December 26th, 2010
This month Waikoloa Vacation Rentals was honored to have the opportunity to open a concierge and beach rentals desk at Kolea at Waikoloa. The goal is to make Kolea a 5 star community by adding great services to go with the already beautiful villas it has to offer.
Waikoloa Vacation Rentals will be operating out of the Kolea Beach Club pavilion daily and offering a wide range of services along with beach equipment rentals. Along with the basic concierge services such as booking activities, they will be offering a broader level of concierge service to encompass almost anything one could desire while on vacation.
Their knowledgeable concierges will be able to do things such as set up dining reservations, tee times, boating excursions, along with any other activity you can think of on the Big Island of Hawaii. How about a private helicopter tour that touches down in a secluded valley for a picnic lunch? They can do that.
Waikoloa Vacation Rentals is also offering a variety of beach equipment rentals at reduced rated for Kolea guests. They offer some of the basic items such as quality snorkel gear, beach chairs, and boogie boards. They are also proud to offer Kolea guests the opportunity to rent our snorkel scooters. Besides Four Seasons Hualalai they are the only operation on the coast to rent these popular items out. To Kolea guests they are offered at over 1/2 the rate of what Four Seasons charges their guests.
While this is a broad look at what Waikoloa Vacation Rentals is looking to do from the Kolea Beach Club, the main goal is to help every guest have an enjoyable stay and offer the services that make their vacation at Kolea “A Vacation of a Lifetime”.
** If you are staying at Kolea, the concierge can be reached at (808) 333-1910.
December 3rd, 2010
In addition to a full schedule of activities at Waikoloa Beach Resort, there will several special Christmas activities throughout the month at Waikoloa Beach Resort.
On December 18 Santa comes to Waikoloa Beach Resort and has breakfast at Romanos Macaroni Grill from 10- 11:30 am. From that day on Santa will be seen around the Queens Shops from 12-2 and 5-7 for photos until December 23.
On Christmas Eve Four Chrismases will be shown at Movie Under the Stars at Dusk. The Waikoloa Beach Marriott will also have a luau for those who want to experience a Hawaiian Christmas.
On Christmas Day the Hilton Waikoloa will have a luau and the Waikoloa Beach Marriott will have a Christmas Day Brunch.
For children two great things to do are to visit the Mauna Lani Bay hotel and the Hilton Waikoloa. The Mauna Lani Bay hotel is typically filled with Christmas trees, which many of them have been decorated by children of local schools. The Hilton Waikoloa has a beautiful setup in the entry with a large train track, gingerbread house, and much more.
November 27th, 2010
While the real estate market across the United States has continued to struggle, Kolea at Waikoloa Beach Resort has seen a steady increase in sales over the course of the last two years. Along with Kolea being the premiere vacation rental complex at Waikoloa Beach Resort, attractive pricing has made these beautiful villas a “must buy” during this struggling economy.
In 2009 there were six sales. Most of the sales were either foreclosures, short sales, or villas priced low. In 2010 there were eleven sales with multiple contracts in escrow at the end of the year. Although most of them were still short sales and foreclosures, there was a slight increase in the sales price.
Looking forward, Kolea should contiune to see an increase in interest in sales. Being the only beachfront vacation rental community at Waikoloa Beach Resort helps make it the most desireable place to own investment property on the Big Island of Hawaii.
July 16th, 2010
Waikoloa Vacation Rentals added four new villas throughout Kolea to their vacation rental program giving them the largest selection of vacation rentals at Kolea of any management company. The new villas are spread out among Kolea and all offer unique characteristics helping to give them a great variety of villas at Kolea.
Kolea 4F and Kolea 4D are both three bedroom villas and new to the rental program and still have a very new feel to them. The location of these two villas within Kolea is a very private setting and overlooks one of the few vacant lots remaining at Kolea. Kolea 4F is located on the third floor and offers a spectacular panoramic ocean view and offers a great setting for sunsets and whale watching in the winter. Kolea 4D is located on the ground floor and has a nice spacious lawn area in front of the villa. Due to there being a vacant lot in front of building 4, Kolea 4D still has a nice ocean view.
Kolea 7D just recently switched over from another management company and also is one of the few three bedroom ground floor villas at Kolea that still offers a nice ocean view. The Kolea Beach Club is just a minute away from the lanai of Kolea 7D giving it a very desirable location.
Kolea 9J is a two bedroom villa that was just recently purchased. 9J offers a nice corridor ocean view and offers closer proximity to the Kolea Beach Club and ocean than most two bedroom villas at Kolea.
June 3rd, 2010
The Waikoloa Beach Resort is known to offer a full day of activities for the 4th of July and 2010 will be no different.
The Kings Shops will be host to the 19th 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 Kings’ Shops will also be host to activities and entertainment throughout the day. The race typically takes place mid-afternoon.
The Queens Shops will offer an array of activities, music, and other entertainment throughout the day from 10 am to 9:30 pm. You may find areas for lei making, face painting, and much more. A detailed list of activities will be available when it is released.
Next to the Queens Shops is Waikoloa Bowl, which will be host to the evening activities. From 6 to 8 pm Jimmy Mac and the Kool Kats will be playing. They are a popular band known for performing at large events and playing popular music from the 50s to present to keep everyone entertained. At 8 pm will be a beautiful firework display over Waikoloa Bowl.
May 26th, 2010
The Kings’ Shops complement the Queens Marketplace to help give vacationers everything they need right within the Waikoloa Beach Resort. The Kings’ Shops is home to the 4th of July Rubber Duckie Race. Here are all the companies you will find at the Kings’ Shops.
Roy’s Waikoloa Bar and Grill (808) 886-4321 – Roy’s offer the most popular dining at Waikoloa Beach Resort. Here you will find a great Pacific Rim cuisine with an excellent full service bar.
Merriman’s Market Cafe (808) 886-1700 – A great local cafe specializing in locally grown produce meats and fish. Offers great lunches at reasonable prices and also offers a wine bar.
Island Fish and Chips (808) 886-0005 – Fast food style restaurant offering combination baskets of fish and chips with pineapple coleslaw. Enjoy outdoor seating overlooking Kings’ Lake.
Jungle Edge Coffee (808) 886-4070 – Locally owned coffee company offering 100% Kona grown coffee.
Cinnamon Girl (808) 886-0241 – Enjoy a selection of casual and elegant wear for women featuring dresses designed in Hawaii.
Crazy Shirts (808) 886-9393 – A favorite wherever you go. Enjoy custom made t-shirts specific for Hawaii. Get great shirts for gifts here.
Honolua Surf Co. (808) 886-6422 – Hip, high quality surf clothing for men and women.
Honolua Wahine (808) 886-1019 – Offers quality surf wear catering to women (wahine).
Island Intimates Lingerie – Specializes in bra fitting.
Kilauea Clothing Company – Offers a variety of vintage Hawaiian aloha shirts.
Kohala Coast Fine Art (808) 886-4240 – Featuring work by Ford Smith, and Clint Sloan along with many more.
Swank Boutique (808) 886-7965 – Trendy boutique offering accessories and clothing for women.
Big Island Motorcycle Company (808) 886-2011 – A great place to rent motorcycles, scooters, and bikes for use around Waikoloa Beach Resort.
Macy’s (808) 886-5385 – A selection of clothing for both men and women featuring Tommy Bahama and Ralph Lauren clothing.
Making Waves (808) 886-1814 – Enjoy the latest trends of swimwear in Hawaii.
Noa Noa (808) 886-5449 – Local hand printed batik fabrics in silk, cotton, and rayon.
Tommy Bahama (808) 886-8865 – Upscale men and women tropical clothing.
Specialty and Gifts
Alina’s Candles – Hand made Hawaiian candles.
Coach (808) 886-4201 – Offers a selection of the world famous Coach accessories.
Genesis Galleries (808) 886-7770 – Offers a selection of art from local artists.
Sunglass Hut (808) 886-0593 – Offers a large selection of sunglasses for both men and women.
Sweet Paradise Chocolatier – Hawaiian style chocolate confections. Guests in the past have raved about this store.
The Walking Company (808) 886-8228 – Selection of shoes and slippers for both men and women.
Tiffany and Co. (808) 886-1931 – One of the worlds premier jewelers offering an array of Triffany creations.
Under the Koa Tree (808) 886-7444 – Hawaiian art and woodwork.
Walking in Paradise (808) 886-7057 – Offers a selection of shoes that satisfies your comfort with style.
Whaler’s General Store (808) 886-7057 – Small convenient store for souvenirs, cosmetics, sundries, and much more.
Baron and Leeds Swiss Watches and Fine Jewelry (808) 886-1645 – Offers some of the most desireable Swiss watches and jewelry.
Dolphin Galleries (808) 886-5533 – Offers an array of artwork including work of Dr. Seuss.
Maui Divers (808) 886-0055 – Some beautiful jewelry created in their design center in Honolulu.
Na Hoku (808) 886-7599 – A local favorite jeweler.
Orchid Jewelers (808) 886-884 – Specializes in 18K gold jewelry from Hawaiian, American, and European designers.
Pearl Factory (808) 886-0077 – Hawaii’s original Pearl-in-the-Oyster jeweler.
Royal Gold (808) 886-7701 – An extensive collection of Hawaiian jewelry.
Waikoloa Shell Gas Station (808) 886-9512 – The most convenient gas station for Waikoloa Beach Resort.
May 25th, 2010
The Queens Marketplace at Waikoloa Beach Resort complements the Kings Shops to offer a vacationer to Waikoloa Beach Resort almost all the shopping and dining one could need all within the resort. A full size grocery store and food court are among the many things you will find at The Queens Marketplace.
Island Gourmet Markets (808) 886-3577 – Full size grocery store run by ABC. Also offers a nice meat counter, deli and wine bar.
Food Court – The Food Court offers a variety of fast food restaurants including Subway and Dairy Queen.
Starbucks (808) 886-1888
Romano’s Macaroni Grill (808) 443-5515 – Offers signature Italian dishes for a reasonable price. Also offers takeout.
Sansei Seafood, Steak and Sushi Bar (808) 886-6286 – Specializes in sushi and contemporary Japanese specialties. Also is a great place for entertainment in the evenings.
Charley’s Thai Cuisine (808) 886-0591 – Reasonably priced Thai food.
Blue Ginger Family (808) 886-0022 – Offers an assortment of clothing for women, children, and men.
Blue Wilderness Dive Adventures (808) 886-0980 – Dive shop offering an assortment of gear as well as dive packages and instructions.
Claire’s (808) 886-8905 – Teen and young girls favorite store! Offers a variety of jewelry and cosmetic accessories.
Exclusive Designs (808) 886-0350 – Features traditional and contemporary apparel for all people.
Genesis Galleries (808) 886-1170 – Genesis Galleries has some of the finest Hawaiian artwork on the island. Original oils and painted surfboards are among the many pieces they offer.
Giggles (808) 886-0014 – Offering an assortment of clothing, toys, and much more for children.
Hawaiian Quilt Collection (808) 886-0494 – Wrap yourself in Hawaiian style with beautiful hand-quilted purses, wall hangings, quilts, and much more.
Island Pearls (808) 886-4817 – Selection of fine jewelry featuring Tahitian Black Pearls.
Lids (808) 886-1649 – Selection of hats along with the ability to custom make any hat one desires.
Local Lizards and Friends (808) 886-8900 – A store filled of gecko themed items.
Local Motion (808) 886-7873 – One of Hawaii’s favorite surf shops. Local Motion offers contemporary surf apparel as well as everything you need for a day at the beach.
Pacific Nature (808) 886-8919 – Specialty jewelry store that features fine jewelry inspired by Hawaii’s natural surroundings.
PacSun (808) 886-0415 – Provides young adults and teens with an assortment of trendy apparel.
Persimmon (808) 886-0303 – Big Island based boutique offering the latest clothing and shoe fashions.
QuickSilver (808) 886-0900 – Popular surf store Quicksilver and Roxy clothing along with accessories.
Reyn’s (808) 886-1162 – Home of the world famous Reyn Spooner aloha shirts.
Sunglass Hut (808) 886-0274 – Offers and assortment of sunglasses for all occasions.
April 10th, 2010
One of the largest vacation rental software companies released the trends in reservations they have seen between 2009 and 2010. Although it does not encompass all vacation rentals, it does give an overall good idea of what is going on in the vacation rental industry.
Reservations around the US were up 14% in March 2010 from March 2009. This was the best month in 2010 thus far. It is expected that there will be a larger jump in the summer months due to what is already currently booked.
Here is some Hawaii specific data for the first quarter of 2010 in comparison to 2009:
Number of Reservations- Up 36%
Revenue Change- Up 32%
Number of Nights Stayed- Up 33%
Average Days Booked In Advance (119)- Up 2%
The average nightly rate stayed the same
The average stay and average total rental revenue went down 2%
The only negative data is that “bargain hunting” seems to be increasing drastically. People either seem to be booking well in advance, which is probably repeat guests or within 30-45 days prior.
This data is very promising for the remainder of 2010. The number of night books for the second quarter is almost up 40% at this point in 2010 from 2009.
Data supplied by Instant Software