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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 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Cons- Road noise for many of the buildings; Many of the interiors are outdated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

Kolea vs. Halii Kai

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Kolea and Halii Kai are the top two vacation rental complexes at the Waikoloa Beach Resort. Both of them are very different and offer a unique experience. Many vacationers who have been to the Waikoloa Beach Resort know which complex is best for them and many people who have not been to the Waikoloa Beach Resort have a hard time deciding which property is best for them. Below is some helpful information about the two complexes.


Kolea is located on A’Bay, the only sandy beach at the Waikoloa Beach Resort. The two hotels and the Waikoloa Kings and Queens Shops are also within ¼ mile of Kolea. Halii Kai is located on the signature hole of the Waikoloa Beach golf course in a more private setting and is roughly a mile from the beach at A’Bay and 1/2 mile from the Waikoloa Kings and Queens Shops..

Both complexes have a wide range of views. The front row condos at Kolea offer ocean, beach, and mountain views. The condos nestled in behind them offer mostly mountain and garden views with a few condos offering ocean views. The condos on the oceanfront at Halii Kai offer spectacular solid ocean views. Other buildings towards the front of Halii Kai offer a view of the signature hole of the Waikoloa Beach Course and the ocean. As you travel away from the front of the property most of the condos have fairway and garden views.

The standard finishes within Kolea condos are better than what you will find in a Halii Kai condo. The furnishings within each condo are supplied by the owners so that is not better in one place versus the other. The average condo at Kolea is much larger than the average Halii Kai condo. A Kolea condo ranges in size from 1200 to 2200 square feet and a Halii Kai condo ranges in size from 1000 to 1400 square feet.

Although both Kolea and Halii Kai have nice pool areas, the Halii Kai Ocean Club is a step above the Kolea Beach Club. The Halii Kai Ocean Club is situated on an oceanfront bluff and features a multi layered resort style pool. You will also find a restaurant, which has a very nice menu, and an open air fitness hale overlooking the ocean. The Kolea Beach Club has access to the beach at A’Bay. In addition to an infinity pool and lava rock Jacuzzi, the Kolea Beach Club has a sand bottom kids pool with a waterfall which is great for toddlers. There is also an open air fitness hale and a shaded lounging area there.

Waikoloa Beach Resort

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

The Kohala Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii has become known as one of the premier vacation destinations in the world.  On this coast you will find the Waikoloa Beach Resort, which has expanded and offers two hotels, over 1000 vacation rentals, shopping, and activities for everyone.  It has recently been rated “The Top Vacation Destination in Hawaii for Families”.

The cornerstone of the Waikoloa Beach Resort is the Hilton Waikoloa.  This expansive hotel spans over 62 acres and consists of four towers and two large resort style pools.  Within the hotel you will find seven dining choices.  KPC is the nicest restaurant and is located on a bluff giving an amazing ambiance.  The Kona Pool is the most popular pool and consists of multiple jacuzzis, a grotto, and a waterslide.  The Kohala Pool is comprised of two pools connected by a “lazy river”.  You will also find a few smaller slides at this pool.  Since the Hilton Waikoloa is not located on the beach, they designed a lagoon area fed by the ocean.  Enjoy water activities and snorkeling here.

The Marriott at Waikoloa Beach Resort is the other hotel and is located on the beach, A’Bay.  You will also find shopping just a short walk from the Marriott.  The Marriott was just recently renovated and features a large infinity pool and with a small slide.

If you choose to stay in a vacation rental, the Waikoloa Beach Resort has the best selection on the Big Island.  From vacation rentals as low as $100/night to luxurious beachfront rentals as high as $600/night, there is a vacation rental for everyone.  Kolea is the most luxurious destination with some of its beachfront vacation rentals spanning over 2000 square feet and just minutes from the beach.  Halii Kai offers the best views and has the nicest pool area of any vacation rental complex on the coast.

Within the Waikoloa Beach Resort is the Kings Shops and Queens Shops.  You will find dining as well as an array of boutique stores here.  The Queens Shops has a Marketplace where you can do all your grocery shopping as well as get great local food.

There is a shack at the beach, A’Bay, which has beach toy rentals as well as snorkel gear.  The Hilton Waikoloa is home to DolphinQuest, which is another popular activity for children.  Here dolphins are raised and it gives you an opportunity to get to know them better as well as have close encounters.  If you are a golfer, the Waikoloa Kings and Beach courses offer a challenging game amongst a beautiful setting.

Please contact Waikoloa Vacation Rentals at or (808) 987-4519 if you have any questions about the Waikoloa Beach Resort.

Whale Watching at Hali’i Kai

Friday, January 16th, 2009

You know the winter has arrived at Hali’i Kai when the surf is up and there are whale sightings.  Having managed condos in almost every complex on the Kohala Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii I get to enjoy some of the great things each property has to offer while working.  There is nothing I enjoy more than to walk in to one of our villas at Halii Kai in the winter months and seeing the whales frollick in the ocean and well as watching the waves crash in to lava rocks.  Halii Kai 14G is an oceanfront villa and offers an unobstructed panoramic view of the ocean.  You can actually hear the whales from this villa and feel the mist of the crashing waves.  Any of the villas in building 12 give you the opportunity to not only enjoy the crashing waves, but to also watch the waves roll in as you are watching golf and the whales.

Halii Kai

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

Halii Kai is an oceanfront condo complex located in the Waikoloa Beach Resort.  Buildings 12-15 offer amazing oceanfrontage along with some villas in other buildings offering great views.  Halii Kai is one of the few complexes on the Big Island of Hawaii that has a restaurant and bar on property.  They are located at the amazing Halii Kai Ocean Club.  The Ocean Club features a multi layer resort style pool as well as an open air fitness cabana.  Enjoy watching the whales from this beautiful setting in the winter months.