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Take in breathtaking views of Diamond Head on Oahu. Photo credit: Ranger staff

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Mid-February in Washington is probably about the time you're silently screaming, "I need some sunshine" or "Why didn't we plan a trip to Hawaii?" We get it. Don't make the same mistake next year, plan a trip to Hawaii now. 

When planning your trip, look no further than the island of Oahu and specifically the Hale Koa Hotel located on the shores of Waikiki. You can't beat the price of this oceanfront retreat exclusive for military members and their family, especially when compared to the neighboring Hilton Hawaiian Village, or Sheraton Waikiki that share the same beach and oceanfront views. 

All the amenities you would look for in a Hawaiian beach vacation exist at this property including a newly renovated pool equipped with slides and play equipment to entertain the littles, in-pool loungers and deck loungers for you to relax and sip that Mai Tai. An extensive beach and oceanfront serve as nature's playground located directly across from the hotel property. Pristine sand and gorgeous views of Diamond Head can't be beat. Beach chairs and umbrellas are available for rent. Kayaks, paddle boards and more can also be rented on the beach with military discounts available. 

Multiple on site snack bars and restaurants make it easy to never leave the property if so desired. Start the morning off right with a breakfast buffet at Koko At Kalia or stop by the espresso stand for a morning pick-me up. Happy's Fast and Fresh is the perfect spot to pop in for a carry-out breakfast, or a salad, sandwich, burger and more after burning off energy at the pool or beach. The kids will definitely want to pop back in the afternoon for a flavor burst ice cream cone. The pool snack bar is the perfect place to wind down in the afternoon and grab a bite to eat and a cocktail to watch the sunset. It's also where you can walk from the pool to grab a drink to sip poolside. Bibas Courtyard Grill is a good spot to make an evening reservation to enjoy local favorites and American classics. If you do want to wander off properly, Waikiki is full of delicious eats and treats. Dinner reservations are highly recommended during the peak travel seasons. 

If you're booking a stay on a Monday or Thursday at the property plan to book a reservation for the Hale Koa luau. This traditional celebration begins with a customary lei greeting and a tropical beverage followed by music, cultural demonstrations and a three-course dinner featuring local favorites. 

Other amenities on the property include a gym (currently closed due to COVID-19), the Warrior's Lounge (currently closed due to COVID-19), a day spa and a laundry room on each floor. 

Another huge perk of staying on this property is the PX. This can be your go-to for snacks, drinks, sunscreen, souvenirs and so much more at a much lower price than the surrounding Hawaiian convenient stores. 

Reservations should be made at least six months in advance, and if you're wanting to go during peak season, a year in advance is recommended. So no better time than now to start planning to escape the dreary Washington weather next winter.

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