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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Waikoloa Beach Resort Bike and Scooter Rentals

June 25th, 2011

Looking for alternative transportation? There is another option, “ride it Island Style”. Try Big Island Motorcycle Co. and experience their Motorcycle, Scooter and Bicycle Rental Service at Waikoloa Beach Resort. This will offer different perspectives of the island and will be great family fun for all. For families with younger children, bicycles are available by the hour or the day. Their prices are $10 per hour, $25 per day for adults. Children can rent them for $5 per hour, $15 per day. All bike rentals include a helmet and bike lock. This will allow families to venture out and be less concerned about safety and security. For scooters, they offer rentals for $20 per hour if it is better to stay in the area. For a more complete experience; they offer half and full day rates, $45 and $60 respectively. All rentals include a helmet and bike lock. Drivers must be 18 years old or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Riders are welcome to ask about multi-day discounts for an extended rental period. For life more on the edge, Big Island Motorcycles has that’s right….Motorcycles. This will give any rider more freedom to travel the island in style. They offer both Metric and Harley Davidson for those who love the open road. The Metrics are available for $100 for a half day, $140 for a full day. Harleys are rented for $120 for a half day, $160 for a full.  Prices include full insurance, helmets and riding jacket. GPS units are available for an additional price. Drivers must be over 25 years old and licensed to ride on two wheels. Enjoy the ride, be safe and most of all; smile and have fun. Big Island Motorcycles can help create memories for a lifetime.

Call (808) 886-2011 for more information.

If you are looking for a place to stay, try one of our Waikoloa Beach Resort vacation rentals.

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.

Waikoloa Beach Resort June 2011 Events

May 25th, 2011

In addition to the full schedule of activities at Waikoloa Beach Resort, there will be some points of interest throughout the month of June on the Resort.

With Fathers day around the corner, you are welcome to “Spoil your dad at Queens’ Marketplace”. Purchase anything from the shops, spending $25 or more (total receipts must add up to at least $25) and you will be eligible to win gifts from the stores, restaurants and accommodations. This promotion ends 6/17.

On Saturday, June 18 comedian Tommy Davidson is performing at the Hilton Waikoloa Village Grand Ballroom. Tickets are on sale for $25 for general admission and $50 for VIP table seating.

If you are looking to grab a quick bite to eat if you are venturing out for the day or are simply wanting something simple, the Queens shops does offer a food court. This offers anything from Asian inspired dishes to burgers and sandwiches along with some local favorites. This is an economical way to feed the family for the afternoon.

One of our favorites is Sansei’s; they serve seafood, steak and sushi nightly from 5:30p-10p. Every Wednesday is Lobster Night!!!

Kolea Vacation Rental Market Update

April 4th, 2011

2010 was one of the best years the Hawaii tourism industry has recorded in years. With the current economic state, along with the increase in tourism, many vacationers are choosing vacation rentals for their accommodations versus other alternatives, which fares well for Kolea.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority reported an increase in visitors to Hawaii in all four quarters of 2010 versus 2009. The percentage increase grew as the year progressed, leading speculation that there will be continued growth in Hawaii for 2011.

Hawaii Visitors 2009 vs 2010

Looking at the vacation rental industry in Hawaii it appears the industry enjoyed the growth of Hawaii tourism plus more. Instant Software, the most widely used vacation rental reservation software nationally, reported a substantial increase in vacation rental reservations in 2010 versus 2009 in Hawaii. While Hawaii tourism grew close to 10% in 2010, the vacation rental occupancy grew 20% in 2010. This growth could be attributed to the economy, enhanced marketing efforts by vacation rental companies nationally, or Gulf of Mexico issues as well as many other factors. Along with the increased occupancy there was an increase in average daily rate by 5%, which confirms that the increase was not due to “deep discounting” by vacation rental homeowners and agencies.

Kolea achieved better growth than the vacation rental trends depict for Hawaii. Occupancy, average nightly rate, and average length of stay all increased in 2010. Waikoloa Vacation Rental Management, the largest vacation rental management company within Kolea, reported a conversion rate of 88% in 2010. This was a significant increase from 2009. Conversion rate is defined as the percentage of renters who paid the advertised rate. They attribute this to having less dependency on “vacation rental by owner” related marketing sites, which are highly competitive and have very low conversions. Also having a substantial increase in repeat visitors attributed to the higher conversion rate.

Many speculate the growth will continue well into 2011. Group travel to the Big Island of Hawaii is significantly up in the first quarter, which historically has led to higher single or family traveler airline rates during that timeframe. This displacement in the first quarter will lead people to put off their travel until later dates in the year, which would give the Big Island nice growth in the following quarters of 2011. Although the closing of Kona Village due to damage from the tsunami was an unfortunate event, it has affected Kolea in a positive way. With Kona Village being the only all-inclusive resort on the Big Island of Hawaii, the majority of the guests that were scheduled to stay there are choosing vacation rentals as their alternative. Waikoloa Vacation Rental Management was able to arrange for Kona Village to recommend Kolea to their guests as a viable alternative, which not only favored well for them, but also for the Kolea community as a whole. Within a few weeks of the tsunami, Waikoloa Vacation Rental Management was fully reserved at Kolea many weeks leading to substantial overflow for other management companies and homeowners.

Waikoloa Vacation Rental Management reported substantial growth within Kolea for the first quarter of 2011 and currently has more than 500 nights reserved in 2012, which is depicting more great growth for Kolea as a vacation rental community.