How to party like a pro in Hawaii

Published March 1st, 2013

So the uni semester is off and racing and we’re already counting down the days till holidays again. To let off some mid-semester steam we’re dreaming about a holiday in Hawaii, complete with days on the beach and nights raging on until sunrise. Sound like you’re kind of a good time? Well the good news is you can make it happen. Not only are our flights to Hawaii cheap but if you start saving now you’ll have enough to stay, surf and sip Mai Tais till sun down. And so while you procrastinate about that first-week assignment (urgh already) and begin planning your next holiday, here are some invaluable tips to partying like a pro in Hawaii.



DO hit the clubs in Oahu. The island, specifically Waikiki, is the centre of nightlife in Hawaii. While the party always pumps in the clubs along Waikiki Beach Walk, some venues shine brighter on certain nights. To hit up the club nights, ask around or check out the venue's Facebook page to see what events are coming up.


DON’T just stick to the tourist areas and resort bars. Unless you’re keen on drinking solo and being a Nigel no friends.



GET READY to drink a lot of Mai Tais. The popular Hawaiian cocktail here comes very cheap. Also, it’s not unlikely to end up tipping more than the actual drink price here, especially when some places serve US$1 spirits.


ALWAYS take your ID with you. No matter how old you think you look, in Hawaii they check everyone’s IDs. And we mean EVERYONE!



BE PREPARED for things to get messy. Like the Hangover Parts 1 and 2 messy.


BE CAREFUL of the shops here. They are open until 11pm each night and shopping after a couple of cocktails can be dangerous for your credit card.




CURE YOUR HANGOVER with some famous Hawaiian shaved ice and a plate lunch.


FOR A CHANGE OF PACE enjoy a night out in Honolulu. If the touristy scene of Waikiki gets a little old, dress up in your finest and hit the trendy clubs and boutique bars in Honolulu. Chinatown in particular is a great place to club hop and dance to live music.


LEAVE WITH a whole lot of new friends. Locals in Hawaii are incredibly friendly and will happily go out of their way to help you find a great bar or recommend a fantastic cocktail.


Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.