*UPDATE 8/31/13* We’ll be PCSing off island soon and needed to make reservations again. Unfortunately, the phone number I had, had been disconnected. BIG SAD FACE. So I made a trip over to the Lodge and asked for the new number and if I could make reservations in person. Two things have changed in addition to the phone number. (1) You MUST have orders in order to make reservations for the town homes as they are ONLY available to families PCSing in and out. (2) Reservations are limited to 30 days for families PCSing in, and 10 days for families PCSing out. I wanted to make sure everyone knew… 🙂 I hope this post will be helpful to all families PCSing to and from Oahu. The new phone number for the front desk is (808) 260-1212. You can make reservations using that number, or you can call the following number, just be sure to ask about the Town Homes at the Royal Alaka’i. 1-877-NAVYBED
Now onto the original post… Enjoy.
Matt and I are finally in Hawaii… well I say finally, but we’ve been here since Tuesday evening.
We landed at 5:55 PM after 7+ hours of flight time and 3800+ miles traveled. We weren’t able to pick up Jack and Tess (our pups) until the next day, which made me sad, because the customs office was already closed.
We were greeted at the airport by Matt’s sponsor, our friends Marlo & Brandon with their daughters, and another friend, Phil. Each of them had beautiful leis for us and placed them around our necks. They smelled soooo good.
We soon were off to check into our hotel. I made reservations at the lodge on the Air Force base but forgot we were a day ahead in Guam so our reservations wouldn’t start until Wednesday. So we had to make a one night reservation at a different hotel.
The next day we checked into the Air Force Lodge, picked up our dogs, and Matt’s new Jeep Rubicon, aka his Rubi. Needless to say, he’s in l-o-v-e. Since buying the Rubi, when talking about the “Jeep”, we have to specify which one we’re talking about, since he has his Rubi and I have my Jeep Commander.
The lodge has several different sizes of rooms and when we knew we were moving to Hawaii, Marlo highly recommended the Royal Alakai. While it’s still part of the lodge system, it’s significantly different from what we’ve stayed in before, which was like any other hotel room, a bed and bathroom. How different? Well here ya go…
This is us… there’s actually four entrances into the townhouse, which is kind of strange. There’s these two (one on the far left and one on the right next to the windows) and there are two in the back. We don’t use either of these entrances. We use one of the two in the back, since it’s closest to the parking area.
Isn’t it great?! Are you PCSing to/from Hawaii anytime soon? If so, you’ve got to make reservations at this place. It’s only $65 a night or $75 a night if you have pets, which is well below TLA. There are only 8 of them available and they fill up fast. You can reserve them for up to 30 days, which we did because the housing wait list is horrendously long. If you don’t know how long you’ll be staying, reserve it for the whole 30 days. If you don’t end up needing it for the whole time, they’ll just charge you for the days you’ve used it. Be sure to make your reservations as soon as you know you’re moving as they get booked quick and don’t forget to mention you want the townhouses. Here’s the number for the reservations desk, (808) 260-1212 or 1-877-NAVYBED. I hope you enjoy your stay, like we are, if you’re PCSing to/from the beautiful Hawaiian island of Oahu!