Free is not a word that you might normally associate with a vacation where the destination is at least 2500 miles from home, if not much further.
Unless you're the winner of a really great contest, I'm certainly not going to claim that you can take anything near a free vacation in Hawaii. It's just not possible.
I know that folks save up money for years to visit the Hawaiian Islands and, for many, it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Fortunately, for others, the call of the islands finds ways to bring them back again.
Almost all visitors to Hawaii arrive by air and the cost of airfare, and all of the related costs that the airlines add on, is very high. There are ways to save money on many aspects of your trip, and I have recently updated our popular series Money Saving Tips for Hawaii Travel with some recent information.
However, the best way to save money, that I know of, is to find ways not to spend it to begin with - or at least keep what you spend to a very small amount.
With that in mind, we are introducing our latest feature Free in Hawaii, our guide to things to do for free, or almost free, in each of the Hawaiian Islands.