If you’re looking to do Maui on a budget, then you need Costco in your life. Located in Kahului, this big box store has all the deals and discounts you’ll need on your trip. From groceries and alcoholic beverages to beach gear and clothing, they definitely have it all. Need a nice camera to capture all your fun vacation photos? They have that, too.
You can start off your savings journey by getting groceries that’ll stretch your restaurant dollars considerably. Fresh produce, refrigerated and frozen goods, and plenty of prepackaged foods line most of their aisles. They even have all the fixings you’ll need for picnics galore, making it easy to grill up meat and veggies beachside.
Want to add alcoholic beverages to the mix? All their beer, wine, champagne, and even mixers come in at a much lower price than local liquor stores. So, you can easily stock up in one stop and avoid paying an arm and a leg for your favorite drinks.
Although food and drinks bring most people through the doors, their offerings don’t stop there. While shopping for the essentials, you can add boogieboards, beachwear, household items, and tons more to your cart. You can even get souvenirs, like Honolulu Cookie Company treats, to bring back home for your friends and family. Just be sure to grab an extra bag for yourself or miss out on truly scrumptious sweet treats to remember.
To top it all off, they offer discount cards for many restaurants and activities across the island. Luaus, ziplines, and all the most popular attractions roll out their discounts for Costco members to enjoy. Beloved local restaurants do the same, making it easier than ever to stick to your budget while enjoying the best the island has to offer.
While shopping the day away, you’re bound to work up an appetite. Thankfully, you can just jet on over to the food court to get your fill. They’re known for the best poke around plus plenty of other awesome dishes, including acai bowls made with fresh fruit. Although it’s available nationwide, their pizza is a fan favorite, especially when made hot and fresh. You can actually call ahead to buy whole pizzas to go if you want to take them on the road and munch all day.
The weekends bring in eager Costco shoppers in droves. So, if you want a leisurely shopping experience, it’s best to avoid Saturday and Sunday. Instead, aim to shop around in the early morning hours on any weekday of your choosing. With that move, you’ll have plenty of time to browse without dodging the crowds coming your way. The only drawback? The weekends are usually the only time to grub on sample after sample.
Once you’re done shopping, don’t leave the parking lot without getting gas. Their discount can save you more than 50 cents a gallon, decreasing your cost of touring the island even more. Just be prepared to sit around in line a bit to wait for your chance to fill up. The gas station is almost always packed to the gills, making weekend shopping trips look like a walk in the park.
-If you don’t have a current membership, you can sign up for one at the customer service desk. Just let the door attendant know that you’re going to sign up and they’ll wave you through.
-You don’t need a membership to shop at the food court or get prescriptions filled.
-Purchasing your beach gear can prove less expensive than renting it. Plus, when you’re done, you can bless your fellow beachgoers with your gear before flying home.
-Park under the solar panels to keep your car from heating up in the hot sun.