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Re: Hawaii housing for 5 near Honolulu?
« Reply #15 on: March 07, 2019, 09:32:33 AM »
Don't listen to the naysayers if you've already made plans.  Waikiki is extremely touristy, less relaxing than the other islands, but there is loads to do.  You will not be bored. 
Thx, but it seems nobody has any suggestions on housing on Oahu.
There's plenty for us to do for 4 full days there:  North Shore, climbing Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, SCUBA offshore on sunken wrecks, etc.
Next time we'll do another island.  We'll look at Air B&B, etc.  Thx.

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Re: Hawaii housing for 5 near Honolulu?
« Reply #16 on: March 08, 2019, 10:35:31 PM »
Lived on Oahu for 3 years, seriously, go to any other island! There's plenty to do, for sure, it's just not nearly as fun to do any of it with the trash and graffiti everywhere, even remote trailheads, the meth addicts living on the beaches, or the horrendous traffic, just to name three delightful things about Oahu. The place is a dump, and the rest of the islands so nice, it's almost criminal to waste your 5 days in Hawaii there.
But, if you insist, there are some reasonable VRBO/AirBnB houses on the North Shore and the North Shore is the least crappy part of the island, so highly recommend that. Whatever you do stay away from the Waianie coast, if you drive by Ko Olina you've gone too far!

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Re: Hawaii housing for 5 near Honolulu?
« Reply #17 on: March 14, 2019, 09:19:41 AM »
Thx everyone for comments.  I'll check Air B&B & the usual web sites tonight & book something as we're 3.5 weeks out.  It would be nice to find housing that includes parking but that's probably not likely.  Probably do some off shore SCUBA too.  Thx.

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Re: Hawaii housing for 5 near Honolulu?
« Reply #18 on: March 15, 2019, 11:31:58 AM »
Thx everyone for comments.  I'll check Air B&B & the usual web sites tonight & book something as we're 3.5 weeks out.  It would be nice to find housing that includes parking but that's probably not likely.  Probably do some off shore SCUBA too.  Thx.
Pretty much everything on the North Shore will have parking. Less likely Waikiki. There are only 2 real reef sites to dive on in Oahu and one is, no joke, the outlet of the big power plant on the Island where stuff is growing on the warmer coolant water. Did I mention the island-wide landfill is right next to it, as well as a refinery? Again, gorgeous island (not!). There are some interesting wrecks to dive.

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Re: Hawaii housing for 5 near Honolulu?
« Reply #19 on: March 15, 2019, 01:44:28 PM »
We've been to all 4 islands, and while Oahu is definitely more crowded//busy, with kids we had a really good time there, as there was a lot to do, especially for the first time there - Aquarium, Zoo, Diamondhead, North Shore (including PCC), Kualoa Ranch, Hanauma Bay, Pearl Harbour, etc. We stayed at the Embassy Suites (used Hilton points) which is 1 minute from the beach, and every room is at least a 1 bedroom (we were upgraded to a 2 bedroom which was amazing with little kids). They also have free breakfast with a lot of Kosher food, and free happy hour. Parking was expensive, but that's everywhere in Waikiki. Oahu Kosher was also great as prices are very reasonable for Hawaii and they deliver to your hotel for a small fee ($5-$10 I think). Our last day there we stayed at the Courtyard North Shore for a night, just because it was connected to the PCC. Hotel was really nice for a Courtyard by Marriott (pool nicer than most Courtyards), but I wouldn't want to stay there more than a day or 2 as there's not too much going on there and there are no balconies, and even our ocean view had some power lines in the way. Kauai is still our favorite island, Maui probably 2nd, but with our small kids had a great time on Oahu as well. For relaxation and less people and commotion, the other islands are all better.

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Re: Hawaii housing for 5 near Honolulu?
« Reply #20 on: March 18, 2019, 06:21:05 PM »
We've been to all 4 islands, and while Oahu is definitely more crowded//busy, with kids we had a really good time there, as there was a lot to do, especially for the first time there - Aquarium, Zoo, Diamondhead, North Shore (including PCC), Kualoa Ranch, Hanauma Bay, Pearl Harbour, etc. We stayed at the Embassy Suites (used Hilton points) which is 1 minute from the beach, and every room is at least a 1 bedroom (we were upgraded to a 2 bedroom which was amazing with little kids). They also have free breakfast with a lot of Kosher food, and free happy hour. Parking was expensive, but that's everywhere in Waikiki. Oahu Kosher was also great as prices are very reasonable for Hawaii and they deliver to your hotel for a small fee ($5-$10 I think). Our last day there we stayed at the Courtyard North Shore for a night, just because it was connected to the PCC. Hotel was really nice for a Courtyard by Marriott (pool nicer than most Courtyards), but I wouldn't want to stay there more than a day or 2 as there's not too much going on there and there are no balconies, and even our ocean view had some power lines in the way. Kauai is still our favorite island, Maui probably 2nd, but with our small kids had a great time on Oahu as well. For relaxation and less people and commotion, the other islands are all better.

Yoshapman, thank you for the useful data.
We have enough Hilton points so we may do 1 night w/Embassy Suites & 4 nights somewhere else.  We make it an adventure & do some active items.
I am also looking at SCUBA as I'm certified but kids aren't.  We'll see.
We're investigating hotels vs AirBNB & so far AirBNB looks better.  Uber also avail so maybe only 1-2 days of car rental.
Thank you very much for your assistance.  Very useful.