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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.  

Kolea VRBOs versus Kolea Management Companies

September 9th, 2011

Kolea is one of the most dynamic locations in all of the Hawaiian Islands. The beachfront property has an array of options including luxury beachfront homes all the way to reasonably priced two bedroom garden view villas. Another unique aspect of Kolea is how the rental of these properties are handled. Kolea is one of the only luxury properties in Hawaii where there are almost as many VRBOs (Vacation Rentals by Owner) as there are vacation rentals offered by management companies. Here are some of the many things to consider when deciding whom to rent from.

First, many owners do not have a licensed property manager available to help you in the event something goes wrong. For example, being locked out when you arrive or a plumbing issue occurring.

Second, given that most owners only own one property, in the event something happens and you are unable to stay in their villa you are left without a place to stay. There are many reasons this could happen (double booking, foreclosure, maintenance issue, etc). Since property managers have numerous properties, they can typically move you to a comparable or better one without too many issues.

Third, the property management companies are on island so they are constantly checking the villas to ensure the cleanliness of the villa and that all the amenities are there.
Many owners just have a housekeeper, whom does not have anyone checking their work to ensure that it has been done properly.

Last, licensed property managers have standards and codes to follow in order to help assure that vacationers are getting a good experience.
In the event that a vacationer does have a bad experience, they are typically responsive in trying to remedy the issue to save their brand. Since owners do not have a brand, many are not eager to go to any extreme to ensure that the problem is remedied. Not to mention that it is very hard to remedy an issue from the mainland where many owners live.

Sometimes getting Kolea vacation rentals from owners can lead to savings and a positive experience at Kolea, but there are risks involved. If you do rent direct from an owner we would recommend doing further research on the specific villa prior to settling on one.

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Get the Most Out of a Hawaiian Vacation on a Budget

June 13th, 2011

With Hawaii being the most expensive vacation destination in the United States, many people find it hard to find the means to travel to Hawaii in the current economy discover here. Here are some helpful tips to make your Hawaii vacation more feasible.

First, by staying a vacation rental rather than a hotel you can save money on the accommodation cost as well as food costs. At the beginning of any guests’ arrival, perhaps just off the plane; it is recommended to go directly to Costco depending on the time of day everyone lands. For a family or four all three meals can be prepared in the vacation rental for an average of $120/day. The average cost for a family of four to dine at a hotel in Hawaii is just over $234/day.

Second, finding a great happy hour in the area can also be a good option. Pupus (appetizers) and alcohol prices typically drop 25-50% for that short period of time. Some restaurants also offer an “early bird” menu which features a variety their most popular entrees at discount prices.

The money saved can pay for surf or stand up paddling lessons. Helicopter or zipline tours are sure to create and maintain some smiles. This could really bring about some amazing family moments. There is nothing like flying through the air to create a stronger bond within the family.

At the end of the day, the greatest things about Hawaii are free; it just comes down to everything else needed to enjoy those times.

Waikoloa Vacation Rentals offers some of the finest vacation rentals on the Big Island of Hawaii and can surely find something to fit any vacationer’s budget. Their private concierge service can help to find some of these restaurants that offer great specials or to do some pre-arrival grocery shopping.

4th of July 2011 at Waikoloa Beach Resort

May 31st, 2011

Waikoloa Beach Resort takes their 4th of July very seriously and 2011 will be no different…are you ready?

On Monday, July 4 the Waikoloa Beach Resort and the King’s Shops host the ‘Great Waikoloa Rubber Duckie Race and 4th of July extravaganza’. Proceeds from the race will be donated to Cerebral Palsy of Hawaii and Big Island Schools. You could win an opportunity to stay in the Presidential Suite at the Hilton Waikoloa Beach Resort along with other great prizes from some of the other sponsors and local businesses. Live entertainment will be there from 10am to 6pm and the event will feature local artists, face painting, balloons, a watermelon eating contest and much more. This is a fantastic activity for families.

The Queens Marketplace will host another event with great family activities throughout the day starting at 11am along with an 8pm finale of fireworks over the Waikoloa Bowl at the Queens’ Gardens. Live entertainment will continue after until 9:30pm. Proceeds will go to the Food Basket, our local food bank. Canned goods donations will be accepted to benefit the same organization. Bring the family, show your support to the community and enjoy yourself!!

The US Airforce Band will also be playing at the Waikoloa Bowl starting at 6pm, doors open at 5pm. Bring a chair and blanket and enjoy this once a year event under the Hawaiian sky.

There is quite a bit going on throughout the island. As the distances can be quite large between the events, we decided to let you know what was happening in the areas of Waikoloa Beach Resort and Mauna Lani.

If you are looking for a place to stay check out our Waikoloa Beach Resort vacation rentals.

United/Continental Merger and Flights to Hawaii

May 3rd, 2010

United Airlines has agreed to buy Continental airlines in a $3 billion stock deal.  The deal will make them the worlds largest carrier.  Although many people involved in wall street with the airline industry believe this is a good step forward, it is speculated that it will negatively effect travel to the Hawaiian Islands.

More than likely the merger will decrease the total number of flights (seats) available to Hawaii.  With the current state of the economy and tourism down from what it was in 2008, it will not hurt the Hawaii tourism industry roughly 90% of the year.  There were several weeks late December 2009 and early 2010 where travelers could not get to the islands due to no flight availability.  It is speculated that these times of year will be worse and there will be a few more weeks where flights will be sold out to Hawaii.

The decrease in competition within flights coming to Hawaii will also cause a rise in cost.  This is speculated to be the largest issue for Hawaii with the merger.  Travelers could find this as being an issue as early as June 2010.  It will more than likely allow Hawaiian Air to increase their rates, which were already increased in 2009 due to Aloha Airlines closing business.

The effects of the deal are just speculation by experts in the airline industry.  Hopefully the deal will not continue to hurt tourism to the Hawaiian Islands.

Fourth of July on the Big Island of Hawaii

June 28th, 2009

The 4th of July is a special time for locals and visitors alike to connect with each other and with the community to kokua (help) and celebrate.

The morning kicks off at the Mauna Lani Resort at 10:30 am with The Celebration of Turtle Indepence Day, which incorporates the local culture and marine life education. The Mauna Lani Resort has been raising juvenile honu (turtles) Oahu’s Sea Life Park for over 20 years. The honu are cared for in the saltwater ponds of the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel. Once they reach a predetermined weight and size they are released to the ocean every 4th of July.  Many locals as well as vacationers gather to enjoy this fascinating event.

As Turtle Independence Day ends, the Waikoloa Beach Resort offers activities for the remainder of the day. The 18th Annual Waikoloa Rubber Duckie Race and 4th of July Extravaganza is an all day fundraiser for the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii held at the Kings’ Lake. The Kings’ Shops proudly sponsor this annual event where rubber ducks are adopted for a $5.00 donation and are set to race to the finish line where prizes will be awarded. The day’s events take place from 10:00 am to 9:30 pm and include great entertainment, face painting, magic shows at the Queens Shop. The end of the evening culminates in an eruption of fireworks over the Waikoloa Bowl at Queen’s Gardens.

There are also many activities going on outside of the resorts that may interest you.

Saddle up for the Parker Ranch Rodeo at the Parker Ranch Arena in Waimea on July 3.  The Parker Ranch Rodeo is typically held on July 4th, but this year it is July 3. Experience paniolo (cowboy) action including horse races, team sorting, double mugging and team roping. Activities for the keiki and great food complete a day of fun for the whole family. This event kicks off at 9:00 am till noon and costs $6.00 at the gate. Children ages 10 and under are admitted free.

In Kona town, the theme for this year’s 4th of July parade is “Celebrate Freedom!” The parade begins at 5:30 pm at the Kona Kekuaokalani Gym and follows the traditional route down to Alii Drive, ending at the Coconut Grove Marketplace. The evening ends with a spectacular fireworks show which will be launched from the Old Kona Airport at 8:30 pm.

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Why to Stay in a Vacation Rental versus a Hotel

April 24th, 2009

A vacation in Hawaii is second to none. In one trip to the Big Island you can include whale watching, stargazing atop a snow capped mountain, snorkeling in a marine sanctuary and riding an ATV along the beautiful coast and ending up at a secluded waterfall. At the end of these fun filled days, would you prefer to retire to a hotel room or a vacation rental luxury villa?

Most hotel rooms are exactly what the name implies, just one room with a bath. At Waikoloa Vacation Rentals, we have fully furnished two and three bedroom villas. This can be an important feature for anyone wanting moments of privacy, be it a party of adults, parents with young children, or teens. The space that you find in a villa versus a hotel room is especially comforting. Our villas come with fully stocked kitchens, multiple bathrooms, washers and dryers.

A fully stocked kitchen is no comparison to the mini fridge that normally comes with a hotel room. All full size major appliances are provided, along with smaller ones such as coffee makers, blenders and toasters. Once you purchase the groceries for your vacation, you have the option of eating in instead of paying to dine out for every meal and snack. This will save a ton of money over the duration of your visit. It also provides your party with an extreme convenience.

In the instance where you run short on clothing, you won’t have to purchase additional pieces when you stay with Waikoloa Vacation Rentals. Our villas come equipped with washers and dryers, so if you packed too little, or if you accidentally stained your outfit, you can have them laundered in the convenience of your villa. No outrageous fees to send out your clothing through hotel services. You won’t even need to purchase laundry detergent, we ensure that this is provided for you.

Staying at a vacation rental offers you the same hotel conveniences as you are located within the resort area. Each property location has its own pool, some include a fitness center and barbecue pavilion. Your location with us is always within a few minutes of resort shopping and dining. For activity reservations we are proud to offer you a concierge service as well. So feel free to get more value, privacy and service out of your Big Island vacation by staying at a vacation condo rental with Waikoloa Vacation Rentals.

Big Island Vacation Tips

April 14th, 2009

The Big Island of Hawaii is the largest and most diverse island of the Hawaiian Islands.  We have put together a list of items that hopefully be helpful for your stay.

Discount on Hawaiian Air
Hawaiian Airlines offers flights from the many cities on the west cost to the Hawaiian islands as well as interisland flights.  We have set up an account with Hawaiian Airlines that often gets our guests discounts.  If a discount is not available, it will offer you the best possible rate.  Click here to enjoy discounted rates on Hawaiian Air.

Discount Rental Cars
Click here to enjoy discounted rates on Avis Rental cars.

My 5 Must Dos On the Big Island of Hawaii- These are some of my personal favorites and is targeted at offering something for everyone.

5- Treat yourself to at least one nice dinner at one of the many fine restaurants.  My personal favorite is Norios at the Fairmont Orchid.  It has the best sushi I have ever eaten.  The CanoeHouse at Mauna Lani Bay offers nice ambiance as well as a Pacific Rim cuisine.

4- If you are here during the winter months, take a whale watch tour.  These tours opper up close encounters with the humpback whales as they come to the islands to mate and give birth.  Seeing one breach up close or seeing a mother and her child swim together are some of the most amazing sites you can see in the wild.

3- The Big Island of Hawaii is filled with beaches.  From green sand….to red sand….to black sand….to white sand beaches, the Big Island has them all.  Do some research on some of the beaches the Big Island has and find one of the ones that most people don’t go to that would be good for you.  I recommend Beach 69.  It is just about 7 miles north of the Waikoloa Beach Resort (make sure to take slippers though).

2- Hawaii has some of the most beautiful marine life in the world.  Take a day excursion to find some of the great snorkeling spots or take one of the many tours that will take you to some of the best spots on the island.  Hint:  Kealekekua Bay is the best spot around.

1- Take a helicopter tour around the Big Island of Hawaii.  My personal favorite tour includes a landing for a picnic lunch in a valley on the north end of the island.

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Spring 2009: A Great Time to Travel to Hawaii

April 8th, 2009


A New Look For Waikoloa Vacation Rental Management

Although tourism has been down on the Hawaiian Island our luxury properties in the Waikoloa Beach Resort have stayed strong.  Due to this, we have added more properties to our program and built a new web site which depicts each property very well.  Check out all our properties at 


Why is it a great time to vacation to Hawaii?

With many airlines offering amazingly discounted rates through May to the Hawaiian Islands, there is not a better time to travel to the Hawaiian Islands.  You can get great deals on any of our vacation rental properties on the Big Island of Hawaii since the latter part of April and May are traditionally slower months. From garden view condos for $150/night to oceanfront villas for as low as $450/night, we are sure we can help you find a property that will suit your vacation needs.  Call us at 808-987-4519 so we can help you with your next vacation to Hawaii! 


Featured Activity – Volcano/Valley Landing
Helicopter Tour

The Big Island of Hawaii is known for being very diverse and offering a lot to see.  One of the best ways to see much of what Hawaii has to offer without spending days driving around the island is by taking one of the All Island Helicopter Tours.  There are several tours available that offer a great way to view the island.  One helicopter trip in particular adds a very special touch to the tour by making a valley landing.  Not only do you see a great deal of the island but you get to have a picnic lunch in the valley.  Please call Wendee at 808-333-1910 for more information on this tour or any other activities on the Big Island of Hawaii.


Featured Property:

Kolea is one of the only beachfront vacation rental complexes on the Big Island of Hawaii.  Completed in 2007, Kolea is now becoming one of the premier vacation destinations in Hawaii.  Due to this, we have been expanding our inventory to include one of the best selections of Kolea villas out there.  We have added an amazing two bedroom ocean view villa along with two more three bedroom beachfront Kolea villas.  View our selection of Kolea Rentals.