Money saving Hawaiian vacation

Hawaii Honolulu

Hawaii Honolulu

There are ways you can enjoy ev­erything the Islands of Hawaii have to offer — at a fraction of what you might think it would cost. Here are a few tips:


♦ Consider traveling during “low” season, which usually runs from April through May and again during Octo­ber, November and the early part of December. Generally speaking, you’ll find rates for accommodations to be lower during these periods.


♦  Airfare wars can erupt at any time, and if you have a flexible sched­ule, you’d be wise to take advantage of the great deals that result from them. Be aware, however, that re­strictions may apply.

♦  Be on the lookout for package deals, which combine airfare, accom­modations, car rental and often meals at an attractive price—much less than what you would have paid had you bought each component individually.

♦  Many hotel, condominium and car rental operations extend dis­counted rates to senior citizens, cor­porate travelers, large groups and families. Being a member of such organizations may entitle you to spe­cial rates. Be sure to inquire about these when you make your booking.

♦ Clip the coupons in the free visi­tor publications that you find at the airports in Hawai’i and on the streets of Waikiki, Lahaina and other major resort areas; they can save you a con­siderable amount of money! For ex-

ample, you can receive two-for-one admissions to top attractions, early-bird dining discounts at restaurants, and free gifts and generous reduc­tions on merchandise at a variety of shops just by showing a coupon.

♦  There are hundreds of restau­rants throughout the Island chain, offering great diversity not only in prices but in cuisine. Makai Market at Ala Moana offers a mind-boggling sampling of wonderful ethnic foods. Best of all, you can feast here for a pittance—hefty meals average $5 to $7.

You can also get the most for your meal dollar by patronizing all-you-can-eat buffets. That way, your grow­ing teens can eat their fill—and you won’t gnash your teeth when the bill comes.

♦  Hop on TheBus. If you’re will­ing to forgo the convenience of trav­eling where you want exactly when you want, O’ahu’s mass transit sys­tem can take you to many of the island’s most popular attractions, in­cluding Ala Moana, Aloha Tower Marketplace, Bishop Museum and the Polynesian Cultural Center. Fares are $1 for adults and 50<t for students (through age seventeen).

♦  Enjoy the many activities and events Hawaii offers absolutely free! We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of these for you in this guide (refer to the article “50 Great Things To Do in the 50th State for Free”).

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