Getting older pays off! Discounts for seniors are available at almost all of Hawaii’s major attractions and occasionally at hotels and restaurants. The Outrigger hotel chain, for instance, offers travelers ages 50 and older a 20% discount on regular published rates—and an additional 5% off for members of AARP. Always ask when making hotel reservations or buying tickets and carry proof of your age with you—it can really pay off. Most major domestic airlines offer senior discounts. Members of AARP (www.aarp.org; 800/424-3410 or 202/434-2277) are usually eligible for extra discounts. AARP also puts together organized tour packages at moderate rates. Some great, low-cost trips to Hawaii are offered to people 55 and older through Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel) (11 Avenue de Lafayette, Boston, MA 02111; www.roadscholar.org; 800/454-5768), a nonprofit group that arranges travel and study programs around the world. Write to the address above for a catalog of offerings.
If you’re planning to visit Hawaii Volcanoes or Haleakala National Park, you can save sightseeing dollars if you’re 62 or older by picking up a Senior Pass from any national park, recreation area, or monument. This lifetime pass has a one-time fee of $80 and provides free admission to all of the parks in the system, plus a 50% savings on camping and recreation fees.