If you are planning to play in the Hawaii tournament, lodging will be a big part of your expenses and will be key to enjoying your time on the island. The enclosed graphic shows the areas ABOVE the marked areas that we would recommend to look for lodging, especially for the Friday/Saturday/Sunday of the tournament. This area will likely have lower priced places to stay in general, but also the Hawaii Marathon is the same weekend as our tournament, and a lot of the streets in Waikiki will be closed off Sunday morning, which would make getting to the tournament extremely difficult, even for taxi, Uber, or Lyft. However, there are still plenty of places to stay.
We have two host hotels available, both of which will have easy access to the playing facility even during the Marathon. The hotels are:
Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club https://gc.synxis.com/xbe/rez.aspx?template=aap_rbe&shell=aap_rbe&dest=All+Properties&chain=10365&locale=en-US&src=aaadv&hotel=60893&promo=PVC (TO BOOK YOUR STAY AT SURFJACK)
The Surfjack is next door to our host hotel and is offering their rooms at $149.60 per night and will waive the $25 per night amenity fee which gives you access to the swim club where you can relax during their adult swim time every day from 6-9 pm..read: NO CHILDREN!! What more could you ask...lol...trust that Aunty D will be stopping by for a dip and the daily tea...or is it T??
Click the link ABOVE to book your stay...visit https://surfjack.com/ for more information on the hotel and its amenities.
Our second hotel is the Skyline at Aqua Colony https://gc.synxis.com/xbe/rez.aspx?template=aap_rbe&shell=aap_rbe&dest=All+Properties&chain=10365&locale=en-US&src=aaadv&hotel=27639&promo=PVC (TO BOOK YOUR STAY AT AQUA COLONY)
This was an older hotel that was sold and made into condominiums. It's closer to the zoo area and Queen's beach where a lot of the gays like to sun bathe. It's also A LOT closer to one of our favorite bars: Hula's Bar and Lei Stand. It offers an open air bar sitting with lots of friendly locals and tourists. It's really a place you should check out while you're in Honolulu.
In addition to looking at hotels, we would recommend looking at Airbnb, misterbandb, VRBO, HomeAway, Hometogo, timeshares, and other alternative lodging. These may be more ideal for teams as there are a number of places available that will support 6-8 people per property, making it easier to keep the team together.
When looking at places to stay, look carefully at the parking policy. Parking is very limited around Honolulu, and pricing reflects that. Also, due to the Hawaii Marathon, much of the street parking will be closed off during the weekend, including cars getting towed during the night (in addition to the parking along the canal where yours truly missed the sign that said street cleaning every Monday and Thursday night, all cars towed!). Morale of the story, if you don't need a car, stick to taxi, Uber, Lyft, and your friends on the islands with cars - especially over the weekend!
There are a few places to stay on the west side of the canal that will have access to the Manoa valley, but if you are unsure about a location, you can email us and we'll see if we can determine if you'll have easy access to the gym on Sunday morning.
For those of you doing an extended vacation, it may make sense to stay in the recommended area from Friday-Monday, and choose other lodging for the remainder of your trip if you are going to focus on site-seeing, beach-gawking, or other island activities.
With proper planning, your housing costs can remain reasonable and you can enjoy the tournament and the full flavor of island life!