Monday, July 26, 2010

Disney Aulani at Ko Olina Reservations

The new Disney Aulani Resort in Ko Olina is accepting reservations with introductory rates for a room, called a "studio" for $399.00 per night. The hotel has been staying pretty full since it opened in the fall or 2011.

Aulani has 481 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club rooms and 359 traditional hotel rooms. The resort has Disney touches that evoke a Polynesian village, drawing upon Hawaiian landscapes, culture, art and stories that are being developed with the assistance of various local advisors or "Kapuna".

Rooms are located in two,15-story towers with views of the ocean, mountains and the lush grounds. One of Aulani’s visual highlights is the volcano in the center of the two towers that anchors the resort’s water park feature. Imagineers incorporated details and images that reflect Hawaiian stories and animals.

Look for the “Hidden menehunes" Instead of "Hidden Mickeys" that are placed around the resort. Menehunes are the mythical people of Hawaiian culture (a leprechaun is the closest thing that comes to mind).

If your thinking about staying in Ko Olina for your next vacation, give the Disney Aulani Resort or our Beach Villa Resort a shout. I think you'll find our luxurious two and three bedroom accommodations at the Beach Villa Resort to offer the perfect vacation spot for you and your family.

We look forward to welcoming you and your family along with Mickey, Minnie, Lilo and Stitch to our neighborhood. 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

Friday, July 23, 2010

Ko Olina Dining

Ko Olina Dining & Restaurant Options while on vacation at the Beach Villas


On vacation at the Beach Villas and considering your dining options? Even though you have a beautiful kitchen with Sub Zero, Wolf & Fisher-Paykel appliances, you'll want to venture out and not cook every meal yourself!

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 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. These dining options are about a five minute stroll along the ocean via a palm lined pathway that connects all of the lagoons together.

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.

Either lagoon is only a couple minute stroll along the beach in either direction from the Beach Villas at Ko Olina.

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. I like their fish dishes and their 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.

Desert 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.

The new Hawaiian Bar-b-Que plate lunch shop opened recently and although we haven't had a chance to eat here yet, 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.

Hope this gets you started with a great list of restaurant choices in Ko Olina, have a great vacation! 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

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Pirates of the Caribbean to Start Filming during August 2010 in Ko Olina, Oahu, Hawaii



The pirates are coming, the pirates are coming! The fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is set to start filming in and around the Ko Olina resort on the Island of Oahu in August. The film crew started filming during the middle of June 2010 on Kauai.

If you are staying at the Beach Villa Resort in Ko Olina during the month of July, you may already see the the Pirate Ship next door at Kalaeloa Harbor being readied. Filming is set to start on Oahu in August.


The new Disney Aulani Resort is being constructed, one lagoon over from our property, the Beach Villa Resort and is set to open in the Fall of 2011.


Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, is set to be released on May 20, 2011 in traditional 2D, IMAX, Disney Digital 3-D and IMAX 3D.

According to wikipedia, the plot of the movie involves Jack Sparrow crossing paths with a woman from his past, but he's not sure if it's love or if she wants to follow him so she can find the lost Fountain of Youth. Things seem clearer when she forces him aboard The Queen Anne's Revenge, the ship of the infamous Blackbeard. Here, Jack finds himself on a brand new journey -- and unsure as to who he should fear more, the woman from his past or the cutthroat pirate.

So come stay with us and keep on the lookout for pirates! We look forward to welcoming you and your family along with Mickey and Minnie Mouse and Lilo and Stitch to our neighborhood. 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

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Haleiwa Arts Festival, July 15th & 16th, 2017



The 20th 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 15th & 16th, 2017.


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