i was able to find free accomodation in a condo in honolulu, hawaii for 5 days
Couchsurfing is a great online community, but it's definitely NOT for everyone. After signing up 4 years ago looking for free accomodation, I've come to realize that it's much more than that. It's actually a way to meet the locals, and see the city from a completely different perspective.
Granted, I still do the touristy things, but everytime that I "surf" someone's couch, I end up getting tons of tips on great restaurants, places to go, things that most guide books would never provide. And to this day, I've actually hosted more than I've surfed... so it's a lot of fun. But like I said, not for everyone, but if you are adventurous enough, then definitely give it a try.