March 20th, 2011
Due to extensive damage from the Japanese tsunami, Kona Village decided to close for an extended period of time. This has left many of their customers looking for a place to stay elsewhere on the Big Island of Hawaii.
“We are very sad to close Kona Village Resort for an extended period of time, but the damage to the property from this natural disaster is severe enough to render it inoperable,” said Patrick Fitzgerald, CEO of Hualalai Resort/Kona Village Resort. “We are fortunate that our guests and employees were evacuated safely. Our hearts are heavy with this decision’s impact on employees and loyal guests who have visited us over the years. Our thoughts also are with the people of Japan during this difficult time.”
Kona Village has offered full refunds to all of their guests that were planning to stay in 2011. Due to the unique nature of Kona Village, many of their guests are repeat visitors every year. For the first time many of the guests have had to find a new place to stay. Many of them are looking to Kolea at Waikoloa Beach Resort and Mauna Lani Terrace, which are both beachfront vacation rental communities. Rob Dalton of Waikoloa Vacation Rentals stated, “Within the last week we received five reservations from guests that were scheduled to stay at Kona Village. All of them were bummed to not get to stay at Kona Village, but excited to try something new.”
It appears that a fair amount of guests that typically stay at Kona Village prefer vacation rentals to hotels. Given that most guests of Kona Village come to the Big Island annually, not only will the closure have a positive impact on vacation rentals short term, but also long term as the guests look to return to Hawaii for their annual vacation.
We wish for a speedy recovery for Kona Village and will keep you informed as the repairs begin.
February 28th, 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 fairs well for vacation rental homeowners in Hawaii.
The Hawaii Tourism Authority reported an increase in visitors in Hawaii in all four quarters in 2010 versus 2009. The percentage increase grew as the year progressed leading speculation that there will be continued growth in Hawaii in 2011.
Hawaii Tourism 2009 vs 2010
Looking into the vacation rental industry in Hawaii it appears the vacation rental industry enjoyed the growth of Hawaii tourism plus some more. Instant Software, the most 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, Gulf of Mexico issues, along with many other factors. Along with the increase 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.
Looking forward, 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 in 2011.
January 1st, 2011
The humpback whales are back to the Big Island of Hawaii to enjoy the warm waters for the winter. These fascenating creatures are a must see if you have not seen them before.
Every year they show up to the Hawaiian Islands around December and stay until March for mating season. If you stay at any of the oceanfront or beachfront properties you can typically see them from your lanai with binoculars. There are some oceanfront villas at Hali’i Kai that offer some great whale watching. You can spend hours sitting on your lanai and watching then play in the blue waters of the Pacific.
There are several whale watch tours offered on the island that take you up close with the mammels. OceanSports is the most conveniently located at A’Bay at Waikoloa Beach Resort. Many of the whale watches guarantee seeing a whale. When there are a lot of whales many of the snorkeling tours turn into whale watches as you pass so many on your way to the snorkeling destination.
If you stay at Kolea at Waikoloa or Halii Kai at Waikoloa you can see the whales just off the lanais of your vacation rentals.
Next time you are on the Big Island of Hawaii in the winter months take time to enjoy these beautiful mammels.
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 look at here.
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.