We are spending July and August on O'ahu. We typically spend our summers camping, moving to a new camping area every week or so and have explored some amazing areas around the world. Camping on O'ahu seems difficult and possibly not safe for a two-mom, caucasian tourist family with 5 kids. So, we looked at short term furnished apts and Waianae seems to fit the bill perfectly. However, I keep hearing about crime and drug ridden areas. We are comfortable with low income areas, we don't need restaurants but we are not comfortable with violence.
We'll be there long enough that I hope that we can become friendly with neighbors (or at least the kids can find a few friends in the neighborhood). I'd love to be close enough to the beach the kids can walk there themselves (not swim, don't wory!). We'll still want to explore the other coasts and all they have to offer, will the drives be terribly long?
What is it like on Farrington Hwy south of valley road? In the past planning wasn't so stressful. If an area was awful, we just knew we'd be moving on in another week. Thanks!