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Where to Stay in Oahu

This is a rolling list of hotels we recommend as locals who have spent time in these hotels or stayed at them.


Ihilani Four Seasons Resorts Luxury resort, favorite Hawaii film location

Disney Aulani Resort. Family friendly and fun Disney resort located in Kapolei. 30 complementary activities from tubing fun, snorkeling, movie night, cultural entertainment. A memorable stay for the entire family.



Moana Surfrider, Landmark hotel with beach front view. A feeling of old Hawaii history and Duke Kahanamoku days. Afternoon tea on the terrace. Houses a small museum. My favorite hotel.

Hilton Hawaiian Village. Luxury. Large resort with luxury rooms, a private lagoon and a free Friday fireworks. The man-made lagoon is an easy and safe experience for children and is next to the beach.

Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Landmark hotel and private beachfront. Located in the heart of Waikiki, it is the only pink hotel on the island.  The hotel has a tad old Hawaii vibe, while the pool areas reek of modern luxury. It sits adjoining the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Mall and is 5 minutes from the International Marketplace.

Sheraton Waikiki. Luxury and beachfront.  Spacious rooms, great location and an adult-only infinity pool. Family friendly too with a 70 feet water slide. Next to Royal Hawaiian Hotel. (I had a lot of high school banquets here!)


Kaimana Beach Hotel – Access to Kaimana Beach and short walk to Kuhio Beach, Queens Beach, Waikiki Aquarium and Honolulu Zoo.


Beach Waikiki Boutique Hostel, Budget. Great location near beach, shared kitchen, family rooms available. Great place for solo travelers to make friends.

Waikiki Beachside Hostel. Budget. Great location, walk to Waikiki Surf beach. Dorm rooms as low as $35/night.

Kahuku / North Shore

Turtle Bay Resort – Beautiful beaches, ocean bungalows, escape to the North Shore in this resort getaway. Popular Hawaii film location.

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