Monday, March 11, 2019

A Family Favorite

Monkeypod Kitchen


Monkeypod Kitchen from Wailea on Maui has opening an outpost in the Ko Olina Resort on Oahu. The food is delicious and one of our families favorite places to eat. They continue to win awards every year in the Hale Aina awards. Their made from scratch food includes delicious cream pies, burgers and pizzas. The retaurant will feature an exhibition kitchen, sushi bar and 36 craft beers on tap. Yum Yum!

We can't wait to share this new restaurant with you, it would be our pleasure!


The Hardings--
Homeowners & Proprietors, the Beach Villa Resort

The Beach Villa Resort is located in West Oahu within the beautiful Ko Olina Resort. We offer luxurious vacation rentals with two and three bedroom villas right on the beach. Luxury hotel accommodations and amenities at condo prices.

The Ko Olina Resort is located 17 miles from Honolulu International Airport and just over a half-hour’s drive from downtown. If you've been to the Paradise Cove Luau or have been shuttled from Waikiki to golf, you've already been to our beautiful resort. Click HERE for reservations

THE BEACH BOYS

JUST RELEASED!

https://youtu.be/G1aa_k1dcEg

Concert Tuesday, April 9, 2019

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The Hawaii Theater in Chinatown near downtown Honolulu is a lovely old restored theater and the perfect venue to see and hear The Beach Boys. This band has birthed a torrent of hit singles and sold albums by the tens of millions. But its greater significance lies in the fact that The Beach Boys’ songs have forever changed the musical landscape, profoundly influencing countless performing artists to follow. 
The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who, along with Jeffrey Foskett, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill, Keith Hubacher, Christian Love and Scott Totten continue the legacy of the iconic American band.  Grammy-winning songwriter Bruce Johnston joined The Beach Boys in 1965, replacing Glenn Campbell, who filled-in for Brian Wilson, on vocals/bass, when he retired from touring. Highly regarded in his field, Johnston’s vocal work with such legendary artists as Elton John and Pink Floyd firmly established him among rock’s elite artists. 
Captained by Mike Love, The Beach Boys play an astoundingly busy schedule of concerts, averaging 150 shows a year, ranging from sundrenched summer festivals to gala New Year’s celebrations and special events across the globe. 
The Beach Boys have continued to create and perform with the same bold imagination and style that marked their explosive debut over 50 years ago. In 2013, their Capitol Records release, Sounds of Summer (RIAA certified triple platinum with over three million in sales and climbing), and its companion The Warmth of the Sun marked a resurgence in Beach Boys interest that again rocked the world. 
Enjoy the Beach Boys at the 
Hawaii Theatre Center
Private VIP Dinner, Wine and a Surprise Gift!
5:00 p.m VIP Cocktail Hour
6:00 p.m. VIP Dinner
7:00 p.m. Doors Open
8:00 p.m. Concert Begins 

Special Offer!  With every online ticket purchased for THE BEACH BOYS, you’ll receive a digital copy of the Mike Love’s new double album “UNLEASH THE LOVE”.  You will receive an email with more details about this offer approximately 7 days after your purchase.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Sammy Hagar's Mai Tai Recipe

Enjoy Sammy Hagar's new Beach Bar Rum which is being distilled on Maui in partnership with Sammy Hagar and Haliimaile Distilling Company. (Love Bev Gannon's food at Haliimaile but you'll have to take a trip over to upcountry Maui.)

Instead of a trip to Maui, run over to the resort's Island Country Market in the Ko Olina Station and pick up a bottle of Sammy Hagar's Beach Bar Rum made from Hawaii-grown sugar cane. Just walk or drive over and you'll be making Sammy's cocktail in no time!

Your villa comes with a cocktail blender, glasses and a Sub Zero Fridge with an Ice Maker. The perfect ingredients to start the perfect Mai Tai. Feel those tropical breezes? How about a breathtaking sunset? It's just another beautiful day in paradise.

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Ingredients: 1½ oz. Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum, ½ oz. orange curacao, ¾ oz. lychee* juice/syrup, and 1 oz. fresh sour.

Directions: Pour ingredients over ice into a cocktail shaker. Shake, then strain into a rocks glass, drizzle dark rum into the cocktail, garnish and serve.

According to a press release, “Unlike other premium rums, which follow a standard one-year maturation period for the cane, (cane used in) Sammy's Beach Bar Rum matures for a full two years, giving the sugar from the cane its intense character.”

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Sammy Hagar was the lead singer in Van Halen and he is a part time Maui resident. The rum business came about by accident after he met Mark Nigbur, a Maui local who makes vodka out of pineapples. Nigbur, looks like Hagar which is an interesting coincidence.

"He was in the middle of a sugar cane field, so I asked him, 'Why don't you make rum?,'" Hagar recalled. "He said, 'Dude, you want me to make you some rum?' Two weeks later he comes over with this barrel and, I'm telling you, it was the greatest thing I've ever tasted in my life."

Monin Flavored Syrup
*Lychee is a chinese fruit that is available at farmers markets around Oahu and in Chinatown. You can also check on-line at amazon. Buy the 1883 Lychee Syrup from France or Monin Flavored Syrup. Ship it to your villa and we'll have it waiting for you upon arrival.







So come enjoy your cocktail with us in paradise, it would be our pleasure!

The Hardings--
Homeowners & Proprietors, the Beach Villa Resort

The Beach Villa Resort is located in West Oahu within the beautiful Ko Olina Resort. We offer luxurious vacation rentals with two and three bedroom villas right on the beach. Luxury hotel accommodations and amenities at condo prices.

The Ko Olina Resort is located 17 miles from Honolulu International Airport and just over a half-hour’s drive from downtown. If you've been to the Paradise Cove Luau or have been shuttled from Waikiki to golf, you've already been to our beautiful resort. Click HERE for reservations

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Haleiwa Arts Festival, July 13th & 14th, 2019



The 22nd Annual Haleiwa Arts Festival is quickly approaching! My artist friend Lynne Boyer will be displaying her paintings at booth #16 during the Haleiwa Arts Festival on July 13th & 14th, 2019.


Picking up our painting from Artist Lynn Boyer


You can also see Lynne's work in our condo when you stay in our families three bedroom vacation villa at the Beach Villas at Ko Olina.

The North Shore painting in our living room


At the Haleiwa Arts Festival, approximately 140 juried visual artists with original works and limited editions, both traditional and contemporary, in oil, acrylic, ceramic, photography, sculpture, watercolor, fabric, serigraphy, jewelry, and glass as well as other media will be on display. The art will be available for viewing, browsing, and purchase directly from the artists. Items will be available at all price points from inexpensive to expensive and in-between.

Visit Lynne at booth #16 , which is nearby the "Cool Things to Buy" tent. She will have lots of new "hot off the easel" Original Oil on Canvas paintings as well as her large selection of GiclĂ©es on Canvas and Paper.

Here are three of Lynne's latest works:

"Chun's Morning Charm" 9" x 21" x 1/2" Oil On Canvas Panel


"Haleiwa Rainbow Bridge" 16" x 20" Oil On Canvas Gallery Wrap


"Kailua Magic" 9" x 22" Oil On Canvas

We support our local Hawaiian artists and hope that you enjoy the art pieces in our three bedroom, three bathroom condo, during your next Hawaiian Vacation at the Beach Villas at Ko Olina. We have filled our home with Aloha and we hope you enjoy the results. (If not, we also have other villas that contain more hotel type furnishings if that's to your liking.)

I grew up near the beach in Lynne's painting and it brings back many childhood memories. Create your own family memories during your next visit and then pick up an art piece at the Haleiwa Arts Festival. It will be a great way to remember your time here in our little slice of paradise, the Beach Villas at Ko Olina on Oahu, Hawaii. It would be our pleasure!

The Hardings--
Homeowners & Proprietors, the Beach Villa Resort

The Beach Villa Resort is located in West Oahu within the beautiful Ko Olina Resort. We offer luxurious vacation rentals with two and three bedroom villas right on the beach. Luxury hotel accommodations and amenities at condo prices.

The Ko Olina Resort is located 17 miles from Honolulu International Airport and just over a half-hour’s drive from downtown. If you've been to the Paradise Cove Luau or have been shuttled from Waikiki to golf, you've already been to our beautiful resort. Click HERE for reservations

Monday, June 29, 2015

Convenient Sundries

If you haven't been to the Ko Olina Resort recently, several shops and restaurants including the ABC Convenience Store, Island Country Market have opened over the last couple of years, the location of our luxury vacation rental condos, the Beach Villa's.


Island Country Markets

Island Country Markets, the new concept store for ABC Stores is located in the Ko Olina Station shopping center which is close to our property. According to ABC Stores Inc. president Paul Kosasaour, Island Country Markets is a new full-service, fresh-market concept, designed to meet the needs of the Ko Olina Resort community.

(If you've ever been to Waikiki, you know about ABC stores as they are as prevalent as mushrooms, sprouting out from every street corner.

An ABC store is similar to a convenience store or "konbini" in Japan. You would know them as a 7-Eleven in the U.S., Japan and Canada.



At the Island Country Markets in Ko Olina, you can purchase anything from groceries to liquor to gift items to take back home to friends and relatives. On our recent outing our basket included milk, "at a heart stopping $10.49 a gallon!"


We also picked up a bottle of wine, sushi, sandwiches, and some fresh fruit. My son purchased some Tiki key chains for friends, and our daughter picked up some "Zories" or flip flops with the cute flowers on them and other assorted goodies.


Now you may be asking, why would you spend so much money here when you can just run into town. We'll if your time off is valuable and you wish to spend more time vacationing, it's just really convenient to run over to the market for an item or two. Need some milk, check; need a sandwich for lunch, check.


This is especially true on your day of arrival to Hawaii, especially if it's an evening flight to the Islands and the kids just want to get to the beach before going to bed, it's worth paying extra for the convenience.

In our situation, we picked up some milk, juice, yogurt, bread and cereal for breakfast on our first night here and spent the time saved at the beach. We'll go to Costco tomorrow to stock up.

Repeat after me, hot tub, lap pool, lagoon pool, beach, drinks at the beach bar, grill out, repeat. A great first night at the property!

We appreciated having the Island Country Markets right next door to our luxury beach front vacation condo's at the Beach Villa Resort in Ko Olina, Hawaii.

It gives our family extra time to spend together and to start our vacation as soon as we arrive. I know it will do the same for you and your family when we see you on your next visit to our place, the Beach Villas in Ko Olina, Hawaii.

It would be our pleasure!

The Hardings--
Homeowners & Proprietors, the Beach Villa Resort

The Beach Villa Resort is located in West Oahu within the beautiful Ko Olina Resort. We offer luxurious vacation rentals with two and three bedroom villas right on the beach. Luxury hotel accommodations and amenities at condo prices.

The Ko Olina Resort is located 17 miles from Honolulu International Airport and just over a half-hour’s drive from downtown. If you've been to the Paradise Cove Luau or have been shuttled from Waikiki to golf, you've already been to our beautiful resort. Click HERE for reservations

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Reasonably Priced Massage


Massage Envy is now open at Kapolei Commons next to Pier One Imports. Phone 524-ENVY (3689) or click here to make an appointment. You may already be familiar with Massage Envy SPA as they have locations throughout the mainland as well.



Enjoy their introductory offers of a 1-hour massage for $49.99 or a 1-hour Murad Healthy Skin facial for $59.99. It would be our pleasure!

The Hardings--
Homeowners & Proprietors, the Beach Villa Resort

The Beach Villa Resort is located in West Oahu within the beautiful Ko Olina Resort. We offer luxurious vacation rentals with two and three bedroom villas right on the beach. Luxury hotel accommodations and amenities at condo prices.

The Ko Olina Resort is located 17 miles from Honolulu International Airport and just over a half-hour’s drive from downtown. If you've been to the Paradise Cove Luau or have been shuttled from Waikiki to golf, you've already been to our beautiful resort. Click HERE for reservations

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Eatery Options Ko Olina


In our back yard: Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman opened in the Ko Olina resort on December 2012 bringing 36 craft brews on tap served at 29 degrees, kiawe wood oven pizza, and live music twice a day.


They have high quality food at prices that are much more reasonable than you would find at the resort hotels. Happy Hour is from 3-5:30 every day. Call (808) 380-4086 for reservations, or to ask about their outdoor seating and daily live music.


Monkeypod Kitchen is located behind the Disney Aulani Resort at the Ko Olina Station. Directions, exit our property Mauka (towards the mountain), hang a left on the main (only) road in Ko Olina. Drive past the golf course on the right, at the next four way stop, hang a right. (You will see the Disney Aulani on the left and the Ko Olina Station shopping center on the right.) If you go too far, just turn around at the guard shack and head back.



Ko Olina and the city of Kapolei continue to fill in, providing our guests with exciting new eating and dining options in all price ranges. Kapolei, Oahu's second city (Honolulu being the first) is conveniently located just one exit down or about five minutes away from the villas.

Groceries and Sundries: Walmart has opened at the corner of Farrington Highway and Makakilo Drive in Kapolei. This is in addition to the Target at Kapolei Commons and the Costco across the street, located at the intersection of Kapolei Parkway and Kalaeloa Boulevard.

Also located in Kapolei Commons is Down to Earth, Hawaii’s all vegetarian Organic & Natural food store chain. They are on the right side of the parking lot, closest to the street. Personally, I enjoy meat and fish but they are a good stop for locally grown produce.

Kapolei Village Center has recently opened a Foodland, Hawai‘i’s only locally owned supermarket. The Kapolei store includes the high-end gourmet store R. Field Wine Company. They have a very nice wine selection.

Pick up some fresh fish or some USDA Prime Steaks and grill out by the beach bar overlooking lagoon two. Cocktails, great weather, the beach, grilling out, ah paradise!

Casual Dining: Ruby Tuesday is now open at the Kapolei Commons. This is in addition to the Outback Steak House in Kapolei.

Fast (Good) Food Kua Aina is now open in Kapolei Commons. Read about Kua Aina in my Haleiwa blog. This sandwich/burger operation is very popular with both locals and visitors. It will be opening next to Vitamin Shoppe, across the parking lot from Target. On our last visit we were disappointed in the Mahi Burger which is typically my wife's favorite item here.






RamenYa is now open in Kapolei Commons. Big bowls of Ramen noodles, fried rice and gyoza (steamed and fried pot stickers), Yum!






Aloha Salads is open and serves delicious and very good healthy and tasty meals. They service a nice assortment of salads, sandwiches and soups. Some salads come topped with grilled Ahi Tuna, Shrimp or Chicken. They source their vegetables from local farmers so their produce is fresher and better tasting. Located in front of Target, on the right side, Target's entrance is on the left side.


The Hardings--
Homeowners & Proprietors, the Beach Villa Resort

The Beach Villa Resort is located in West Oahu within the beautiful Ko Olina Resort. We offer luxurious vacation rentals with two and three bedroom villas right on the beach. Luxury hotel accommodations and amenities at condo prices.

The Ko Olina Resort is located 17 miles from Honolulu International Airport and just over a half-hour’s drive from downtown. If you've been to the Paradise Cove Luau or have been shuttled from Waikiki to golf, you've already been to our beautiful resort. Click HERE for reservations