I suggest to Look at VRBO and search for Kuhio Beach Park Condo, its a condominium building and being being rented by owners., it's alot cheaper than hotel and only 3 blocks to Waikiki beach and to strip. Best spot you can stay if you're staying in Oahu.... you wont need a car cause everything is just walking distance.
Waikiki's most central beach -- this is where you'll find mobs of tourists, yes. But also some of the sights and sounds of old Hawaii, from the statue of surfing legend and Olympian Duke Kahanamoku to the traditional Hawaiian music and hula show that starts after sunset when the torches get lit and you hear the conch shell get blown. You can rent all the beach gear you need from concession stands (or even sign up for surfing lessons), and there are restrooms and outdoors showers if you need 'em. Parking is difficult, though. Use the public lots farther south near Kapiloani Park, then walk north along the beachside path.
quite a popular place for sunbathers and swimmers. the waves aren't good enough to surf.
This central section of Waikiki Beach is the one I know best. Located behind the statue of Duke and near the Honolulu Police Department's Waikiki Branch, it's fairly populated with people. It's a good place to swim, and there's enough going on to keep non-beach bums satisfied.
This is a nice beach with a sandy bottom. Because it is rather shallow and protected by a rock wall I took my visiting nephews here to swim. They had a ball! Although this beach is a little crowded it is in the heart of waikiki and close to everything. The boys loved hanging out by the rock wall and getting splashed by waves without the fear of being overcome by them. My Dad did get bit by an eel here but I don't think that is a very common occurance and although it stung a bit, he was just fine.
When people talk about Waikiki beach they are most likely describing this crowded stretch of sand. Activity here is absolutely bustling, with hardly enough room to swim leisurely let alone find a place in the sand for your beach towel. Waikiki does have it's charm, as there are a number of surf instructors and other useful services within arms reach here. If you are staying in Honolulu at least take a trip on over to this world famous strip of sand so you can return home and speak from experience as to how far downhill it has gone thanks to excessive tourism.