It is possible to stay on Oahu without having to take out a second mortgage. Here are some options.

  • The Breakers: Full of old-fashioned Hawaiian aloha -- and it's only steps from the sands of Waikiki -- this two-story hotel has a friendly staff and a loyal following. Each of the tastefully decorated, large rooms comes with a lanai and a kitchenette, with prices starting at $130.
  • Royal Grove Hotel: This small, family-owned hotel is a great bargain for frugal travelers. What you get here is old-fashioned aloha in cozy accommodations along the lines of Motel 6 -- basic and clean. And you can't do better for the price -- this has to be the bargain of Waikiki. For $67 (about the same price a couple would pay to stay in a private room at the hostel in Waikiki), you get a room in the older Mauka Wing, with a double bed or two twins, plus a kitchenette with refrigerator and stove.
  • Ke Iki Beach Bungalows: Snuggled on a large lot with its own 200-foot stretch of white-sand beach between two legendary North Shore surf spots (Waimea Bay and Banzai Pipeline), this collection of studio, one-, and two-bedroom cottages offers affordable family bungalows with complete kitchens. If you can live without being right on the ocean, the garden units start at $135.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.