Due to Deployments, PCS moves, and other military-related issues, military members have to go through a lot of stress. On top of that, they don't get time to spend with their families or de-stress themselves. It is important for them to take some time out so they relax, and at least briefly forget about the issues they are dealing with all the time. Besides, the vacations help them reconnect with their family.
Fortunately, military members and families can do that to relax. There are fantastic, and affordable resorts operated by Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Programs, which are ideally located at exotic destinations so you can escape from the hustling routine.
One such resort is Hale Koa Hotel where you can enjoy your military privilege with the perfect affordable gateway in Hawaii.
My Experience With The Hale Koa Hotel
When I lived in Hawaii, we used to visit the Hale Koa hotel to swim in their pool, and lounge by the beach. This hotel had some awesome amenities, and was an affordable—by Hawaii standards—place for us to spend the day.
I always enjoyed the time I spent at Hale Koa, so when a friend mentioned writing an article about the Hale Koa hotel, I jumped on the chance to let him!
Hale Koa Hotel Overview
Imagine watching the sunset at the beachside or getting a sunny retreat from the balcony of your hotel room. And that too for a fraction of what others are paying for the hotels next door.
All this is possible at Hale Koa Hotel, a recreation center where military members and families are welcomed. Ideally located right on the beach in Waikiki Honolulu, this hotel gives you a feeling of home away from home.
The land for this hotel was purchased by the U.S. Army in 1906 and is located at the beachside ground of Fort DeRussy. Moreover, it is a neighbor to many hotels that cater to Hawaii's civil tourists.
Amenities and Features of Resort
This resort features everything that you need for a wholesome vacation. It has 817 comfortable rooms providing the best value. A generation of military vets and families each year enjoy the luxurious benefits, expansive grounds, and exotic location. These amazing accommodations are provided to them as a benefit for serving the country.
Bars and Restaurants
There are several bars and restaurants here having a variety of dishes and desserts. From breakfast, dinner, snacks to freshly baked sandwiches, and healthy salads, you get to taste everything you want. The distinctive Hawaiian taste is handcrafted with variety and quality.
The bars are located next to the pool and beach where there is live music before sunset hence making a perfect environment. Moreover, if you have your military ID, the bars offer a 20% discount on drinks.
Those looking for a family-friendly resort in Hawaii can book this without any second thought. It features a swimming pool that is great for children because it includes slides, a wading pool, pirate ship, and splash pads- making it safe for kids to play and enjoy at the same time.
Another oval-shaped pool for adults gives scenic views of tropical gardens and leaves lasting memories.
Activities and Adventures
The never-ending activities at military hotel Hawaii will make your trip cherishable and memorable.
- No trip is incomplete without shopping. You can do window shopping, get a must-have item or shop your heart out at markets, and boutiques.
- And if you want some music or magic on your trip, you get to enjoy the top Hawaiian entertainment.
- Experience dolphin encounters, tour on helicopters, and zip-lining. Or if you love horse riding, you can book a ride and go for the adventure.
The sizes of each room are almost the same. With full amenities including an LCD TV, wireless internet, coffeemaker, a mini-refrigerator, power outlets, USB, iron, a private bathroom, and many others- each hotel room accommodates up to four adults.
However, the difference lies in the views. The views can be tropical, water-filled, or anything in between. And you get rooms that are comfortable, breezy, and affordable.
Besides, the rooms are classified into four categories.
- Category 1: E1-E6
- Category 2 is for widows and 100% DAV
- Category 3 is for DoD civilians
- Category 4 is for Eligible foreign military
The rooms can be booked 6 months in advance as per the Hale Koa recommendations as the rooms fill up quickly. And the reservations can be made by individuals including,
- Active-duty service members or their families
- National Guard members
- Commissioned corps
- Public health service members
- Retired service members and their family members
- Disable, or honorably discharged veterans
- Surviving or former spouses and their family
- DoD support including service members of foreigners, those who are on the U.S. travel orders, or civil contractors who are working under DoD orders outside the States
- Current, retired, or coast guard DoD employees
Survivor’s Family Program
This resort offers Survivor’s Family Program to those who lose a member in the line of duty. It includes a 50% discount from regular rates for extra occupants and up to three guest rooms.
Hale Koa Rates
The rates might be subjected to change before Oct 2021.
|Room Rates 2020 – 2021||I||II||III||IV|
|Effective 1, October 2020 – September 30, 2021||E1 – E6*||E7 – E9|
W01 – CW03
O1 – O3
Widows / 100% DAV*
Equal Access Act*
TDY / PCS / TLA*
|Deluxe Ocean Front||$334||$334||$334||$379|
|Partial Ocean View||$169||$214||$229||$269|
You can book this hotel both online or make a reservation on phone.
Hale Koa Reservations
To book a reservation at this hotel,
- Click on the Hale Koa Hotel’s website.
- Fill in the check-in and check-out date, on which you want to make a reservation. After filling in the dates, click on the blue button at the top front corner “Book Now” of the site.
- After clicking Book Now, click on “Find Reservations.”
- The budget of the rooms depends on the view one wants. That's why it is necessary to consider the kind of view you want when you come out of the room. All the rooms are of the same size with all the amenities included.
Benefits Of Staying At Hale Koa Hotel
This resort serves the military and members of the armed forces of the U.S. Not only those members, but they also proudly serve their family members and the authorized users. While providing the services, they get affordable facilities that are focused on quality and readiness.
The rates of this hotel are half the rates of what neighbor hotels are charging. If compared to the rooms at Outrigger Reef, the charges vary from $279 to $519 per night that is almost double the rate. Besides, the rates of rooms are adjusted as per the military ranks. It is great for a family gateway providing you experiences that are unforgettable, food that is scrumptious, events that offer fun, and relaxation that is hard to find somewhere else.
A warm ‘Aloha’ and shell lei greets you at the cultural events. Guests here can learn how to make simple crafts, dance moves that are traditional, and breaking a coconut.
Here you will find a spa service that is available for your enjoyment. Spend a day at a beautiful place with a relaxing body massage. Or if you want to keep yourself fit and active, the Point Fitness Center is also there with all the necessary equipment.
Hale Koa makes the vacations affordable for those military members who qualify. By choosing to stay at a military hotel in Oahu, you can not only make special memories but also enjoy without spending too much money.
Additional Vacation Options for Service Members and Veterans
If you like the sound of staying at the Hale Koa hotel for a discounted rate, you owe it to yourself to check out the Armed Forces Vacation Club which has some incredible discounts on all-inclusive resort stays!