The US President and former resident of the palatial island of Oahu Barack Obama once said that 'Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.'
This optimistic vision of the power of people, the power of the past, and the power of a vision of the future is something that he himself has said was a product of the state where he grew up. You can see this influence in the hotels in Oahu as well as in the eyes of the people as they make the island a richer better place.
Though the island has a real dignified and almost aristocratic feel for a Hawaiian Island there are several low cost places to stay for those traveling to this island on a budget. One of these cheap hotels is the White Sands Hotel. The hotel is very close to Waikiki Beach and very simple in its amenities and design. The rooms a fairly stripped down and they also offer guests suites that feature balconies microwaves, 37-inch flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi under a resort fee, kitchenettes with stovetops, and mini-fridges. Another one of the cheap hotels is The Equus, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member. This hotel is near the Kahanamoku Beach and the Ê»Iolani Palace museum and it offers guests flat-screens, free Wi-Fi, iPod docks, mini-fridges and Keurig coffeemakers.
There are also several luxury options available on the island for those who are coming to visit and really immerse themselves in the warming side of Hawaiian culture. One of the many popular luxury Oahu hotels is The Kahala Hotel & Resort Oahu, a place that is filled with a lot of the typical fare you would expect from a hotel that is very up-market. This hotel is located right near the Waialae Beach Park and near the Kahala Mall Center. The rooms feature 40-inch flat screen TVs, free Internet access, and iPod docks. Another one of the luxury Oahu hotels is The Royal Hawaiian, a luxury Collection Resort; Waikiki the hotel features Wi-Fi with the resort fee, tropical decor, iPod docks, and flat-screen TVs.
The Rich Archipelago
The island of Oahu may not be the biggest Island in the Hawaiian archipelago, but it is definitely one of the most interesting and engaging for fans of culture and history. Once you have pulled yourself away from the fine hotels in Oahu there are lots of places that can satisfy this sort of a sensibility. The first place that should be visited is the Polynesian Cultural Center. As the name implies, at this location you can relive the existence of the earliest inhabitants of the island and truly understand what ancient Hawaii was like. Another place that is a must to visit is the historic port of Pearl Harbor. This place is known for being the location of a tragic moment in history but one visit there will show you why it is a place of triumph.