My first visit was in 1967 as a military brat living in Hawaii. We usually went for day trips, but sometimes camped as we were on a tight budget. The cabins were rustic, even back then.
I honeymooned there in 1980 and loved the upgrade from camping to cabin.
Brought my kids and extended family a few times since then and stayed in the renovated cabins.
It's been ten years since I visited.
The non-renovated cabins are being torn down. The renovated cabins are wonderful. The condos? Well....not for me. If you want a big flat screen and AC and Wi-fi, an ocean view that includes looking at all the beachfront cabins and a long haul to the beach they might be for you.
Just returned and chose to "downgrade" my condo reservation because I lucked out and there was a cancellation for the cabins. The condos were built due to all of the complaints from the folks who expect the Hale Koa (for half the price) with AC and Wi-FI. You don't need AC on the windward side of the island, the trade winds are always blowing. Wi-Fi is available at the reception area, or use your G network if you have to be connected.
The staff are wonderful. All these complaints about reception services are probably due to the web res system they have that isn't accurate. No availability calendar, so you have to just keep entering dates. I did this for an hour last night and came up with nothing for the rest of this year! They have a screen on their side that shows availability and if you are patient and respectful and courteous when you call them, they will gladly share! This is the frustration that they deal with day in and out. Not their fault. I found that treating them with kindness and being on Hawaiian time was the best approach. If you irritate them, don't expect good service. Most of the staff is local, and let's face it, the military basically owns the islands prime areas.
Go and enjoy Bellows, but don't expect a resort experience.
There is no "maid service" here! Housekeeping supplies you with fresh linens, makes your bed for you and sweeps and mops the floors. Don't expect them to be your maid!
This station is the best place to stay on the island. Best beach, gentle surf, excellent location, near Kaneohe for commissary.
I've stayed at PARC near Wainae, Kaneohe cabins, Hale Koa, Lockwood Hall. I recommend Lockwood for late arrival or early departure from Airport, then stop at NEX and commissary for supplies at Pearl before heading out to Bellows. Enjoy!
- Also Known As:
- Bellows Air Force Station Hotel Waimanalo
- Bellows Air Force Station Waimanalo, Hawaii - Oahu