Hawaii (State of) Tourist Traps

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Hawaii (State of) Tourist Traps

  • International Market Place

    Honolulu Tourist Traps

    There's a stall or 2 that sell perfume. These look like name brand perfume (only slightly cheaper than Duty Free). We bought "John Gaulteir Le Male" for $50 yet on getting this home we found it was nothing but a cheap knock off. When you buy the perfume, check that it is labelled with the brand, and check the item given to you before you leave the...

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  • Shopping

    Waikiki Tourist Traps

    Notice that the high-end shops in Waikiki and Ala Moana (Hermes, Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Rolex, YSL etc.) are gorgeous and well-stocked. If you're from Japan or somewhere else where there are ridiculous import tariffs, you'll stock up. Check out Duty Free Shoppers as well -- you'll need a passport. If you're from anywhere else, you can buy all that...

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  • Jaggar Museum

    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Tourist Traps

    Also a tiltmeter is on display in the museum providing real-time data about the volcanoes. Rapid increase in tilt can indicate that magma is accumulating at shallow levels within the volcano and is often a precursor to an eruption. Rapid decreases in tilt can indicate that magma is draining at shallow leaves within the volcano and moving into a...

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  • Volcano Winery

    Hawaii (Big Island) Tourist Traps

    I was a little disappointed with this visit. It's merely a storefront for a winery. You get no tour unfortunately. You do get to taste their different wines, which are made right on the grounds. This winery is located off the main road just past the KMC entrance. Browse the shop and "talk story" with the sales people, you will find they are eager...

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  • Waikiki

    Oahu Tourist Traps

    Watch out... I worked this out but my friend got hooked in. We were walking down the street and a guy had a parrot/ cockatoe and said "here hold this and I will take a photo of you with the bird', I was like no thanks but my un-travelled friend said ok. Anyhow after holding the bird, the guy asked for a $20 donation towards the wildlife. I said I...

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  • Wal Mart

    Kauai Tourist Traps

    My family and I decided to go on a one day tour of Kaua'i. The tour is another story! The souvenere shops, were like set ups. Our tour guide would tell us these crazy stories of shells, and how unique they are, and the red dirt shirts and everything, and we would end up stoping at these rest stops and tourist stores... the prices would be way over...

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  • Waikiki

    Honolulu Tourist Traps

    If you just slide up (north or maka) Kapahulu Ave within about a mile, you'll find a much more authentic Hawaii. Restaurants, coffee bars, surf shops, a couple of off-beat bars. Going even further afield, take a look at this site: http://absolute-hawaii.com/absolute-must-sees/obamas-residence/ You could try this for a GREAT view and spectacular...

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  • Dole Pineapple

    Oahu Tourist Traps

    Ok, I guess I should have read VTers’ tips better. What can I say; this place is a ROYAL waste of time, especially the idiotic train that takes you on a 20 minutes plantation tour. Can you imagine how many pineapples you’ll see in that time?! There are some good things to say about the place, like the world’s largest maze. This place is kinda fun,...

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  • Spouting Horn

    Kauai Tourist Traps

    Wave action creates pressure inside an old lava tube, causing the water to jet out of a hole on top of a rock bench. In addition to the main blowhole, there are several holes that generate smaller fountaining or at least get flooded from inside as the wave pounds the rock. Catching a good blow in a picture requires good timing and patience,...

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  • Free Breakfast deals

    Honolulu Tourist Traps

    One trap is the Free Breakfasts offered by tour companies. Because we were first-timers, we went, even though I read it was a tourist trap. It boils down to - you get what you pay for. The free breakfast was terrible. Cold powered egg, frozen reheated hash browns, sausages that looked like little p**ps. However the tourguide's presentation was...

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  • Polynesian Cultural Center

    Oahu Tourist Traps

    The Polynesian Cultural Center is a once in a lifetime experience (I hope!). If you're looking for an authentic taste of all the different nations of Polynesia, then visit all of the nations of Polynesia! But, if you're looking for an ersatz Epcot Center-like experience shared with busloads of tourists, but plunk down big bucks and spend a day at...

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  • Polynesian Adventure Tours

    Kauai Tourist Traps

    Polynesian Adventure Tours, was by far the worst thing we could have waisted our money on. My family had decided that we wanted to see another island besides Oahu. So, we though that we should visit the garden island, Kaua'i ! We were so excited because of how everyone spoke of Kaua'i. It was a paradise! So, we said, lets go for it! We went to our...

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  • Scenic Disappointments

    Honolulu Tourist Traps

    Honolulu and Waikiki are nothing but one way streets so be sure to have a map handy AHEAD of time. Don't be stuck like we were driving around for two hours, trying to navigate all of the one way streets! We went to Diamond Head Crater and the Blowhole, which weren't all they were advertised to be. Don't waste your time (in my opinion). Actually, I...

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  • Waianae Coast

    Oahu Tourist Traps

    The Waianae Coast is the far western side of Oahu, and it looks inviting on a map. Unfortunately, it is the most impoverished, poorly-cared-for, junkiest part of Oahu and is only worth visiting if you've seen everywhere else on the island (and some of those places many times over). Most of the beaches on this coast have been taken over by camps of...

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  • Kekoi Gold

    Kauai Tourist Traps

    It's allways nice to taste the local brew. And it may appear that the Keoki brand is the local Kauai brew. Both their Kekoi Gold and Kekoi Sunset are fairly good brews, but have a close look at the label and you'll se that is says "Brewed and bottled by: Keoki Brewing Co. Gilroy, CA". So be aware. The company is supposed to have brewing activities...

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  • Much Over-priced! Shop around

    Honolulu Tourist Traps

    Well I'm ashamed to say that I was sucked in big time by a lady selling crystal. It was my first ever visit to Waikiki and I guess I was high on the thrill of just being there! I went into a gift shop and after looking around for 5 minutes I was approached my the shop keeper who offered some 'real Hawaiian crystal' to me! I wasn't really interested...

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  • Kahuku Sugar Mill

    Oahu Tourist Traps

    We were happily winding our way around the island and Valories sister was reading the upcoming destinations. Oh the Kahuku Sugar Mill is up here. So we decided to swing by and check it out. Well we got to the place and there was a sign welcoming us......but the Mill was gone! The only thing left are a few large pieces of machinery and some pictures...

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  • Taxi-cabs, Shuttles & Trollies

    Honolulu Tourist Traps

    Honolulu Airport Shuttles is owned by someone who owns 3 other taxi companies. So they tell you you are getting a good deal as compared to other companies, which they own and offer you "VIP deal" just for you of course. The prices are rediculous ($80 to go to Pearl Harbour when it costs $2 on the bus) and the owner is the rudest person I have met....

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  • Hanuama Bay

    Oahu Tourist Traps

    When it's your first time to the island, you have your dreams of escape. If getting away is your plan, plan on the other islands. Oahu with all its beauty is a tourist trap. There are a number of different places where you can snorkel on Oahu, however, the best place is Hanama Bay just outside of Honolulu. You should note that it does get crowded...

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  • Sea Life Park

    Honolulu Tourist Traps

    My daughter's family went there today for the dolphin encounter. She said the water was absolutely filthy. She said that the park had really gone downhill since we were there 5 years ago. The water was so dirty in the sting ray exhibit that they wouldn't even go in it. You can't take your own pics so you have to pay their outrageous prices if you...

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  • Hilo Hatties

    Oahu Tourist Traps

    They ply you with coupons and free trolley rides to get you to come to their stores. I use to really enjoy going to Hilo Hatties in previous visits. Now they are so commerical and over-priced you are better off going elesewhere. If you have to go to Hilo Hattie's then I would recommend you skip the jewlery and the fashions and go straight away to...

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  • Package Deals or Steals!

    Honolulu Tourist Traps

    Never leaves any value in your car. Thieves are watching for tourists-cars and are waiting until they are out of sight and in less than a minutes they will have broken into your car taking off all your valuables. I have heard that an old lady has stopped at a lookout to take a photo, and saw a group of tourists park their car, open the trunk, and...

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  • Whale Watching

    Oahu Tourist Traps

    The tours are often expensvie and include lunch and activities - this is because tourists will often have to go out 2 or 3 times to actually see a whale. The cruise was beautiful aboard the Star of Honolulu and being able to see Honolulu and Diamond Head from the water was worth the time, but if you have your hopes set on seeing a humpback whale or...

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  • PCC & other Luau's

    Honolulu Tourist Traps

    This place is a total rip-off. It looks more like a bad Disneyland ride from the 50's--and the show finishes with an advertisement for the Mormon Church. Even met a guy that used to work there at our hotel later--says they exploit even their employees. The worst part of our two week trip. One to avoid.

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  • Hilo Hatties

    Honolulu Tourist Traps

    This is a waste of your time, and not worth all the hype in all the travel magazines. The store has limited options, and in all honesty you can find absolutely everything there for a lesser price, if you keep looking. The free trolley runs about every 20 minutes or more, so if you're done shopping there, it's a pretty boring wait for the trolley to...

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  • Town of Lahaina-Mainland Strip mall?

    Although the town of Lahaina is beautiful in its own regard, I found much of the city to be a tourist trap as it was mirror like of your typical mainland suburb. Horrible images of McDonald's, Outback Steakhouse, Burger King, Starbucks, Foot Locker, and Office Max bunched up in pristine locations around this city.Strip malls everywhere and...

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  • Airport

    I was on my way to Australia when we stopped over in Hawaii. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to visit. I thought the short layover would be nice here BUT the doors to the airport we left open the whole time making it miserably hot and humid! Was NOT a great condition to get on a 15 hour flight after waiting!

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  • Paradise Cove Luau and the "Orientation...

    That free orientation breakfast cost us TIME and that is the stuff vacations are made of. They basically lock the doors and hard-sell you tours and luaus and crapola. I tried to get out of my chair to use the ladies' room and the salesman actually blocked my chair so I couldn't get out. We stupidly ended up buying tickets to the Paradise Cove Luau...

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  • Polynesian Cultural Center

    Probably it is the #1attraction on O`hau for tourists , but in my mind it is absolutely not worth to go there as it is sooo expensive and 2nd it is really boring.the good thing is, PCC has 1,400 employees. PCC is about people and learning their cultures.so its up to you!For more information please visithttp://www.polynesia.com//

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  • Maui - Lahaina Luau's Are Just A Tourist...

    We were unable to get into the Old Lahaina Luau which is highly recommended by locals so we went to the Royal Hawaiian instead. It was an insult to our senses and wallet. the cost was $60 a piece for crappy food from a buffet which had a large rat that ran across the beam over the buffet bar. The drinks were disgusting and we were crammed into an...

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  • Don't rent a car from Enterprise!

    It's not that I am against renting their cars. No! No! No! They have good service! And, their daily price is very reasonable. The thing is, once you get out from the airport baggage claim, their rental car office should be right there! But, no! You have to get out from the baggage claim and wait for their pick-up van to bring you to their office!...

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  • Hilo Hattie

    Hilo Hattie is billed as "The Store of Hawaii". Well, that may be, but is is most assuredly the "Overpriced, Tourist Trap Store of Hawaii" as well! The chain has stores all throughout the islands, as well as some stores on the mainland U.S. And to be honest, they do have some decent items for sale. But everything in these stores is way more...

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  • Snorkeling trips by boat. Ask this...

    We went on the Lahaina Princess for a 6 hour+ snorkel to Molokini Crater and Turtle Reef. Told to get there at 7:30, didn't take off until 8:20. Lahaina Princess not a very good boat, lot of diesel smoke from the engine, not good if you are at the back of the boat. Boat was old, 1979, not real clean and not that well maintained. $85 before...

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  • Ala Moana shopping centre

    It's like a swift version of hell. Go into the food court. Venture further in. Realise it's HUGE. Look at row upon row of Soylent Green pre-materials. Catch the round island bus services instead - 52 or 55 from Kona, behind the Ala Moana shopping centre, and leap off whenever you see a cute shop, like those at Hale'iwa.Or: dodge the crowds and...

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  • Don't expect to find topless wahine...

    Don't trust all the advertisement you'll see with unspoiled white beach and topless wahine by the water.You may have a chance to find that in French polynesia...on a postcardmaybe...ah!ah!ah! Cocktails will help you spend the day in front of the hotel between German women,who knows after few drinks your dreams may come true...!PS: I love german...

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  • All of Waikiki

    Everything in the Waikiki area is overpriced for the tourists!!!!!! Go to the Duty Free Shops on the corner of Royal Hawaiian and Kalakaua. Everyone is allowed to shop tax-free on the first level. There are also some good deals to be had at the ABC Stores (there's one about every 50 yards). Better deals will be found at the Aloha Stadium Swap...

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  • Sea Walker: trudging & convex helmet

    "Sea Walker" looks good on paper. It's an alternative to traditional introductory SCUBA diving. You put a big fishbowl helmet on your head, and walk on the sea floor like an old-fashioned sponge diver.The down-side is, 1) the helmet is mostly convex, so everything looks faaar away. 2) you go down with alot of people and kick up the bottom sediment,...

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  • Sea Walker: trudging & convex helmet

    "Sea Walker" looks good on paper. It's an alternative to traditional introductory SCUBA diving. You put a big fishbowl helmet on your head, and walk on the sea floor like an old-fashioned sponge diver.The down-side is, 1) the helmet is mostly convex, so everything looks faaar away. 2) you go down with alot of people and kick up the bottom sediment,...

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  • Intro SCUBA near Sea Life Park,...

    If you're considering trying introductory SCUBA diving, GREAT-- there's lots of good sites in Hawaii. However, be aware that many spots are chosen for their utter SAFETY, rather than their beauty. One such trouist trap is the spot on the northern side of Oahu's eastern tip, in the space between Sea Life Park and the research pier (near Waimanalo)....

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  • DON'T SHOP IN WAIKIKI!

    Everything is expensive in Waikiki--it's a tourist trap! The locals don't and won't usually shop here unless we're forced to. Walk around, enjoy the beautiful weather and sights, but--again--DO NOT SHOP HERE! (I cannot stress this enough.) If you *really* need to shop in Waikiki, then the DFS store is the place to shop at. This place is very...

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  • USS Arizona - mostly invisible in murky...

    Sorry, folks, but it IS a tourist trap. I know this is going to offend a few, but somebody's gotta say it.It's a rusting hulk, mostly invisible in murky water, or hidden by reflections off the water. If it were not for the huge turret mounts still sticking up out of the water, most of us wouldn't be able to tell that it is a ship at all. At the end...

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  • Waikiki is a Big Tourist Trap

    Waikiki, and all of Honolulu for that matter, is a tourist trap. Do a half day circle tour of Oahu, and a trip to Pearl and then head for another island for real sights to see and souveniers that are meaningful. Definitely see Pearl Harbour, and head to the north side of Oahu - not as commercial and populated. In Waikiki, head to Hilton Hawaiian...

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  • world market

    This is the only place that they want to sell me a piece of glass for 135.00 and I take a couple steps away from them and the price is down to 100.00 and a few more steps it was 75.00 you get the picture, by the time I was 40 foot away they were chasing to the door telling me 15.00. try to remember your way out, once you are in there it twist and...

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  • To luau or not to luau

    Avoid commercial luaus; the food has been adjusted for the proverbial Mid-Western visitor. Accept the genre for what it is and just go with the flow. Also be happy that you are providing employment for a lot of local people. Alternative #1. Check newspapers for fundraiser ones by churches or hula groups. These are a lot more fun, although the...

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  • Don't buy pot in Maui

    Don't buy pot in Maui. I was told this from a kid that I picked up hitch hiking. I had only been in Maui for 1/2 an hour and I met him. He said that the locals don't want people buying or selling pot. He said that if I wanted pot I could find it free everywhere. He was right. If this is the reason you came to Maui you will be very happy to find...

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