Wednesday, March 25, 2020

COVID-19 updates

The latest information

At the Ko Olina Resort

05/18/2020 - State’s mandatory 14-day quarantine went into effect for all passengers arriving in Hawai‘i from out of state. Violators of the quarantine can be fined up to $5,000 and spend up to one year in jail.

04/25/2020 - Walking and jogging along the shoreline and swimming in Honu Lagoon 2, Nai'a Lagoon 3 and 'Ulua Lagoon 4 will be allowed effective sunrise, Saturday, April 25, 2020. (We are currently conducting sand reclamation work on Kohola Lagoon 1.) The shoreline walkway and lagoons and the comfort stations at the Honu and 'Ulua lagoons will be open daily from sunrise to sunset.

The City and County Stay at Home order continues in full effect, including adhering to strict social distancing practices and wearing face coverings while out in public. No sunbathing or gatherings of any kind will be allowed on lagoon lawns and beaches; all parking lots remain closed to vehicles, golf carts, and bicycles.

03-24-2020 - The Ko Olina Resort is closed to guest traffic as of Tuesday March 24th, 2020. Property closures include the Four Seasons Resort and the Disney Aulani Spa and Resort. In addition, all lagoons, the Ko Olina Golf Course and Marina are closed as well. The Marriott Beach Club remains open for timeshare owners and the Beach Villas at Ko Olina for its residents.

At the Beach Villas

05/14/2020 - We have re-opening the Lap Pool & Spa. Deck furniture has been removed for social distancing until further notice. Enjoy the pools and spas, but please no loitering or sunbathing.

Lap Pool & Spa
8:00 AM to 7:00 PM (sunset)
First priority is lap swimming. No water play or loud voices in this quiet pool.

Lagoon Pool & Spas
8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Our family friendly pool with BBQ stations.

BBQ stations
11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, only one grill per station for social distancing. A basket with disinfecting solution and wipes are provided. Please log your use of the grill and time.

Gates are locked after the 7 PM closing. No gas torch lighting after 7pm. Access to Lagoon 2 will be through the Lobby to the public access way after hours.

04/28/2020 - In conjunction with Mayor Caldwell's current order reopening all City and County parks for limited exercise activities, and the latest guidance from the CDC, swimming will be allowed.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Tuesday, April 28, 2020
LOCATIONS: Lagoon pool, lagoon spas and barbecue
POOL HOURS: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
ALLOWED ACTIVITIES: Swimming, spa use, and BBQ

Protocols in place for limited pool use:
AOAO employee to monitor pools during hours of operation logging pool and grill users.

Spa areas are marked off with blue arrows indicating 6 ft spacing. No more than 5 person maximum per spa.

Only one grill will be open per barbecue station for cooking only. Once done, please bring food back to villa. Grills will be cleaned down after each use.

The City and County Stay at Home order continues in full effect, including adhering to strict social distancing practices, wearing face coverings while out in public and good hand hygiene.

No sunbathing or gatherings of any kind will be allowed.

CDC has indicated: There is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas. Proper operation and maintenance (including disinfection with chlorine and bromine) of these facilities should inactivate the virus in the water.

While there is ongoing community spread of COVID-19 of the virus that causes COVID-19, it is important for individuals as well as owners and operators of these facilities to take steps to ensure health and safety:

Everyone should follow local and state guidance that may determine when and how recreational water facilities may operate.

Individuals should continue to protect themselves and others at recreational water venues both in and out of the water – for example, by practicing social distancing and good hand hygiene.

In addition to ensuring water safety and quality, owners and operators of community pools, hot tubs, spas, and water play areas should follow the interim guidance for businesses and employers for cleaning and disinfecting their community facilities.

03/24/2020 - In order to protect the overall health, wellness, and safety of our staff and residents at the Beach Villas, the following Services and Amenities will be temporarily suspended as of 6:00 AM on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 through Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

Closure of Non-Essential Services and Amenities:

1) Makai Hale beach bar
2) Fitness Center
3) Spas
4) Ko Olina Activities
5) No residential renovations by contractors or project work unless an active emergency is occurring (water leak, electrical, life safety).

Services and Amenities Provided with Social Distancing:

1) Pools with chaise lounge chairs 6' apart
2) Stand alone gas grill at each BBQ location with signage "Food to be cooked and taken back to Villa".
3) Owners Lounge (no functions)
4) Guest Services and Security
5) Maintenance, Common Area Cleaning, Landscaping
6) Management Support and Oversight and Owner Services
7) Restrooms at Lobby and Lagoon Pool

This is in conformance with the latest COVID-19 guidelines and directives from WHO, CDC, State of Hawaii Governor, and Honolulu County Mayor. 03/24/2020

03/23/2020 - On-site at the Beach Villas at Ko Olina, we are implementing Infection Control Protocols which involve more frequent sanitation of commonly touched surfaces, educating our staff on COVID-19 protocol and safety (ie. staying home when sick, handwashing, and coughing/sneezing etiquette), and Personal Contact (ie. physical greeting, contact with sick persons, etc.).

New hand sanitizing stations have been installed at the entrances to Beach and Ocean Towers, Main Lobby, and Bar. The CDC poster "COVID-19: What The Public Should Do" and HI State Department of Health "What You Need To Know" poster is also up in the elevators. If the need arises, we are prepared to activate "social distancing measures" throughout the property.

Latest News

All visitors and returning residents to Hawaii will be required to complete a mandatory, 14-day quarantine to stop the spread of coronavirus in the islands. This is in effect until at least September 1st, 2020.

Travelers to Oahu from other Hawaiian Islands are no longer required to quarantine.

03-27-2020 - Southwest Airlines will reduce service to one route twice daily between Oakland and Honolulu, starting April 5, 2020.

03-24-2020 - Hawaiian Airlines will be suspending all flights to Hawaii except for one flight per day from Los Angeles to Honolulu and Honolulu to American Samoa until May 20, 2020, unless the state’s quarantine ends sooner. (They will restart service with a big sale!)

03-23-2020 All arrivals to Hawaii, starting Thursday, 03/25/2020 will receive a Department of Agriculture form with a date stamp which must indicate where they are staying. This will be monitored. If it is a hotel, guests must remain in their room. Governor Ige said that this is “the first of its kind in the nation.” Failure to comply will result in up to $5,000 in fines and one year in prison. 03/23/2020

03-23-2020 A stay at home order has been issued today for all of Honolulu County. It starts Monday at 4:30pm and runs through April 30, 2020. 03/23/2020

Starting Thursday March 26th, 2020, all visitors and returning residents to Hawaii will be required to complete a mandatory, 14-day quarantine to stop the spread of coronavirus in the islands.

Gov. David Ige announced the new measure Saturday in a news conference at the state Capitol, calling it an “extreme action" that he believed would bring tourism in the islands to a near standstill. Gov. David Y. Ige 3/21/20

"I strongly encourage our visitors to postpone their vacations for at least the next 30-days and reschedule for a later date." Gov. David Y. Ige 3/17/20

03-20-2020 Flights from China to both London and San Francisco are resuming, about three months after their outbreak began. 03/20/20

Links to the latest information on the Coronavirus

To receive email updates on the Coronavirus in Hawaii, click the following link from the from the State of Hawaii. To check on the latest information regarding COVID-19 in Hawaii click the Star Advertiser link, our local paper.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

USS Arizona Memorial

Click the link below for the latest opening information for The USS Arizona Memorial, it had previously closed on March 16th, 2020 due to the Corona Virus outbreak across the world. The Memorial had reopened on Sunday, September 1, 2019 after repairing it's boat dock.

If you plan to visit the memorial, be sure to visit the official visitor information website for the latest updates. Tickets, which are free except for $1 service charge, are available directly by NPS at their official visitor ticketing website.

Also visit the two free museums, exhibits, bookstore, and the virtual reality center. The Battleship Missouri Memorial, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor are open too and have separate admission fees.

Pearl Harbor is open daily from 7am to 5pm (closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day). Free parking is available at the visitors center.

Check with our concierge desk if you would like to book a tour which includes the memorial, battleship, submarine and museum plus transportation to and from the memorial.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Family Friendly Restaurants near the Beach Villas

Ka'aha'aina Café, Specials
Swing by the Ka'aha'aina Café for a casual homestyle Hawaiian meal with jaw dropping coastal views. This relatively off-the-grid restaurant, tucked behind the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, serves traditional plate lunches piled high with grilled meat, brown rice and fresh greens from MA’O – a local organic farm dedicated to teaching sustainable agricultural practices and Hawaiian culture to underprivileged youth. Choose from the juicy Huli-Huli chicken, tender Kalbi beef strips, or authentic slow roasted Kalua pork. The generous portions can easily be shared. Afterwards work off those delicious calories by exploring the Health Center’s pristine walking trails and tropical gardens. Best of all, as you can see, plate lunch prices are quite reasonable.

Map at 86-260 Farrington Hwy
From our property on lagoon two, exit the main Ko Olina resort gate and go over the overpass to head East by doing a loop de loo instead of the usual turning right (West) to go back towards town. Head 8 miles up the coast, about a 15 minute drive up Farrington Hwy.

Makahiki Buffet

Courtesy of Disney Aulani Resort & Spa
Spend the morning with Mickey and the gang at Aunty's Breakfast Celebration at the Makahiki, in Ko Olina’s Aulani Disney Resort and Spa. While noshing on a delectable buffet spread of tropical fruits, Mickey Mouse shaped waffles, omelets and sweet treats, your little ones will enjoy meeting their favourite Disney friends. Special Hawaiian touches, including an interactive ukulele performance by Aunty and conga dance party, create magical moments for every guest. Simply bring your appetite and sense of childlike wonder to this breakfast extravaganza. Oh, and don’t forget the camera as there are plenty of photo opportunities throughout the dining experience.
From our property on lagoon two, walk out our beach gate next to our beach bar and turn right. Walk next door to the Disney Aulani Resort on lagoon one. It's a quick stroll via the wide beachfront promenade that connects all four of our beachfront lagoons.

Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina

Courtesy of Four Seasons
Seeking culinary perfection? You’re likely to find it at one of Four Seasons Resort O’ahu at Ko Olina’s three family-friendly restaurants. The property’s weekend Brunch for All Seasons is nirvana for foodies, and one of the island’s most popular locales for locals celebrating milestone events. You may need a map to explore the infinite selection of seafood, carving, poke, dim sum and pasta stations on display. Insider tip: avoid the decadent dessert bar until after the kids have satisfied their nutritional requirements. For a unique sea-to-table experience, reserve a sunset spot at the beachfront Mina’s Fish House, where a resident fish concierge offers tableside chats about the restaurant’s fresh daily catch. Order the whole pan-roasted Opakapaka for a delicious family-style meal. If you’re craving delicate handmade pasta, Noe promises to please. The caprese salad, seasonal ravioli and veal cheek ‘Rossini’ are just a few of the restaurant’s must-try signature dishes. Children’s menus at the Four Seasons are equally creative and vary by restaurant. Highlights include Noe’s spaghetti ice cream and the phyllo-crusted fish and chips at Mina’s.
From our property on lagoon two, walk out our beach gate next to the beach bar and turn right. Walk past the Disney Aulani Resort to the Four Seasons Resort on lagoon one. It's a quick stroll via the wide beachfront promenade that connects all four of our beachfront lagoons.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Farmers Market

The Farmers Market at Ka Makana Ali‘i happens every Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Experience the exciting weekly family-friendly farmers market featuring delicious local fruits and vegetables, tropical plants and flowers, locally made treats and prepared foods. Enjoy a stroll through the Center as you sample products and discover unique handcrafted merchandise. Stay awhile and enjoy live local Hawaiian music, entertainment and more!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Nearby Shave Ice in Kapolei

After a fun day at the beach, head over to Island Shave Ice and Creamery in Kapolei for a cool treat. They have some of the best shave ice on the Island and are the go to shave ice spot on the Westside. If you're not in the mood for a shave ice, they also have Roselani Ice Cream, Crepes, Milkshakes and other assorted items.

My personal favorite Shave Ice flavors are POG, Mango and Lilikoi. Their syrup flavors are of high quality and very tasty. With a solid 4.6 Google rating and a 4.5 Yelp rating, the majority of their customers agree!

Holoholo over to Kapolei for some Ono shave ice, it would be our pleasure.

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

Island Shave Ice and Creamery is on Kamokila Blvd in Kapolei, next door to our favorite Italian Restaurant, Assaggios and Chun Wa Kam, our favorite Kapolei Manapua spot.

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, April 9, 2019

Ko Olina Dining

Ko Olina Dining Options while vacationing at the Beach Villas

It's tempting to cook in our fully kitted kitchens with Sub Zero, Wolf & Fisher-Paykel appliances. You're on vacation though, so venture out and try out our local dining scene.

Here is a list of our families favorite restaurants in the Ko Olina Resort and the Kapolei area. All of these restaurants are convenient and close to our property, the Beach Villas at Ko Olina. For reference, our property, the Beach Villa Resort is located on Lagoon Two.

Within the Ko Olina Resort:
Lagoon Two (Beach Villas) - The Beach Bar is open from noon until seven thirty in the evening and has live music on Wednesday's. (Sunset is around 6:00 pm) Beer, wines, cocktails, sodas, water and "Brain Freezes" for the kids are available. The Beach Bar is for the exclusive use of our guests so it's not crowded. The staff is always ready to talk story with you and is also able to book excursions for you such as surfing lessons or to the luau.

We also have BBQ grills on the property by the lagoon pool. One exit down on the highway (a 5 minute drive) is our personal favorite, Costco. They sell USDA Prime Beef and fresh fish (The Ahi steaks are fantastic, marinate them in some huli huli sauce, garlic & ginger) and grill poolside with our outdoor Wolf BBQ grills. Grill out by the pool, swim, eat, watch the sunset, not a bad way to end the day.

Lagoon One (One lagoon over from the Beach Villas)
The Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina has a pool side bar, the Waterman Bar & Grill adjacent to the family pool which is great for sunset cocktails with food truck cuisine.

Fine dining options include the Fish House overlooking lagoon one, La Hiki Kitchen on the main pool level, and Noe for fine southern Italian cuisine.

There is also the lounge Hokulea for a perfect morning break and live entertainment from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm by the Serenity Pool.

The property also has the Naupaka Spa, reserve in advance.

The Disney Aulani Resort and Spa is also located on this lagoon and many of our guests with Keiki enjoy reserving the Disney Character Breakfast called Aunty's Breakfast Celebration at the restaurant Makahiki. You must reserve in advance and I suggest reserving it months ahead, or as soon as possible.

Activities include Aunty taking the Keiki around the restaurant in a parade and interacting with Mickey, Minnie and Goofy during breakfast.

It's also fun to walk around the resort after breakfast, hit the gift shop for some unique Disney Hawaiiana and relax.

The property also has the Laniwai Spa if you are able to schedule some down time or are traveling without Keiki in tow. Reserve in advance.

Lagoon Three (One lagoon over from the Beach Villas)
Longboard's on Lagoon Three is good for lunch, it overlooks the beach which is great for sunset drinks. Longboard's is one of our favorite lunch spots.

Longhi's is also located here serving Italian cuisine, steaks and seafood.

Directions: All of the establishments on Lagoon One and Three are about a five minute stroll along the oceanfront promenade, a palm lined pathway that connects all of the lagoons together. Just head out our gate next to the Beach Bar. Right is Lagoon One, Left is Lagoon Three as you head out the gate, facing towards the ocean.

Dining at the Golf Course within the Ko Olina Resort:
Located between lagoon's one and two at the 18th hole.
Roy's is great for Pupu's and listening to live music on Wednesday's while overlooking the 18th hole. Roy's is also a full service restaurant, their Chocolate Soufflé is famous. The restaurant is a short walk along the golf course or you can drive over.

Ko Olina Station Shopping Center located behind the new Disney Aulani Resort. On the entrance road to Coconut Plantation.

Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman's is our favorite dining spot in Ko Olina. They opened in 2012 and we've been fans ever since. They have 36 craft brews on tap served at 29 degrees, kiawe wood oven pizza, and live music twice a day. I like their No Ka Oi cocktail which has ocean vodka, thai basil, lime, simple syrup and honey-lilikoi puree. We enjoy their fish dishes and rib eye steak with wasabi mashed potatoes is excellent.

Just Taco's, we had dinner here the other night and my son went on and on about the Tamales. We spoke with the General Manager who is from Baja California and the owners mom hand makes all of the Tamales herself. You could tell as they were quite tasty.

Also try the Molcajete's which is their specialty. A Molcajete as quoted by someone on Yelp, is "Shrimp, steak and chicken swimming in melted cheese".

I didn't enjoy my Fish Tacos as much. Having spent some time in Ensenada, Mexico I know what a great fish taco tastes like. Since the GM is from that part of the world, I thought they would be similar but they lost something in translation. Also, the Margarita's were way too sweet but they do have a great Tequila selection.

Dessert was over at the new Two Scoops Ice Cream Parlor and Tea Room, right across from Just Taco's. You can't miss Two Scoops as it's on the right at the entrance of the shopping center. The owner is very nice and friendly and enjoy's chatting with customers.

Two Scoops serves David Lappert's home made Hawaiian ice cream from Kauai. Lappert’s Hawaii was founded in 1983 and is based in Hanapepe. Their super premium ice creams come in both classic and island flavors, and all are produced locally in small batches.

My sons favorite is the Coconut, Pineapple & Lilikoi (passionfruit) Sorbet. My wife and daughter stick with their traditional chocolate Ice Cream.

Personally I love all of Mr. Lappert's flavors but Two Scoops is expensive and they don't give a lot of ice cream for the price. The store is really cute and the owner is really nice, so I'm hoping that they increase their scoop size to match their price. If I'm paying Häagen-Dazs prices, I want Häagen-Dazs sized scoops.

Hawaiian Bar-b-Que serves local plate lunch food and the manager of the Ko Olina Sports Club said the food here is really "Ono". Ono is delicious in Hawaiian.

They serve the assortment of dishes that you would expect in a plate lunch joint and they also make party sized trays in case you would like to host a gathering in our guest lounge and would like to bring in some prepared food. We have a catering kitchen in the guest lounge which is perfect for staging the food for your invited guests. Our guests who are here for weddings enjoy hosting their rehearsal dinner in the guest lounge for example.

Eggs 'n Things recently opened and serves breakfast all day long and lunch/dinner items after noon. They are the latest addition to the Ko Olina station shopping center. They have locations all around the Island with lines out the door. They have great omelets with fresh ingredients along with local favorites including Loco Moco. The pancakes and waffles are good as well. The menu is very large and they have plenty of daily specials for even the pickiest eater. We have a couple of those in our family!

We hope this gets you started with a great list of restaurant choices in Ko Olina, have a great vacation! From our Ohana to Yours. 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