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, but with a kitchen or kitchenette (with refrigerator and stove) in each room, a major convenience.
- 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.