Friday, August 21, 2015

Hawaiian Music Scene

A visit to Hawaii wouldn't be complete without some amazing Hawaiian Music and the beautiful sounds of talented local entertainers. Here is Alfred's upcoming picks.

Saturday August 22nd, 2015 - 11:00 am - 3:00pm
Summer Concert Series, A great music opportunity is at the Waimea Valley across from the Waimea Beach Park. The event takes place on the great lawn, a beautiful outdoor setting near where I grew up, in Haleiwa.  Click Here for more Waimea Valley info.

Some of my favorite artists including Jerry Santos, Brother Noland & Ho`okena will be performing.

Click here for Tickets which are $18.00 for general admission and $10.00 for seniors and keiki (children).

Saturday August 22nd, 2015 - 6:30 pm
BACK IN THE DAY, Join Henry Kapono and Friends at the Waikiki Shell for the Second Annual Back in the Day Concert featuring a Star filled list of performers with proceeds benefiting Make a Wish Hawaii.

Lineup includes Henry Kapono, along with Keola Beamer, Teresa Bright, Brother Noland, John Cruz, Frank De Lima, Taimane Gardner, Robi Kahakalau, Kalapana, Mailani Makainai, Na Leo Pilimehana, Sean Na`auao, Cyril Pahinui and Jerry Santos.

If you enjoy Hawaiian Music or are a Kama'aina (local) in the making, don't miss this once a year concert on Saturday. I have many fond memories of spending balmy nights under the stars listening to amazing music at the Waikiki Shell. A night you'll remember. It gives me goosebumps! Click here for tickets.

So go enjoy the local scene and some authentic Hawaiian Music. 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, August 19, 2015

Ko Olina Food Festival


This years closing event of the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival will be held at the Ko Olina Resort on September 13th, 2015. The event runs from 5pm - 9pm on Kohola Lagoon fronting Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa. The event site is one lagoon over from our property, the Beach Villas at Ko Olina or about a five minute walk along our shoreline. Just head down to our beach bar, out the gate to the beach and go right along the beachfront walkway.

The show starts with a craft cocktail, specialty beer, and wine by renowned vintners as you walk along the white sand lagoons of Ko Olina.  Twelve celebrity chefs will cook up some spectacular dishes for you to enjoy.

Join us at the Aulani for a romantic getaway that you and your beauty will remember forever… happily ever after. Click here for tickets, 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

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Kapolei Dining & Restaurant Options while on Vacation in Ko Olina

One exit away from the Beach Villa Resort is the town of Kapolei, Hawaii. It's about a five minute drive on the "Makai" side of the Freeway. (Makai means towards the ocean. The other direction you'll hear is "Mauka" or towards the mountain.)

Kapolei is called the "second city" with Honolulu being the "first" as all of the new government offices, a new University of Hawaii campus, etc. are being constructed out this way. Here you will find the Safeway Grocery Store, the new Costco, the new Target and other stores.

The new light rail system will start here in Kapolei and will carry passengers all the way to Ala Moana shopping center and all points in between. It is set to start operating in 2014.

Here is the list of dining establishments we frequent in Kapolei. We would not hesitate to recommend these restaurants to our own families and we frequent these establishments.

Assaggio's Restaurant - 777 Kamokila Blvd, Kapolei, HI 96707 (808) 674-8801
My favorite restaurant in Kapolei is Assaggios Italian Restaurant. I'm a "local boy" and when I'm home in Hawaii, I usually eat all of the food I can't get on the mainland. With that being said, I like the food at Assaggio's so much that I could eat here every day. The food quality is top notch and the prices are more reasonable then say at Roy's or Azul's at the Ihilani. The food is not "resort" priced and a good value for the quality of the food.

Chun Wah Kam - 885 Kamokila Blvd, Kapolei, HI 96707 (808) 693-8838, (on the same side of the street as Assaggio's, Chun Wah Kam is to the left) is the new Chinese takeout place that also serves takeout Dim Sum. The local favorite is the Pork filled Manapua. In Chinese it's called a Char Siu Bao. Char Siu is the pork, Bao is the bun. A Chinese sandwich. My favorite is the Kalua Pig Manapua. Manapua's make a yummy food gift for family and the staff.

Take a number when you enter and wait until they call your number to order.

Chun Wah Kam also has a nice selection of Chinese food for either dining in or for taking out. They also have party sized pans in multiple sizes which is handy when hosting visitors in your villa or in the guest lounge.

Genki Sushi - Located in the same shopping center as Target. You'll see it on the right side as you exit the freeway. Love, Love, Love the Poke sushi. Poke is the local staple made up of Ahi Tuna, Soy Sauce & Sesame Oil. The Poke sushi has a piece of Nori wrapped around some rice, with the Poke placed on top.

If you've never been to Genki Sushi, bring the kids. They love that the food goes around on a conveyer belt and when something good comes along, you pick up the plate and then eat. At the end of your dinner, the wait staff counts up the # of plates you have on the table and that's how they figure up your tab.

Boston kin Pizza - Located in the same shopping center as Safeway. Thank your lucky stars that Boston Pizza exists in Hawaii, otherwise you would be stuck with the standard Pizza Hut or Papa Johns. Boston Pizza makes what I would call New York style, thin crust pizza. Like Ray's pizza in Manhattan.

The pizza is so good it brings a smile to my face just thinking about their pies. The pies are so large by the way that they almost won't fit in the largest pizza box you have ever seen. If you order by the slice, a slice is sized like what you would get if you ordered two large slices in most pizza parlors. Boston Pizza is a hit for both the children and parents.

Local Fast Food - Our fast food comes from "Zippy's" a good local place for plate lunches and local food. They have a location in Kapolei. They are a three in one kind of place, a sit down, dine in restaurant; a fast food take out counter with outdoor seating; and a Napoleon's bakery which has really good pastries. This or Safeway both have good baked goods. I stop at both places for breakfast items.

There is also an Outback Steakhouse and a Chili's here in Kaploei along with a water park and movie theater. Outback prints a Hawaii version of their menu here as you can get Rice instead of a potato with your Steak! In Hawaii, you eat rice with pretty much everything.

So go out and explore our local foods and enjoy the wide variety. 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, March 9, 2015

Celebration supplies, while on vacation at the Beach Villa Resort in Ko Olina, Hawaii

We all enjoy celebrating special moments* and many of our guests make a special trip to the Beach Villa Resort in Ko Olina, Oahu, Hawaii to do just that. Weddings, Anniversaries, College Graduations, Family Reunions, it's an honor to be able to share our little slice of paradise with you.


If your special occasion is in need of balloons, cards, wrapping paper, tape, gift bags and other party supplies, head over to Party City in Waikele. They are nearby our property, the Beach Villa Resort in Ko Olina.

Party City carries an assortment of cards, gift wrap, helium balloons, luau supplies, tableware, drinkware, serveware, beach flip flops and other party goods. Sufficed to say, if you having a party, this is the place to go.

Directions:
Head out of the Beach Villa's Resort on the H1 freeway heading East ("Mauka or towards the mountain"), next take the 7 exit towards Waikele. ("Mauka, again towards the mountain") This should only be about a ten minute drive from the time you exit the Ko Olina resort until you arrive at the Waikele Outlet Mall. You'll see the giant shopping center on your right as you take exit 1A. So after you exit, take two rights into the shopping center, one at Kalaeloa Blvd and the next at Kapolei Pkwy.

Address:
Party City Waipahu, HI
Waikele Center
94-799 Lumiaina Street C
Waipahu, HI 96797
Phone: (808) 671-3133

Store Hours:
Mon - Friday 9:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sundays 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

So come celebrate with us, and we'll bump into you at Party City, the next time your getting ready to celebrate your special moment. 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. If you've been to the Paradise Cove Luau or have been shuttled from Waikiki to golf, you've already been here. Click HERE for reservations


*Our guests have celebrated the joining of two families through weddings, couples have celebrated their wedding anniversaries with three generations of families, families have celebrated graduations, birthdays and other milestones in their lives at our place. You name it and it has been celebrated here at the Beach Villa Resort in Ko Olina. Isn't it time to celebrate your story in paradise?