Sunday, June 30, 2019

July 4th Fireworks


The Ko Olina Resort will be celebrating Independence Day with an offshore fireworks display on Thursday, July 4th. Firing time is approximately 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy the fireworks from your villa lanai at the Ko Olina Beach Villas or head down to the beach bar and enjoy cocktails during the festivities.

We'll see you there!

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!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

July 13 Haleiwa Arts Festival



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 Giclées 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

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