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Waikoloa Vacation Rentals Welcomes 4 Kolea Villas in July

Friday, 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.

4th of July 2010 at Waikoloa Beach Resort

Thursday, 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.

Queens Shops Calendar of Events - June 2010

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Kings Shops at Waikoloa Beach Resort

Wednesday, 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.

Restaurants

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.

Apparel

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.

Other Stores

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.

Queens Marketplace at Waikoloa Beach Resort

Tuesday, 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.

Most Popular

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

Restaurants

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.

Shopping

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.

Waikoloa Beach Resort Calendar of Events ~ May 2010

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

2010 Vacation Rental Trends

Saturday, 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

Waikoloa Beach Resort Calendar of Events- April 2010

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Kolea at Waikoloa Beach Resort Market Update

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

The first quarter of 2010 looks very promising for Kolea at Waikoloa Beach Resort. With vacation rental occupancies up and sales increasing, many believe that the effects of the economy on Kolea are coming to an end.

With twelve vacation rentals in our program, we have one of the largest selections of vacation rentals at Kolea. They have enjoyed an average occupancy of 75% this first quarter. The “front row” of Kolea has really become the most desirable location on the entire coast. Our front row villas had an average occupancy of 90%. Along with these great numbers, we were able to book multiple reservations into other villas at Kolea due to all of ours being occupied. In early April we helped host a wedding party staying at Kolea. Not only did they book all of our villas, but also six others at Kolea.

Going forward, there are almost ten times as many future reservations confirmed this year in comparison to last year. A lot of this is in part to a large convention at the Hilton this summer, which has booked several of our villas, and a family reunion this Christmas, which booked all of our available villas. We also have several repeat guests that have rebooked for next year.

Kolea has led the Waikoloa Beach Resort in sales over the course of the last six months. There have been a total of eight sales and four are currently in escrow. Most of the sales have been on the smaller villas at prices much lower than the purchase price. Currently there are not any villas on the market that are foreclosures and there do not appear to be any short sales at very low prices. The recent sale of 7F for $2.55 million has brought hope that better days are to come for the real estate market at Kolea. If you are interested in discussing real estate at Kolea, contact your real estate agent or one of our recommended agents, Johnny McElree and Beth Robinson. Johnny McElree can be reached at (808) 443-6288 and Beth Robinson can be reached at (808) 443-4588.

We are looking to add more three bedroom/three bath villas to our vacation rental program and would like to discuss our services with you at your convenience. You can reach us at (808) 987-4519 or waikoloavrm@aol.com.

Waikoloa Beach Resort Condo Ratings

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Over the years of running a vacation rental business in the Waikoloa Beach Resort I have come across numerous web sites that rank the vacation rental complexes at Waikoloa Beach Resort.  The thing that seems to amaze me is that most of the companies aren’t even located in Hawaii so I have a hard time understanding why they feel they would be able to correctly rate the properties.

Here are my rankings taking into account what I think along with what guests have mentioned to me over the years.

Kolea
Kolea is by far the most luxurious complex at Waikoloa Beach Resort.  The average selling price of a villa there is almost double that of any other complex at Waikoloa Beach Resort, which supports the fact that they are very nice and in an excellent location.

Pros- Only beachfront vacation rental complex; Spacious lanais with grills; Luxurious interior finishes; Solid construction; Easy access to all the Waikoloa Beach Resort amenities
Cons- Small pool

Halii Kai
Halii Kai is in a middle class of its own.  It is nicer than the other complexes at Waikoloa Beach Resort, but falls short of Kolea. The Halii Kai Ocean Club is the most attractive feature of Halii Kai.  The Ocean Club is on a bluff overlooking the ocean and features a multi-layer heated resort style pool, restaurant, and fitness hale.

Pros- Halii Kai Ocean Club; Spectacular views from the buildings towards the front of the property; Tennis court
Cons- Small Interiors; average construction; distant from the amenities at Waikoloa Beach Resort.

The rest of the vacation rentals all fall within the same class of properties.  Although they they are close in value, there are some that are a little more desireable than others.

Vista Waikoloa
Pros- Centrally located within Waikoloa Beach Resort; Good construction; Large lanais; Heated swimming pool
Cons- Road noise for many of the buildings; Many of the interiors are outdated

The Shores at Waikoloa Beach Resort
Pros- Good construction; Resort style pool; Tennis Court
Cons- Many interiors are outdates

Colony Villas at Waikoloa Beach Resort
Pros- Townhome style so there is no other properties above you; Nice pools; Quiet location
Cons- Distant from the amenities of Waikoloa Beach Resort

Beach Villas at Waikoloa Beach Resort
Pros- Nice interiors; Convenient location to the amenities of Waikoloa Beach Resort
Cons- Poor construction

Waikoloa Beach Resort Fairway Villas
Pros- Nice interiors; Convenient location to the amenities of Waikoloa Beach Resort
Cons- Poor construction; Small pool area