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HHV Question

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HHV Question

We are considering a trip to Hawaii in Sept. 2006 and had a few questions about HHV on Oahu:

1. We like the HHV because it seems that it has a good location/safe area. True?

2. The resort appears to be huge. We would prefer not to be mobbed with crowds. Does the resort have the feel of being crowded?

3. How is the beach? We are accustomed to the calm waters of the Caribbean. I understand that waikiki being ocean, there will be more waves, but is it a good beach and safe for swimming? That is my main concern with an island like Kauai, because it seems like the resorts on the ocean the surf would be rough.

Any insights appreciated.

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1. Re: HHV Question

The location is safe; it is good but is at one end of Waikiki and so is a bit of a walk to the "heart" of Waikiki, but not impossibly far.

The resort is huge, but I've never felt crowded in the resort itself .... probably b/c it is so big. The beach is another story. I was there in May one year and could hardly find a place to put my towel, at least not right in front of the hotel. Other times it hasn't been quite so crowded -- but it is Waikiki and there will probably be a good number of people there at any time.

The beach is okay for swimming -- it's a bit rocky (small stones, not big boulders) underneath. There are lifeguards, too, so you'll be safe. Personally, I like Kailua Beach Park best as far as beaches on Oahu go, but it's on the opposite side of the island. The surf can vary in size/strength from week to week. It probably won't be as calm as the Carribbean, but it is often calm enough to swim w/o getting beaten by the waves. If the waves are high, you may want to be a little more careful.

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That is very helpful. Thank you.

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It is safe, then again, I have never felt unsafe in Waikiki and I have lived here my whole life. Of course I would not recommend walking in a dark alley at night alone :)

I never felt overly crowded at the HHV. Everywhere you go in Waikiki is pretty crowded, so you may have to just try and deal with the crowds. Especially during the summer months (June-Sep) the whoe area of Waikiki is crawling with tourists and locals.

As far as the beach is concerned, the water is not too rough in Waikiki. Especially closer to the HHV, it is pretty calm. Like mentioned above though, the beaches do get crowded easily. I would recommend renting a car, heading over the Pali Hwy, ang going to Lanikai or Kailua Beach. The beaches are pretty calm on that side and much cleaner than Waikiki. Even cleaner then Kailua and Lanikai is Waimanalo. That is a beautiful beach, you should check it out if you have the time to do so.

Hope this helps a little!


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I agree with 'Nalani's' insights, and suggestions regarding Waikiki and HHV. Locals can give you much needed and knowledgable advice.

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We just returned from a 8 day stay at the HHV. I would go back in a heart beat. I never had the feeling of being crowded. It has far and away the best beach area on the strip, and the water is kind of a bay so the waves are not bad at all. My hubby and I both agreed our favorite part of the vacation was sitting on the lanai at 6:oo AM and watching what we called the "sand fairy" level out the beach area and watching the sun come up drinking awesome coffee. It was unbelievable how beautiful the resort is. You will love it!

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