To find good restaurants, go to: http://anytimegrinds.com
Some cheap food that I like are:
Ruffage Natural Foods on 2443 Kuhio Ave, Waikiki # 922-2042
Me BBQ (Korean) on 151 Ulunia Ave, # 926-9717
Teddy's Big Burgers near Queen Kapiolani Hotel
Dave's ice cream in Kailua
Free show at Ala Moana Center Stage
Watch Polynesian Cultural Center dancers perform free Tuesday & Thursday at noon. # 955-9517
Note: the area code in Hawaii is 808.
Established in 1961, Rainbow Drive-In, 3308 Kanaina Avenue, Kapahulu is where the locals go for food. # 808.737.0177
The mixed plate is only $6 & will definitely fill you up.
Also check out the roadside fruit stands on your drive around the North Shore area.
The Mililani Farmers Market at Mililani High School, 95-1200 Meheula Pkwy is open every Sunday, 8 am-noon. hfbf.org
Waialua Farmers Market at the old Waialua Mill in North Shore is open every Saturday, 8 am-noon.
Wine tasting & live music at Parc Cafe, Waikiki Parc Hotel, 2233 Helumoa Rd, the last Tuesday of each month, 6-7 pm. $18
Wrath of Grapes Wine tasting from a different presenter each week at Indigo Restaurant every Tuesday, 6 pm. $20 + tax & tip
Wailoa Shaved Ice is a great Hawaiian treat.
Saint-Germain Bakery on Kuhio & Nahua has delicious pastries.
Lulu's Waikiki Surf Club is a cool spot for a meal or a drink.
Seaside Bar & Grill, established since 1996 has a great deal on breakfast. 2 pancakes, 2 bacon strips & 2 eggs for only $2.25 + tax & tip. 2256 Kuhio Ave # 808.922.8227
See movies for only $1 at Restaurant Row, escape from the sun.
Waikiki Town Center has free Hula Shows Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat at 7 pm. Thu at 11:45 am.
Check out the aquarium at DFS Galleria, Beyond the Reef Store, go inside & walk upstairs to see tropical fishes, sting rays & a shark. Kids will love it & you don't have to spend a cent.
Visit Orchids of Waiahole, 48-190 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe. # 808.239.2228
Kualoa Ranch is where many movies & T.V shows have been filmed, including Jurassic Park & Lost.
Take a walk along Waikiki Historic Trail http://waikikihistorictrail.com
Visit the Honolulu Zoo - only $6 per adult. The Primates exhibit has Black & White Ruffed lemurs as well as Ringed-tailed lemurs. You can also see many birds such as the King Vulture and Bird of Paradise. If you like animals, don't miss this zoo.
The water in Hawaii can be cold, so if you plan to snorkel, wear a light wet suit or you'll lose body heat & be shivering like I did after less than 15 minutes in Hanauma Bay.
Check out one of these botanical gardens: Foster Botanical Garden, Ho`omaluhia Botanical Garden, Koko Crater Botanical Garden, Lili`uokalani Botanical Garden & Wahiawa Botanical Garden.
Go scuba diving (beginners welcome) with Big Kahuna Watersports. They have experienced & helpful dive instructors. # 808.542.9494
Oahu is nicknames "The Gathering Place".
The yellow hibiscus is the State flower.
Kukui is the State tree.
Nene (Hawaiian Goose) is the State Bird.
The Humuhumunukunukuapua‘a (trigger fish) is the State fish.
The Humpback Whale is is the State mammal.
Native Hawaiians make up less than 9% of Hawaii's population (2004).
Good tasting fish:
Ahi (yellow fin tuna)
Mahi Mahi (dolphin fish)
Opakapaka (Hawaiian pink snapper)
Opah (moon fish)
Ulua (giant trevally)
Hebi (shortbill spearfish)