Honolulu Havoc

Honolulu on a Budget

At first glance, Honolulu can be very expensive to visit or to live but this section will provide helpful hints for those who need or want to watch their pennies (and dollars!). We will provide proven ways to stretch your budget so that you can enjoy all Oahu has to offer and not break the bank.

Getting from the Airport to the Hilton Hawaiian Village
If you bring just one rolling suitcase and don’t mind a little walk at both ends, you can get from the airport to the Hilton Hawaiian Village in 40 minutes by the Number 19 Bus. Here are the details:
  4 minute walk (.2 mile) from terminal to Road
  33 minute ride (35 stops)
  3 minute walk (.2 mile) from bus stop to Registration Desk at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
  Cost: $2.50 or $1.00 if you show your Medicare card

Other options in order of increasing expense (prices vary) are Shuttle bus, Taxi, and Limo.

Note: Once we select our Tour operator for Honolulu Havoc, there will be discount on airport transport from this company.

How can you eat cheaply during LCC 2017?
Hilton Hawaiian Village has 20 places on the property that serve food and/or drink. While some are upscale, you can find reasonably priced places as well. Bargain eating is within a two block walk off the property. Wailana Coffee Shop is a 24 hour low-brow eatery that is one traffic light across the street. If you prefer a name you recognize - next door is an International House of Pancakes (IHOP). Down the block toward Ala Moana on the makai (ocean) side of the street, Red Lobster shares a building with Outback Steakhouse. Across the street mauka (toward the Mountains) are McDonald’s and ABC Superette which is like a little supermarket catering to short-term residents in the hotels and condos. Our most local chain is Zippy’s which you will see everywhere – Denny’s like menu with a great bakery in house. One of my favorites near the Duke Kahanamoku lagoon is the Harbor Pub which serves plentiful, cheap breakfasts popular with those who live on their boats nearby, as well as some of the best pizza in Waikiki. Upstairs is the Chart House Restaurant whose bar food during Happy Hour is both reasonable and very tasty. And it’s a great place to watch the Friday night fireworks put on by the Hilton Hawaiian Village. And if you want to work up an appetite, there are food courts with a wide variety of offerings at Ala Moana and Royal Hawaiian Shopping Centers, a bit further walk from Hilton Hawaiian Village.

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