If you are in the military and planning on vacationing in Hawaii you are in for the time of your life. The military has great morale, welfare, and recreation facilities here that are actually beneficial to your morale and welfare and provide great recreation. Imagine that. Ok, here we go.
It is located right on Waikiki Beach in one of the prime locations. It has 817 rooms, swimming pools, a PX, bars, restaurants, a weight room and more. Make your reservations as early as possible … It is hard to get a room.
If you are planning on visiting any of the military bases on Oahu you may need to rent a car (or take the Oahu Bus) as none of them are close to the hotel. I think the cheapest rate is about $75 a night … and the rooms are great!
Pililaau Army Recreation Center 39 cabins close to the beach on the leeward side of the island (not in Waikiki). Nice place.
Tripler Army Hotel – right behind Tripler at Fort Shafter. Convenient and easy for work.
Inn at Schofield Barracks – right at Schofield Barracks. Not so great for vacationing if you are looking for fun and beaches
If you are on a vacation, be sure to check out my reviews of the Go Oahu Card and the Hawaii Entertainment Book – both are great for Oahu. They aren’t military discounts, but they can still save you good money.
Kilauea Military Lodge On the Big Island, the hands-down best place to stay is Kilauea Military Camp. I worked there as NCOIC of the dispensary for 3 years (cherry duty if you can get it) and loved my entire tour of duty.
The camp is located across the street from Kilauea Caldera within the boundaries of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Talk about amazing … we used to wow the Sergeant Majors and the Colonels who came on official business to inspect the dispensary by walking them across the street and having them look into the 300 foot drop off the lip of the caldera. Then we told them there was a golf course right across the highway on the other side and they finished up the inspection pretty quick. (Fore!)
KMC is actually a bunch of cabins grouped together with a general store, a gas station, a bowling alley, and a cafeteria in the middle. The cabins are all really nice and most have fireplaces (it gets cold at the 4500 foot level). I think rooms start around $65.
My husband and I spent our honeymoon at one of the eight MWR cabins on Barking Sands beach within the Pacific Missile Range Facility Cabins on Kauai. My biggest regret about getting out of the military is I will not get to stay at this place again. I never wanted to leave the base! My husband said “Lets go see the canyon” or “lets go to a restaurant” and I said “No honey, lets stay here and barbeque and swim!”
The beach is three miles long, the cabins are right on the beach … and we were the only ones there the entire time. We would go out in the morning and swim and snorkel, and then go back to the cabin and shower and eat. And then we would go look for shells and swim and snorkel and fish, and then go back and shower and eat. And then go back and swim and watch the sunset, and then barbeque and go to sleep. It was the most relaxing time of my entire life. The cabins were $80.00 a night (16 years ago) and well worth it.
Unfortunately, there are no military bases or mwr facilities on Maui. Really, the best you can do is a military-friendly hotel. I recommend the Kaanapali Beach Hotel
So, if you are visiting an MWR facility in Hawaii get ready to have a great time. If none of these meet your needs, then check out more Hawaii hotels here