We did stay at the Hilton Hawaiian Village pre-cruise in 2002 and it was beautiful. The room was standard Hilton, but the grounds were amazing and it was right on Wakiki Beach. The views there were pretty amazing too. (Surfer boys and girls.) If you could get this reasonably on Priceline go for it. We had to go thru the cruiseline to not void our $200/pp airfare and ended up paying $250/night. So win a little, lose a little.