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Hale Koa Hotel
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Reviewed March 6, 2014

i'll keep it short and sweet.
please read the recommendations, worth while!!!!!!


Pros
price
beautiful grounds
military discount on rental equipment
close to waikiki main strip (my 24wk pregnant wife didn't mind the walk)
gave us an upgrade (on availability I'm sure)
fridge under sink
free wifi
on the beach
snorkeled just offshore saw a few fish and 16" squid (cool!)
Navy Exchange down below


Cons
continental breakfast required sitting through advertising seminar
microwave down the hall by the ice machine
noticed faint urine smell on our 2nd and last day (open door aired it out)


Recommend - with some hints to help / some related to having a rental car

Dukes on Waikiki- breakfast buffet (dinner: recommended 1hr wait or reservations)
Poke - (poe-kei) its marinated raw fish served like salad with rice


driving destinations

all beaches are public property
- parking can be found by fences in neighborhood roads
- be mindful of homes
- beach access "alleys" are between homes
Ko Olina (West Shore)
- resort but the lagoons are for public
- beach umbrellas are not allowed
- cots are available but limited
- food and shaved ice are nearby
- Mountain Magic shaved ice is within driving distance (huge portions)
Haliewa (North Shore)
- Matsumoto Shaved Ice - get it with ice cream or condensed milk (life changing)
- further north is turtle bay(occasional turtles),
- further north is sharks reef (snorkeling - not killer sharks, nice ones)
Hanauma Bay (Southeast Shore )
- BEST SNORKELLING!!!!!!!! open from 6AM - 6PM closed tuesdays
- parking is limited and packed around 10AM to 12PM
- don't park at the Koko Head lookout nearby - cops ticket frequently
- drive down the hill on the town side and park in the nearest street
- 15min walk in the sun to the ticket booth, but not bad (with 24wk pregnant wife)
Lanikai (East Shore)
- white powdered sugar sand like in the movies (natural too!)
- more private than Waikiki, but not secluded
- some snorkeling is good (so we heard)
- next to Kailua beach which is more known but not as pretty
- no bathrooms
- no food near beach
- great for lounging


hope this was helpful!!!!!

Room Tip: partial ocean may just mean "view from balcony"
  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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11  Thank jordanadamson
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Reviewed March 6, 2014

Loved the central area and the beach so right there! Was very surprised that it was Army run-wink! I thought that I was in an Air Force base!
Staff were very professional and friendly.
I stayed at the garden, partial ocean view-if any openings for the ocean view- take it! The balcony was unnecessary as the noise from the airconditioning unit was loud-but no worries-enjoy the view instead!

Room Tip: Avoid the garden view-airconditioning unit is loud.
  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
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2  Thank 4msdme
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Reviewed March 5, 2014 via mobile

Nothing to complain about other than my 8 year old not being able to swim in the "big" pool without actually being in the pool with her...even though she was taller than the water line. Rooms great. Great food. Shopping all day with a variety of places to go nearby :-)

Stayed: March 2014, traveled with friends
1  Thank Christi D
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

I'm from Hawaii but live in Chicago now. We visit Hawaii every year to visit my family. My husband and I always take a few days away by ourselves just to stay at the Hale Koa. We can't say enough about this beautiful property! It's located right on the beach and has an expansive beach and park area with Fort DeRussey. There's also a good Army museum next door. We make sure to include a Friday night in our stay so we can sit on the lanai to watch the Hilton's fireworks show. (Tip: Make sure to ask if you can see this from your room.) There is absolutely nothing like the Hale Koa in Waikiki!!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank pauljen09
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Reviewed March 3, 2014

This is a military-only hotel and is hard to book because it's such a great deal. Right on the beach, two pools (one for kids, one for adults). My husband and I both had massages near the pool using the hotel spa. First time we stayed without kids; second time we brought our two kids. Both times we had a great experience. We would not stay anywhere else in Oahu.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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1  Thank 155KerryS
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Reviewed March 2, 2014

Outstanding resort! I have no idea why anyone in the military would stay elsewhere. Beautiful grounds and a great location. Everything you need is on the property--even an ExChange. I appreciated that rooms are priced according to rank to allow anyone to enjoy the experience. The adult only pool was a great change from the normal experience of fighting for lap room and the exercise room was well equipped.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank ALISHA F
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Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

If you are Military whether Active or Retired check this hotel out!! Hale Koa has great rooms and the pools are the best in Waikiki! A Friendly staff is always there to help you. Good restaurants on site. Waikiki beach just steps away right by the pool! We stay here every year and it feels like our paradise home! Room rates are the best in town! Hale Koa has a huge following so book early to get a room in the month you are planning to be there! So glad Hale Koa is still there for our Military family!!

  • Stayed: February 2014
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5  Thank Lonerider123
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Additional Information about Hale Koa Hotel

Address: 2055 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1998
Location: United States > Hawaii > Oahu > Honolulu > Waikiki
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 46 Specialty Lodging in Honolulu
Price Range: $74 - $190 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 814
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hale Koa Hotel offers an impeccable blend of service and travel value for the active and retired military traveler searching for the perfect Hawaiian vacation. Located in the heart of Waikiki, it offers great prices and unmatched value found in any major travel destination. The Hale Koa offers leisure dining, great Polynesian entertainment, and relaxation in a tropical garden, ocean-front oasis. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Hale Koa Hotel Oahu
Hale Hotel Koa
Hale Koa Hotel Hawaii/Honolulu

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