Hawaii accomodations [Honolulu in Jan/Feb]

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Hawaii accomodations [Honolulu in Jan/Feb]

Post by BeenThere » Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:59 am

Our daughter's family will be moving to Honolulu due to their posting at an army base there. My wife and I would like to go and stay there for a month or more, but not living with them the whole time. (I'm sure they would appreciate that!) What would be the best way to get something lined up for maybe January or February?

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Re: Hawaii accomodations [Honolulu in Jan/Feb]

Post by advice789 » Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:56 am

You can do a hotel but likely expensive. As an alternative, look for properties on Airbnb. Rates are better after about Jan 5, as many visits for Xmas and New Year Holidays. For Airbnb, you can see the guest reviews of properties. Do look for parking on premise. Street parking maybe difficult to find as several streets are full of parked cars. Aircon is nice as can be humid in Hawaii though Jan/ Feb, maybe cooler. As another option, you mention your family is with the military. Ask them to check military vacation housing. There are properties on the island that the military maintains. Rates can be reasonable, but you may need a type of military pass for some of the properties.

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Re: Hawaii accomodations [Honolulu in Jan/Feb]

Post by heartwood » Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:50 pm

Just some random thoughts:

If you're not planning on a hotel, start looking for accomodations now. January/February/March are high season throughout the state with all the snowbirds coming from the US mainland, from Canada, and from Asia. Many of the month or several month people book next year when they leave this year, so it can be hard to find something. Commonly a month's, but less than 6 month rental is "short term" and is legally subject to both the sales tax and the Transient Accomodation Tax, just like a hotel room. On Oahu that's just under 15% combined. Rates are usually quoted w/o the taxes, so be aware that it may add more than a bit to the number you're looking at. Rates are high, comparable to a hotel, but getting you a kitchen and some more room. Ask about parking.

The only off months with better availability are perhaps Apr, May and Sept, Oct.

Try Craigs List, AirBNB, and various realtors that handle bookings.

For a month's stay you will almost certainly need a car. Be prepared for traffic in Honolulu and not trivial travel times to most island locations. Think about where you might want to be on the island. Near your daughter? Where will they be stationed?

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Re: Hawaii accomodations [Honolulu in Jan/Feb]

Post by Loik098 » Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:01 pm

Don't forget to check out VRBO as well.

Several of the hotels we've stayed at (ex: Ala Moana Hotel) have rooms/suites that are privately owned and rented out. You can sometimes get a much better rate on them than the hotel itself can offer, particularly for lengthy stays.

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Re: Hawaii accomodations [Honolulu in Jan/Feb]

Post by rongos » Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:10 pm

Are they stationed at Schofield Barracks? There is on base guest lodging (motel style) that they can use their military benefits to get you in to.

Are they stationed at Fort Shafter? There is an IHG operated hotel at Tripler Army Medical Center, which is very close.

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