The White Sands took us in when there was an emergency & we had nowhere else to go. Nohonani St was closed for police activity & our hotel next door only has one entrance, so we couldn't get back in. Lucky for us the White Sands has TWO entrances/exits so we were able to wait out a good portion of the 12-hour standoff at the BEST bar on Oahu. I think our bartender’s name was Mason (apologies if that's wrong) & he made amazing cocktails, the best we had the entire week (trust me, we went to every hotel bar on Waikiki). It was the first bar on the island I was able to get drunk at… all the other resorts/bars served overpriced, mediocre giggle-water. Order their Rum’s the Word - perfection in a glass! Since we were there for a long time, we also tried numerous dishes off the food menu, again, all delicious.
The best part of our refugee stay was by far the staff. Our bartender was very understanding & went above & beyond the normal duties of a bartender. He inquired about any available rooms for us in case we couldn’t make it back. We didn’t even ask, he just did it! Wade Takano, operations manager, was also so nice; allowing us to stay, use the bathroom, providing updates, etc. Yes, we were buying drinks/food the entire time, but they could have asked us to leave since we weren’t guests of the hotel. Instead, they choose to be understanding & accommodating in an unusual situation & for that, I'm forever grateful. I know exactly where I’m staying the next time I go to Oahu!