My wife and I greatly enjoyed our stay at the Hale Koa. Great location and room for a reasonable place, anything else would have been poor quality or cost an arm and a leg. Some recommendations: 1. Bring pillows . . . I read reviews before leaving and the majority of comments suggested we bring pillows, but did not say why. There are two pillows per bed and they are ridiculously small "silly" little pillows, really! 2. Rent a car and find the best price using priceline. We drove everywhere and Oahu is beautiful! Driving around eliminated the thought of doing the helicopter tour. 3. When buying tickets for any of the many activities on the island, go to either the Bellows Air Force Station MWR or the Information, Tickets and Travel (ITT) building on Hickam Air Force Base. Hale Koa tickets are more expensive. We bought tickets for a Dolphin Swim at the Sea Life Park and it was $80 less at Bellows than at the Hale Koa. 3. Do the Sunday Champagne brunch at the Hale Koa. It had more breakfast food than lunch but my wife and I kept walking up to the bar for champagne refills. The amount of champagne we drank more than justified the cost of the brunch. 4. Drink at the Barefoot Bar, drinks might be $7.25 a pop, but that is cheap in Waikiki and the drinks are strong and tropically delicious! 5. Go to the Polynesian Culture Center, but just do the walk through of the 6 villages and 2 exhibits and the night show. The Luau is awful. Possibly, do the luau at the Hale Koa. The food at the Luau's are buffet and not great, not really worth the money. 7. We slept with our porch door open at the Hale Koa, it was so nice with the cool breezes at night. Though, we had to shut the door btw 0400 and 0900 because of the loud service gate banging in the wind and the backing up of the garbage truck in the morning. 8. You will not need a computer. I brought one and didn't use it once. I brought a map for driving directions and for any planning efforts, I just went to the Hale Koa activities desk to ask questions or get brochures. 9. The beach at the Hale Koa is nice and not crowded, BUT . . . go to the Bellows Air Force Station beach, it is a hidden gem. It is not crowded and it is beautiful! Again, rent a car! It pays for itself! 10. Don't be sad about not getting a jeep. In theory, it would be cool, but we actually experienced rain more than we would have liked in Hawaii and it benefited having an economy car. 11. Coffee and pastries at the Hale Koa common area are great for morning breakfast. 12. For dinner, walk down the Hale Koa stairs, turn right at the bottom and walk to Kalakaua Avenue, where are more than enough places to eat! Don't just eat at the Bibas restaurant in the Hale Koa. Good brick oven pizza but there is more our there!
- 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