Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Annual Whale Count, January 26, February 23, and March 30, 2013


On your next visit to Hawaii, do something different and join other conservation minded residents and visitors for the Sanctuary Ocean Count project. This annual whale count gives you the opportunity to view these creatures in their natural habitat and participate in the conservation of humpback whales in a state-wide effort to estimate their population.

The count is held on the last Saturday of January, February, and March (during peak whale season) of each year from 8:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

The sight of a whale breaching must rank among the most magnificent natural spectacles on earth! You can help ensure the survival of these majestic creatures.

Group leaders guide volunteers in a systematic count at selected shorelines and lookout points around the Islands including our very own lagoon four in Ko Olina. Leaders provide the necessary tools and information. Visit the Website for further details on how to participate.

Directions:
From our Beach Villas property on Lagoon Two, stroll along the beach boardwalk to Lagoon Four which is just a few minutes away on foot. Stop off at Kolohe's on Lagoon Three for a delicious refreshment or for some morning coffee on your way too or from. Give yourself about 30 minutes for a leisurely stroll and refreshments. (You can also watch the Whales from your balcony if your villa is on a higher floor and has an ocean view.)


Site 2: Ko `Olina, Lagoon Four
Elevation: 10-40 feet
Comments: Good viewing site.
Bathymetry: The shallow reef here (3 fathoms) includes a complex reef bottom with a mixture of limestone boulders and outcrops, as well as hard bottom and rubble. Further offshore, at approximately 3-10 fathoms, the bottom is consolidated, grooved limestone with sand in the grooves. Ocean bottom is soft with a strip of limestone sand bottom extending about 875 feet parallel to the shoreline.

So come join us at the annual Whale count, it would be our pleasure!

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

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

Billabong Pipe Masters at the Banzai Pipeline - Dec 8 - 20, 2012


Time to head to the beach (no swimming!) for the Billabong Pipe Masters on Dec 8 - 20, 2012 near the beach that I grew up on, Ehukai Beach on Oahu's North Shore. Billabong Pipe Masters caps off the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing and is the final event in the men's World Championship Tour. It is the BIGGEST surfing event in the world on the most dangerous waves on the planet. Watch surfers from around the globe compete for $425,000.00 in prize money.

The waves at the Banzai Pipeline are awesome with huge winter swells coming in from the Aleutian Islands, all the way across the Pacific ocean. You'll recognize the waves as they have that beautiful distinct curl where the surfers are able to ride inside and “shoot” the Pipeline.

The Banzai Pipeline got it's name in the 50's when Bruce Brown, famed surf cinematographer screamed "Banzai" while watching another surfer ride down the face of a gnarly wave.

So grab your sunscreen and get here early to find a prime spot on the white sand beach and join the other bronzed and beautiful as they kick back, talk story and check out the action, both on and off the waves. It would be our pleasure!

Billabong Pipe Masters - North Shore, Dec 8th - 20th, 2012. This site will be updated with all of the latest news. LIVE webcast of the contest starting the 8th.

Directions:
To get to the North Shore from Ko Olina, go Mauka (towards the mountain) on the H1 freeway to the H2 freeway. The H2 freeway ends in Wahiawa, continue on past the Schofield Barracks (Army) and follow the signs to the North Shore. Continue Makai (toward the Ocean) and pick up some breakfast as you travel through Haleiwa on your way. Continue on until you pass Waimea Bay (Where you'll see the famous church steeple overlooking the bay). You are two miles away at this point so start looking for parking as you travel along on Kam Highway because it's going to be crowded!

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