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Enjoy a Budget Trip to Waikiki

by Mary Melnick

Sep 8, 2023

© Royal Hawaiian Center

Destinations / North America

With 92 percent of travelers looking to save money on travel, travelers have booked destinations that won’t break the bank. For travelers who have their hearts set on an Oahu dream vacation, keep reading for tips on how to explore Waikiki without spending too much money.



L&L Hawaiian Barbecue © Royal Hawaiian Center

Affordable Eats

Located along Kalākauna Ave, Royal Hawaiian Center is Waikiki’s popular shopping, entertainment and cultural destination. While the center features high-end retail and restaurant brands, there are also a variety of delicious and affordable bites. Options include malasadas on Oahu at Penny’s Malasadas, savory L&L Hawaiian Barbecue plates and freshly pressed tropical juice at Hawaiian Cane Juice.


Free Cultural Classes & Live Entertainment

As part of its commitment to honoring authentic Hawai’ian culture, Royal Hawaiian Center offers a variety of cultural classes and live entertainment at no cost to the public. Guests of all ages can immerse themselves in the arts and history of Hawai’i with weekly classes like hula and keiki hula lessons, lei making, ukulele classes and lauhala weaving lessons. Weekly performances include local music favorites celebrating both ancient and modern hula at Royal Grove.



© Halekulani

High-Value Sweet & Savory Treats

Offering a taste of the renowned cuisine at legendary Waikiki hotel Halekulani, for a fraction of the price, travelers visiting Halekulani Bakery can enjoy a selection of artisan breads and pastries, a contemporary coffee bar with specialty coffees, savory bites, new monthly surprises and the classic Halekulani coconut cake.


Hotel Promotions & Complimentary Experiences

At Halepuna Waikiki Halekulani, guests can enjoy an elevated breakfast experience with the Bed & Breakfast offer, including daily breakfast for up to two people at new restaurant Umi by Vikram Garg. Guests can also travel off property to visit Oahu’s most coveted cultural spots for free through the hotel’s Halepuna Access program, featuring complimentary access to Bishops Museum, Iolani Palace and Manoa Heritage Center.



© Halepuna Wakiki Halekulani 

Zero-Cost Wellness Offerings

Through Halekulani’s Art of Wellbeing program, both Halekulani and Halepuna guests enjoy complimentary monthly wellness classes to help them achieve their optimal health and wellbeing. Be sure to also check out a variety of free fitness and movement classes like Beach Body Fitness and Walking Meditation.





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