Last week, we checked out of our base house and checked into the Hale Koa - House of the Warrior. From its website (link),
Fort DeRussy has evolved immensely from 1906, when it was sold as a 72-acre parcel of “undesirable” land, to the building of Battery Randolph at the east end of Fort DeRussy (now an Army Museum) in 1911, to the significant roles that Fort DeRussy played during WWII. However, even with all of these military accomplishments Fort DeRussy was still not “desirable” enough for grand social events.
All of this changed on October 25, 1975 when the Hale Koa Hotel celebrated its grand opening. A traditional Hawaiian blessing complete with a royal procession officially opened the hotel. From this celebrated opening ‘til today, the Hale Koa Hotel remains, an all-ranks, all-service hotel bent on providing first-class service without regard to an individual’s status. This is echoed in the mission of the hotel that has remained unchanged from its inception, "To operate a first class hotel and recreation facility at affordable prices for military members and their families."
The Hale Koa overlooks Waikiki Beach, offering our last sunset over the Wai'anae Mountains.
We strolled through Waikiki, taking a picture of this corner ... from Hawaii News Now (link),
About 300 people were seen running down Lewers Street in a panic Wednesday night. But those people were extras in the latest motion picture production of "Godzilla," which wraps up its filming early Thursday morning.
We passed the historic Royal Hawaiian Hotel ... love the pink building and blue planters!
We dined at CHEESEBURGER IN PARADISE .... I ordered the teriyaki burger topped with a pineapple slice!
Aloha, Hawai'i, until we meet again!
Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City
Morning view from our room