Military Hotels
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Most of the military hotels on the island have people who are PCSing in mind and not those on leisure travel with the exception of the Hale Koa Hotel. All are very inexpensive but if you are going to be on extended travel with family and children then a suite is definitely recommended.

While not "military lodging" I would also consider The Ilikai and The Wakiki Marina Hotel inside of the Ilikai hotel. They are more like apartments and therefore more comfortable if you're going to be between housing for a little while. Another one to consider for geographical bachelors would be The Ala Moana Hotel.

They have kitchenettes even though it's still a hotel room. I have seen numerous military personnel in both places. Outside of these suggestions and the Hale Koa you are probably going to want to "get out of dodge" as soon as possible and into permanent housing if you know what I mean.

The accomodations are very "basic". In all cases be very sure and clear what your TLA is going to be before you make reservations.

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*Note for those PCSing INTO Hawaii: Depending upon your timing (and rank and branch of service) you may be placed into base housing within a couple of weeks or most likely have to wait several months in which case you'll have to seek civilian housing in the interim.

There is not enough privatized military housing to go around that is really nice and first priority goes to the navy. Schofield has some nice privatized houses for army as well. What is available can be old and not what you like.

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I know all of this because I used to work in the leasing office in Forest City down at Pearl Harbor. Just have a back-up plan B (civilian housing for 6-12 months depending on rank and desired community).

This way you don't run out of TLA before you get placed or else be prepared to move sooner from a hotel because your wife and kids probably won't like it there for long.

Hawaii is not pet-friendly for renters. ONE small dog under 25 lbs (still a long shot) or a cat (maybe, but still seriously limiting yourself) can be more probable. Learn more about pet-travel to Hawaii here. Base housing is your best bet with a pet.


Hale Koa Hotel

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The Hale Koa is by far the nicest of the military hotels on island and is located directly oceanfront in the vacation zone of Waikiki.

Sandwiched between the Hilton Hawaiian Village and Ft. DeRussy park it has all of the amenities that you would expect in a moderate to nice hotel but at half the prices. Cheap! Good deal! Learn more here.

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Navy Lodge

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Located on Ford Island it is 15 minutes from the airport on joint base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Air Force Base.

Built in 1941 and renovated in 2001 you are close to the NEX, Tripler Hospital and the housing relocation office in back of the NEX (behind KFC-Kentucky Fried Chicken).

There is a pool on site and on base. Also available are a playground, high speed wireless internet in the lobby, a morning newspaper, fax/copying service, safe deposit boxes and it is pet friendly.

Rooms have A/C, a tv, dvd player, cable/satellite, a kitchenette, free local calls, a mini fridge, coffee maker, microwave and a phone with voicemail.

Note: A kitchenette in Hawaii usually means you have a microwave, a mini fridge, maybe a toaster but NO dedicated sink.

Rates and availability are listed on their website.

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Hickam Lodge

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Located on Hickam Air Force Base just a few miles from Honolulu International Airport. Actually Hickam is located adjacent to the airport and Pearl Harbor that's why it's called the joint base Hickam/Pearl Harbor.

The good: it's cheap and convenient to base. The NEX is right there about 5-10 minutes away as well as other conveniences such as Target, the relocation housing office (next to the NEX in back of the KFC).

The other point of view: very, very VERY basic. I'll let you read into that what you may. For outbound PCS the maximum stay is 10 nights; for inbound it's a maximum of 30 nights.

There are tvs, cable, a microwave, coffee service, internet access, a conference room, business suites and family suites.

Website. Reservations 808-448-5400 or 315-448-5400. Email:

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Inn at Schofield Barracks

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Located in central Oahu almost near the north shore on Schofield Barracks army base this is another option. Unless you actually work at Schofield, Kunia or NCTAMS I would not stay here because it is very far from Honolulu and traffic is bad on the H1 (main highway).

H2 expressway traffic is good 99% of the time but H1...The good news is that it actually looks and feels like a hotel and is one of the more modern options as far as base hotels go.

There is a deli, it's kid friendly, all rooms have a microwave, mini fridge, cable/DVD and free wireless internet. Reservations 800-490-9638


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