Bellows Recreation Center

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Location

Installation
Bellows Air Force Station, Waimanalo, HI
GPS Coordinates
21.3524, -157.7078
Location Information
Bellows Air Force Station, Waimanalo, HI

Directions

Directions
From Honolulu Airport take H1 East to exit 21A (Pali Highway); north to HI-72, south to Waimanalo Town. Bellows Air Force Station is on the left.

Contact Information

Phone Number
(800) 437-2607 or (808) 259 8080
Mailing Address
Bellows Reservation Office, 220 Tinker Road, Waimanalo, HI 96795-1010

Campground Information

Authorized Users
Active, National Guard, Reservists, Retired, 100% DAV, DoD Civilians.
Season
Year-round.
Reservations
Accepted. Required for cottages. Can reserve 13 months via online reservations.
Pet Information
Pets are NOT allowed.
Campground Information
14 day stay limit.
Facilities
Basketball, Golf Driving Range, Mini Golf, Tennis.
Amenities
  • Tent Area
  • Laundry
  • Picinic Area
  • Beach
  • Gas
  • Shoppete

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Camper/Tent
44
None
$7
$?
$?
Cottages
97
Full
$51 - $70
$?
$?

Other Information

Weather Information

On behalf of the Commander and Bellows Staff, we invite you to come stay with us. We want to make your visit as fun-filled and relaxing as possible, so we have provided some information about our great facilities and programs on this website.

Bellows AFS is located on the northern portion of Waimanalo Bay and includes a stretch of white sandy beach that curves around the bay. The beach offers users a resort-quality Hawaiian setting.

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A beautiful place! Cabins are well equipped & in pretty good condition. Staff (housekeeping) is very friendly. I felt that the "check in" lady was just "working for wages". No big deal, though. I thought that NM, where we live, was the land of manana, but this place is even MORE laid back! I've played golf at the Marine base & Schofield Barracks & loved them both! Schofield is being renovated & only the front 9 are open. First period stayed in 1 bd rm (very roomy) cabin, next week will be in 2 bd rm "front row" cabin. It's been my experience that I have to constantly be online to get a reservation, hence the split cabins. While here we've noticed a lot of empty places except for the week end. I asked the reservation folks about it & they didn't have a clue! The Portuguese Men of war were coming in for our 1st 4 days, but the red flags went down last night. If you go to the Hale Koa & want a good beach time, keep in the back of your mind that 10 days after the full moon the box jelly fish come in & hang around for about 3 days............Nature hasn't changed since I was home ported (1966-1970) at Pearl Harbor! Aloha!
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johnjay Reviewed by johnjay November 21, 2011
Last updated: November 22, 2011
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Nov 15 - 24 & Nov 27 to Dec 6, 2011

A beautiful place! Cabins are well equipped & in pretty good condition. Staff (housekeeping) is very friendly. I felt that the "check in" lady was just "working for wages". No big deal, though. I thought that NM, where we live, was the land of manana, but this place is even MORE laid back! I've played golf at the Marine base & Schofield Barracks & loved them both! Schofield is being renovated & only the front 9 are open. First period stayed in 1 bd rm (very roomy) cabin, next week will be in 2 bd rm "front row" cabin. It's been my experience that I have to constantly be online to get a reservation, hence the split cabins. While here we've noticed a lot of empty places except for the week end. I asked the reservation folks about it & they didn't have a clue! The Portuguese Men of war were coming in for our 1st 4 days, but the red flags went down last night. If you go to the Hale Koa & want a good beach time, keep in the back of your mind that 10 days after the full moon the box jelly fish come in & hang around for about 3 days............Nature hasn't changed since I was home ported (1966-1970) at Pearl Harbor! Aloha!

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We stayed here after traveling from Alaska to get away and have a nice vacation. When I made the reservations, there were only non-renovated cabins available, so not knowing what the difference, we went ahead and reserved. When we arrived we were thrilled with the location and amenities. It is located on the West side of the Island with beautiful white sand beaches and not too rough of a surf for our kids to play in. (hint...don't miss the sunrise, it's well worth getting up early!) They also had a mini golf coarse, playground, bike rentals, boogie board rentals, a restaurant, a store, among other things...these were just the things we used. Then we got to our cabin. Yikes! Now, let me say we are campers, and enjoy camping so I was not expecting anything extravagant, however when we walked in I was horrified. The windows didn't closed and most didn't have screens, which let all sorts of creatures in. The bathrooms were horrible, so much so I refused to let my kids take a bath. We had to keep ALL of our food in the fridge because the line of ants was never ending, however I think the worst was the filthy floor and dirty couch. I had to sweep and clean the floor when we checked in! I have never stayed someplace where I had to clean when we got there! We were suppose to stay here 3 nights but I could only stand 1. I guess these cabins would be OK if you lived on the island and were looking to get away for the weekend, but when you travel a total of 24 hours to get there, it was a major disappointment. I can only hope the renovated cabins are in better shape!
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flickpsu Reviewed by flickpsu September 25, 2011
Last updated: September 25, 2011
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Nov 2010

We stayed here after traveling from Alaska to get away and have a nice vacation. When I made the reservations, there were only non-renovated cabins available, so not knowing what the difference, we went ahead and reserved. When we arrived we were thrilled with the location and amenities. It is located on the West side of the Island with beautiful white sand beaches and not too rough of a surf for our kids to play in. (hint...don't miss the sunrise, it's well worth getting up early!) They also had a mini golf coarse, playground, bike rentals, boogie board rentals, a restaurant, a store, among other things...these were just the things we used. Then we got to our cabin. Yikes! Now, let me say we are campers, and enjoy camping so I was not expecting anything extravagant, however when we walked in I was horrified. The windows didn't closed and most didn't have screens, which let all sorts of creatures in. The bathrooms were horrible, so much so I refused to let my kids take a bath. We had to keep ALL of our food in the fridge because the line of ants was never ending, however I think the worst was the filthy floor and dirty couch. I had to sweep and clean the floor when we checked in! I have never stayed someplace where I had to clean when we got there! We were suppose to stay here 3 nights but I could only stand 1. I guess these cabins would be OK if you lived on the island and were looking to get away for the weekend, but when you travel a total of 24 hours to get there, it was a major disappointment. I can only hope the renovated cabins are in better shape!

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J.J. left this review: Bellows is on the Windward side of the island (across the mountain from Honolulu). It has some of the prettiest sandy beaches one will ever find! We stayed in a 2 bed room cottage in the 2nd row (still a stone's throw from the beach) which was renovated for $85 a night. The un-renovated cottages are ok, but don't have new windows or new flooring and don't have a remodeled bathroom, but are still very good for the price $65 on the back row. There is no AC, but it is not needed particularly in the winter. Temps ranged from about 68 to 78. It's warmer in the summer, but not that much. There is almost always the trade winds. The beach has enough surf to body surf, but not too much that it's overpowering. The cabin is nothing to write home about, but it has a full size range & refrigerator and enough utensils, pots & pans for this retired Navy Submarine Cook to "do his thing" in the kitchen! Each cottage has a Weber grill for BBQ. The Marine Corp Base Hawaii is pretty close & they have a small to medium size Commissary for most everything. Bellows has a real small BX, which has milk to beer & most everything else one would likely want at the beach. The beds were ok, (firm) but the sofa needs to be replaced...really the only negative I can think of. Cable TV & free internet connection are good. Last, but not least; make reservations early. They accept reservation (online), (I believe up to 13 months in advance), except for the summer months. The place is popular with the locals so the weekends go fast. We've already made our reservation for 2 full weeks for next fall. For those that aren't familiar with Hawaii, Winter is usually the rainy season, so if you go then, be prepared for liquid sunshine! We've stayed at several places on the Island & this is our favorite!
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Proxy Reviewed by Proxy December 19, 2010
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Dec 5 - 10, 2010

J.J. left this review: Bellows is on the Windward side of the island (across the mountain from Honolulu). It has some of the prettiest sandy beaches one will ever find! We stayed in a 2 bed room cottage in the 2nd row (still a stone's throw from the beach) which was renovated for $85 a night. The un-renovated cottages are ok, but don't have new windows or new flooring and don't have a remodeled bathroom, but are still very good for the price $65 on the back row. There is no AC, but it is not needed particularly in the winter. Temps ranged from about 68 to 78. It's warmer in the summer, but not that much. There is almost always the trade winds. The beach has enough surf to body surf, but not too much that it's overpowering. The cabin is nothing to write home about, but it has a full size range & refrigerator and enough utensils, pots & pans for this retired Navy Submarine Cook to "do his thing" in the kitchen! Each cottage has a Weber grill for BBQ. The Marine Corp Base Hawaii is pretty close & they have a small to medium size Commissary for most everything. Bellows has a real small BX, which has milk to beer & most everything else one would likely want at the beach. The beds were ok, (firm) but the sofa needs to be replaced...really the only negative I can think of. Cable TV & free internet connection are good. Last, but not least; make reservations early. They accept reservation (online), (I believe up to 13 months in advance), except for the summer months. The place is popular with the locals so the weekends go fast. We've already made our reservation for 2 full weeks for next fall. For those that aren't familiar with Hawaii, Winter is usually the rainy season, so if you go then, be prepared for liquid sunshine! We've stayed at several places on the Island & this is our favorite!

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