After lots of research and reading tons of reviews, I picked the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach to spend 4 days before the family arrived and we moved to a new property. Outrigger Waikiki was the perfect choice for us. It was remodelled, clean carpets, new tile and marble in the bathroom, comfortable bed. Check in was easy, but we were early so our bags were stored with the concierge and we went to the pool. The pool is a bit small and does get crowded but we always found a place to sit. The only complaint is that there are no umbrellas for shade so chairs in the shade were gone very early in the morning. The food in both the Hula Grill and Dukes was good and a band played every day during happy hours.
Additionally, I worked with the banquet manager from the Hula Grill to arrange a special birthday party for our father which included a private musician and hula dancer, delivery of a special birthday cake and lei's for the whole family, and she was very accommodating and worked with me to ensure that the entire evening went according to plan. After months of emails and plans our father's surprise party was a total success thanks to the help of the banquet manager.
I would not even consider going to any other hotel next time we are in Waikiki.