Hawaii Steals and Deals
We may be in the midst of an economic slump, but that doesn't mean you have to hold yourself up in your home for the duration. We found 53 ways to shave the costs off retail therapy, sprucing up your home, collecting art, grocery shopping and more. All without breaking the bank.
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Buying produce at farmers’ markets
“Local herbs, fruits and vegetables are a great deal because they last longer,” says Lisa Asagi of the Hawaii Farm Bureau. “It’s surprising how long they last. With Maunawili Greens, for example, they take special care when harvesting the lettuce to keep the roots so it will stay fresh in your fridge for more than a week. A lot of the farmers harvest the night before, so you’re getting a very fresh product.”
Buying from local farmers not only means your food stays fresher longer, but is also a surefire way to support Hawaii agriculture, which helps keep food prices down in the long run. “Those prices are not dependent on oil prices,” Asagi says. “The more we can rely on local food, the more stable our food prices will be.” Check hfbf.org for the list of markets.
Take a load off and learn about vino at these complimentary wine tastings. Salute!
Nestled in a Chinatown courtyard, HASR Wine Co. (Highly Allocated, Spoiled Rotten) has free wine tastings on Tuesday and Fridays—including First Fridays—where drinkers learn about different grapes from various regions. 31 N. Pauahi St., Suite 1B, 535-9463, hasrwineco.com.
On Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m., head down King Street to The Wine Stop, a cute, peach-painted house, for its complimentary tastings and on the second and last Friday of each month for wine and cheese (and sometimes beer and whiskey) pau hanas. 1809 S. King St., 946-3707, thewinestophawaii.com.
At D’Vine Fine Wine and Spirits in the Koko Marina Shopping Center, leave your wallet at home for the complimentary Tuesday tastings from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 7192 Kalanianaole Highway, Suite C-122 (near Blockbuster), 394-5801, kokomarinacenter.com.
Kids Eat Free
Dining out with the little ones isn’t always as relaxing as a night out should be. But what if their food was on the house? Here are some places that offer free keiki meals.
Order an entrée at Ryan’s Grill on Sunday and kids 12 and under eat free. Ward Centre, 1200 Ala Moana Blvd., 591-9132, ryansgrill.com. Kids 10 and under eat free at the Auntie Pasto’s on Beretania Street every Monday and Wednesday, and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Kunia location. Auntiepastos.com. On Mondays and Tuesdays head to any of the three Gyotaku locations (King Street, Niu Valley and Pearl City) after 2 p.m. and keiki 10 and under eat free. Gyotakuhawaii.com. From 2 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, kids eat free at the Pearlridge Shopping Center location of Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor and Restaurant. Save room for a sundae! 98-1005 Moanalua Road, 488-9339, farrellshawaii.com.
Get a monday morning pick-up at any of the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf locations with a free espresso shot when you buy a cup of coffee. It ends at 11 a.m., but the shops open at 5:30 or 6 a.m. Coffeebeanhawaii.com.
Catch an early flick at any of the three Regal Cinemas on Tuesdays (Dole Cannery, Windward Stadium or Pearl Highlands Stadium) and get a free small popcorn with your matinee ticket stub. Regmovies.com.