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When it comes to listing and describing accommodations on O'ahu, I am reminded of the phrase "target rich environment," immortalized by Tom Cruise as "Maverick" in the movie "Top Gun."  There are literally thousands of choices regarding places to stay on O'ahu, ranging from the biggest, trendiest and most expensive hotels and spa's, to the room outback in some kama'aina's back yard.

Unless your heart is set on a travel-poster hotel 10 yards off the water on Waikīkī , I suggest that you start your search at www.vrbo.com.  This is a site of owner-managed properties, listed in a very intuitive manner that is easy to sort and go through.  We haved used this site extensively and have never been disappointed with the results.   We have used it for accommodations on Kaua'i, Moloka'i and the Big Island (several times each), and have enjoyed every place we stayed and always found the owners easy to deal with. (That said, it has always been my mission to leave these place without leaving a single trace or hint of our being there.   While I've never received a "thanks, Mike" phone call from any of the owners, they've always allowed us to return.  I am also just getting into using www.craigslist.com for Island accommodations.)

Other than the vrbo and Craigslist places, here are some options that you might like:

Paradise near the Ala Wai — Waikiki Vacation Apartments

WE HAVE STAYED HERE AND IT WAS GREAT!  My wife and I stayed here for almost 3 weeks in 2011 when we went out to do the Honolul marathon.  Nice place!  The picture is of the actual unit we stayed in–  a nice, very roomy 1-BR apartment.  Both the living room and bedroom are large and there …

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Hale Koa Hotel

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This is the hotel for military folks and their families. Strangely, we’ve never stayed there, but we’ve only heard good things about it. One reason we never stayed there is that I was always late trying to get reservations. I thought 2-3 mos. would be sufficient, but I was wrong…they tell me 9-12 mos. out is when you need to call for reservations. I’ll do better next time!

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Sheraton Waikiki

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Another of the big name chains. Have not stayed there but from my walk-throughs, it’s a very pretty property.

Of all Waikiki Beach oceanfront hotels, one towers above the rest… the Sheraton Waikiki is a modern monument to traditional Hawaiian hospitality. This Oahu hotel…

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Halekulani Hotel

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Yet another of the “grand old names” on Waikiki. Can’t say we’ve ever stayed there, but we will some day. It’s on our list of “not to be missed hotels” and it’s just one more reason to take a trip to Honolulu. We have partaken in several of their Sunday brunches, and they are quite wonderful. Great food, magnificent setting…

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Outrigger Hotel

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While we’ve never stayed at the Outrigger Hotel, it was the scene of some of my fondest memories of the Islands. Not to be missed is the Outrigger’s “Kani Ka Pila Grille,” a poolside bar and entertainment area dedicated to bring top-notch Hawaiian music to the listening public. It is very similar to the Marriott at the other end of Kalakaua Avenue…

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Ilikai Hotel

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Another one of the “grand old hotels” on Waikiki. Have not been inside for many years, so I’m afraid I don’t have any current news on the hotel other than to say we did hear that a significant portion of it is/has been converted in to condominiums.

Soar high over paradise from as many as 30 stories above Waikiki Beach…

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Turtle Bay Resort

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Shucks…I’m so old I remember when this was “Del Webb’s Kuilima Resort.” Too long ago to admit to! I’ve never been inside Turtle Bay, but I used to love the short-lived TV show “North Shore” for its settings at Turtle Bay Resort (just about the worst TV show ever, but spectacular settings). Assuming it’s as pretty as portrayed on that show, it’s likely…

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Hilton Hawaiian Village

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We stayed here many years ago and had a great experience. Don’t know how much it has changed since then, but being a Hilton, you know it’s a first-class operation. (And don’t forget the weekly fireworks display the Hilton puts on every Friday; wherever you’re coming from, they’re worth…

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The Royal Hawai’ian Hotel

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“Treat yourself to an indulgent escape” their website says, and I think they’re “spot on,” as we used to say in the Navy. While the Moana may be the oldest hotel on Kalakaua Avenue, I suspect the Royal Hawaiian is the most recognized and most famous of Waikiki’s “grand dames.” It has been featured (if only as a backdrop) in many movies (particularly WWII movies), and its distinctive pink…

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Moana Surfrider Hotel

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Opened in 1901 (that’s not a mis-print), the Moana is the “grand old lady” of Hawaiian hotels (it’s my secret fantasy to be the owner and general manager of this hotel, but that’s another story.) If you choose not to stay here, please at least swing by for a drink one evening. They have free entertainment…

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Waikiki Shore Condominium

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For the second half of our December 2009 trip to Honolulu we decided to stay at the far end of Waikiki from Marriott, to the west. So we stayed at the Waikiki Shore Condominium, right on the beach and next the the Army museum and Fort De Russy.  We contracted them through Hawaiian Winds at …

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Waikiki Banyan

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This complex is both a hotel and and condominiums.  The complex is two blocks mauka from the beach and can be accessed by going to www.waikiki-banyan.com We have stayed here numerous times as well, each stay arranged through www.vrbo.com Because each unit is privately owned and maintained, it really isn’t possible to pass judgement …

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Waikiki Marriott Resort and Spa

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We have stayed with them a number of times, so you can tell we like it. One of the best parts of staying with them is that pretty much every Sunday evening three of the finest musicians in the world play at the poolside bar. They are Martin Pahinui, George Kuo, and Aaron Mahi. If you like Hawaiian music…

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