6 Bedroom House at Kolea at Waikoloa Beach Resort

November 9th, 2017

kolea house rentalThe Kolea Palace is a 6 bedroom beachfront home at Kolea at Waikoloa Beach Resort.  This home offers easy access to amenities of the resort as well as easy access to the beach at A’Bay.

The house is situated next to the Waikoloa Beach Marriott, which has a selection of dining, spa, and much more.  Just in front of the Marriott is the beach at A’Bay.  There is an ancient Hawaiian pond that buffers the beach and the home.  Located just a few lots down from the home is the Kolea Beach Club.

The main house has 4 bedrooms with amazing views from the great room as well as the master bedroom.  The large lanai has ample seating as well as a pool with a jacuzzi.

Detached from the home is a 2 bedroom guest house.  This home gives privacy for guests.

Please contact Waikoloa Vacation Rentals at (808)987-4519 for more information on this home.

Kolea Beach Club at Kolea at Waikoloa Beach Resort

October 14th, 2017

kolea beach clubThe Kolea Beach Club at Kolea at Waikoloa offers some amazing amenities for guests at Kolea with nice panoramic views of the beach and ocean.  The Beach Club also offers direct beach access to A’Bay via a sand path.

Inside the gate of this private Club is an infinity pool, sand bottom kids pool with a waterfall, and a lava rock jacuzzi offering something for everyone.  There is also a nice lawn area for basking in the sun.

The covered pavilion offers a lounge area with comfortable chairs and couches as well as an area with tables that seat 4 and chairs.

The open air fitness hale features some cardio equipment and has an open view of the ocean and pool area.

The Kolea Beach Club is for exclusive use of Kolea guests.

Selecting a Waikoloa Condo

October 13th, 2017

Waikoloa Beach Resort has the largest selection of vacation rentals on the Big Island of Hawaii and sometimes it can be quit challenging to find the perfect Waikoloa condo for you.  Here is a helpful guide to help you better understand each property and hopefully help make your vacation condo selection experience a little easier.

kolea condoKolea – Kolea offers the most luxurious condos in the Waikoloa Beach Resort.  The property is situated on the beach at A’Bay thus giving easy beach access.  It is also located between the Hilton Waikoloa and Waikoloa Beach Marriott giving easy access to both properties.  The complex offers the most variety of rentals.  On the frontage of the complex you will find multi million dollar private homes that have amazing views and range in size from 3-6 bedrooms.  Also located in this area of the property is the Kolea Beach Club, which is available to all guests and offers direct beach access.  Located behind this in a U shape are spacious 3 bedroom condos with large pocket doors, which most open up to views.  All of them encompass over 1600 square feet of space and offer large lanais.  Nestled in behind these are 2 bedroom condos and smaller 3 bedrooms condos.  These offer the same luxurious appointments as the others, but is a smaller size.

halii kai condosHalii Kai –  Halii Kai offers some of the best amenities of any complex at the Halii Kai Ocean Club.  The Ocean Club is on an oceanfront setting and offers a multi layer pool, a restaurant and bar, and a fitness center.  All condos at Halii Kai have access to these amenities.  Halii Kai is situated on a long narrow piece of land spanning over 1/2 mile in length.  The ones near the amenities are in a prime location as well as offer amazing ocean views.  Another large number of condos offer fairway views.  Some others are located around a lawn area.  If staying at Halii Kai, we highly recommend selecting a property near the Ocean Club as this will give you an amazing view as well as easy access to the amenities.  During the winter months whales are visible from the lanais of these condos.

Vista Waikoloa – Vista Waikoloa is one of the older complexes at Waikoloa Beach Resort, but offers a central location within the resort.  90% of these condos are two bedrooms and range in size from 1200-1300 square feet.  The Vista Waikoloa has one of the few heated lap pools in the resort and has a nice fitness center and pavilion.  Given that these condos are a little older, it is highly recommended to book one that has been upgraded.

The Shores –  The Shores also are centrally located within the resort and offer 1-3 bedroom condos.  There are some detached townhome style villas available here also.  They are also spacious condos spanning in sizes from 1100-1400 square feet.  This property also offers an array of amenities includes some water features around the property, tennis court, fitness center, and pool.  It is also highly recommended here to choose a condo that has been upgraded.

The Fairway Villas – The Fairway Villas are located near the Kings Shops and Queens Shops.  There are 2 and 3 bedroom condos here.  Some have fairway views and others overlook the ponds.  There is an infinity pool as well as fitness center here for guests use.  These condos are also starting to get older so it is recommended to choose an upgraded one.

The Beach Villas – The Beach Villas are located near the Kings and Queens Shops.  There are two and 3 bedroom condos here.  They offer the easiest access to events at the Waikoloa Bowl.  The amenities here are also very nice and feature a fitness center and a nice resort style pool.  These condos are roughly 7 years old so most of the furnishings in these condos are still relatively new.

If you need any further assistance in selecting a Waikoloa condo, please call Waikoloa Vacation Rentals at  (808) 987-4519.  

Waikoloa Tourism Update

September 1st, 2017

The vacation rental industry on the Big Island of Hawaii is at an interesting place.  Although numbers look relatively good to date for 2017, the future is a little uncertain.

Through the first half of the year in 2017 the Big Island of Hawaii has fared the best of all the islands with over a 10% increase in visitors from last year.  Due to new flights among other things, the biggest increase has been in international visitors.  While this is good for the Big Island as a whole, it is not necessarily good for the vacation rental industry.  The international clientele typically stays in hotels rather than vacation rentals.  This has proven to be true as the vacation rental occupancy has just barely risen in 2017.

On the positive side for properties such as Kolea at Waikoloa the higher end properties have seen the greatest increase of the vacation rentals with private homes seeing the largest increase in property type since 2016.

Looking forward at 2018 and beyond, the Hawaii tourism experts are very unsure on how the industry will do in Hawaii.  The number of people that plan to take a trip to Hawaii in the next year as fallen in half as compared to what it normally has been at for the last 5 plus years.

The main factor in this is the current airfare.  That is listed as the number one reason why people are not considering a vacation to Hawaii.  The only other factor that is close is the cost of the vacation as a whole (excluding flights), which includes the cost of the vacation rental/hotel and the cost of the rental car.

What we have seen over the course of the last few months are very unstable flight prices, but they always seem to hit a reasonable point at some point and we hope that trend continues.

Mauna Lani Terrace Vacation Rentals

March 10th, 2017

Waikoloa Vacation Rentals just recently added a newly renovated and upgraded three bedroom Mauna Lani Terrace vacation rental to the vacation rental program.  This three bedroom condo has been very elegantly done and includes state of the art appliances as well contemporary furnishings.  This villa offers a tranquil ground setting and offers easy access to the Mauna Lani Beach Club as well as amazing ocean and pond views.  Some portions of the year you can see amazing sunsets.

Visit our website and check out Mauna Lani Terrace J103!

Dengue Fever & The Kohala Coast

February 17th, 2016

Many vacationers have had questions regarding the recent Dengue Fever outbreak in Hawaii. The Department of Health recently posted an article that should be very helpful to potential vacationers in understanding Dengue Fever, where it is more common, and the current numbers as far as cases go.

You can view the article by clicking here.

Here is the main visual from the article.  It shows the Kohala Coast as having currently no issue as well as a drop in the number of cases at the same time as tourism has risen causing there to be more people on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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**** This article was published in February so is applicable to time frames around there.

Hawaii Hotels Going Green

September 8th, 2015

With a global focus on sustainability, some of the Hawaii hotels have taken a step forward to lead to the way in the hospitality industry.  Right here in Waikoloa, the Hilton Waikoloa has recovered close to 1 million beverage containers.  In Hawaii you can return those to get 5 cents per container so in this case it as also made the hotel some money to offset the cost of administering it.  They also have put in place a system to recycle cardboard, food waste, and cooking oil.

The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island partnered up with several local companies and launched an environmental and cultural stewardship program.  Their program is unique in the sense that they reach out to the guests as well as employees to participate.  Guests can help build trees amongst other things.

Aulani on Oahu obtained LEED Silver certification through the US Green Building Council.  You achieve this by meeting certain green standards during the construction process.

While sustainability is important globally, it is exciting to hear some businesses here in Hawaii are leading the way.

Christmas 2014 on the Big Island of Hawaii Things to Do

November 22nd, 2014

The Holiday Season is the one of the busiest times of the year on the Big Island. You will find that many of the most popular restaurants and activities are either sold out weeks in advance or are not available, especially on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Rental Cars

It appears that most of the rental cars are sold out. Some companies may have extra vehicles that do not show available online so if you are having trouble finding a vehicle, please contact us at

Whale Watches/Sunset Sails/Luaus/Helicopter Tours

These are the four most popular activities during the holidays and typically are sold out weeks in advance. Please contact us at if you have any questions regarding these activities.

Mauna Lani Charity Trees at the Mauna Lani Bay Resort

From December 3rd-December 28th the lobby will be filled with trees decorated by local organizations and charities participating in the 21st Annual Charity Trees. This event helps raise awareness and funds for local non-profit organizations. Everyone is invited to view the entries and vote for their favorite tree ($1 donation per vote). Mauna Lani Bay will be awarding cash prizes to the organizations whose trees receive the highest number of votes.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dining Options

December 24, 2014:

Christmas Eve Royal Luau at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa: Santa will share holiday aloha during this special Christmas Luau, featuring Polynesian entertainment, ‘ono Hawaiian food including kalua pig fresh from the imu, holiday desserts, and an open bar. Adults $102; children $48.


Christmas Eve Buffet at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa: Enjoy prime rib, steamed snow crab legs, hand-crafted sushi, shrimp, and vegetable tempura, and other scrumptious items inspired by holiday flavors. Adults $50; children $30.

December 25, 2014:

christmas 2014 waikoloa beach resortChristmas Dinner at the Hilton Waikoloa Village: A full carving station will be serving turkey and prime rib, plus we’ll be offering lots of delicious chef-designed soups, salads, sides and desserts … and live entertainment! Adults $79 plus tax and 15% gratuity (includes one glass of

champagne); children 5 – 12 $31 plus tax and 15% gratuity; children 4 and under free with paid adult.

Christmas Dinner Buffet at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa: At Hawaii Calls Restaurant, enjoy a bountiful feast that includes lamb chops, mahi mahi, prime rib, chilled jumbo shrimp, and egg nog cheesecake, along with other holiday treats. Adults $69; children $30. Please contact us at if you have any questions regarding these dining options or would like to make reservations.

Recommended Churches for Holiday Services

There are several churches on the Kohala Coast offering Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services.
Annunciation Catholic Church in Waimea offers Christmas Eve masses at 5 pm and 10 pm. The 5 pm mass is family friendly. The Christmas Day mass is at 8 am. It is a beautiful church with windows throughout which allows visitors to see the mountainous terrain in Waimea. Please click here to view a map of how to get to Annunciation Catholic Church.
New Hope Waimea is a nondenominational church in Waimea and offers a Christmas Eve service at 6:30 pm as well as a Christmas Day service at 10 am. The Christmas Eve service is typically a child friendly service. Click here to view a map of how to get to New Hope Waimea.
Ascension Catholic Church is one of the closest churches to the Waikoloa Beach Resort. It offers a Christmas Day mass at 10 am and is about a 10 minute drive from the Waikoloa Beach Resort.
These times are tentative and may be updated as the holidays get closer..

New Year’s Eve Events

Tropical Hawai’i New Year’s Eve Part at the Hilton Waikoloa Village: Dance in the New Year at Hilton Waikoloa Village to the energetic sounds of the Son Caribe Band. Dinner stations will be open from 7 – 9 pm, but the party goes on even after New Year is rung in. Adults $129 (general seating); teens $89 (general seating); children 5 – 12 $49 (general seating). All prices plus tax and 15% service charge. Upgrade to Ali`i seating (includes tableside pupu, additional drink ticket, preferred seating) $40 plus tax and 15% service charge.

Reservations are required.

New Year’s Eve Buffet and After Party at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort and Spa: Ring in the New Year with a dinner buffet; $89/adult and $40/child (6-12). After dinner join them for an after party which will include a DJ, desserts and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. There will be a cash bar as well with drink specials. The after party is $30/person. If you decided do the dinner buffet you get the after party at 50% off, so $15/person. Dinner reservations are recommended, however, reservations are not required for the after party.

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Big Island Vacation Rental Market Update

September 17th, 2014

Every year I enjoy looking at the trends for the Hawaii tourism industry as there always seems to be some interesting and useful information. This year has definitely been a slightly different year than previous years in some positive and negative ways. While the Hawaii Tourism Authority only provides general information and comes to conclusions about tourism in Hawaii as a whole, I try to break it down even further to make it more relevant to vacation rentals on the Big Island. The following information is based on data through July 2014 and estimates for the remainder of 2014.

Big Island Vacation Rental Trends
While most of our properties did not see much of a decrease through July 2014, the two main figures we would be interested in decreased in comparison to the same timeframe in 2013. Of the major Hawaiian Islands, the Big Island saw the largest decrease in visitors, 2%. While for a long period condos were seeing steady growth, this is the first year people staying in condos decreased by a fair amount (close to 3%).

What to Expect for the Remainder of the Year
Although not in line with the statistics, most of our properties did better through July this year than last year. I do not see the remainder of the year being the same, which will probably make things balance out overall for the 2014 year. While typically September in a slow month, the number of air seats to the Big Island are down in 2014 as opposed to 2013. October and November are roughly the same as 2013. December has a significant increase, but that is mostly during the holiday season. Maui is seeing significant increases in all of those months.

The Canadian Market
While the US visitors are typically pretty consistent from year to year, the increase in Canadian visitors over the past few years has seemed to make the difference in the overall statistics. While they do help increase the numbers over the course of the year, they are typically seasonal and come out during the peak seasons, which really does not help vacation rental occupancies too much over the course of a year. That being said, we could see a decrease in Canadian visitors over the course of the next year for the two following reasons:
Canadian Dollar– Due to a sharp devaluation against the US dollar, Canadians will now be paying roughly 15% more than they were last year for accommodations.
Alternate Destinations– With the cost of vacationing in Hawaii increasing, Mexico looks like a more appealing alternative. Through July 2014 Canadians visiting Mexico hit a record high with over 1 million Canadians traveling to Mexico by air.

Looking Forward to 2015 and 2016
According to MMGY Global travelhorizons data, a record number of travelers (36%) say that they are extremely likely to visit Hawaii in the next 24 months. Although this is great, converting that number to actual visitors is extremely tough. The largest factor is airfare with over 42% of people stating that they chose to vacation elsewhere due to the cost of air to Hawaii.

How are People Booking?

As I mentioned in the prior newsletter, we had made a fairly large update to our web site. Although the update was not too large as far as appearance goes, it did make it more mobile friendly. We have seen positive numbers in all the relevant web site traffic stats relating to mobile devices since making the change. This has been a nice modification given that the use of mobile devises to book/research travel is continuing to increase. Roughly 35% do their research on travel on a mobile device with over 20% actually booking on a mobile device.















In conclusion it does look like things are continuing to move in a positive direction for the tourism industry in Hawaii as a whole.  It is just a matter of people choosing the Big Island as opposed to other islands such as Maui, which is seeing the largest growth, and choosing to stay in a vacation rental versus a hotel.

Waikoloa Vacation Rentals Excited to Expand to Hualalai Resort

May 19th, 2014

Recently we had the opportunity to expand our selection of vacation rentals with the addition of a Waiulu Villa at Hualalai Resort.  With this addition we are excited to potentially add more villas or homes at Hualalai to our vacation rental program.

Hualalai is home to some amazing multi million dollar properties.  Annually it is recognized as one of the top vacation destinations in the world.

With the Four Seasons Hualalai as the cornerstone, not only are the accommodations amazing, but also world class service is offered. All guests of the resort have access to the amenities of the Four Seasons Hualalai, which includes world class restaurants, a selection of pools, a lagoon, and much more.  The Hualalai Spa has been recognized as one of the top spas in the world and offers an array of services to guests of the resort.  There are two highly desirable, exclusive golf courses.

While trying to offer a high level of service at Waikoloa Vacation Rentals, we are excited to start venturing into the resort that is known to be the most luxurious on the Big Island of Hawaii.