Hale Koa Hotel (Military Hotel)

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Phone (808) 955-0555
Address 2055 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96825
A decent looking hotel that's just for military members and their families.

• Building: High Rise • Building: Hotel • Building: Lanai / Balcony • Property: Dining On Site • Property: Fitness Room
• Room: Coffee Maker • Room: Hair Dryer • Room: Iron & Board • Room: Mini Fridge • Room: Safe
• Recreation: Gear Rentals • Recreation: Pool • Internet: Free In Lobby • Internet: Free In Room • Parking: Paid Self Park

The Hale Koa Hotel is a military only hotel that first opened on October 25, 1975 and, per their website, their mission is "To operate a first class hotel and recreation facility at affordable prices for military members and their families." So the general public who isn't affiliated with the military can't stay here.

They will check for your military ID when you drive up through the main gate in your car but they will let the general public (civilians in military speak) walk right up from the beach and into the hotel so you can eat and drink at the restaurants here if you wanted.

The Hale Koa is located on Fort DeRussy Beach Park @ Waikiki, though the hotel is slightly set back from the beach a little bit. Still, it's a very short walk to the beach and you should be able to get some great ocean views in some of the rooms. It's an overall excellent location that's close to everything in Waikiki.

Getting here from Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) is easy, just follow the signs to Waikiki but the hotel does not offer any shuttle services so you'll need to take a taxi cab or rent a car.

For those who need to access military bases while on Oahu, here are the distances for each base from the Hale Koa...

Ft. Shafter – 11 miles
Pearl Harbor – 12 miles
Hickam – 12 miles
Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay – 18 miles
Wheeler – 22 miles
Schofield – 23 miles

In 1995 they added the Maile Tower which increased the hotel size to 817 rooms and adding an 1100 stall parking garage, adults only swimming pool, and a fitness center.

The hotel runs its day to day operations without any tax payer dollars to keep it going which is pretty amazing considering the rooms here run around $90 to $220 per night. That's pretty cheap for a big hotel like this right on Waikiki, but don't expect high end luxury here either. I mean, when a hotel lists "All-in-one shampoo/conditioner" or "Equipped with an alarm clock/radio" as an amenity, well, they're really stretching to add bullet points.

On the flip side, the hotel does offer a lot of good amenities right on the property. There are a few pools, a hot tub, drink bars, snack bars, shops (including an AAFES Store), and a barber shop. For restaurants you have Bibas and Koko Cafe right in the hotel. Internet is free in the lobby via WiFi but Internet in your room (which is also free) is only available via a hardwired LAN connection. Parking isn't free but at $7/night that's a bargain in Waikiki.