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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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4) Frame simply

“When you create consistency in framing, it can create a sharp, fun collection. “Get frames that you can live with, and stay away from anything that’s too ornate.”

5) Do it yourself

“Treat yourself to a class, whether that’s photography or drawing. Another way to get active in your own pursuit is to challenge yourself and some friends to make 10 pieces in 10 weeks.” ”

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When it comes to our local museums and theaters, it pays to be a member.

The Contemporary Museum (TCM) 

Individual membership is $45 for one year, giving you unlimited entry for yourself and an accompanying friend. Surprise benefit: Members are invited to Member’s Mornings, which includes artist lectures and hands-on demonstrations. 2411 Makiki Heights Drive, 526-1322, tcmhi.org.

Honolulu Academy of Arts

Individual membership is $55 for one year, including unlimited admission to Art After Dark—which means you pay off your membership just by going to five Art After Dark events. Surprise benefit: Unlimited, free Wi-Fi in the Luce Pavilion Courtyard.
900 S. Beretania St., 532-8700, honoluluacademy.org.

Bishop Museum 

Individual membership is $40 per year, including unlimited admission to both the museum, The Jhamandas Watumull Planetarium and the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden on the Big Island.  Surprise benefit: Members receive a 10-percent discount on historic print reproductions from the library and archives. 1525 Bernice St., 847-3511, bishopmuseum.org.

Hawaii Theatre Center

Individual membership is $50 for one year, including discounts on performances and advance ticket sales (before they go on sale to the public). Surprise benefit: Members receive a 10 percent discount on food and drinks at the nearby restaurants, including Duc’s Bistro, Indigo, Little Village Noodle House, Restaurant Epic, Soul de Cuba Café, and more. 1130 Bethel St., 528-0506, hawaiitheatre.com.

Atherton Studio

Concert tickets are $20 for Hawai‘i Public Radio (HPR) members (nonmembers pay $25). Surprise benefit: Members receive advance ticket notice on national shows, such as a recent performance by classical concert pianist Sara Davis Buechner. 738 Kaheka St., 955-8821, hawaiipublicradio.org.

Kennedy Theatre

“Advance Super Saver” tickets for main-stage events typically go on sale from mid-July to early September and provide significant savings off regularly priced tickets. 1770 East-West Road, 956-7655, hawaii.edu/kennedy


Free Love

» The annual Ukulele Festival, founded by Roy Sakuma, takes place every July at the Kapi‘olani Park Bandstand and features a variety of performers from solo virtuosos to an ‘ukulele orchestra of more than 800 students. Ukulelefestivalhawaii.org.

» Every First Friday, the Hawaii State Art Museum hosts Live from the Lawn, where local musicians take the stage from 5 to 9 p.m. Bring a blanket or some beach chairs and have a picnic with food from Downtown @ the HiSAM. Don’t forget to check out the galleries inside, which are always free to peruse. 250 S. Hotel St., 586-0900, hawaii.gov/sfca.

» Feed your brain on Egyptian archaeology, Chinese literature, molecular biology and more at free lectures at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. 2500 Campus Road, 956-8111, hawaii.edu/calendar/manoa.

» Learn about King Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani’s royal home on the first Sunday of each month from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Show a Hawaii ID and get free admission to Iolani Palace, including a docent-guided tour. 522-0832, iolanipalace.org.

» Take in more than 10 current and permanent exhibitions at the Honolulu Academy of Art on the first Wednesday of each month and during Bank of Hawaii Sundays every third Sunday. This month the Academy is featuring “Four Thousand Years of Southeast Asian Art” and “Indian Company Painting.” 900 S. Beretania St., 532-8700, honoluluacademy.org.

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