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15 Hawaii Tourist Traps And Scams (And How To Avoid Them)

List RulesHawaiians: Vote up the worst traps and scams tourists should avoid.

If you're considering a trip to paradise, the locals have you covered with an eye-opening list of Hawaii tourist scams. You will certainly be kept on your toes with these Hawaii tourist traps, but hopefully with this newly shed light, you'll learn how to avoid scams in Hawaii.

  • 1

    Instagram-able Beaches

    From a former Redditor:

    Hanauma Bay. They climb a hill, wait in line, pay, watch a video... then wait in line again just to swim at an okay beach because they saw it on Instagram.

    Big trap?
  • 2

    Expensive Luaus With Sugary Drinks 

    From Redditor u/jayt1202:

    I'd say it really depends on the luau you go to, but I'd say the majority will feel like a tourist trap. I would go with a mid-priced one as the really expensive luaus definitely seem overpriced. I've been to two and have more than had my fill, but these are fun for first-timers. The more expensive one I did had bottomless Mai Tai's and blue Hawaiians but they were definitely the pre-mixed sugary ones so only had two lol. Especially if you don't know much about Hawaiian/Polynesian culture in general.

    Big trap?
  • 3

    People 'Hand-Carving' Tiki Masks

    From Redditor u/mrxcoffee:

    Not a tourist trap per se, but seeing the guys "carve" the tiki masks and stuff down on Kalakaua or Kuhio looks like it could be. They've been putting the finishing touches on those masks for like 20 years now.

    Big trap?
  • 4

    Restaurant Chains That Are Only Expensive In Waikiki

    From Redditor u/BATHR00MG0BLIN:

    Those Israeli carts where people try to upsell products to rich tourists, those restaurants that have multiple locations and are somehow [twice] the cost in Waikiki but cheap outside of Waikiki.

    Just some observations of living in Waikiki, depending on what you classify as a tourist trap. That's why a lot of places in Waikiki offer "kamaaina discount," it's because we can call them out on their BS.

    Big trap?