Please help with Hotel's in Honolulu, Hawaii... Few Questions.?
Average weather in Honolulu in October is 73F (low) to 87F (high). In other words, perfect. Lucky You!
I stayed at the Kahala Resort (was owned by the Mandarin Oriental back then) for a total of five weeks while renovating my condo I had just bought. It is wonderful, but I liked it because it was "serene" with a classy international clientele...if you are looking for a "happening" place with bustling nightlife around then you are right it is very quiet. I prefer it over the Halekulani which is the other 5-star resort right on Waikiki, but you may want to consider that resort if you like the urban beach scene. Prices are great at both right now too, due to the recession.
So here are some pointers:
* The Kahala Resort is only 5-10 minutes out of Waikiki, but close enough to easily go shopping whenever you want, and to make use of the restaurants and nightlife around Honolulu. They have a free shuttle to the Ala Moana Shopping Center.
* The private beach is fantastic, really not crowded, even though by law NO beach in Hawaii is truly "private".
* The tropical rooms are huge, with "his and hers" adjoining bathrooms. You can choose views of the beach, garden, golf course, or choose a room overlooking the artificial lagoon where their dolphins live. You can sign up for swimming with the dophins (the lead is named Hoku...the name of their signature restaurant), they are giving discounts right now I believe.
* Service in the reception and restaurants used to be poor to "so-so", but is steadily improving under new management.
* The resort is right on a PGA-rated golf course.
* My favorite breakfast restaurant in Hawaii is on their patio next to the beach, called the Plumeria Cafe. You can order ala carte, but the buffet is fantastic. I go back every time I arrive back in Honolulu.
* If you stay at the Kahala, take tropical or golf resort wear. There used to be mandatory dress code in the evenings, I imagine is still in place. A recommendation: take clothing that looks good with orchids and flowers in your hair, or nice with a great orchid lei (necklace) for going out! You can buy orchid leis at the source on Mauna Kea Street in downtown Honolulu (edge of chinatown) for as little as $7.