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 till today, the Hale Koa Hotel remains, an all-ranks, all-service hotel committed on providing a full service resort experience without regard to an individual’s status.
Today, Fort DeRussy Armed Forces Recreation Center is the home of the Hale Koa Hotel, or House of the Warrior, an 818 room, world–class resort hotel and continued favorite R&R destination for our country’s military personnel.
In 1991, a major expansion project began at the Hale Koa Hotel, including the development of 66 acres of Fort DeRussy, a new swimming pool complex, two snack bars, a beverage bar and luau garden. In addition, Kalia Road, fronting the Hale Koa Hotel was also realigned and improved. By 1995, the new Maile Tower took its place beside the existing Ilima Tower increasing the number of guestrooms from 419 to 818. Also debuting was a 1100 stall parking garage, fitness center, adults only pool, and a new restaurant, Bibas Courtyard Grill.
Today, the Hale Koa Hotel takes great pride in operating self-sufficiently, with not one taxpayer dollar supporting upkeep or operation. The Hale Koa Hotel is truly a benefit for all military personnel to enjoy and it’s estimated that over one million military personnel and dependents take advantage of the Hale Koa Hotel’s many facilities yearly.
Mahalo for your interest in the Hale Koa Hotel. We send our warmest aloha and wish you wonderful experiences during your stay in the islands.