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Oahu is the third largest and most populous of the Hawaiian Islands. It was originally settled by Polynesian people from other nearby islands a tousand years ago. Although European contact was made by Captain Cook in 1778 (on the Big Island), he never visited Oahu. By the 1820s, the Oahu (Honolulu) port was well known to whaling ships. Missionaries soon came to the islands and introduced elements of western civilization (Sugar Plantations.) The kingdom of Hawaii (King Kamehameha III) made Honolulu its capital in 1845. In 1891, a group of American businessmen took control of Hawaii from Queen Liliuokalani and declared it to be its on own 'republic' – but their goal was to make it part of the US. The islands were annexed by the US in 1898. In 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in a battle that bought the U.S. into World War II. Following the war, the islands continued to grow as a US portal to the east and in 1959 Hawaii became the 50th US State.

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orchids NOTE: Orchid ratings take into account the cost as well as the service, location and hotel reputation -- a $70 four orchid room will not be as fancy as a $300 four orchid room -- but the service should be similar.

Luxury 250+ per night

  • Disney Aulaniu Resort LinkDisney's Aulani Resort - (26 miles west of Honolulu) (Rooms from $400 to $13,000 per night) A new and awe inspiring resort in the Disney style. Its not a theme park feel -- but a luxury resort with great architecture, sophisticated dining (snack, poolside sitting and upscale dining options), lounges, and a comfortable atmosphere that will undoubtably be a hit with upscale vacationers and convention goers. award4
  • Embassy Suites Hotel-Waikiki Beach Walk (Honolulu) ($350+) Spcacious rooms, short walk to beach. No self park.award4
  • ResortQuest Waikiki Beach Tower ($400+) Sm. kitchen, condo style, near beach (Honolulu)award4
  • Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach (Honolulu) - One of the best Waikiki hotels. It is central to everything you'd want on Waikiki and receives consistently good reviews. Priced from $250 (with specials and discounts)award4
  • JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa at Ko Olina -- A "spa and golf experience." Destination hotel, not on Waikiki beach. (Kapoli) ($320+)
  • Hawaii Prince Hotel (Honolulu) - Good golf destination. Near Ala Moana beach. Japanese flair. ($250+)
  • Halekulani (Honolulu) On Waikiki beach, long history of excellence. ($450+)4 orchids
  • Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa (Honolulu) - This 22 acre resort is expansive and has rooms priced from the $200 to over $1000 a night. It's on a good stretch of Waikiki beach and has many options for play and fun for those wanting an exciting experience. award4
  • Kahala Hotel & Resort (Honolulu) On a secluded beach ten minutes from Waikiki. ($500+)award4
  • The Lotus at Diamond Head (Honolulu) In a quiet neighborhood about a 15 minute walk to the action on Waikiki ($500+) 4 orchids
  • Marriott's Ko Olina Beach Club (Kapoli) On the western shore of Oahu -- some construction until Jan 2009. award3
  • Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort (Honolulu) Built in 1901, referred to as the “First lady of Waikiki” ($265+)3 orchids
  • ResortQuest at the Executive Centre Hotel (Honolulu)2 orchids
  • Royal Hawaiian (Honolulu) Romantic and historic “Pink Palace of the Pacific” provides "elegance from a bygone era." Closed for remodelling until Jan, 2009.4 orchids
  • Turtle Bay Resort (Kahuku) - Located on Kawela Bay, 45 minutes from Waikiki, with almost five miles of beachfront. ($350+)3 orchids
  • Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort (Honolulu) ($250+) Some construction through July 09.3 orchids
Mid-priced up to $250 a night
Value $150 or less per night
  • Aqua Aloha Surf (Honolulu) - A hip Waikiki botique hotel with a surf theme. 3 orchids ($90+)
  • Aqua Coconut Waikiki (Honolulu) Art deco botique hotel. ($90+)3 orchids
  • Aqua Palms and Spa (Honolulu) -- Off Waikiki botique hotel with many amenities. Good value. ($90+) 4 orchids
  • AQUA Honolulu Prince (Honolulu) Near International Marketplace. Good value. ($100+)4 orchids
  • Aqua Waikiki Wave (Waikiki) Adjacent to the International Marketplace, botique hotel. ($125+)4 orchids
  • The Breakers (Honolulu) A short block from the beach. ($120+)3 orchids
  • Celebrity Resorts Waikiki (Honolulu) Near International Market Place ($120+)3 orchids
  • Hotel Renew (Honolulu)
  • Renaissance 'Ilikai Waikiki (Honolulu) ($125+) Great location. (Before going, check for construction -- some things may be closed.)3 orchids
  • Royal Grove Hotel (Honolulu) (inexpensive) - Probably the best inexpensive hotel available near Waikiki -- family owned, nothing fancy, don't expect luxury -- but popular with many tourists. From about $70 a night.award4
  • Waikiki Prince (Honolulu) (Inexpensive) Small hotel, oldie but goodie. Walk to beach. Bargain for the price. ($70+)4 orchids