Currency

US Dollar ($)

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than $100

  • Waikiki hostel: $25–35
  • Buses to get around: $2.50
  • Local-style plate lunch: $8–10
  • Tap beer: $3.50–6

Midrange: $100–250

  • Waikiki budget hotel: $100–160
  • Car rental for a couple of days: $80–100
  • Activities like surfing or stand up paddling: $80–120
  • Restaurant meals: $15–30

Top End: More than $250

  • Full-service resort room: $250 and up
  • Top-chef-made meals: $25 and up
  • Oʻahu Helicopter Tour: $240
  • Evening cocktails and entertainment: $30 and up

Bargaining

Haggling is not normal practice on Oʻahu. The only place you may get somewhere if you try to bargain over prices is the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet, where hundreds of outdoor store holders, mostly owner-operators, are competing for your dollars.

Money

  • ATMs are all over the place and credit cards are accepted just about everywhere.

ATMs

Very common.

Credit Cards

Required for vehicle rentals; widely accepted all over the island.

Exchange Rates

AustraliaA$1$0.75
CanadaC$1$0.75
Europe€1$1.07
Japan¥100$0.88
New ZealandNZ$1$0.71
UK₤1$1.27

For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com

Tipping

In Hawaii, tipping practices are the same as on the US mainland, roughly as follows:

Airport and hotel porters $2 per bag, minimum of $5 per cart.

Bartenders 15% to 20% per round, minimum of $1 per drink.

Hotel maids $2 to $4 per night, left under the card provided; more if you’re messy.

Parking valets At least $2 when your keys are returned.

Restaurant servers 18% to 20%, unless a service charge is already on the bill.

Taxi drivers 15% of the metered fare, rounded up to the next dollar.

More Information

  • Major banks, such as the Bank of Hawaii (www.boh.com) and First Hawaiian Bank (www.fhb.com), have extensive ATM networks throughout Oʻahu.
  • Hawaii has a 4.17% state sales tax tacked onto virtually everything, including meals, groceries and car rentals. Accommodations taxes total nearly 14%.