Location, location, location: this megaresort and convention destination sprawls over 22 acres on Waikiki's widest stretch of beach, with the green lawns of neighboring Fort DeRussy creating a buffer zone to the high-rise lineup of central Waikiki. The Hilton makes the most of its prime real estate—surrounding the five hotel towers with lavish gardens, an aquatic playground of pools, a 5-acre lagoon for kayaking, cascading waterfalls, koi ponds, penguins, pink flamingos, and a wide beach. Rainbow Tower, with its landmark 31-story mural, has knockout views of Diamond Head. Rooms in all towers have lanai offering ocean or city views. The Grand Islander, a 418-unit vacation ownership property, is under construction in the northwest corner of the property and expected in early 2017; construction does not generally impact activities across the rest of the resort. More of a city than a village, HHV has an ABC Store, 20 restaurants and lounges (featuring some of the best Hawaiian musicians),
a botanical garden, a bookstore, dozens of shops, and a post office. Even its spa, Mandara Spa & Fitnes Center, is the largest in Waikiki. The resort also has its own pier, a docking point for the Atlantis submarine. The Friday night fireworks show is a Waikiki favorite. The sheer volume of options, including free activities (lei making, ukelele lessons, penguin and turtle feedings, and fireworks), makes the HHV a good choice for families.