Waikoloa Vacation Rental Management

After years of managing condos on the Big Island of Hawaii we have decided to start one of the first blogs on the Big Island focused solely on Hawaii vacations. If you have an upcoming vacation you will want to check out our recommended activities and helpful information.

We also decided to take it a step further to allow anyone that has vacationed in Hawaii to comment. We included general topics for each complex as well as activities on the Island.

This area is dedicated to anyone posting about any areas that they feel may benefit future Hawaii vacationers as well as future vacationers using it to get questions answered they may have about their Hawaii Vacation.

Recent Posts

Events at Kahua Ranch on the Big Island of Hawaii

September 25th, 2011

If one is in search of a wedding venue with history, rustic beauty, and the beautiful Big Island as the backdrop, Kahua Ranch may be the perfect place. It is not on the water, it does not have sand, but what it does have is over eight thousand acres of working active ranch land and three thousand two hundred feet of elevation offering a change of scenery with great views of the Big Island of Hawaii.

Located about an hour from Waikoloa Beach, this amazing property has the space for up to two hundred guests on its main deck, with plenty of room for larger parties outside along with beautiful locations to hold the ceremony.

Kahua Ranch does work with a few local caterers to make the event even better; however, they welcome anyone hired by private parties or wedding coordinators to organize the event as well.
With competitive prices, a beautiful property, and friendly staff, Kahua Ranch could be the location for any bride and groom looking for something less traditional, yet still wanting to be immersed in paniolo (Hawaiian for cowboy) culture dating back to 1928.

The ranch also offers a program through an independent planner titled ‘An Evening at the Ranch’. It is an educational, unique, and fun experience for the entire family. Amazing sunsets, food, live music, and much more can be found on the ranch.

For ranch information, call (808) 882-4646 and for information regarding ‘An Evening at the Ranch’ call (808) 882-7954.

Guests of Waikoloa Vacation Rentals may contact (808) 333-1910 or email concierge@waikoloavacationrentals.com for assistance.

Horseback Riding on the Big Island of Hawaii

September 23rd, 2011

For anyone looking for a more historical mode of transportation while viewing the island from a different vantage point, horseback riding is a great activity for the entire family.

There are quite a few stables available to travelers and they offer different experiences as well. See valleys, rivers, waterfalls and places like the “Valley of the Kings”. This was home to many of the rulers of Hawaii, site of important Heiaus (sacred temples), ancient burial caves and also a place of refuge.

Another option is to explore the open range, getting out and moving faster for those who are more experienced. There are also tours for anyone with less experience or younger children looking to understand and give riding a try.

Meals are included on some excursions and there are some physical requirements and varying tour times. Children’s programs are also available depending on the stable.

Guests of Waikoloa Vacation Rentals may contact (808) 333-1910 or email concierge@waikoloavacationrentals.com for assistance.

Big Island of Hawaii Golf

September 19th, 2011

On the Big Island there are quite a few golf courses to choose from. Locally, there are four fantastic options between the Waikoloa Beach and Mauna Lani Resorts.

At Waikoloa Beach Resort, golfers can choose between the Beach and the Kings’ Courses, two different experiences offering a greater selection to the avid golfer.

The Beach Course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., allows golfers to play without sacrificing the ocean view. The Kings Course, designed by former British Open champions Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish, has Big Island Mountain Views. Check-in for both locations takes place at the Kings’ Course clubhouse. The Waikoloa Beach Resort Golf Courses offer a shuttle within the Waikoloa Beach Resort area for both pre and post round play.

Just a few miles up the road, the Mauna Lani Resort offers two beautiful selections named for their physical location, the Mauna Lani North and South Courses. Offering 36 holes of championship golf between the two venues, The Mauna Lani North Course, characterized by rolling terrain and kiawe (mesquite) forests, is a sharp contrast to The Mauna Lani South Course. This selection has one of the most photographed over water greens in the world.

A bit further north along Queen K Highway, stands thirty-six holes of great fairways. The Hapuna Beach Course, designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, along with the Mauna Kea Golf Course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., offer some of the greatest golfing on the island. Each course offers different challenges, views, and experiences for any golfer.

About fifteen minutes inland, Waikoloa Village offers a public course for anyone looking to play a round but spend a bit less on the experience. It is a fully functioning eighteen-hole golf venue with pro shop, restaurant, and more.

South of the resort, closer to Kona, the Big Island Country Club offers eighteen holes of play on the lower slopes of Mauna Kea. Designed by acclaimed golfer, Perry Dye, this par 72 course was created with all golfers in mind, regardless of skill level. Anyone looking to get away from the resort atmosphere will surely enjoy this experience away from it all.

These courses may have special pricing based on both the time of day and time of year.

Guests of Waikoloa Vacation Rentals may contact (808) 333-1910 or email concierge@waikoloavacationrentals.com for assistance.

Pearl Harbor Tours from the Big Island

September 16th, 2011

Pearl Harbor is one of the most popular attractions the Hawaiian Islands has to offer. There are two ways to make this day trip from the Big Island, either take a package tour from the Big Island or schedule the day at the convenience of the group with guided tours available on Oahu.

There is a particular tour company that offers the trip as an all-inclusive package. Their fees include airfare, transportation, and a fully guided tour. This is the simplest way to complete the tour without having to worry about the details. Everything is handled for the group by the tour organizers. It does make for a long day as the tour flight departs Kona at roughly 5 am and returns at about 9 pm, however if Pearl Harbor is a must see, it is completely worth it. The tour includes a quick visit to other parts of Honolulu as well.

The other option is to schedule the trip without booking through an all-inclusive guide service. Pearl Harbor is only about a ten minutes’ drive from the Honolulu airport. Taxi service and car rentals are both available for transportation. There are also quite a few tours once on Oahu to choose. This includes self-guided tours with an iPod or guided tours of the Missouri. Pearl Harbor does sell a limited number of tickets daily so utilizing an organized tour does increase the chances of viewing the Arizona Memorial.

Guests of Waikoloa Vacation Rentals may contact (808) 333-1910 or email concierge@waikoloavacationrentals.com for assistance.

New Airline Routes Bring Tourism to Hawaii

September 14th, 2011

It has been a rough few years for the Hawaiian Islands due to both the nationwide economic issue and an airline availability problem as well. In 2008, there was a huge decrease in travelers to Hawaii, 10.5% to be exact, which accounted for almost one million less visitors entering the state. With the demise of Aloha Airlines, a dramatic increase in fuel cost, and fewer passengers, many airlines decreased or simply eliminated their Hawaiian Islands’ routes.

Since 2010, the airline industry has increased flight operations to Hawaii, adding additional flights from the continental United States along with some recent international routes, all of which help Hawaii’s local economy.

Companies such as Alaska Airlines added daily service between Portland and Honolulu, and seasonal operations between Portland and Kona during the latter portion of 2010. This year, Alaska Airlines also added a direct flight from San Diego to Honolulu. According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, this once daily flight brings our local economy over $58 million in visitor expenditures for the year.
Delta also added daily flights from San Diego to Honolulu in June of 2010. Delta Airlines offers about one hundred weekly flights between Hawaii and nine worldwide destinations. They also offer an average of five daily round-trip departures from Los Angeles International Airport to four of the Hawaiian Islands including Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii.

China Eastern Airlines just added a regularly scheduled flight from China to Honolulu at the beginning of August 2011. This fall, a proposed addition by Asiana Airlines, from Incheon, South Korea (a recent leading market), to Honolulu, is also planned.

In November 2010, Hawaiian Airlines began direct flight service between the islands and Tokyo-Haneda, Japan. In 2011, they created new routes between Hawaii and South Korea. Most recently in July of this year, the airline operator began flight service between the islands and Osaka, Japan as well.

As Waikoloa Vacation rentals expressed in a recent article, tourism is on the rise for the state of Hawaii and certainly the vacation rental industry. With additional flights, more interested travelers, and overall availability, the future does look promising for the state and the industry.

Mauna Kea Tours and Information

September 12th, 2011

Majestically standing at an elevation of 13,796 feet is Mauna Kea, which means “White Mountain”. Its name comes from its snow-capped summit in the winter. It is the tallest mountain in the world at 33,000 feet, when measured from its base at the sea floor. Mauna Kea is home to the Hawaiian goddess Poliahu. The last eruption was 3,500 years ago.

The summit is the home to some of the world’s leading astronomical observatories such as Keck, Gemini, Canada-France-Hawaii, Cal-tech and the University of Hawaii, where the view is clear 300 nights a year.

Waikoloa Vacation Rentals does recommend arriving at the visitors’ center toward late afternoon into the early evening. As the elevation is so dramatic, the night sky is one of Mauna Kea’s most impressive features.

There are two options to visit this historical site. The First would be to drive with your loved ones, family, and friends to the visitor center at Mauna Kea. There are great views and some activities at the 9,000 feet elevation. A four-wheel drive vehicle or commercial tour must be utilized to gain access to the summit, as ordinary vehicles are not capable of handling this road. The second would be a guided tour, allowing access to the higher elevation, observatory, and more.

To reach Mauna Kea, take Highway 190 north towards Waimea. The Saddle Road (named because it runs between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa) is located on the right, just before the 6-mile marker. After the 28-mile marker, turn left onto the Mauna Kea Access road. The Visitors Information Station is about 6 miles up the road, on the right. They are open from 9 AM to 10 PM daily. This trip takes about an hour and a half to two hours from Waikoloa Beach Resort.

Effects of high altitude and weather conditions are two factors that should be known prior to embarking. Be sure to check updated conditions, pack appropriately and take the recommended precautionary measures.

Guests of Waikoloa Vacation Rentals may contact (808) 987-4519 or email concierge@waikoloavacationrentals.com for assistance.

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Visitor Information Station (808) 961-2180

Weather and Road Conditions (808) 935-6268

Big Island of Hawaii Helicopter Tours

September 11th, 2011

Imagine a tour that can provide you with an aerial view of the glorious Big Island of Hawaii. One that will allow you to hover beside a cascading waterfall, suspend you over the active Kilauea Volcano, gently drift in and around mystical valleys, and take you through a journey of the majestic mountains of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Hualalai and Kohala. There is nothing that can compare to the scenic experience of a helicopter tour. It is the only way to immerse yourself in the full beauty of the island. The breath taking sights will completely consume you creating lifelong memories that will instill in you the essence of Hawai’i.

From short, budget tours that take you to the volcano to private valley landing tours, the Big Island of Hawaii has a tour for everyone. Helicopter tours are one of the most popular adventures on the Big Island and fill up quickly.

Contact Waikoloa Vacation Rentals at (808) 987-4519 for more information.

Enjoy a selection of luxury Big Island of Hawaii vacation rentals at www.waikoloavacationrentals.com.

Recommended Restaurants on the Big Island

September 10th, 2011

Here is a list of some of the more popular island restaurants in the area. Most are available for dinner only unless otherwise noted.

Roy’s Waikoloa Bar & Grill
Location: Kings’ Shops at Waikoloa Beach
Phone 808-886-4321

This dining hot spot features Euro-Asian food and a full-service bar by Roy Yamaguchi, a world-renowned chef and restaurateur who has received numerous awards from top ranking restaurant and dining publications. Yamaguchi was named best chef in the Pacific Northwest in the James Beard-Perrier Jouet Restaurant Awards. Roy’s has a strong local following while simultaneously attracting visitors who want to enjoy the enticing cuisine.

Monstera Sushi and Noodles
Location: Shops at Mauna Lani
Phone 808-887-2711

Monstera is a hip, casual “izakaya-style” restaurant offering Japanese pub food and sushi from owner Norio Yamamoto. Yamamoto is a successful sushi chef with more than two decades of experience with discriminating employers such as Ritz-Carlton, Mandarin Oriental and The Fairmont Orchid. The restaurant caters to the residential market with a menu built upon fresh local ingredients.

Tommy Bahama’s Tropical Café (available for lunch and dinner)
Location: The Shops at Mauna Lani
Phone: 808-887-0800
Imagine the perfect escape where the only criteria is good food and drink in a relaxed, carefree environment. Sound like wishful thinking? Not at Tommy Bahama’s, where the purveyor of island lifestyles has evolved their successful men’s and women’s upscale casual sportswear, golf wear, accessory and home furnishings collections into a well-respected restaurant and retail operation that serves up island-inspired fare and lots of tropical fun.

Café Pesto
Location: Kawaihae
Phone: 808-887-0800

Seeking to be at the lead of Kohala’s culinary adventure and preserving the historic charm of the small town, while providing the best of local Hawaiian Regional foods. In addition to their magnificent regional cuisine, they also offer a selection of homemade pizzas. Café Pesto is known for their mai tai’s and Lilikoi Margaritas.

Location: Waimea
Phone: 808-885-6822

Chef/Owner Peter Merriman is a three-time finalist in the James Beard Award for Best Chef, Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. Merriman’s serves the freshest ingredients paired with the finest wines.

Location Mauna Lani Bay Hotel
Phone: 808-885-6622

Creative farm-to-table menu by Sandy Tuason, CanoeHouse specializes in extraordinarily fresh cuisine with a contemporary flair. Come relax and enjoy the scenic Kohala Coast sunsets and island fresh cuisine at a
casual oceanfront setting on the water’s edge.

Sea, Sand, at Stars at Four Seasons
Location Hualalai
Phone: 808-325-8000

This seafood buffet is located on the beach at Hualalai offers the best ambiance of any dining experience on the Big Island of Hawaii. Enjoy listening to the ocean and cool breeze while selecting from an array of seafood favorites.

Seafood Bar

Location: Kawaihae
Phone 808-882-1368

This is a Great place for mai tais and pupus for a reasonable price. Happy hour is from 3p-5:30 and 10pm to close.

Brown’s Beach House
Location: Fairmont Orchid
Hours of Operation: 5:30p-8:30pm daily
Phone 808¬-887-736

Award-winning Brown’s Beach House is the place for the quintessential island dining experience located just steps from shore. Big Island-inspired cuisine is drawn from simple, pure flavors from locally grown, sustainable agriculture.

Norio’s Japanese Rest. and Sushi Bar
Location: Fairmont Orchid
Phone 808-887-7368

A favorite among guests, visitors and locals alike, Norio’s Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar is located alongside a serene koi pond on the garden level. The 60-seat restaurant features a 14-seat sushi bar and an 18-seat private dining room. Enjoy some of their signature sushi dishes such as the 69 Roll and Tuna Tataki.

Guests of Waikoloa Vacation Rentals may contact (808) 987-4519 or email concierge@waikoloavacationrentals.com for assistance.

To see what Waikoloa Vacation Rentals has to offer for luxury vacation rentals, please visit us at waikoloavacationrentals.com.

Kolea VRBOs versus Kolea Management Companies

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.

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Hilton Waikoloa Village Pool Pass

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.

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