The key to a successful transition is your sponsor; however, reading this guide and taking the time to familiarize yourself with all the services and facilities available to you will better prepare you for your move to Hawaii.
May your tour of duty here be a rewarding, enjoyable experience.
Another key to a successful move to Hawaii is obtaining the correct information beforehand, so it would be wise to visit Army Community Service at your installation.
Before you arrive, you should have your orders with you.
Commands are required to assign a sponsor to ease the transition of your move. A sponsor at your new duty station can assist you in many ways, such as making pet quarantine arrangements, providing transportation from the airport to temporary quarters and showing you around post. If you have not been assigned a sponsor, request one at www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/newcomers/newcomers.htm.
Your sponsor has probably lived here for a while and can assist you in finding the best places to live, schools, education, recreation and important information for pets.
You can also find military relocation and moving information at www.militaryonesource.mil.
Hale Koa Hotel Armed Forces Recreation Center: Imagine the sparkling waters of Waikiki Beach at your doorstep and majestic DiamondHead in the distance, and you’ll find yourself at the Hale Koa Hotel, Armed Forces Recreation Center. Hale Koa, translated from Hawaiian as “House of the Warrior,” is a premier destination resort for the military, their families and their guests. Located on Fort DeRussy, Hale Koa Hotel isapproximately 7 miles from Fort Shafter. This Hawaiian oasis is surrounded by lush tropical gardens within a beautifully landscaped 72-acre green space and offers more than just fun in the sun. So, whether you are visiting, on temporary duty or a permanent change of station ( PCS) move, or residing on the island, create lasting memories by enjoying Hale Koa Hotel’s outstanding hospitality, accommodations, food and beverage venues, private banquet facilities, entertainment, amenities, and recreation.
Accommodations consist of 818 guest rooms in two towers with views of the Pacific Ocean or verdant mountain range. All rooms are fully air-conditioned and equipped with a refrigerator; coffee maker; flat-screen, high definition television; free internet, and in-room safes.
Even if you are not staying overnight, eligible users can enjoy a day at the beach; dine in any of the restaurants, snack bars or lounges, and take in an evening show, or picnic on the beautiful park grounds. Hale Koa Hotel entertainment line up includes a Hawaiian luau, Magic in Paradise Dinner Show, High and Right Comedy Nights, and live entertainment at the Barefoot Bar. In addition, Hale Koa Hotel offers catering and conference services, ample parking and outdoor recreational activities.
Eligible patrons include active or retired members of the armed forces, Department of Defense personnel, reservists and National Guardsmen, their families and sponsored guests.
Rates vary by single and double occupancy, rank and room category. Reservations are taken up to a year in advance and can be made by calling 800-367-6027 (CONUS) or 808-955-0555 locally. For more information or to book online, visit www.halekoa.com.
Note: Recreation centers such as the Hale Koa Hotel are not government lodging facilities.