Hawaii – By the Numbers:

Brittany Swanson   August 18, 2016   Comments Off on Hawaii – By the Numbers:

Hawaii, state fifty (holy moly, I actually made it…), by the numbers:

Total miles: 32 (I didn’t have a car, but got to borrow one for part of a day on Oahu to go to the beach.)

Total money gained: $300.14 (Bee farm family paid me after I finished my hours and a lady gave me $0.25 after I gave her $0.11).

Total money spent: $1,255.40 ($328.88 – Oahu) ($326.18 – Maui) ($600.34 – Big Island)
Gas: $0.00
Transportation: $464.91 ($232.50 – Oahu) ($106.41 – Maui) ($126.00 – Big Island) (buses and flights)
Food: $309.23 ($60.66 – Oahu) ($145.28 – Maui) ($103.29 – Big Island)
Lodging: $69.63 ($0 – Oahu) ($39.63 – Maui) ($30 Big Island)
Attractions: $17.50 ($1 – Oahu) ($16.50 – Maui) ($0 – Big Island)
Other: $358.50 ($28.23 – Oahu) ($0 – Maui) ($330.27 – Big Island)
Sunscreen: $35.63 ($6.49 -Oahu) ($18.36 – Maui) ($10.78 – Big Island)

Budgeted amount ($200/week or $28.57/day): $1,857.05

Total under budget: $601.65

Approximate amount of money saved from awesome other people paying for me: $0

North American Reciprocal Museum pass: $0 ($212.50 from $100)

National Park Interagency pass: $40 ($525 from $80)

Number of free meals: 12

Total nights spent with people I already knew: 0

Total nights spent with Couchsurfing hosts: 15

Total nights spent with non-Couchsurfing (WWOOFing) hosts: 47

Total nights spent camping: 2

Total nights spent in a hostel: 1

Total nights spent in the car: 0

Total nights spent in the airport: 0

Total number of hosts/homes stayed in: 5

Total number of Couchsurfing hosts/homes: 3

Total number of family/friend hosts/homes: 0

Total number of other homes: 2

Total dates: 2

Total encounters with Mrs. Meyer’s soap: 1 and it was basil!

Total unexpected, but awesome experiences: 40 (7 – Oahu, 12 – Maui, 21 Big Island (Hawai’i))

Total “Am I done yet…?” moments: 17 (5 – Oahu, 1 – Maui, 11 – Big Island (Hawai’i))

Total “This is so AMAZING, I can’t believe how AWESOME my life is!” moments: 68 (12 – Oahu, 25 – Maui, 31 – Big Island (Hawai’i))


OAHU – Ko Olina – I really enjoyed getting my beach on at the Lagoons so the waves weren’t constantly knocking me over, Ko Olina, HI.

OAHU – WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument – because, if we don’t remember our history we’re bound to repeat it, Honolulu, HI.

MAUI – Black Rock Beach – cliff jumping, swimming with turtles and if you go down far enough you can get away from most of the tourists…

MAUI – Ho’okipa Beach Park – either at sunrise or sunset to see all the sea turtles on the beach.

MAUI – Haleakalā National Park – I went at sunrise, but I feel like sunset might be better since you’re above the clouds, so if the clouds change colors…just bring warm layers – lots of warm layers.

MAUI – Road to Hāna – I wouldn’t want to drive it, but it was neat to ride along it – the views were spectacular.

MAUI – Waioka Pond aka Venus Pool – hidden gem of pure awesomeness, great cliff jumping and swimming spot, could tell you how to get there if I was with you, no idea how otherwise, sorry.

MAUI – Waimoku Falls hike – there’s just nothing like hiking through a bamboo forest.

MAUI – Black Sand Beach at Wai’ānapanapa State Park – because who doesn’t love a black sand beach? Also, there weren’t too many people there, so that was nice and the lava tube was sweet.

HAWAI’I (BIG ISLAND) – Ho’okena Beach – go snorkeling, especially early morning or later in the evening and you might get to swim with dolphins, if not, come back – it’s amazing, though still a good chance for some turtles, and lots of neat fish in the reef if you can’t…

HAWAI’I (BIG ISLAND) – Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park – I recommend the Kīlauea Iki hike across the crater floor – it’s pretty sweet and has some killer views on the way down. Also, go check out the view of the Halema’uma’u Crater – it’s also pretty cool. Oh, and the Thurston Lava Tube is neat.

HAWAI’I (BIG ISLAND) – Wainanalii Pond in Kīholo Bay – beautiful but the snorkeling is terrible, very secluded and not many people though so it’s awesome!


OAHU – Diamond Head State Monument – way too many tourists, Honolulu, HI. Though if the Magoo’s Burgers food truck is still up there…that guava smoothie was the best I’ve ever had.

OAHU – Waikiki – also super touristy, though if you want to try surfing without taking a lesson, I suggest going there and just watching other people, there are so many tourists no one really cares if you suck.

MAUI – Wailea Beach Park and Kama’ole Beach – actually all the beaches I went to on the southwestern side of the island had super fine sand and were super windy which made the beach a nightmare and not enjoyable at all, so I’d avoid the area if I was there again.

MAUI – Red Sand Beach – more like reddish brown rock beach…kinda cool, but not enough to skip other things for it.

MAUI – Big Beach at Mākena State Park – literally treacherous waves, there are plenty of other beaches, go there instead.

HAWAI’I (BIG ISLAND) – Punalu’u Black Sand Beach – if you’ve already seen a black sand beach it’s nothing too special – though if you need a place to camp it’s pretty great.

Are there any other number related things or best’s or whatnot you’d like to know? Leave me a comment below!