How had I not come across this gem earlier! Supposedly, the DVD rental phenomenon from the mainland called "Redbox" made it all the way across the Pacific Ocean to Honolulu and nobody bothered to tell me about it! A friend from the mainland finally filled me in last week and we made to to my local Safeway supermarket to see if there was a Redbox. Lo and behold, like a beacon in the otherwise dreary supermarket stood the red box that we were looking for!
Supposedly, Redboxes have been installed in at least ten locations throughout Honolulu. They tend to be found in Safeways and McDonalds, but I’ve also heard that Foodland and Longs might soon house these red wonders. There is no membership fee (amazing!), and the one-night DVD rental costs a mere $1 + tax (yippee!). While the selection is limited, there should be something available to strike your fancy.
Sidle up to the Redbox and use the touchscreen to place your order. The DVD pops out of the box once you’ve swiped your credit card. Make sure, though, to check the quality of the DVD, as some of them are scratched and will not be worth taking home. In those cases, just pop the DVD back into the Redbox, and pay another $1 for a different DVD.
So, if the beach is too hot, rainy, or otherwise unappealing and you’re looking for a mellow evening in, Redbox is a great, cheap alternative!