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Waikiki Beach April 2014We love Hawaii’s warm temperatures, tropical beaches and sunny skies, and have returned for our second stint of 6 weeks in the last year. In May 2013 we spent a week at Hostelling International Waikiki and then rented a large studio apartment in Ala Moana for 34 days. Last year, we trolled Craigslist for nearly a week and were lucky to find an exceptional deal – US$1320 for the nearly 5 weeks, plus the use of a car and bike.

Throughout our US travels we have used Craigslist to find our accommodation. We have had no bad experiences but plenty of other people have so you have to be very careful. There are many scammers out there, especially on Craigslist Hawaii. It is not a good idea to book a sublet sight-unseen if at all possible in Hawaii.Sunset view from roof 2 heard of tourists turning up to find that their pre-paid accommodation doesn’t exist! When we come here we stay at the hostel for a few days while we physically look at apartments and then make our choice. The guy we rented from this time said that genuine ads will always give an 808 (Hawaiian) cell phone number that you can check. Re. deposits we have never paid more than a 0-500 deposit for a sight-unseen apartment on our many visits to New York.

Sunset view from roofOn this visit to Oahu we are staying in a studio apartment at Island Colony on Seaside Ave, next to the Ala Wai Canal and 7 minutes walk from Waikiki Beach. We have been VERY happy with our choice. We are paying US$59 + tax/night and are staying for 5 weeks. The apartment itself I would regard as budget but it is very well appointed and has everything we want including a comfortable king-size bed. Our favourite feature is the large lanai (i.e balcony) which is 4 by 2.5 meters and has a 3 seater settee as well as a table and 2 chairs. We have a lovely view of the Ala Wai Canal and the mountains that form the backdrop of Waikiki.View west over Ala Wai Canal there is another 3 seater sofa, an armchair, another table and 2 chairs, a large fridge, an oven/stove, cooker oven and microwave. The bathroom has a combined bath/shower. The Wifi is excellent also.

The only minor downside to the location of Island Colony is that there is a fair amount of noise from Ala Wai Boulevard below. I wear earplugs at night but then I am very sensitive to noise when trying to get to sleep. The upside to living next to the canal is that it has a great walkway for exercising. I love my morning walks.

Island Colony consists of private apartments (one of which we are renting) and a hotel called Skyline at Island Colony. In the lobby there are ads for apartments for sale and rent. The hotel facilities at Colony Island are amazing. On the 6th floor is a lovely large pool (approx.20 by 10 metres) as well as a large spa pool, sauna and gym. On the same floor there are 6 large BBQs for guests to use. I have had a BBQ dinner almost every night we’ve been here.

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I'm happy for you, A story of Aloha

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The big island, man, I could do that.Easily.
I had a small memory of living in Hawaii pop into my head today.
I was living in a hotel in Waikiki and takeing the bus that went through fort DeRussey to get to work one afternoon and the bus driver stopped and waited while looking in the rear view mirror and over his shoulder until he rose and went to the open door to look back at middle aged female tourist running towards the bus stop from the hotels.
The woman came within voice range and asked sheepishly if he was waiting for "Me"?
The driver replied in his best pidgeon accent,
"I wait foyou fo evah!"

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