Kama’aina discounts are discounts for locals as a way give back and show appreciation for your supporting a certain business or event. Most of the discounts come from those businesses that cater to tourists but would love to have your business too. You’ll need some form of Hawaii ID (state or drivers license), which, if you’re truly local, you already have one. But if not below is some information about how to get one.
With this identification you can get tons of discounts from hotel rooms to discount golf rates, the kama’aina discount is there to show appreciation for local residents. Check below for more details.
Where and how to get a state ID card:
The easier of the two is a state ID card because you don’t have to take a written test to get it. Depending on which island you live on you can get your Hawaii state ID card at the following locations Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Island of Oahu
465 S. King Street, Rm. 102
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Island of Hawaii
75 Aupuni St.
Hilo, HI. 96720
Phone: (808) 974-6265
75-5722 Kuakini Highway
Kuakini Tower, #215
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740
Phone: (808) 327-4953
Island of Maui
2264 Aupuni St., Ste. #1
Wailuku, Hawaii 96793
Phone: (808) 243-5798
Island of Kauai
3060 Eiwa St., Rm. 106
Lihue, Hawaii 96766
Phone: (808) 274-3100
What you need to bring with you
1. A certified birth certificate issued by the state repository in the state where you were born;
2. A certificate of citizenship or naturalization;
3. A document for a child born abroad of American parents.;
4. A valid United States Passport if issued in your legal name.
And of course, your Hawaii residential address.
What can you get with your Kama’aina discount.
Golf. Golf courses in Hawaii are probably the place you get the biggest discount for being a resident. Island golf courses have reputation of being expensive. If you’re a tourist visiting Hawaii for only a week, you may only have this one time to play. But if you’re a resident it would be impossible for a lot of people to play regularly. With the Kama’aina discount, you can. Places like Turtle Bay and Luana Hills give you a round for almost a third of the regular price. Just show your state identification or drivers license.
For discounts on Honolulu county courses like the Ala Wai Golf Course and The Pali Golf Course see our section on obtaining a Hawaii Resident Golf ID Card.
Rentals. You can discounts on most rentals like kayaks, surf boards, snorkeling, scuba, and the like. Without a lot of room to stash your toys this can be a big help. Being able to rent a surfboard for a little cheaper down in Waikiki after you get done with work just makes you feel a little better about cutting out early to enjoy the waves.
Hotels. Hotels in Hawaii offer huge Kama’aina discounts. You can stay at a four star resort on Lanai for half price. A room that’s regularly $500 now costs you $250. It’s a great deal! Even Waikiki hotels offer a discount. This should definitely be utilized if you’re going to be traveling to other islands. It can be your excuse to finally go to that resort you never thought you could afford.
Polynesian Cultural Center
The Polynesian Cultural Center is a great place to get guests and to go yourself for a little refresher course on some amazing culture. Located in Laie on the North Shore of Oahu, the cultural center offers tours, performances, a luau and much more. If you’re a resident they have some great deals to offer. From an annual pass to special event deals. You can check out more information at their Hawaii Resident page.