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Tip: This town is best known for hosting the annual Merrie Monarch Festival.
Where to Find Accommodations
Explore dozens of hotels, condos and rental homes on the island called by many “The Gathering Place” — including beachfront and family hotels, luxury resorts, and prime space for conventions and meetings of all sizes.
The city of Honolulu, the state’s capital, offers a handful of business and economy hotels (primarily in the airport, downtown and fringe Waikiki areas) and upscale resorts such as south Honolulu’s Kahala Hotel & Resort.
The majority of the island’s hotels are located in Honolulu’s main visitor district, Waikiki, which stretches along the famous beach of the same name. Here elegant landmarks such as the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and Moana Surfrider rub shoulders with budget hotels and vacation condominiums, and shopping options range from the upscale to inexpensive souvenir. Military hotel Hale Koa sits on Waikiki Beach, and other hotel lodging can be found at Schofield Barracks, Hickam Air Force Base, Fort Shafter and Kaneohe Marine Corps Base.
In contrast, Oahu’s North Shore remains rural and relatively secluded. Accessed from the west by the H2 Freeway and from the east via Kamehameha Highway, the main communities of Haleiwa, Waialua, Sunset Beach and Mokuleia offer rental homes and the occasional condo and hostel. To the east of Haleiwa is beautiful Turtle Bay, home to the Turtle Bay Resort and championship golf courses.
The lush eastern shore of the island boasts one of the island’s longest and most beautiful beaches, near the town of Kailua and the Lanikai area. Here you will find a host of rental homes, villas, cottages and a few bed & breakfasts.
The island’s arid west side — including Ko Olina, Waianae and Makaha — boasts some of its most beautiful beaches and dramatic vistas but offers few lodging options. The JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa and Ko Olina Golf Course are located on these shores.
Hotel brands on Oahu include Outrigger, Castle, Prince, Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, Aston, Aqua and Starwood. Oahu offers one 5-star hotel, the Halekulani in Waikiki, and no all-inclusive resorts. Timeshare / vacation ownership opportunities are also available.