in my Go Oahu Card Review.

    Is the Oahu Explorer Pass Recommended?

    So Which is Better, The Go Oahu Card or the Custom Oahu Explorer Pass?

    Are There any other Discount Cards on Oahu that are Better?

    So Do I Recommend the Custom Oahu Explorer Pass?

     

    YES! I think it fills a very specific need and I think it is a very valid way to save money on Oahu activities.

    How it Works

    There are (for now) 15 very popular attractions to choose from. They are:

    • Battleship Missouri Memorial (The Might Mo – a FAVORITE of my family’s)
    • Germaine’s Luau (one of the best luaus on the island)
    • Grand Circle Island Tour (by bus)
    • Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Adventure (the only beach in Hawaii you have to pay to get into, but well worth it)
    • Hawaiian Style Moped Rental
    • Half Day Snorkel rental
    • Kailua Bike Rental
    • Kailua Kayak Rental (a must-do)
    • Makani Catamaran Sail (really cool)
    • Pacific Aviation Museum
    • Pearl Harbor and Honolulu City tour
    • Sea Life Park Admission (awesome place)
    • USS Bowfin Submarine and Museum Admission (another of our favorite attractions)
    • Waikiki Hop On Off Trolley Pass (waikiki fun)
    • Wet N Wild Waterpark admission (only waterpark in hawaii)

    You’ll need to check the website and see if these are still the attractions available. this is what was available when I wrote this review.

    So, the idea is that you pick which activities that you want to do and the more you pick, the more money you save. For example, let’s examine the pre-built travel package where they have picked

    • Germaines Luau
    • Grand Circle Island Tour
    • Half Day Snorkel
    • Bike Rental
    • Sea Life Park

    So, if you were to show up in Hawaii and pay the non-discount gate admission prices for all of these attractions, you would pay $166.17.

    If you had the Custom Oahu Explorer Pass, you would pay only $119.42.

    That’s a savings of $46.75 overall. That’s an overall savings of 28%! Wow. Sometimes you can find coupons for $5 off admission or 10% off admission once you get to Oahu, but almost 30% is pretty darn good.

    So Which is Better, The Go Oahu Card or the Custom Oahu Explorer Pass?

    I’ve been recommending the Go Oahu Card for years now, but with the caveat that you must be a very active vacationer to fully get your money’s worth out of it.

    In my review I’ve shown that in order to save the most money, doing between 2 to 4 activities every day that you purchased the card for is necessary to really make it a card that will save you money.

    Now, this Custom Explorer Pass solves that dilemna. If you don’t want to rush around and make sure you get in as many activities as possible each day you can just pre-pick your activities and know you are getting a great, pre-paid deal!

    So, I say it depends on you, the vacationer. If you like to be spontaneous and do tons of stuff each day, pick the go oahu card. If you want to pre-pick your activities and take your time, pick the custom explorer pass. 🙂

    Are There any other Discount Cards on Oahu that are Better?

    In my opinion, the go oahu card and the custom oahu explorer pass are hands-down the best of their kind on Oahu.

    When you get to the airport there will be tons of tourist magazines to pickup and some will have coupons, but most will be for 10% off or so. There are also some other cards but I don’t think they can rival these.

    The Hawaii Entertainment Book has some buy one get one free admission passes for some activities and for restaurants, but it mostly does not compete with this card.

    So that’s it. Let me know what you think, or check out the pass here.

    Discount Hawaii Activities; 5 Top Hawaii Activities at a Discount Options

    Let me tell you how to get the most Hawaii activities at a discount. There are 2 ways I highly recommend, and then three more ways that are decent.

    The #1 Best way to get Hawaii activities at a discount is the Go Oahu Card and the Custom Oahu Explorer Pass, in my opinion.

    The Go Oahu card is a pass that you buy for a certain number of days and during these days you can do whatever activities they are associated with – as many as possible – the more the better and the more, the deeper discounts you get. Apparently you can save as much as 55%.

    The Custom Oahu Explorer Pass is made by the same people as the Go Oahu Card and is a way to pre-purchase a group of activities, and generally the more you purchase, the more of a discount you get.

    This is only good for Oahu (they used to have a Maui Pass too) but it’s gone now: see maui discount options here).

    The #2 Best way to get Discount Activities in Hawaii is the Hawaii Entertainment Book. This is a big fat coupon book that is actually best for restaurant coupons and savings, but does have a lot of activity discounts and coupons also.

    This has the most discounts for Oahu (see what oahu coupons are in it), the second most for Maui (see the maui coupons), and then a few for the Big Island and Kauai.

    Some examples of coupons that were available in the 2011 book are

    • Battleship Missourri Buy one adult get one child free admission
    • Bishop museum $2 off
    • Shark Cage Trip, 25% off
    • North Shore Surf Girls 25% off surf lesson
    • Hawaii Nature Center 4 people half off
    • Happy Trails Hawaii $5 off for 4 people, Haleiwa
    • Glass Bottom Boat Ride, free shuttle with purchase of tour
    • Midnight Shark Hunt 30% off
    • Rock n Roll Blues Cruz free food, drinks, and shuttle with purchase of tour

    The #3 best way to get Discount Hawaii Activities is to prepurchase your tickets online.

    In most cases the official website will get you the best savings, but you can check around. Or leave me a comment with what activity you are wanting to save on below, I’ll see if I can help.

    The #4 best way to get discount Hawaii Activities is to prepurchase your tickets online with an activity wholesaler like Hawaii Discount Activities

    The #5 best way to get discount Hawaii Activities is: when you get to Hawaii, you will find tons and tons of tourist magazines at the airport and your hotel and at all the restaurants and on the streets – these magazines will have coupons and offers like 10% off or the like. An example of one of these magazines is 101 Things to Do

    So that’s it – let me know the very best way you have found to save money on the best things to do in Hawaii. Or let me know what you think of my ideas. Thanks, Lisa

    Go Oahu Card Coupons

    The Go Oahu Card Coupons change frequently. Check back here often and I’ll post the ones that I have access to, and then you can click through to the site and check the prices along the side of the page there because they occasionally will display unannounced money-saving offers of $10 to $20 off (10%) the 3, 5 or 7 day cards.

    With the Go Oahu Card, you can save up to 55% on Hawaii activities! Read more about my personal review of it here

    Right now is the end of summer sale, but it’s just 10% off for the go oahu card

    The go card people like to offer 10% off without much of a warning, so be sure to click through and check if there are any sales going on right now – you might get lucky.

    FREE in-city pickup on all Go City Cards and Explorer Passes using our affiliate exclusive coupon code:

    FREEUSPICKUP Expires Friday, January 31st 11:59pm PST

    Holiday Sales here

    Ongoing Go Oahu Card Coupons, Promotional Cards and Discounts

    On Cyber Monday of 2011 and 2012, they offered a really big sale – 20% off. that’s the lowest I’ve ever seen and only a once a year thing. Just fyi, in case you can wait till around thansgiving to order (cyber monday is the first monday after thanksgiving and black friday)

    How To Take a Cheap Hawaii Vacation

    Now, by cheap Hawaii vacation, I mean an inexpensive vacation – but NOT lacking in any way. Basically, how can you MAXIMIZE how far your dollar goes getting to and vacationing in Hawaii, but still have in incredible time and still see and do everything you want to see and do.

    Well, there are a few strategies I’d like to discuss here. You can consider just one or mix and match for maximum savings.

    1: Travel to Oahu for the Island with the Best Savings Options

    2: Consider camping or alternative accomodations for some or all of your trip

    3: Bid on Priceline for best prices

    4: Shop by vacation package – instead of picking your island and hotel and airline, just look at vacation packages for the best price in the class you want.

    5: Know How to get the best price on airline tickets.

    1: Travel to Oahu for the Island with the Best Savings Options

    Oahu is the island with the most people and the most traffic and the most visitors. It has managed to become quite commercialized, however, the beauty of the island is still totally evident. The beaches are amazing and the choices of activities on this island are vast.

    Because there are so many hotels and so many boats and surfing instructors and rental places competing for your dollar, you can find many cheap prices here.

    Plus, because the island has a great bus system and so many shuttle companies, you may not need to rent a car if you are staying in Waikiki (actually it’s good if you don’t – some hotels want $20 a day or more for parking).

    One activity savings option is the Go Oahu Card (link is to my review), where you purchase a card that gets you in to as many allowed activities as you can do in one day. It’s really good for very active vacationers – those who can do 2 to 3 activities a day. I’ve done the math and it could save someone who is active definite money.

    I think that if a person or couple or family planned a vacation just right, they could get away with a couple of days of lounging Waikiki Beach and doing Waikiki Activities, then the next day they could do a close activity like Hanauma Bay or Pearl Harbor where they could get a shuttle, and the next day rent a car (just for the day or just by the day at their hotel) and get the Go Oahu card for a day or a few days and do as many activities as they could get to in that time and keep their activity budget low while still doing tons of stuff.

    One more Savings Option that I like to recommend is the Entertainment Book (link is to my review). The Entertainment book offers savings on all the islands, but the most coupons are for Oahu, by far. There are literally thousands of dollars worth of savings on Fine dining, casual dining, and activities. To save on dining with the entertainment book though, you do need to be traveling with someone else because most of the offers are buy one, get one free.

    Consider camping or alternative accomodations for some or all of your trip

    Your hotel is going to be your biggest or your second biggest expense (competing with airfare). If you LIKE to camp, you could consider camping for some or all of your trip. Camping in Hawaii can be tricky because of permits and because many county campgrounds shut down completely for one night, but many people do it, and you can make it easy by choosing a private campground. One of the best is Malaekahana Campgrounds.

    Also, there is very little equipment to rent here – you’ll have to bring most or all of your gear or buy it when you get here if you are going to camp if your campground does not provide it.

    Camping on Oahu, Camping on the Big Island

    As for alternative accomodations; there are hostels and YMCAs for those who like those kinds of accomodations.

    Bid on Priceline for best price discounts

    Hotwire and priceline are both in the discount travel game, but I have the most experience with Priceline, so that’s who I recommend most. My friend Cindy says Hotwire is really good for last minute savings.

    Priceline can also work for last minute savings, and also seems to me to be really effective when hotels have unsold rooms and airlines have unsold seats. Many people recommend naming your own price and starting at 50% of what you would normally pay – so if you are seeing flights to Hawaii from $500 for your area, you could try naming your own price at $250 and bid up from there.

    I am not a priceline expert, but I have used them for my own personal travel with good results for hotels and cars. I have also bid on them and had my bids denied more than once. I will refer you to the Bidding for Travel Forum for expert advice. The Hawaii forums are halfway down the page.

    Shop by vacation package

    Instead of picking your island and hotel and airline, just look at vacation packages for the best price in the class you want.

    Ok, so what you would do is head over to Expedia (you can use anyone, but expedia is my personal favorite) and Click on Vacation Packages in the top blue bar next to Home.

    Search around a bit and see what is available. I searched for LAX to HNL in late February and got the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Spa Hotel and Airfare for $902 per person for 7 days. Nice. Total package price for two people is $1803. The notes under the hotel read “Hotel promotion – Special discount on Partial Ocean View”. Wow, even nicer.

    If I head over to flights (you don’t need to do this, I just like to see the math) and search for just flights, I get a per person price of $365 for that flight, so a total flight price of $730, which means the hotel is costing $1073 for the 7 nights, which is about $153 a night.

    If I go to hotels and search for that partial ocean I get an on-sale $179 a night, which doesn’t include taxes and service fees, but when searching by vacation package, it DID include taxes and fees. So, the difference is $26 a night, which works out to $182 for the seven days I searched for. If we can assume taxes and fees will be another $100+ (which they will be), then this package deal has instantly saved $300.

    Now, I didn’t have to do all that math – when I searched for vacation packages it told me in the search results that booking the hotel and flight together would save me $300. I just like to do the math to be sure they are telling the truth 🙂 .

    So, if you do book your car also, you can trust what the expedia engine says, in this case, that you would save $351 by booking them all together. The total price with an economy car came out to $1974, which would mean the car for 7 days cost $171, or about $24 a day. Not a phenomenal price, but not bad either.

    Oh, and I also recommend checking package sites like Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays and Hawaiian Airlines, as sometimes they have good deals on specific locations that can save you tons of money.

    More about how to evaluate vacation package deals here

    Now, One more thing you can try, that maybe can get you the best deal possible, is at Expedia, click on Deals and Offers in the tabs across the top.

    In deals and offers, you can search by destination, so click on Oahu or Maui or whereever you are looking to vacation at and Expedia will bring up all their current specials. You can see what hotels are currently offering deals and what the average rate per night will be. You can see the rate calendar, which would tell you what days the rates are generally lower.

    Know you are getting the best price on your airline tickets

    There is a whole strategy and science to getting the best price on your airline tickets, because the prices are never static. If you really want to KNOW how to be SURE you are getting the best price, head over to my page Cheap Flights to Hawaii in July and read about the strategy. The numbers in there are for july, but the strategy will work for any month or time of the year. Once you know it, you will have a much better chance of getting a good price.

    Polynesian Cultural Center Coupon (a good one)

    polynesian cultural center coupon

    polynesian cultural center coupon in the 2012 entertainment book

    Are you planning to go to the Polynesian Cultural Center while on Oahu? I know of a coupon that will save you 50%! (on village-only admission)

    The coupon is for buy one ticket, get one ticket free, and has a value of $49.95!

    The coupon is in the Hawaii Entertainment Book in 2012. If you are reading this or plan to visit after November 1, 2012, you’ll need to check the current book to see if the coupon is still in there.

    Click through to the Hawaii Entertainment Book official site (then click on A-Z merchant coupons), or check my Hawaii Entertainment Book Review to see if the coupon is still in there.

    The coupon is on page E71, and it says

    Enjoy one complimentary adult admission when a second adult admission of equal or greater value is purchased.

    It also says there are a limited number of coupons allowed to be used each day, so call early on the day you want to go.

    This page says that you can get $45 off of any package (meaning dinner and show and village I think) if you use the coupon in the entertainment book, but I don’t know for sure. That would be really awesome.

    Right on the coupon it says to call them at 808-293-3333 and identify yourself as an ‘entertainment member’. It also says the offer is not valid on late-entry or show-only packages, but there are more packages available than just late-entry, show-only, and village-only.

    I also received a comment from Scott in Jan 2011 that said this

    When I called, I booked our tickets at the full price and was told that I just need to present my coupon and credit card at the ticket booth and would get my $45 back.

    About the Hawaii Entertainment Book

    I am a big fan of the Entertainment book. I get several of them every year. If you buy it in the late summer or early fall the Hawaii one costs $35. However, if you use it even twice, you could easily get your money back and more on most coupons (there are tons of coupons worth $20 and more). Read my review here to see what other coupons are in the book.

    Also, during the year, the price drops. They have sales and in the spring the price usually goes down to $10 or so as the sell out all their inventory to get ready for the new year’s book.

    I normally buy one early in the year so I can review it here, then I buy some for christmas gifts, then I buy more (for anywhere in the country) when the price drops a lot, and I always make more than my money back.

    When I am done with the book I sometimes even sell it on ebay (being sure to mention which coupons I have already used.

    Let me know what you think of this polynesian cultural center coupon! or if you have used it! thanks. Lisa

    (Though not technically a coupon or a promo code – but definitely a discount if you use it right – The Polynesian Cultural Center is ALSO included as part of the Go Oahu Card! Read my go oahu card review here!)

    The Go Hawaii Card – Oahu and Maui Discounts and Deals

    The Go Hawaii Cards

    Pack Each Day with Fun Activities and Spend Only What You Planned

    The Go Oahu Card: is currently only good for Oahu attractions. There was a Go Maui card too, but it’s been phased out.

    Click here for more go maui card options

    (note ** I am super-impressed with the newest additions to the Go Oahu Card there are new general attractions like the Polynesian cultural center (admission free with the card – talk about a great discount!, and Kualoa Ranch Tours, plus new 3, 5, and 7 day bonuses like a dolphin encounter, a sunset ranch experience, and the PCC show. – these were all NEW additions in April 2011 and really increase the value of the card in my opinion.)

    What is it: It is a credit-card sized card that you present to get in free to certain Oahu and Maui attractions and activities and to automatically take a discount off certain shopping and dining.

    How does it work

    waterfall on Maui

    You purchase the card at the website. You can buy a 1 day card, a 2 day card, a 3 day card, a 5 day card, or a 7 day card. Your card is activated when you first use it. You then get into any and all participating attractions for free for the entire day.

    If you bought a 2 or more days card you have 2 weeks to use the rest of your days. Go back to the same attractions or go to all new ones (each attraction can only be visited once per day though).

    One card per person, so if you are a family of three and are all planning on going to the same activities you will have to each buy a card. *** check the website to be sure this is still accurate

    Coupon

    ! Go Oahu Card coupons here (read about the end of summer sale there right now – it’s pretty good) <--- check here for promotional codes, there is not actually a physical coupon to be had but if there is a deal running (15% off or free shipping or whatever) the code will be on that page. You can also just click through to the go card site – sometimes they put all the cards on sale and don’t even tell anyone . You just click through and feel really lucky 🙂

    Is it worth it?

    This is for the Oahu card only – I did the same study for Maui and it didn’t turn out quite as well, so I don’t recommend it a whole lot, but I highly recommend the Oahu card

    Well, let’s do a study: let’s say you are a family of four (2 adults and 2 kids between 3 and 12) going to Oahu for a week and a half. You buy a 3 day card for each family member, which costs about $500 (actual price may be a bit more or less depending on sales or promotions) and this is what you do:

    ** prices in red my estimates for 2 adults, 2 kids

    Day One

    Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park in the morning (normally around $120)

    Bishop Museum in the afternoon (around $50)

    In the evening, you run around Waikiki on the trolley (normally at least $50)

    Day Two

    USS Arizona audio tour plus USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park (about $50)

    Sea Life Park admission (typically near $70)

    In the evening, get a free caricature at Royal Hawaiian Caricatures (ride over on the trolley) or get 25% off Germaine’s Luau tickets (Let’s be really conservative and say $80)

    Day Three Makani Catamaran Breakfast Sail (about $140)

    Hanauma Bay Snorkeling (around $20)

    Hawaiian Ocean Surf Lesson or One day Car Rental (I’m not sure of price, let’s say $40)

    All Day Waikiki Trolley rides (around $50)

    Total: $670 — a savings of $170 — Looks Worth It in this case

    Who it probably would be great for
    Imagine going on a Hawaii trip for a week and a half and running out of money the last few days so all you could do is hang out at the beach or run up your credit cards. Well, this card could eliminate that worry – you could buy a card specifically for when you run out of money. You could even use the card to budget your activity spending for the trip.

    Who it’s probably not so great for
    If you think you are only up for one major activity a day this card would probably not save you money.

    My experience
    I bought a one day Go Oahu card in late November for a mid-december trip to Oahu. It was mailed to my house along with a booklet that has maps and instructions, along with information about the individual activities supported by the card. They are put together by area and each area includes other free points of interest. I used the card with no problem. I just handed it over instead of money. The attendant took it to a computer and then handed it back to me and that was it.

    Another Option, a Cool One

    Recently the Go card people came up with another option for people who like the savings of the cards but who like to relax and take it easy a bit more on their vacations. This is called the Custom Oahu Explorer Pass and I have written a complete review and explanation of it here. It’s another option I can recommend.

    More Info or Buy the Go Hawaii Card

    question I received
    I have recently purchased a 3 day Go Hawaii Card for an upcoming trip to Oahu. The 3 day purchase entitles me to either a free surf lesson or a one day car rental from Budget. The question is: Is the car rental good for a 4th day, or does it have to be rented on one of the three days for which you are using your card?

    answer I sent
    I’m not a Go Hawaii Card representative, but I did call the Waikiki Dollar and they seemed to think you it would need to be during the 3 days you are using the card (the woman I spoke to wasn’t positive, but that’s what she thought). Have a wonderful vacation! Lisa

    Go Maui Card Options

    So the people who make the go oahu card used to make a go maui card but they don’t anymore. It wasn’t that great of a deal anyway.

    So if you are going to Maui what do you do?

    One option is to look into the entertainment book – see all the maui coupons in the entertainment book here

    Another option is the maui fun card. I’ve never used it. I don’t know if it’s any good or not.

    Other than that, you can try the strategies on my maui coupons page to save money. good luck!

    Hawaii Coupons and Discount Cards – HAWAII’S BEST

    I have lots of recommendations for Hawaii coupons and discount cards. You can look by island for what I think are the best available coupons, and also read this page for a general discussion.

    As you’ll see below (just under the links to the island coupons), I think the Hawaii entertainment book has the number one, very best, most awesome coupons for all of Hawaii. You do have to buy it though.

    I think the Go Oahu Card is pretty good for Oahu, although it’s not technically a coupon

    and I think if you have the patience to look around on the internet you can find lots of possibilities. I link to the best ones here and tell you exactly what I think of them. (sign up for my mailing list if you want more straight talk on hawaii vacations)

    Maui Coupons

    Big Island Coupons

    Kauai Coupons

    Oahu Coupons

    Which is the Best Island for Coupons?

    What’s a Good Deal or Good Coupon in Hawaii?

    Hawaii Flight Coupons

    The current entertainment coupon book is my most popular recommendation for saving money in Hawaii for residents and visitors. See it here!: Huge Hawaii Coupon Book … or See my Review Listing the available hawaii coupons each year here

    It’s really stellar for Oahu (see the available oahu coupons here, decent for Maui (see the available maui coupons here) – but not so fantastic for Kauai and the Big Island, although there are a few things for each island. Several coupons available online for free.

    If you are going to Oahu, be sure to check the Oahu Coupons page to read about the Go Hawaii card (Go Oahu Card) – it’s like one big coupon for the whole island.

    Looking for coupon codes and vouchers? These savings I’m listing here will work better, I promise.

    Travel N Tourism NewsHawaii Coupons
    New activity, lodging, and travel services coupons every month.

    Coupons for fun – I like what’s available on this page. Lots of 20% off unique coupons I haven’t seen anywhere else.

    ecouponshawaii – a decent site. It’s got a lot of coupons on it but not all will be interesting to vacationers. Some examples are 20% off a catamaran dinner cruise on oahu and big island dairy queen cone, buy one get one for 39 cents.

    Hawaii Vacation Coupons
    Lots to choose from on maui, kauai, big island, and oahu.

    There’s a lot more listings in the search engine results, but unfortunately, most of them aren’t worth listing here or will be listed under island specific. One BIG suggestion I have is to make a list of activities you want to go to, and then search for each activity + coupons or + discounts and see what comes up.

    You may find a coupon for that activity, or for a similar one with a better price or better other features.

    Is there a Best Island Choice to Save Money or Find lots of Coupons?

    Yes, I think so, and it’s Oahu! Let’s talk about it a bit.

    So, you probably are looking for Hawaii Coupons in order to save money on your vacation. Like I already said, I really like what’s available in the entertainment book and the Go Oahu card – but what if you are going to Kauai or the Big Island or Molokai or (well, we’ll leave Lanai out of it, because you won’t be going to Lanai unless you have lots of money anyway) ?

    On each and every island there are coupon books at the airports and hotels – coupon books and tourist guides. They are not as good as the entertainment book, but they are better than nothing.

    AND, like I like to tell people – if you are on a strict budget, Oahu should be your first island choice. You can take the bus, there are often free shuttles, there are more people competing for your money (so lower prices) and there are just more options, and there are the best budget hotel options there, imo.

    For example, on the Big Island, the lowest price catamaran sail you will probably find will be $50 or up (probably much more).

    On Oahu, you can catamaran sail right off Waikiki Beach for $25 (price in late 2012) or so.

    Granted, the more expensive boats will have more options and not be quite so streamlined to get people on and then off but if you don’t have the money for the $100 sail, wouldn’t you like to have the option of taking a $25 trip?

    Plus of course, Oahu has the go oahu card and the hawaii entertainment book. (mentioned above).

    So What Exactly Is a Good Deal or a Good Coupon in Hawaii?

    Well, the hawaii entertainment book is my favorite because it has so many buy one get one free offers.

    If there’s 2 of you, that’s 50% off. 50% off is a lot, and the best you are going to find, easy. (If there’s only one of you, I wouldn’t get the entertainment book). You can get 50% off coupons on many upscale restaurants, day restaurants, plus tons of activities.

    Second, the Go Oahu Card says they can get you up to 55% off activities. In my experience, it would be super hard to get that 55% off, but I would think 33% off would be easy. That’s quite a bit.

    Third, I mentioned a coupons for fun site above that has several 20% off coupons for activities. 20% off is also good.

    Now, we get down to 10% off. Let me say that it is easy to get 10% off. That’s like the standard money off. You can frequently get 10% off just by booking your activity online, or finding a coupon in one of the coupon books that are available at the hotels and airports. So it’s not much, but it’s better than paying full rate. I wouldn’t be surprised if you called without a coupon but said you were considering booking with the companies competitor (actually have a competitor name here) and could you get 10% off and if you could get it just by asking most times.

    Some examples of book online and get 10% off:

    Maui Pacific Whale Foundation Whale watching and snorkeling book online in advance, get 10% off

    Online booking of snorkel gear and a snorkel boat trip, $5 off most $50 or more seats – Snorkel Bobs, all Islands

    Discounts on buy two activitiy combos at hawaii activities

    This looks interesting, and if you skip down the page, you’ll see lots of example of 13% off and 20% off, but I always like to check the prices and see if it really is a good deal or not. So the one I am specifically looking at is on the Big Island, the Value Combo Big Island – Body Glove Whale Watch Cruise & Royal Kona Luau for $133 at a stated 13% off.

    (If you don’t see that, the page might have changed since I looked, sorry, but the analysis still will give you something to think about )

    Ok, so if I go to the Royal Kona Luau page I see that I can get the luau by booking direct with them for $78. If I go to the Body Glove Whale watch cruise page I see that is also $78 if I book directly with them. That adds up to $156, and so the $133 is indeed a better deal and 13% (more actually) off of the prices that I found.

    HOWEVER, is that the best I can do? If I search in google for Royal Kona Luau or Royal Kona Luau Discount, I see some different prices. I see $59.88, and $60.00 and $58.00 at other websites.

    Hmm, I wonder if I can get a discount on the Whale watch too. Well, I don’t see anything with a search, but the Hawaii Entertainment book (for year 2011) has body glove cruises buy one get one free, so that would be a 50% off discount on two people, which hopefully would work out to $39 apiece (as long as there were two of us).

    So, let’s say I booked these two activites this way. Say $60.00 for the luau and $39 for the whale watch cruise. That comes out to: $99 and that is a discount of 63% and a savings of $34 off of the promised 13% off coupon we had found.

    Now, here’s another point. If I look at the search results when I was searching for the Royal Kona Luau, I see the Island Breeze luau is only $46.73. Wow, that’s and even bigger discount. But is the Island Breeze luau of the same quality as the Royal Kona Luau?

    Well, I would say that the Royal Kona luau is probably fancier, but the Island Breeze might be a bit more authentic. Or maybe not – maybe that is just my perception because of where the Island Breeze luau is performed – adjacent to an authentic protected heiau right in Kailua town.

    If you go to tripadvisor and search for both, you’ll see the Royal Kona is a solid 4 stars while the island breeze has 3.5 stars. So then you can make your decision based on that – which is more important to me? Lowest price? Closest to my hotel? Highest stars?

    So, I like coupons, and I use coupons, but in order to be certain you are getting the best deal, you should research what actual prices really are, and are there any other options.

    What About Hawaii Flight Coupons?

    Is it possible to find coupons on Hawaii airline flights?

    Well, sometimes, you can find sales and coupons. A good place to start is to search in google for hawaii flight coupons and just go down the list for timely ones. If you don’t see anything good come back here and read below.

    I have a whole strategy that I have outlined for how to find a cheap hawaii flight. Definitely click through and read it to learn what I recommend for being sure you are getting the best price. Also check hawaiian airlines for their current sales.

    Also, the entertainment book, that I have talked about many times above, sometimes has airlines coupons in them, and sometimes places like pleasant holidays offer stuff like companion flys free or companion flys for $50. Yes, I’ve really seen these. I talk about this in my cheap flight strategy page above.

    How about inter-island flight coupons?

    Well, there used to be coupon books available for inter island flights, but that was years ago. These have not been around for a while. For more info see my page on hawaii inter-island flights.

    Update Dec 2011! Hawaiian Airlines is actually doing a coupon program again, but a little differently. They are doing a neighbor island 12 month travel plan, and I don’t think it’s that great for visitors, but head over and check it out if you want to.

    Hawaii on a Budget

    hawaii waterfallWhich Hawaiian Island on a Budget

    Hawaii Flights on a Budget

    Hawaii Hotels on a Budget

    Hawaii Vacation Dining on a Budget

    Hawaii Activities on a Budget

    Which Hawaiian Island on a Budget

    Oahu, hands down, is the most budget-friendly island. Oahu is the place where you can find the best public transportation (thebus), the most shuttles, the most taxis, and the most walking-friendly attractions.

    Also Oahu is the island with the very best activity discount card – the Go Oahu Card.

    (there is no card like this on Kauai and the Big Island. there is something similar on Maui but I think the Go Oahu card is the best)

    Oahu is also the island with the MOST dining and activity coupons in the Hawaii Entertainment book. If there were two of you, one person could practically eat free on your whole trip.

    Oahu used to be the cheapest (and a long time ago – the only) island to fly into, but that is not always true these days. You just have to check.

  • What to Bring to Hawaii

    Hawaii Flights on a Budget

    Start watching your flights now. Go to Expedia and use their fare tracker or flight watch to see what prices are available – and be ready to swoop. If you check it every day or so you could feasibly see a $200 to $400 difference on the price of one ticket from day to day. If you see a can’t-pass-it-up-price, jump on it!

    The other good thing about buying from expedia is their vacation packages really do save you money. I’ve done the math!

    You’ll also want to check Hawaiian Airlines. They only fly from the west coast and new york, but sometimes their sales are so good it’s worth getting yourself to a city they will fly from if you aren’t already there.

    Consider Priceline – Name your own price. Priceline works best during the slow travel periods, but it never hurts to try. I got a room at the Royal Kona for $55 which is better than I could do as a local resident – and my friend got a room at the Hilton for around $120, which is also better than I could do as a local resident. The only drawback is you can’t pick your hotel. You pick a class of hotel and name a rate and they see if anyone will accept it. I’ve had bids rejected entirely too, but I’ve also saved big money.

    For more in depth information on how to save money on your flights, see my save-money-strategy, and my typical hawaii flight prices page.

    Look for room and car deals – in my experience these tend to be a good deal, while air, room, car may not be. It depends on who you are going through. If you have any doubts, leave me a comment here or anywhere on my site and I’ll give you my opinion on the quality of deal you are considering.

  • Hawaii Hotels on a Budget

    Consider camping, consider hostels, consider hotels with a kitchen so you can buy your own food.

    Then check out these lists of cheap hotels.

    Hawaii Vacation Dining on a Budget

    Get the Hawaii Entertainment Book if you will be on Oahu (oahu coupons in the book) and possibly Maui (maui coupons in the book).

    Practice frugal eating practices. Go to the grocery store and get your own drinks and snacks for half the price, and go to some place like Subway for breakfast.

    Visit the farmer’s market for fruits. Look for bentos and musubi (usually inexpensive simple rice and meat meals wrapped in nori (a salty seaweed product) )- really yummy.

    Visit plate lunch places – they are normally small places with picnic tables outside to eat on. Just keep your eyes open.

    The prices are great. You could get a huge breakfast for $3. You could get a lunch with meat, rice, and potato salad that is big enough for two people for $8 to $9.

    Hawaii Activities on a Budget

    in order to get an instant discount on any island you’ll want to pick up the coupons books and island guides at the airport and most hotel and restaurant lobbies.

    Inside these books will have coupons for normally at least 10% off of most activities in the islands.

    To do better than 10% off check out the Go Oahu Card for Oahu and the Hawaii entertainment book for Oahu (oahu coupons in the book) and possibly Maui (maui coupons in the book).

    The entertainment book can easily save you 50% if there are two of you (buy one get one free deals) and the Go Oahu card can save you up to 50% too, if you are going to be really active.

    Hawaii Vacation Packages – Best Package Deals to Hawaii

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    Current Best Package Deals to Hawaii! Updated January 2013

    Hawaiian Airlines is going full force their fall promotions – they show $333 round trip from San Jose and $315 from Oakland, and other prices within $100 from other west coast airports. They will add on a hotel for you and do have good prices.

    Prices are low right now, as long as you don’t book around thanksgiving or christmas. Prices are especially good from the midwest and the east coast (new york – book right from hawaiian air – they have a fantastic price right now ($600ish))

    Expedia has a few different Hawaii packages right now (expedia is my favorite): Click through and then under deal locations, find “all hawaiian islands”.

    Save up to 35% on stays from Maui to Seattle at Coast hotels! – Expires 12/31/12

    Book Early & Save: Oahu air + 4 nights from $544

    Book early & Save: Maui air + 4 nights from $652 – Ongoing

    You want to check LivingSocial Travel Deal -Two nights in Kihei, Maui with a car rental for $350

    Marriott Hotels have some 4th night free and daily breakfast for 2 promotions: Hawaiian Sand Dollar Package with FREE Night, FREE Breakfast and More!

    Pleasant Holidays is showing 3 nights Oahu Vacation Packages from $429, it seems like fall prices have started to show – meaning they are much lower than summer. Book before winter prices come in and raise everything!

    How about All inclusive packages?

    Well, Hawaii is not usually a place where all-inclusive packages are popular. All inclusive packages do well in places where it’s really not that safe to leave the hotel and wander about by yourself. Hawaii isn’t like that. There is one place that does these types of packages though: aloha-hawaiian. It’s not less expensive, but everything is paid for up front.

    Fly.com Hawaii Flights sale

    Underwater Scooter Groupon type deal

    Ok, so you are planning a vacation to Hawaii, and you want to buy a vacation package deal – probably because it will both save you time, and save you money.

    On this page what I will do is break down how to tell if you are getting a good package and a good price, and that way you can look at any package and figure out for yourself if it’s a good deal or not.

    This will take more time than just going to a website and pulling out your credit card, but if you are on any sort of a budget, this is important. You want to spend as little as possible on air, room, car so you can have tons left over for activities and souveniers and massages.

    How to Search for Good Hawaii Packages

    A Discussion on When to Book for the Best Hawaii Package Deals

    What is a Good Deal on Hawaii Vacation Packages?

    How to Search for a Good Hawaii Package

    The first thing I recommend you do is go to my favorite booking engine, expedia and click on Deals and Offers just to see what kind of prices are available off the bat.

    You probably won’t see exactly what I am talking about here, because these change all the time, but I’ll pick them apart in a way that lets you look at whatever deals and offers are there right now and evaluate them in the same way.

    So let’s go to http://travel-hawaii.com/ and look at their deals. In order to work out a true package that covers everything with them you might need to call them, but lets just look a their hotel rates.

    The first hotel I see is the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach on Oahu. great hotel. They have some free nights deals. The first one that pops up is an ocean front room, with breakfast and 2 free nights, for 7 nights. The price that comes up is 2580.60 with taxes. They tell you right there that the average price is $323 per night or $369 per night with tax. Let’s see if this is a good deal or not.

    So I go to the website and check rates for an oceanfront room plus breakfast there: Although the hotel is also offering the two nights free, the total cost at the hotel reservations page is still: Total Cost: 2843.35 USD – so you save about $263 total. Ok, good deal here. And you’ll probably save even more if you add a car. Flights it’s a little harder to shave money off of, but sometimes the travel agents can pull it off.

    Going to Expedia, for the same hotel, I get $2,816.80 for the same time frame. A little less than the hotel website, a little more than travel-hawaii.

    Now let’s add a car:

    • at travel-hawaii, for a full size car I get a rate of $336, which is $48 per day and includes all taxes and fees. Total price it seems is now: $2,749.85
    • at expeda for a full size car plus the same room class, I get a total cost of $2,749.85 …. hmmm, interesting, so if you book at expedia, the total price actually goes DOWN if you add a car, and down to exactly what I get at travel-hawaii
    • and at the website … wow, ok, I get … $2,749.85 !!

    (just a note here – the hotel will probably charge you an extra $20 a day parking garage fee if you do get a car and use their parking garage, I don’t see those fees here)

    I’m pretty sure I’ve said this before, the internet has leveled the playing field for all travel, not just vacation packages, and this is what happens. This $2749.85 is the best rate you are going to get most times.

    That is not to say that you won’t run into travel agents or individual sites trying to charge you MORE for the same package, and that is not to say that you can’t find deals, because you can find deals. Sometimes there are buy one airfare and companion flys for $50 deals. those are awesome. I’ve seen that at pleasant holidays, and I’m not sure how they do it.

    So here’s my advice – here’s what you need to know you are getting a great deal:

    1. Decide what island you are going to
    2. If you have a hotel in mind, great, start searching prices for it
    3. . if you don’thave a hotel in mind, that’s fine too, start searching what’s available on the island
    4. Write down prices you see that you like – write down where you found it (what website), and what the hotel and price was
    5. When you find something you like, check at least one other site to be sure the price is a good one.
    6. buy it wherever you find the best deal or if all prices are the same – wherever you want! I like expedia, that’s the one I use all the time

    What is a Good Deal for Hawaii Vacation Packages?

    Well, that totally, 100% depends on your car class, your hotel star rate, the type of hotel room you get, and when and where you are flying from.

    Let me give an example here:

    Ok, for ease-sake, lets pick an example of the most expensive package possible, and the least expensive package possible

    Most expensive

    Let’s say flights, deluxe oceanview room at a very pricy hotel on Maui, add a car, and then talk about flying from east and west coast for 7 days

    Summer East Coast: Ok, booking through expedia, I chose the Ritz-Carlton on Maui, in July, with a full size car, from New York, 2 people. $6,847.79 (booking this in the winter could probably save at least $1000 just on lower hotel and flight costs – see my article on when the cheapest time is to fly to hawaii)

    Least Expensive – or budget package

    Let’s say budget hotel plus flights, in Waikiki on Oahu, no car, in July for 7 days

    Searching on Expedia, with the least expensive options coming up first, the best price I see right now is Maile sky court, no car, with a price of $2270, and that is for 2 people. – again you could knock almost $1000 off this trip going in October or maybe September, plus if you were traveling from the west coast (LA, san francisco, san diego, …) your ticket prices would be even better. I did the search again in the last week of September and got air and room at the Hawaiian Monarch for 7 days for $1581. Wow.

    So again you ask, well what’s a good deal – and where can I get a good deal to Hawaii?

    I say you just start looking around – I like to start at expedia, then check hawaiian airlines, then maybe pleasant holidays. Basically, you can follow my cheap hawaii flight strategy, but look for vacation packages instead of just flights.

    If you want me to check out your package I will .. just leave me comment here with the details and I’ll tell you what I think!

    If you want to KNOW if you are getting a good deal, all you really have to do is go to the hotel website or any booking website and type in the hotel seperately and see how much it comes up for, and then go to any airline booking site and type in just your flights info and get that number. Add them together and you’ll have the actual numbers of is your vacation package a good deal or not!

    Here’s some sites to get started with:

    • Top Vacation Package Deals at Expedia.com
      Expedia is my favorite engine – I always book my travel and packages here. I like that you can compare air fare and they always seem to have good prices in Hawaii.

    • Hotel Deals & Travel Specials from Marriott. – their top deals page. definitely worth a look, especially if you are a marriott fan, which I am. They have some great hotels in Hawaii.
    • Cheap Hawaii Tickets
      Local travel agency specializing in Hawaii vacation packages, wholesale airline tickets and discount car rentals on Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Lanai, Molokai and the Big Island. Professionally prepared quotes produced with personalized customer service and backed with 30 years of local island experience.

    • All-Travel Hawaii Packages
      This seems to be all cruises these days.

    • Aloha Hawaii Travel
      Many hotels to choose from, and the room and car packages offer good deals. Here are the packages for Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Big Island, Lanai and Molokai.

    • Escorted Hawaii Tours
      Hawaii packages, pre-selected tours, and cruises. Several options available.

    • Hawaii Vacation Discounters
      Check out their web specials. They search a database of available packages from several suppliers.

    • Pacific Golf Adventures
      Golfing packages on the major islands. Hawaii offers the most unique golf courses in the world, including one on an active volcano, and many ocean-front courses.

    Castle Resorts vacation packages
    These are always different – I’ve seen Free night deals, car packages, coupon books, kids eat free, kids get in free to sea life park – check it out.

    When to Book for the Best Hawaii Package Deals

    This is a question I received about how to get the best price on a Hawaii vacation deal. My answer is at the end of this quoted info. – Basically I think the answer is to discover what a good price is and then book when you can get that price.

    I’ve been reading your website a lot lately, thanks so much for all the info you provide! My fiancee and I are trying to plan a Honeymoon June 6-11, 2012 in Oahu, traveling from Las Vegas. Per your help, we have been looking at Hawaiian Air for their packages. Here are the basics:

    • $1500 total for flights only ($333 Las Vegas to HNL, $333 HNL to Las Vegas) x2
    • $1100 total for 5 night Ocean Front at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

    $2200 total for “package” at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel in Ocean Front Room from Hawaiian Air

    I suppose my question is, we save $400 with that package. But are the flights too expensive for June 2012? There are also no hotel specials for June 2012 yet from Aston, and we are wondering if we should wait for those to release.

    You are welcome! I try! 🙂

    Ok, so here’s what I think.

    $333 is a FABULOUS price from vegas to hnl. Especially these days. If you check the current specials on Hawaiian there is nothing below $400 from the west coast. That’s because of gas prices.

    Now, if I check Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel in a few weeks, I can find an oceanview room for about $170 – but that’s in October, not June. June is very busy.

    Honestly, I think you are getting a good deal and I think that anything you save in sales will be eaten up by your airfare, especially if gas prices are how they are now (or HIGHER gasp!) (which they could be next year).

    Here’s the rub. If you book it, maybe you can get a guarantee that they’ll refund your money if a better deal is found. And if so it’s a good idea to check prices frequently. If they won’t, then don’t ever check a price after you buy. that way you can believe in your good deal (I think it’s a good deal).

    One more thing you could try is taking your price to a travel agent (or pleasant holidays) and saying “can you beat it” and just see what happens. Personally, I don’t think they’ll be able to, but there’s nothing to be lost by trying.

    Either way – let me know what you do! I’d love to hear. And have a great trip! Aloha, Lisa

    Check best hawaii package deals at Hawaiian here

    Hawaii Entertainment Book Review Year 2015 Hawaii Discount Coupons

    ***** all reviews below are for the 2014 book. I have not received my 2015 book yet, but they are usually similar from year to year

    Let me tell you about a super big coupon book that is full of restaurant, activity, and travel coupons for Hawaii: Oahu, Maui, the Big Island, and Kauai. The coupons are best for Oahu and Maui, and not so great for the Big Island and Kauai. Read on for much more information about the book.

    The 2015 book is now out (click through and click on the word memberships at the top right of the page and find the Hawaii book) – I don’t have it yet. I will get it soon and review everything that is in it.

    The book is called the The Hawaii Entertainment Book. (click through and click on the word memberships at the top right of the page and find the Hawaii book) Coupons are good now.

    The book has coupons for all the major islands: the most for Oahu, 2nd most for Maui, then the Big Island, then Kauai.

    Here’s a note I received from Lonnie H. who bought the 2012 book and used it:

    We just returned from 3 weeks on 3 islands. I had purchased the book earlier this year and I can tell you we used so many of the coupons that it paid for the book 5 times over. Many resturants, some discounts, and the Polynesion Cultural center was a big help. Also, Germains.

    The rest of this review is for the 2012 book! the books are generally similar from year to year

    What Coupons are in the Hawaii Entertainment book?

    Oahu Coupons, Maui Coupons, Big Island Coupons, Kauai Coupons

    Hawaii Restaurant coupons with more than one location – possibly more than one island

    I really only this book it for Oahu (Honolulu and around) and Maui but if you are going to the Big Island or Kauai, check out the coupons for these islands: big island, kauai, maybe you want to do all the things listed and it would be good for you.

    Click here to see the book or buy the book (click through and click on the word memberships at the top right of the page and find the Hawaii book)

    I lived on the Big Island, but I still bought the book every year because I ALWAYS made more than my money back easily just by using one to two coupons.

    Someone visiting Hawaii for a week or two could easily save over $300 using these coupons for food and activities.

    I bought the book online I have bought the 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 Hawaii book online, following the same link you would: Click here to go directly to the entertainment book site (click through and click on the word memberships at the top right of the page and find the Hawaii book)

    A NOTE about the activity coupons: most of them are for adult admissions only – some specify buy a child get a child but most are buy an adult get an adult free – check with book or company for details to hear from you.

    The Offers

    **** I am going through my book, recording what I see. I am not guaranteeing this is mistake free or these are all valid – check with the individual business or in the book for all the details and restrictions ****

    What is in the Hawaii Entertainment Book?

    I list all the coupons here – the below ones are for the 2012 book.

    Restaurant Coupons that are in many locations – possibly valid on each major island

    Pizza Hut: buy one large pizza and get one large pizza free of equal or greater value, buy one medium pizza and get one medium pizza free of equal or greater value, free single order of breadsticks or cinnamon sticks, and $5 off the regular price of a family tuscani pasta.

    KFC: $3 off a 16 pc. Family Meal, $1 off a 3 pc. Drumsticks and Thigh Meal, and free Twister when you buy a Twister Combo Meal of equal or greater value.

    Burger King: free Croissan’wich when you buy a croissan’wich value meal, free Original Chicken Sandwich when you buy an Original Chicken Sandwich Value Meal, and free Whopper sandwich when you buy a Whopper Sandwich Value Meal.

    Taco Bell: buy one beef burrito supreme and get one beef burrito supreme free, buy one crunchy taco supreme and get one crunchy taco supreme of equal or lesser value free, buy one crunchy taco and get one crunchy taco of equal or lesser value free , and one free order of cinnamon twists.

    Carl’s Jr: buy one Spicy chicken sandwich and get one Spicy Chicken Sandwich of equal or lesser value free, buy one Western Bacon Cheeseburger and get one Western Bacon Cheeseburger of equal or greater value free, buy one Famous Star Burger and get one Famour Star Burger of equal or lesser value free.

    Popeyes: free 2 Piece Dinner when you buy a 3 Piece Dinner and Medium Drink, $19.99 for 20 Pieces of chicken (thighs and drumsticks). Hot Dog on a Stick: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free.

    Baskin Robbins: buy one Single Scoop and get one Single Scoop of equal or lesser value free, buy one two Scoop Sundae and get one two Scoop Sundae of equal or lesser value free, buy one Soft Serve and get one Soft Serve of equal or lesser value free, and $3 off any oce cream cake purchse of $15 or more.

    Dairy Queen: buy one Waffle Bowl Sundae and get one Waffle Bowl Sundae of equal or lesser value free, buy one Artic Rush Frozen Beverage and get one Articl Rush Frozen Beverage of equal or lesser value free, buy one small Cone and get one small Cone of equal or lesser value free.

    7-11: $1 of a purchase of 3 Taquitos

    Jack in the Box: buy one Jack’s Spicy Chicken and get one Jack’s Spicy Chicken of equal or lesser value free, buy one Ultimate Cheeseburger and get one Ultimate Cheeseburger of equal or lesser value free, and buy one Sourdough Jack and get one Sourdough Jack of equal or lesser value free.

    Wendy’s: buy one small Frosty and get one small Frosty free, buy one Asiago Ranch Chicken Club and get one Asiago Ranch Chicken Club of equal or lesser value free, and buy one large Chili and get one large Chili free.

    wetzel’s pretzels: 3 coupons for buy one Pretzel and get one Pretzel of equal or lesser value free, wetzel bitz with a purchase of a wetzel bitz, free pretzel with a purchase of a pretzel, free fresh lemonade with the purchase of a fresh lemonade, and free wetzel dog with the purchase of a wetzel dog.

    IHOP: enjoy a free kid’s meal with the purchase of any dinner entree, $2 off a $15 purchase (excluding tax, tip and alcohol), and 15% off your bill (excluding tax, tip and alcohol).

    Buca di Beppo: $10 off a $20 purchase (dine in only) and 10% off Buca To Go.

    Taco Del Mar: buy one entree and 22oz drink at regular price and get 50% off your second entree, 1 free cookie (no purchase necessary), one free taco when you purchase an entree of equal or greater value, 2 Mondito Burritos for $10 OR 2 Mondo Burritos for $12, and free chips and salsa with the purchase of any entree.

    Ben and Jerry’s: free small or large sized cup or cone when you buy a cup or cone of equal or greater value.

    ColdStone Creamery: $5 off a large Signature Cake

    Charley’s Grilled Subs: free Gourmet Fry when you buy an Sub and Drink, free Sub when you buy any Sub of equal or lesser value, free regular Fry and regular Drink when you buy any Sub.

    TCBY: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to a $5 value) (excludes: pints, quarts, cakes and pies), buy one Parfait and get one Parfait of equal or lesser value free, and $3 off any cake or pie.

    Click here to see the book or buy the book

    Oahu Coupons, Maui Coupons, Big Island Coupons, Kauai Coupons

    Hawaii Restaurant coupons with more than one location – possibly more than one island

    Now let’s talk about the hawaii grocery store coupon.

    It used to be a safeway coupon, now in 2012 it is a Times Supermarkets coupon. I know there are Times on Oahu, I don’t know about the other islands. I don’t think there is one on the big island.

    So, there are 4 Times coupons, and each one says $5.00 off a grocery purchase of $50 in a single transaction. One is valid from August 01, 2011 to December 31, 2011, one from January 1, 2012 to April 30, 2012, one from May 1, 2012 to August 31, 2012, and one from September 01, 2012 to December 31, 2012.

    Not exactly stellar for visitors, but a good deal for hawaii locals and residents. See the back of the coupon for exclusions.

    Next is Regal Entertaiment group: (14) $2 off and full-priced Adult admission of $8 and above, free small soft drink with the purchase of any size popcorn, and 1 free movie admission on your birthday (valid driver’s license or birth certificate required) – I think there is a regal on the Big Island and Oahu, maybe Maui and Kauai too, I’m not sure.

    Oahu Coupons

    Oahu Restaurant Coupons

    Cattle Company Steakhouse Coupons: $5 off a purchase of $20 (excluding tax, tip, and alcohol) and $10 off a purchase of $40 (excluding tax, tip, and alcohol).

    4 coupons from the Chart House Waikiki. $20 off a purchase of $80 (excluding tax, tip, and alcohol), then $15 off $60, then $10 off $40, then $5 off 20. That’s nice – good coupon for hawaii locals too 🙂

    Ruby Tuesday: $10 of $40 purchase (excluding tax, tip, and alcohol) and $20 off any order of $100 or more on to-go/catering platters (excluding tax, tip, and alcohol).

    Tony Roma’s – 4 different coupons: $10 off a purchase of $40, $5 off a purchase of $20, 2 for $49 and receive 2 ultimate roma feasts with side salad and 2 side items each, and one complimentary appetizer with the purchase of 2 entrees (up to a $7.99 value).

    Pagoda Floating Restaurant: 20% off the dinner buffet for up to four people and 25% off the total bill for breakfast or lunch for up to 4 people.

    Kobe Japanese Steak House: buy one dinner get one dinner free up to $20 (need to present your entertainment card for this promotion)

    Don Ho’s Island Grill: buy one dinner entree and get one dinner entree at equal or lesser value free (up to a $19 value).

    Tanaka of Tokyo: buy one dinner and get one half off up to $20 (need to present your entertainment card for this promotion).

    Verbano Pasteria: $15 off with a minimum purchase of $60 (excluding tax, tip, and alcohol), $10 off with a minimum purchase of $40 (excluding tax, tip, and alcohol).

    Verbano Italiano Ristorante: buy one dinner entree and get one dinner entree free up to $14

    Verbano on King Ristorante: buy one dinner entree and get one dinner entree free up to $13

    The Hau Tree Lanai: buy one dinner get one dinner free up to $17 (need to present your entertainment card for this and other promotions).

    Monterey Bay Canners: buy one dinner and get one dinner free up to $18, buy one lunch and get one lunch free up to $10 (need to present your entertainment card for promotion).

    Seafood Village: buy one dinner and get one dinner of equal or lesser value free (up to a $20 value)

    Gyu-Kaku: Buy one a la carte entree and get one a la carte entree free up to $13 (need to present your entertainment card for this promotion).

    Sam Sneads: buy one dinner entree and get one dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $13 value).

    Tea at 1024: buy one menu item and get one menu item at equal or lesser free ( up to a $13 value).

    Che Pasta: 20% off up to $50 off your food bill (excluding tax, tip and alchohol) (need need to present your entertainment card for this promotion).

    Sergios: buy one entree and get 50% off the second entree

    The Pyramids: buy one dinner get one dinner free up to $15

    Aqua Cafe: buy one entree and get one entree free up to $18 (need to present your entertainment card for this promotion)

    Click here to see the book or buy the book

    Banditos Cantina: buy one lunch or dinner entree and get one lunch or dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to an $8 value).

    Big City Diner: $10 off a $50 purchase (excluding tax, tip and alcoholic beverages) available at multiple locations and buy appetizer get one appetizer free up to $5 available at multiple locations.

    Miyako: $12 off one Hot Pot Dinner when you purchase a Miyako Hot Pot Dinner Sukiyaki Shabu-shabu Udon-suki.

    La Mariana Sailing Club: get 50% off one entree when you buy a second entree of equal or greater value.

    Angelo Pietro: buy one lunch or dinner entree and get one lunch or dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $10.00 value), Honolulu

    Dreamers Homestyle Cooking: buy one entree and get one entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $8 value), Honolulu

    The Shack: buy one entree and get one entree of equal or lesser value free (up to an $8 value), Kailua

    Stonegrill: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to a $7 value).

    Cafe Joy: buy one entree and get one entree of equal or lesser free (up to a $7 value), Honolulu

    Papa John’s: one free Cinnapie, buy one large Pizza and get one large Pizza of equal or lesser value free, free medium pizza when you buy one large pizza at regular price, $11.99 for one large one topping pizza and one 2 liter soda, and $25.99 for two large two topping pizzas. multiple locations

    Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt: buy one Yogurt and get one Yogurt at 50% off.

    Yogurtland: buy one Yogurt and get one Yogurt at 50% off.

    Orange Julius: buy one Julius Original and get one Julius Original of equal or lesser value free, buy one Premium Fruit Smoothie and get one Premium Fruit Smoothie of equal or lesser value free, and buy one 20 oz. Light Smoothie and get one 20 oz. Light Smoothie of equal or lesser value free.

    Brandy’s Bar and Grill: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to a $6 value).

    Julie’Z Restaurant: buy one lunch or dinner entree and get one lunch or dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $8 value), Kapolei

    Kelley O’Neil’s: buy one lunch or dinner entree and get one lunch or dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to an $8 value) South Shore Grill: buy one entree and get one entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $9 value).

    Waldo’s Pizza: buy one entree and get one entree or equal or lesser value free (up to a $9 value) OR 50% one pizza, Mililani

    Greek Marina: buy one lunch or dinner entree and get one lunch or dinner entree of equal or lesser value free, Honolulu

    Kit N’ Kitchen: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to a $6 value), Honolulu

    Saeng’s Thai Cuisine: buy one lunch, dinner or a la carte entree and get one lunch, dinner, or a la carte entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $7 value), Kailua

    808 Bar-B-Q: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to a $6 value), Waipahu

    Harbor Pub and Pizza: buy one entree and get one entree of equal or lesser value free OR one pizza at half off.

    Matsutake Sushi: 25% off your total food bill (excluding tax, tip and alcoholic beverages), Honolulu

    Sea Island Steak and Seafood: buy one lunch and get one lunch free up to $15 and buy one dinner and get one free up to $15 , Honolulu

    Seafood Village: buy one dinner and get one dinner free up to $20 , Honolulu

    Kuhio Beach Grill: Buy one breakfast a la carte item and get one breakfast a la carte item free up to $25, buy one dinner a la carte item and get one dinner a la carte item for free up to $25, buy one breakfast buffet and get one breakfast buffet free up to $25 and buy one dinner buffet and get one dinner buffet free up to $25

    Spada: buy one dinner entree and get one dinner entree up to $17 free (need to present your entertainment card for promotion), Honolulu

    Lucy’s: 20% off the total food bill (tax, tip, and alcoholic beverages excluded) maximum discount $25.00 (need to present your entertainment card for this promotion).

    Pho and Company: $5 off a $20 purchase (excluding tax, tip and alcohol beverages), Kapolei

    Just Tacos: $5 off a purchase of $20 or more (excluding tax, tip, and alcoholic beverages).

    Z Pizza: $5.00 off $25.00 (excluding tax and tip).

    Moana Terrace: buy one lunch or dinner entree and get one lunch or dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $14 value).

    Jimmy Buffet’s at the Beachcomber: $5 off a purchase of $25 (excluding tax, tip and alcohol).

    Tacos Ricos: buy one entree and get one entree of equal or lesser value free (up to $10).

    Thai Herb Kitchen: buy one dinner entree and get one dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $8 value).

    Lung Fung Chinese Restaurant: buy one entree and get one entree of equal or lesser value for free (up to a $10 value).

    Thai Kitchen: buy one lunch or dinner entree and get one lunch or dinner entree or equal or lesser value free (up to a $10 value).

    Kunia Chinese Restaurant: buy one entree and get one entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $10 value).

    Joyful Garden Fine Asian Cuisine: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to a $10 value).

    Leeward Bar and Grill: buy one lunch or dinner entree and get one lunch or dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to $9 value).

    Dillingham Saimin: buy one bowl of Saimin and get a bowl of Saimin of equal or lesser value free.

    Thai Village: (2) buy one lunch or dinner entree and get one lunch or dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to $8).

    Ayame Curry and Ramen House: buy one menu item and get one menu item at equal or lesser value free (up to a $7 value).

    Anykine Grill: buy one breakfast or lunch entree and get one breakfast or lunch entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $5 value).

    Sahlee’s Barrio Fiesta Restaurant: buy one lunch of dinner entree and get one lunch or dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $5 value).

    Killer Taco’s: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to a $5 value).

    Pinky’s Pupu Bar & Grill: free appetizer with the purchase of any two entrees (up to a $17 value).

    Aloha Sushi: $5 off a $20 purchase (tax, tip and alcoholic beverages excluded).

    Kaimuki Grill: buy one lunch or dinner entree and get one lunch or dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $12 value).

    Blossom’s Okazuya: buy one a la cart entree and get one a la cart entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $5 value).

    Fillipino Express Restaurant: buy one lunch or dinner entree and get one lunch or dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $7 value).

    Aloha Crepes: 50% of any Crepe upon payment of a second Crepe of equal or greater value.

    Masa and Joyce: buy one Hawaiian Plate and get one Plate free (up to a $7 value).

    Da Smoke House BBQ and Pub: get 50% off an entree when you buy a second entree of equal or greater value.

    Windward Poi Bowl: get 50% off an entree when you buy a second entree of equal or greater value.

    Auntie Pastos: get 50% off one Pizza or Entree upon payment of a second Pizza or Entree of equal or greater value.

    Little Saigon Vietnamese Cuisine: get 50% one Menu item when a second Menu item of equal or greater value is purchased.

    Hana Sushi: $5 off a $20 purchase (tax, tip, and alcoholic beverages excluded). Off the Wall: get a free appetizer when you purchase a dinner entree at regular price.

    Pizza in the Raw: buy one Pizza and get the second Pizza 50% off the regular price.

    Moon Hoe Drive Inn: $5 off a $20 purchase (must include purchase of 2 fountain beverages).

    Bo Bo’s Sushi: buy two hand rolls get one free (up to a $5 value)

    Cha Cha Cha Salsaria: get one lunch or dinner entree at 50% off when you buy a second lunch or dinner entree of equal or greater value.

    Laverne’s Restaurant and Catering: get one menu item 50% off when you buy a second menu item at regular purchase price.

    A Cup of Tea: $10 off a purchase of $40 (excluding tax, tip and alcoholic beverages).

    Hi Town Cafe: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free.

    Mahaloha Burger: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value at 50% off.

    BBQ Hut: buy a Plate and get one Plate of equal or lesser value at 50% off. Macky’s Kahuku Sweet Shrimp: $2 off any shrimp plate.

    Blue Water Shrimp and Seafood Market: buy one entree and get one entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $12 value).

    Big Wave Shrimp: by one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to a $10.00 value).

    Tacos Vicente: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to a $10 value).

    Blazin’ Steaks: buy one entree and get one entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $6 value).

    Crepe House Hawaii: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to a $7.50 value).

    Sushi 2Go: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to a $7 value).

    The Sundial Cafe: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to a $5 value).

    Ono Cheesesteak: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to $10 value).

    Triple RT’s: buy one Choice Plate and get one Choice Plate of equal or lesser value (up to a $8 value).

    U-Choice In: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to a $7 value).

    Pepper’s Place: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to a $5 value).

    Tanioka’s Seafood and Catering: buy one pound of Shoyu Ahi Poke and get the second pound of Shoyu Ahi Poke at 50% off (up to a $5 value), and free $5 Snack Pack with a $25 purchase.

    Tutti Frutti Yogurt: buy one Yogurt and get one Yogurt at 50% off.

    Bubble Berry Frozen Yogurt and More: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to $5 value), buy one Sundae Order and get one Sundae Order of equal or lesser value free, buy one Drink Order and get one Drink Order of equal or lesser value free.

    Milano Freezer: buy one Gelato and get one Gelato of equal or lesser value free, and buy one Yogurt and get one Yogurt of equal or lesser value free. Kokonuts Shave Ice and Snacks: buy one Shave Ice and get one Shave Ice of equal or lesser value free.

    Connie’s Hawaiian Coffee Classics: buy one Bubble Drink or Fruit Smoothie and get one Bubble Drink or Fruit Smoothie of equal or lesser value free.

    Ewa Seed Company: buy one regular Shave Ice and get one regular Shave Ice of equal or lesser value free.

    Scoop of Paradise: buy one Ice Cream and get one Ice Cream at 50% off.

    Diego’s Taco Shop: buy one menu item and get one menu item at 505 off.

    Marble Slab Creamery: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free.

    The Food Company: buy one entree and get one entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $8 value).

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    Oahu Dinner Shows and Cruises Coupons

    Magic of Polynesia buy one get one free show or dinner show

    Alii Kai Catamaran Cruise Dinner buy one get one free *** cool!

    Polynesian Cultural Center Buy one get one free adult admission (not valid on twilight or show only admission)

    Chuck E Cheese’s: $27.99 for a large one topping or two topping pizza, 4 drinks, and 40 tokens

    *** there’s more on Oahu, but you get the idea.

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    Oahu Activity Coupons

    Oahu Dinner Show and cruises coupons

    A-1 Watersports and Skydiving: 50% off one regularly priced helicopter tour, $100 off a regulary priced tandem jump, 2 coupons for 50% off a one hour jetski or parasail trip, 50% off one scuba diving or snorkeling trip, 50% off one tandem jump

    A-1 Helicopter Tours Hawaii – half off a circle island tour for up to 8 people

    Polynesian Adventure Tours: 4 coupons: buy one tour and get one tour 50% off and 10% off any Island on any One Day Fly Away Tour.

    Dave and Busters: $5 off a $20 food purchase, free $20 birthday Power Card with Special Events Booking, and two coupons for free $10 Game Play with a $10 Game Play purchase.

    Germaine’s Luau: 25% off admission up to 4 people.

    Paradise Cove Luau: 25% off admission up to 4 people.

    Dolphin Excursions Hawaii: 25% off a dolphin excursion up to 4 people, Kaneohe

    Blue Nun Sportfishing: buy one full day fishing excursion and get one full day fishing excursion 25% off.

    Waikiki Aquarium: buy one adult admission and get one adult admission free.

    Polynesian Cultural Center Buy one get one free adult admission (not valid on late-entry or show only admission)

    Battleship Missourri Buy one adult get one child free admission

    Bishop museum $2 off

    Seabreeze parasailing buy one get one free

    Shark Cage Trip: 25% off retail rate of a Hawaii Shark Cage Trip.

    North Shore Surf Girls: 25% off a two hour surf lesson OR free surf board rental when you purchase a two hour surf lesson or surf board rental.

    Hawaii Nature Center: 50% off admission up to 4 people.

    a dream wedding hawaii 50% off any simple wedding, commitment, or vow renewal ceremony plus one free wedding bouquet – cool! this is the first hawaii wedding coupons offered in the entertainment book

    Happy Trails Hawaii: $5 off regular rate up to 4 people, Haleiwa

    Glass Bottom Boat Rides: free shuttle with purchase of tour.

    Midnight Shark Hunt 30% off

    Rock n Roll Blues Cruz free food, drinks, and shuttle with purchase of cruise

    Bottom Fishing Tours 25% off one

    Ice Palace: buy one get one free admission, Honolulu

    TwoGood Kayaks – buy one get one free half-day stand up paddleboard coupon and buy one get one single or double kayak rental. in Kailua

    Air Ventures Hawaii 25% off small plane air tour up to 6 people, Oahu and Kauai

    Dole Plantation buy one get one free adult maze admission

    North Shore Catamaran Charters buy one get one free adult admission

    Dive hawaii Maunalua Bay one tank dive for up to 4 people at 50% off

    Hawaiian Parasail one tandem flight at 50% off

    Roberts Hawaii Tours: buy one Grand Circle Island Tour and get one Grand Circle Island Tour of equal or lesser value free, and buy one Pearl Harbor,USS Arizona Memorial, or Honolulu City Tour and get one Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Memorial, or Honolulu City Tour or equal or lesser value free.

    Tradewind Charters 2 half off coupons and 1 25% off coupon for various ocean cruises and charters

    Manini Dive Co free pic and 20% off two tank dive

    Sharkey’s Comedy Club buy one get one free

    University of Hawaii several buy one get one free sports tickets

    Kailua Sailboards and Kayaks buy one get one half off kayak or paddleboard or windsurf rental

    Ocean Joy Cruises: $20 off any cruise for each person in your entire party.

    Island Divers: 50% off a Whale Watching Charter with a photo CD.

    Aikane Sports Fishing 10% off a full day fishing charter

    Seabreeze parasail buy one get one half off

    Big Kahuna 3D Glow golf buy one get one free round of miniature golf

    Turtle Bay Golf, Kahuku, Buy 3 rounds of Golf, get 1 free

    Go Bananas watersports , Aiea and HNL, bogo SUP (stand up paddle) board rental or kayak rental

    Aloha Bus: buy one Aloha Bus pass and get one Aloha Bus pass 50% off and free child Aloha Pass with each paying adult.

    Fun Factory: free 5 Tokens when you purchase $5 worth of tokens.

    Snorkel Bob’s free hatchling turtles dvd with 2 snorkel gear set rental, free boogie board or beach bag when booking 2 seats on most activities good in Kona, on Maui, Oahu, and Kauai

    Jungle Fun: free 5 tokens with a $5 token purchase.

    Fish n Dive: 50% off 2 Tank Boat Dive aboard the Dive Barge

    Captain Bruce’s Extreme Comfort Diving: 10% off with the minimum purchase of Two Certified Divers.

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    Maui Coupons

    Maui Restaurant Coupons

    Kobe Japanese Steak House: buy one dinner get one free up to $20 (need to present your entertainment card for this promotion), Lahaina

    Spices Restaurant: buy one dinner get the second dinner half off, kihei

    Stopwatch Bar and Grill: buy one lunch or dinner entree and get one lunch or dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to an $11 value), Makawao

    Maui Ocean Grill: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to a $9 value), Kahalui

    ********** note about the maui ocean grill coupon. I got a comment from someone on my old website that said the Maui ocean grill is not accepting this coupon. I don’t know if it is true or not. If it is, that sucks.

    The Sports Page Grill and Bar: buy one entree and get one entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $10 value), Kihei-Maui

    Life’s a Beach: by one lunch or dinner entree and get on lunch or dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to $10 value), Kihei

    Maui Coffee Roasters: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free, Kahului

    Tutti Frutti Yogurt: buy one Yogurt and get one Yogurt at 50% off, Kihei

    Basil Tomatoes: buy one dinner, get one dinner free, up to $45 (need to present your entertainment card for this promotion), Lahaina

    Fu Lin: buy one dinner, get one dinner free, up to $13 Lahaina

    Famous Dave’s: $5 off a purchase of $20 or more, Lahaina

    Lulu’s: buy one dinner entree and get one dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $10 value) and buy one breakfast or lunch entree and get one breakfast or lunch entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $7 dollar value), Kihei

    Captain Jack’s: buy one breakfast entree and get one breakfast entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $10 value).

    Jay’s Place Pasta, Pizza and Subs: buy one lunch or dinner entree and get one lunch or dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to an $8 value). Fat Daddy’s: buy one lunch or dinner entree and get one lunch or dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $7 value).

    Take Home Maui, Inc.: buy one entree and get one entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $10 value).

    Fat Boy Burger: buy one menu item and get one menu item of equal or lesser value free (up to a $7 value), Kihei.

    Maui Activity Coupons

    Snorkel Bob’s free hatchling turtles dvd with 2 snorkel gear set rental, free boogie board or beach bag when booking 2 seats on most activities good in Kona, on Maui, Oahu, and Kauai

    AlexAir Helicopters: $100 off per couple OR $50 off per person with any booked tour 45 minutes or longer.

    Maui Golf and Sports park buy one get one free miniature golf round

    Maui Boss Frogs weekly snorkel set rental at 50% off

    Kaanapali Golf Courses buy one get one free bucket of range balls

    Maui Ocean Activities Buy one get one free windsurfing or surfing lesson or kayak or windsurfing rental

    Makena Coast Charters 25% off 4 people

    South Pacific Kayaks 25% off turtle reef intro tour Hawaii Nature Center Iao Valley 50% off up to 4 admissions

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    Big Island Coupons

    Big Island Restaurant Coupons

    Pancho and Lefty’s: buy one lunch or dinner entree and get one lunch or dinner entree or equal or lesser value free (up to a $12 value) – Kailua-Kona

    U-Top-It: buy one entree and get one entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $9 value), Kailua-Kona

    Royal Siam: buy one lunch, dinner, or a la carte entree and get one lunch, dinner, or a la carte entree of equal or lesser value free (up to a $6 value), Hilo

    Big Island Activity Coupons

    Snorkel Bob’s free hatchling turtles dvd with 2 snorkel gear set rental, free boogie board or beach bag when booking 2 seats on most activities good in Kona, on Maui, Oahu, and Kauai

    Camelot Sportfishing 25% off – Kona

    Swing Zone buy one get one free bucket of balls and miniature golf – Kona

    Body Glove Cruises Buy One get one free snorkel or dolphin sail or 20% off any cruise – kona

    Makalei Golf Club – Buy 3 get one free green fee – Kona

    Lyman Museum: 50% off admission up to 4 people, Hilo

    Molokai Coupons – there’s just this one

    Molokai Pizza Cafe: buy one lunch or dinner entree and one lunch or dinner entree of equal or lesser value free (up to an $8 value) OR 50% off one pizza.

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    Kauai Coupons – all

    Snorkel Bob’s free hatchling turtles dvd with 2 snorkel gear set rental, free boogie board or beach bag when booking 2 seats on most activities good in Kona, on Maui, Oahu, and Kauai

    Aloha Kauai Pizza: 50% off one pizza (up to a $7 value).

    Air Ventures Hawaii 25% off small plane air tour up to 6 people, Oahu and Kauai

    Dive Kauai 4 tours 25% off

    Travel and Hotels

    over 40 offers, not exlusively Hawaii

    Examples are American Airlines, $10 off any fare worldwide for up to 6 passengers or 5% off a vacation, Avis $25 off a weekly rental, coupons for Budget Car rental, Hertz, Cheapair, $15 off a flight, super shuttle, $2 off per person.

    Many hotel programs, like up to 20% off Hotel chains like Days Inn and Econolodge (almost none of these in Hawaii), guaranteed best rate with rebates, and Direct to Hotel deals.

    Retail and Services

    This section is really growing – a lot of it is national, and plenty of offers are on Oahu. Most of these offers in Hawaii would be for locals – stuff like more times coupons, 20% off a purchase at Kimo’s surf hut, and $10 off a $50 party at party land.

    So what has your experience with the Hawaii Entertainment book been like? Did you save money? Did you use a lot of the coupons? Leave me a comment – I’d love

    Cheap Flights to Hawaii in September and October

    Are you flying to Hawaii and looking for cheap airline flights in September or October? Let me give you an idea of what typical flights are during these months and therefore, what a good price would be.

    Also, be sure to check out my strategy on how to get a cheap flight to Hawaii anytime. Basically, it shares all the steps you can go through to ensure you are getting the best price currently available for you.

    So, checking prices at Hawaiian Airlines for September, I see roundtrip between Hawaii and Las Vegas costs $378. Oahu and Los Angeles is $348. Maui and Portland is $382.

    These are Hawaiian’s sale prices, so if you aren’t booking in time to hit the sale you’ll have to just check what’s available. I see $460 from San Jose to Honolulu. Not bad.

    in October I see flights from San Jose to Honolulu at $369. These are all typical September and October prices with Hawaiian Airlines from the west coast, but all also good deals.

    If I go to Expedia and try from the West Coast in October I see the lowest price is $419 with Delta.

    From Chicago I see $653 to Honolulu in October. These are all very cheap flight prices, and if you can get something like this, just buy it. Don’t wait for prices to go down – they won’t – they’ll go up.

    You can consider looking into bidding on Priceline or checking prices on Hotwire, but I go into all of that in my cheap flights strategy page.

    Basically, pick your time frame, find out what a typical price is, and then do what you can to get under it. Check it every hour, then every day, but don’t wait too long.

    Check for sales, check if you can use your miles, look at places like pleasant holidays for companion flys free or for $50 (this really happens sometimes) and just exhaust all avenues so you KNOW you are getting the best deal.

    You could also sign up for a fare compare service that watches the fares for you and sends you emails when the price changes … like this one to hawaii.

    Good luck! Lisa

    Find Cheap Flights to Hawaii in August

    You are looking for cheap flights to Hawaii in August – first I’ll discuss some prices, and then I’ll give you the strategy to ensure you are getting the best price possible.

    Ok, if you are looking for August flights in August, you can find some decent prices, as travel to Hawaii has started to slow down after the summer rush.

    Checking Hawaiian Airlines, prices are as low as $318 from the west coast. That’s honestly a super-cheap price and one that should be jumped on, no matter when you are booking it.

    At Hawaiian, they book the to-Hawaii trips the same way they book the inter-island trips, which means you pick a one way flight price to Hawaii and then you pick a one way flight price back from Hawaii. This can be helpful if your dates are flexible because they show all the dates, times, and prices side-by-side and you can pick the one that fits you the bes.

    Checking expedia’s fare compare, the best possible price for booking in August and leaving in August is $359 from Lax to Honolulu – and that is by Continental and by American Airlines. Good deal!

    So, it looks like you shouldn’t have to try too hard to get a good deal on an August flight, but if you are interested or having a hard time, read my strategy page on how to get the best prices to Hawaii anytime.

    If you are looking to fly from the UK, check lastminute.com’s prices