My family of 6 (4 adults, 2 small children) stayed at the Hale Koa for one week in February. Our room was on the 7th floor of the Ilima Tower and had a nice partial ocean view and lanai.The hotel itself is a wonderful property. I don't even know where to start! The rooms and grounds are immaculate, and there are plenty of amenities for guests at the best value you can find in Waikiki. The lobby is very large and opens up to a beautiful banyan tree in the center with a grand staircase that leads to the beach level. The pool area is fantastic, with a larger pool and toddler pool for the little ones. Also at the pool is a nice snack bar with lots of variety. As for the beach, I believe it's the best stretch of beach in Waikiki. It doesn't get crowded at all! Hilton Hawaiian Village is also less than a hundred steps away. The barefoot bar right on the beach also has live music every night, and drinks there cost about half of what they are at other hotels and restaurants. Another thing my family loved were the toddler playground and picnic areas on the property. It was a great place to relax in between being in our rooms and sightseeing.
If you want to venture off the property and head to Kalakaua Ave., the walk is only 10 mins. There is a shortcut through the grounds of the hotel into Fort DeRussy that makes the walk a breeze! Parking is across the street from the hotel and is only $7 a day, you can't find anything better than that!
As for the luau, it was one of the best luaus we've ever been to. We booked our tickets early and so our family occupied the entire table closest to the stage! The delicious food was served by plate (no buffet!) and the entertainment was amazing. We especially loved the fire dancer! They also pay a lot of tribute to those who served in the armed forces, of course. Which is an extra touch that makes this luau better than the others.
As for food, we ate breakfast at Koko Cafe almost every morning (full breakfast buffet with belgian waffles and omelette station). Definitely not bad for only $13 per adult. For dinner, we did try Bibas, and enjoyed our food and service. Each day, we also bought snacks, water and milk at the BX downstairs. They have a little bit of everything there!
In summary, you can't go wrong with the Hale Koa hotel. It definitely is an honor to be able to stay there and be amongst other military families. The Hale Koa is our home on Oahu and we cannot wait to go back!
- 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