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Family Reunion at Kolea a Success

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Recently Waikoloa Vacation Rentals had the honor of hosting a family reunion at Kolea at Waikoloa Beach Resort. They occupied a large number of villas and used Waikoloa Vacation Rentals private concierge service to the fullest.

Prior to the arrival, the concierge staff worked with professional photographers, area entertainment and local restaurants to ensure they had everything they needed before, during and after their stay. These events include a private banquet reception, family photographs and a luau all organized by Waikoloa Vacation Rentals.

On a daily basis, Waikoloa Vacation Rentals was available to offer suggestions, inform, and assist the family, as they spent much needed time together ensuring four generations were able to create life long memories. Offering their services, they worked with the entire group along with smaller portions of the family to help create those memories.

The week culminated when the entire group enjoyed a luau at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott. In appreciation for their business Waikoloa Vacation Rentals gave each member a handmade lei for their family picture prior to the luau.

Waikoloa Vacation Rentals has worked with this family on a number of occasions and always appreciates their business and enjoys seeing the growth of their family.

Waikoloa Vacation Rentals would like to be a part of any family looking to have the same experiences. Please contact them if you are looking to enjoy enjoy the same experience.

Quote From the Guests
“This was our second time to Kolea and one of many times to Waikoloa Beach Resort. When we were here years back and staying at the Hilton we were introduced to Rob with Waikoloa Vacation Rentals and he introduced us to Kolea. We brought the family a few years later and decided it was the perfect place for us. On our most recent stay not only were we extremely pleased with the villas, but also with the service. They helped us plan family functions as well as went the extra step and offered up leis prior to our family picture. When we called to ask if we could rent some snorkel gear they brought over an entire tub of nice gear for us to use during our stay. I would highly recommend Waikoloa Vacation Rentals and Kolea is the best spot we have found.”

Kolea VRBOs versus Kolea Management Companies

Friday, 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.

Click here to view the largest selection of professionally managed villas at Kolea.

Hilton Waikoloa Village Pool Pass

Friday, September 9th, 2011

The Hilton Waikoloa Village encompasses 62 acres of pristine oceanfront property on the Golden Coast of Kohala. Since 2005, over $100 million has been invested in capital improvements. From the reupholstering of the canal boats and engine replacements, to the system upgrade. You are sure to enjoy a fun day riding on both modes of transportation as you visit each of the four swimming pools.

The beautiful Hilton Waikoloa Village now offers a day use room with pool passes for all Big Island visitors based on hotel availability. It allows up to four persons including children to utilize a guest room, the pools, and slides from the hours of 10am to 6pm for $160. Registering earlier than 10am is possible, however access to both the pools and slide begin at 10am.

Reservations for this activity can be made 7 days or less in advance. Registration begins at the front desk of the hotel and ends at the pool desk. Resort staff will direct you beyond the front lobby.
Parking validation is not included in the price of the room however if any of their restaurants are utilized during the day (minimum of $50), parking will be validated. Otherwise self-parking is $15.

Towels are included; just bring your sunscreen, personal items, and loved ones to enjoy the day in the sun.

Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort specific questions can be directed to (808) 886-1234. Guests of Waikoloa Vacation Rentals may contact (808) 987-4519 or email concierge@waikoloavacationrentals.com for assistance.

Offer is subject to change by the Hilton Waikoloa Village.  Access to the pools is included if you are staying at Kolea at Waikoloa with Waikoloa Vacation Rentals.

To view luxury vacation rentals near the Hilton Waikoloa Village visit www.waikoloavacationrentals.com.

Vacation Rental Market Update

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Over the past five years, there has been fluctuation within the leisure travel industry. One thing has become evident; the vacation rental industry popularity is on the rise.

As seen below, 2010 marked a change for the industry as more people are looking to vacation. In early 2010 a national level campaign was started promoting vacation rentals helping the vacation rental industry to see a larger increase in guests than the hotel industry. Though the statistics for 2011 for vacation rentals are not yet published nationally, some trends were sited recently in a survey completed by TripAdvisor, an authoritative company within the travel industry. Of 1,400 travelers who took part in this survey, 40% of the respondents said they would be staying in a vacation rental during 2011. Much of this was attributed to more space, full kitchens and a better overall value than a hotel.


As it stands right now, both the continental United States and the Hawaiian Islands are seeing positive results with the number of arrivals still gaining momentum over the past few years. Though tourism is still below that of 2005, the outlook does look promising.

According to data obtained from the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the Hawaii travel industry and the vacation rental market are on faster tracks for recovery than that of the United States travel and vacation rental industries. Below it can be seen that arrivals have been on the rise since 2009 within the state of Hawaii; however, the hotel industry is not experiencing the same growth as the vacation rental industry.

As Waikoloa Vacation Rentals moves further into the 2nd half of 2011, August offered very promising statistics and reservations are continually coming in for the fall. The outlook for both the vacation rental market and Waikoloa Vacation Rentals looks positive. Superior guest service, cutting edge marketing and an overall emphasis on guest experience will continue to push Waikoloa Vacation rentals forward further into 2011 and beyond.

Go Green ~ Ways to Save Electric on Your Waikoloa Vacation Rental

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Anyone who has either lived or owns a property on the Hawaiian Islands knows full well that the cost of electricity is extremely high. As technology improves, more avenues for cost savings exist than ever before. Some of these options include:

· Air Conditioning Shutoff Systems
· Energy Star Hot Water Heaters
· Energy Star Appliances
· Lights with Motion Sensors
· New Aerator Shower Heads and Faucets
· Installation of HCFL Light Bulbs
· High Efficiency Ceiling Fans
· Thermostats with Minimum Settings
· Higher Efficiency Air Conditioning Systems
· Energy Star Electronics Such as Stereos, Televisions, and DVD Players

Any of these money saving opportunities listed above on their own will reduce the cost of electricity immediately, and used in combination with each other, will pay for their initial costs in a very short amount of time. Taking such steps to be ‘Green’ will be good for everyone including the environment.

A’Bay Repair Work at Waikoloa Beach Resort

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

On March 11, 2011 a 9.0 earthquake off the coast of Japan created a tsunami that made its way to the Big Island of Hawaii. This incident damaged parts of the Big Island including A’naehoomalu Bay, A’Bay. This is a stretch of beach directly fronting the Kolea Resort and the Waikoloa Beach Marriott. The damaged area is directly in front of the Marriott. The missing section separated the ocean from the Ku’ualii Fish Ponds, a place of great historical significance to the Hawaiian people.

The concern is that the water is pushing sand into the fish pond, which could cause a loss in sand volume and collapse permanently, making future restoration impossible. This would make a temporary coastline change into something long term.

Sea Engineering, Inc received the proper permits and a temporary solution was created. On July 28th, bulldozers were brought in to repair the area with sand-filled geo-textile tubes. These devices will not allow the force of the tides and ocean currents to continue to dismantle the beach area. The project creating this temporary barrier was completed as of August 3rd, 2011.

The crews worked quickly to ensure residents and visitors were impacted as little as possible knowing this was an extremely important project, not only securing the beach area but the historical fish ponds behind it.

The final stage of the permanent repairs are currently being discussed and will completed at some point in the future. As part of the permanent repairs, the addition of Makahas, or gates is being explored. This will give the fish ponds greater circulation to ensure the longevity of this historical landmark.

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Kona Surf Film Festival at Mauna Lani Resort

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

In December, a very exciting event will be taking place at Mauna Lani Resort. The 8th annual Kona Surf-Film Festival will be held on Friday, December 2nd and Saturday, December 3rd. It is a benefit for the Big Island surf community raising funds for Kulana Huli Honua, the Betty Kanuha Foundation, Protect Kohanaiki Ohana, and the Surfrider Foundation.
Since 2003 Chad Campbell, a local Kona surfer and filmmaker, has brought the Kona Film Festival to the Big Island of Hawaii. This event showcases surf films from around the globe. It was founded for the purpose of bringing Hawaii’s surfing O’Hana (Hawaiian for family) together for their love of the sport. Independent film makers share their passion for a chosen lifestyle. They offer the breathtaking visuals, sights and sounds that they have dedicated their lives to.
This year’s selections have not yet been chosen so check back later in the year. The deadline for film entries is September 31st, 2011. The choices and winners will be made available sometime shortly after that date for December’s event.
For up to date information call (808) 936-0089.
This event has grown in popularity over the years and now helps support ‘Sea-Thos’, a cause aimed at reversing ocean damage.  With supporters such as Julia Roberts and Jeff Bridges, the foundation is surely going to help this extremely important issue.  Please take the opportunity to be a part of this unique occasion only available on the Big Island of Hawaii at Mauna Lani Resort.

The Mauna Lani Terrace offers luxury beachfront villas within walking distance of the festival.

July 2011 at Waikoloa Beach Resort

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

There is never a dull moment on the resort with the planned activities and exhibits hosted by the Kings Shops. Other than Mondays, there is something planned daily to entertain couples, families or anyone looking for something out of the ordinary.

Every Tuesday night, the shops offer local music to both residents and visitors. For the month of July; you can hear John Keawe, Music with an Island Touch from 6-7pm.

Every Wednesday, you can visit the Kings’ Shops Farmers Market from 8:30am-2pm. See local Organic produce, talk to the local vendors and bring the family to see something special.  On Wednesday nights from 6-7pm, come hear some traditional Hawaiian sounds from either Hawaiians Unlimited or Kunia Galdeira.

There are also some great family activities such as Daily Koi Feeding at 9:30am across from the Louis Vuitton store and Hula Fridays from 6-7pm.

A family favorite is Hula and Polynesian Dance Fridays from 6-7pm at the shops. Come treat yourself to rare displays of culture and movement under the Hawaiian sky.

If you are looking for an accommodation try one of our Waikoloa Beach Resort vacation rentals.

The Floor Plans of Kolea at Waikoloa Beach Resort

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Kolea at Waikoloa Beach Resort has many different floor plans for everyone depending on their needs. The villas range in size from two bedrooms, two bathrooms to three bedrooms, three and a half baths with much larger floor plans. All villas have full Kolea Beach Club access as well as the same level of on site personal, service and quality.

3 bedroom/3.5 bathroom Kolea Villa

This particular gem is the largest and most opulent floor plan that Kolea and Waikoloa Vacation Rentals have to offer at Waikoloa Beach Resort. It has 2,147 square feet of living space. The enormous lanai, with an ocean view allows for great family BBQs. This would be perfect for those looking for the ultimate luxury vacation rental.

3 bedroom/3 Bathroom Ground Floor Kolea Villa

These villas are 1,716 square feet, offering plenty of personal space and a lawn area directly off the lanai. This location is perfect for parties with small children. This will give everyone more space to run off their Big Island excitement with safety in mind.  Several “front row” villas off easy access to the Kolea Beach Club from the lanais.

3 Bedroom/2 Bathroom Kolea Villa

These particular villas offer space, functionality and cost consideration for those looking for Kolea luxury on more of a budget. These 1,554 square feet villas are perfect for the family looking to stay together and play together.

2 Bedroom/2 Bathroom Kolea Villa

These villas offer more of a cost consideration with a bit less space. Either a small group or family can enjoy the 1,270 square feet and amenities offered on the resort. The quality is not diminished in anyway, only the size and price.

4th of July 2011 at Mauna Lani Resort

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

The July 4th holiday is going to be an eventful extended weekend on in the Waikoloa and Mauna Lani Resorts. As previously discussed, there are quite a few events taking place.
In addition to the Waikoloa resort festivities, the Mauna Lani Resort and Bungalows is hosting multiple events beginning July 1 through the 4th, 2011.

The next offering is for all of those golfers out there. In celebration of the Mauna Lani Resorts 30th Anniversary, The Francis H. L’i Brown courses are offering specials on both rounds of golf as well as Merchandise.  Beginning July 2nd through the 4th, 2011; golfers will be able to take advantage of both 30% off all morning Green Fees as well as Golf Merchandise. Call (808) 885-6655 with any questions.

On July 4th, the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel is celebrating Turtle Independence Day from 10:30am to 12:00pm. Dating back to 1989, the hotel has raised baby Turtles or Honu. They are raised in the Salt ponds at the hotel and released every July 4th when they reach a certain maturity. This year is no different; the turtles that have reached a certain size and age will be release at the waters edge in front of the hotel.  A parade will transport the baby Honu to the beach followed by their release. This annual event honors the turtles and helps educate visitors about the endangered animal. Visitors can enjoy an educational experience as well as a July 4th BBQ.

Call (808) 881-7911 for more information.

If you are looking for a vacation rental near these activities, check out our villas at Mauna Lani Terrace.