A staple ingredient for the perfect vacation is a good cocktail. Take all the hikes you want into jaw-dropping rainforests, and spend your days lounging on breathtaking beaches, but sometimes, you just need a delicious drink in your hand. Here are our favorite places to find handcrafted Oahu cocktails here on the island:
This is an intimate cocktail bar located in downtown Honolulu, and their menu is everchanging since they’re always striving to discover new things, uncover new flavor palates, and please the customer. Try one of the signature cocktails here, like the Matcha Old Fashioned, made with 2018 Maker’s Mark BLA Private Select, Japanese green tea, orange bitters, Wasanbon sugar, and orange. If you’re in the mood for something with a little more kick, try a classic/modern cocktail like the Mexican Firing Squad, mixed with Forteleza Blanco, lime, pomegranate, cinnamon, cayenne, Angostura Bitters, and soda. You really can’t go wrong here, because everything on the menu is a homerun recipe. Save your appetite for this visit too, because their food is to die for! The Cajun Smoked Salmon Spread goes great with any cocktail on the menu.
If you’re looking for a night rich with class and comfort, head down to Aloha Beer Company. The drinks here are great, however, we’re looking for a step up. Intriguingly, you’ll find a second floor here with a totally different vibe. The HI BRAU Room is a little speakeasy built right on top of Aloha Beer Company, which concentrates its endeavors on high-quality liquor and cocktails. Stepping into HI BRAU is like walking through a portal to an earlier decade. With wooden furnishings, low light, and an excellent waitstaff, it’s a real blast from the past. The cocktails they serve are a blast to the taste buds too! Cocktails are served from local distilleries (you simply must try the Ko Hana Rum from the Koloa Coffee Rum plantation). The food they serve here is as delicious as the drinks are quenching. This speakeasy is a rare and exclusive treat since it’s only open four nights a week (Thursday-Sunday, 5:00pm-12:00am), which makes those cocktails taste all the sweeter.
No one knows the ins and outs of Oahu like we do, and we’re ready to share the magic with you! Give us a call today at (888) 737-4188 or (808) 726-2878 and we’ll help you get started on your Oahu vacation, beginning with your perfect rental home!
The beginning of 2020 is a special time on Oahu. With the dawn of the new year, everyone will be getting into the swing of 2020, and since we’re still in the off-season for tourism, that means there will be fewer crowds and more vacation homes in Oahu for you to enjoy! Open up your calendar and pencil in these exciting, upcoming events:
Jan 17, 6:30 – 9:00 PM HST
Kewalo Basin Harbor
1125 Ala Moana Blvd B1, Honolulu, HI
Tickets: $30 – 40
Come out to participate in this evening of delight with Oahu Boat Cruises. Your backdrop will be the world-famous Honolulu fireworks show. The event is BYOB (bring your own beer), which gives you free rein to play the night however you want it. Dance the night away in your own way.
Jan 24 – 25, 2020
1349 Kapiolani Blvd #30, Honolulu, HI
Young the Giant is an American alternative rock band that’s put out hit after hit since coming together to form their band in the early 2000s. Come and listen to them play your favorites live, from albums like the debut Young the Giant album, Mind Over Matter, and Home of the Strange. As the lyrics to one of their best songs goes: “Life’s too short to even care at all.” So just let loose and go dance your heart out at what’s sure to be the best concert of the year in Honolulu.
Jan 31 – Feb 1, 2020
Neal S. Blaisdell Center
777 Ward Ave, Honolulu, HI
Tickets: $27 – 89
For all you Star Wars fans out there, you’ll want to get tickets for this performance! Join the symphony orchestra for a night of Star Wars music that will blow you away. You haven’t heard this soundtrack until you’ve heard it played live by a full symphony orchestra.
Feb 21, 2020, 3:00 PM – Feb 23, 2020, 6:00 PM
Hawaiʻi Convention Center
1801 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
Tickets: $25 – 250
Comic Con is back again for another showstopping year! This is the event of a lifetime, and every year it gets better. You’ll get to explore hundreds of artist booths, sit in on interesting panels about all your favorite media, and you might even get to meet famous actors and creators!
Whatever you decide to do while you’re visiting us here on the island, you’ll want a rental home lovely enough to match the rest of your vacation. Your rental can easily become the most memorable part of the entire vacation. Head over to our catalog and start the search for your perfect rental home today!
Bring in the new year with a bang by leaving your cares behind and flying out to beautiful Oahu. There’s something so refreshing about the island scenery, from the turquoise waters to the rolling, green mountains. What better way to spend the end of 2019 and head into the next decade than right here? Take your pick between these New Year’s in Oahu bashes:
Tikis Grill & Bar
2570 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
Tickets: prices vary
This evening soiree is one of the most stylish ways you’ll ever end a year. If you want a cocktail party, roaring 20s celebration, and a rooftop lanai with a stellar view all in one package, you’ve got it. Make your reservations now, because this is a popular yearly event.
The District Nightclub
1349 Kapiolani Blvd, Honolulu, HI
Tickets: up to $60
We’re back to the 20s again, so let’s celebrate it the right way! Ring in the 20s with a Roaring 20s party at Honolulu’s most vivacious nightclub. Countdown with the crowd after a night of DJs, dancing, and VIP lounge.
41-984 Kakaina St, Waimanalo, HI
In the shadow of the Ko`olau Mountains, you’ll find a night of fun on Kanu Farms. Bring a blanket to lie on, or use your folding beach chairs, and set up for the night to enjoy dinner, dancing, and live music by the fireside.
Star of Honolulu
Pier 8, Aloha Tower Marketplace, 1 Aloha Tower Dr, Honolulu, HI
This special late-night cruise sets sail at 10:30pm, just shy of the coming new year. Let the soothing sounds of live Hawaiian music and the sounds of the sea at night color your holiday. The view of the fireworks over the island from the sea is unbeatable! Make sure to snap some photos, because you’ll never want to forget this.
We’ll provide you the most beautiful and comfortable place to lay your head down at night between the last day of 2019 and the first day of 2020. After such an exciting New Year’s countdown, you’ll be glad to be staying with Ola Properties. Get in touch with us today at (888) 737-4188 or (808) 726-2878 and we’ll help you get started!
Get ready to experience the best holiday season like you never have before. Come and join us for a beautiful island Christmas on Oahu. Not only is the landscape here gorgeous and lush even through the winter, from the green mountains to the turquoise waters, but the spirit here is brighter than ever too.
Celebrate the season and make some time in-between to remember an important historical event and honor those that came before us. Every year on December 7th you’ll see this parade making its way down Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki, including marching bands, decorated floats, and even helicopters. The opening ceremony will be at 4:30pm and the parade will end around 7:30pm.
It’s our favorite time of year to pass by Honolulu Hale, the Honolulu city hall. In December you’ll find a glowing light display that lasts from December 7th through January 1st. It’s a great stop to add a little splash of magic to a serene holiday night on Oahu.
Save some room in your suitcase and wait to buy gifts until you get to the island. You’ll find the annual Christmas Market open from December 14th-15th at the Neal Blaisdell Expo Hall. Here you can spend an exciting afternoon explore over 100 different vendors with products ranging from food to jewelry to authentic Hawaiian crafts. There will be holiday fun here too, like a Santa meet-and-greet, and a gingerbread workshop.
When December comes, head over to the Polynesian Cultural Center down Kamehameha Highway! You’ll find it all decked out to match the season, along with fun holiday activities for the whole family to enjoy. With everything from canoe rides to train rides, it makes for one fun day trip!
Head down to Kuhio Beach on select nights this December (the 3rd, 7th, 10th, 12th, 14th, 17th, 19th, 26th, and 28th) to see a memorable holiday hula show and experience Christmas on Oahu the island way. Make sure to stop in at the Waikiki Christmas Store while you’re there for some souvenirs and stocking stuffers!
There’s no better way to spend your island holiday than cozy and warm in one of our spacious yet snug rental homes. Give us a call today at (888) 737-4188 or (808) 726-2878 to take the first step toward your 2019 Oahu Christmas getaway.
Winter is an absolutely fabulous time to pack up and fly to the island of Oahu. Winter here is warm and sunny, so if you’re looking to escape dreary skies, and cold, and snow, then look no farther than island paradise. The weather usually hangs around 80°, and you’ll be able to enjoy all your favorite Hawaiian activities like beach trips, natural wonders, cultural events during your Oahu trip.
The waves and tides get wild here in the winter and the tourists thin out, which means you’ll have a little more of the sand to yourself at the beach! It’s perfect surfing weather for the pros or for people who simply enjoy surf watching. If you want to dive in and simply swim in the tropical turquoise waters, head to one of the calmer beaches, like the ones at Waikiki which are protected from winter swells by natural barriers. Beaches like these are also perfect for exploring the underwater environment via snorkeling, which is a year-round source of joy here.
With the lovely weather, you’ll want to spend a lot of time outdoors. Between trips down to the gorgeous beaches, head inland to enjoy the lush, green foliage and rolling landscapes of the island. Take a hike! Just outside Waikiki, you’ll find one of our favorites: Kuli’ou’ou Ridge Trail, a gorgeous 5-mile round-trip ridge hike that affords you spectacular overhead views of the surrounding island that will take your breath away. Another favorite of ours is the challenging staircase at Koko Head, which boasts more than 1,000 steps. It’s worth it for the rewarding view from the top.
There is always so much going on here on Oahu. It’s a vibrant community, and it only gets more vibrant in the winter. Check out the Holiday Craft & Gift Fair at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall on December 22nd, or the eclectic Slack Key Guitar Festival at Windward Mall on December 7th. We have an upcoming Afro-Latin Dance Festival, a Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade, and a Festival of Lights Boat Parade too! Everywhere you turn you’ll find a winter celebration that you can join in on to celebrate the season.
Have your most magical winter ever on the lovely island of Oahu. Here at Ola Properties, we go the extra mile to provide you with a rental that will make you feel like you are home while you’re here. Call us today at (888) 737-4188 or (808) 726-2878 to learn more about your rental!
Of all the places in the world you can travel to, Oahu is one of the most beautiful and most rewarding. With its year-round wonders, you’ll have a grand time no matter what time of year you venture here. Why make Oahu your holiday destination? It’s one of the best tropical family destinations! Here are a few compelling factors:
Here on the island of Oahu, winter blizzards are a thing of pure imagination. The weather is warm here, all year long! In the winter months, you’ll find average temperatures between the 60s and 70s, with some cozy tropical rain that invites you to curl up with a nice cup of tea.
In many other places, attractions are shut down for the winter. Mountains are closed off from travel, the waters are too cold to brave. But not here on Oahu! When you come to Oahu for the holidays, you’ll be able to enjoy the lush island to its fullest. Take a whale-watching trip. Spectate a surfing contest. Take a hike into the mystical natural world here on the island (some of our favorites are the Seven Falls Hike, Olomana Trail, and the Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail). You’ll also be able to visit some of the cultural cornerstones of Oahu, like Honolulu Museum of Art or the Hale’iwa Art Gallery.
The holiday spirit is infectious here! We love the holiday season, and you’ll love the many ways we celebrate it in the Oahu community. Throughout the month of December, Honolulu City Lights is hosting various events, all free to the public and family friendly. Bring the family along for photos with Santa, family movies, milk and cookies, and even festival rides. Come and see The Nutcracker, one of the most classic holiday traditions, with a Hawaiian twist! This ballet will be playing at Ballet Hawaii for a limited time in December. There are tons of other holiday fun awaiting around every corner, like “Santa” visiting the North Shore, and even the Honolulu Marathon.
When you make your way to Oahu this holiday season, you can rest easy knowing that a warm and comfortable Ola Properties rental home is already here, awaiting your arrival. Simply give us a call today at (888) 737-4188 or (808) 726-2878 and we’ll help you get started on finding your holiday home!
There’s plenty of wonder to be found on our lovely island of Oahu beyond pristine tropical beaches and magnificent, rainforest covered mountains—the local cuisine can be just as extraordinary! So, if you’re looking for a place to grab a coffee and fuel up for your day of adventure, or when you’re ready to take a break from exploring the island’s beauty for a bite to eat, make sure to stop by this stellar Kapolei cafe!
563 Farrington Hwy, Ste 101 B, Kapolei, Oahu, HI 96707
Monday-Friday: 6:30 AM– 2 PM Saturday-Sunday: 7 AM—2 PM
You’ll find it tucked into an unassuming shopping center, but don’t let the location fool you—since opening in 2014, My Café has become a favorite casual dining joint of locals and visitors alike. Serving up a mixture of American and Hawaiian fusion fare, you can find plenty of café staples such as pancakes, scrambles, benedicts, paninis, flatbreads, salads, soups, and sandwiches. For something with Hawaiian flare, try the Malasada Style Pancakes—crispy, sugar-coated buttermilk pancakes filled with vanilla custard—or the Kama’aina Fried Rice, with two eggs any style. If you’re feeling like you want to try it all, you can grab a flight of their specialty pancakes, and finish it off with a smoothie to-go!
711 Kamokila Blvd, Kapolei, Oahu, HI 96707
Monday-Thursday: 5 AM—9 PM Friday-Saturday: 5 PM—10 PM Sunday: 7 AM—9 PM
Kalapawai Café and Deli has a charming storefront reminiscent of a vintage market, which is fitting as the company can trace back its origins to 1932 with the original Kalapawai Market. Over the years and various ownership, the 1932 market blossomed into a booming business with three deli locations, including this one in Kapolei, which offers a dinner menu! And better yet, Kalapawai sources ingredients from local farmers and ranchers whenever possible. For something locally caught, try the Blackened Fresh Catch “Po’boy,” or the Spicy Ahi Poke. You’ll also find an impressive menu, with breakfast items and lunch favorites such as deli sandwiches, hot sandwiches, pizza, and salads. For dinner, there’s everything from Shephard’s Pie to Wagyu beef burgers, as well as an extensive wine list and a line-up of local-only premium beers on tap.
4450 Kapolei Pkwy, Kapolei Commons, Space 530, Kapolei, Oahu, HI 96707
Sunday–Thursday: 10:00 AM–9:00 PM Friday–Saturday: 10:00 AM–10:00 PM
Founded in 2011 and located in the Kapolei Commons, this fast-casual dining establishment has a bright and modern atmosphere, and a carefully crafted lunch and dinner menu with café favorites and creations that showcase a Pacific-Rim influence. You’ll find a selection of classic dinner fare such as salads, soups, paninis, and burgers, but each item has its own unique flavor and twist. Take for example, the Bulgogi Burger, a Korean BBQ style burger, but with melted American cheese and a kick of jalapeno mayo. La Tour Café also boasts a selection of house-made Bahn-Mi, and Wankapu, a specialty sandwich originating from Japan, served on shokupan, a Japanese, fluffy white bread. And don’t forget to grab one of their signature macarons, and perhaps a cup of espresso to go with it!
At Ola Properties, we specialize in luxury vacation rentals with premier locations, excellently suited for accessing the beautiful beaches and fabulous dining of west Oahu. Our portfolio includes a variety of condos, townhomes, and beach villas, many with stunning ocean views for ultimate relaxation. Contact us to get the planning on your Oahu vacation started today, and we’ll find the perfect vacation rental for you!
If you’re planning a family vacation for this coming fall break, there’s no better place to spend it than in lovely Kapolei. Pack your suitcases and come visit us! While you’re here, you can check out our favorite ways to pass the autumn days with the people we love most and engage in some fun Kapolei activities.
There are tons of places here in Kapolei designed with not just delicious and satiating food in mind, but also for the family dining experience. If you’re a family on the go with lots of activities planned throughout the day, head to Aloha Salads for healthy and cheap eating options and a thoughtfully put together kids’ menu. For something a little more high-end, head to My Cafe, a fusion restaurant that never disappoints. This one is always bound to have something for everyone in the family, whether you want to try the local cuisine, or if you have picky kids with sensitive palates!
Visit Wet’n’Wild Hawaii for an unforgettable day of fun in the sun. The weather is still great this time of year for a trip to a water park, and your kids will have the time of their lives. Check out Coral Crater Adventure Park as well for hours of obstacle-course fun. If you’re looking for an afternoon to fill between other activities like playing on the beach, head over to Fun Factory, where both you and your kids will enjoy playing retro arcade games. If you want to take the kids to do something both educational and exciting on their school break, try the Naval Air Museum.
You’ll definitely want to spend some time on the beach together while you’re here. Ko Olina Lagoons is a great option if you have small children since this man-made lagoon quells some of the rougher undertows the ocean has to offer, which makes the waves a little gentler and means you can relax just a little more. Paradise Cove Beach is another good family beach. Harmless wild sea life visits in droves and your kids will get a kick out of it! Explore the lava rocks, kick back on soft white beach sand, and listen to the music of your kids having a blast.
Here at Ola Properties we love when families visit, and we know that the most important part of a family vacation is finding a great place to stay. Get in touch with us today at (888) 737-4188 or (808) 726-2878 and we’ll help you get started.
If you’re looking for a fresh way to make the most of your Halloween this year, look no further than the city of Kapolei. Halloween is an exciting time for us here on the island of Oahu, and it presents a unique chance for you to get involved with the local community. Here are a few Halloween in Hawaii happenings to look out for this year:
It’s a good idea to head to the island early, so that way you can enjoy the entire day of Halloween in Hawaii without spending part of it traveling. If you’re going to be in Kapolei for a couple weeks around Halloween season, make sure to see this monthly hula series celebrating Hawaiian culture and music. It’s a bit of a drive from the heart of Kapolei, but it’s worth it for the exciting induction to the song and dance of Hawaii. Plus, admission is free!
When: Wed, Oct 26 @ 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: Ward Village Courtyard, 1240 Ala Moana Blvd
If you come to the island at least a week early, you’ll be able to take part in the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, which offers a collection of events across the month of October. Events on O’ahu include Brews & BBQ or Keiki in the Kitchen Family Sunday at Victoria Ward Park, Life’s a Beach at Ko Olina Resort and more!
When: October 23rd-27th
Where: Various locations on O’ahu
At the very same plantation as the Fall Festival, you’ll find one of the highest voted haunts in the entire country, back again to take more souls! Located in a real haunted village and famous for a reason, this is the experience for you if you’re looking to get the pants spooked off of you this Halloween. Beware if you have kids because this haunt’s scare factor is dialed up to “very scary.” The Haunted Plantation is only for the most brave-hearted of adventurers.
When: October 12th-14th, 19th-21st, 26th-28th & 31st
Where: 94-695 Waipahu St.
If you are bringing kids, then this is the event for you. Want something fun for the kids to do while you explore the island and visit different shops and restaurants? Why not participate in a large-scale trick-or-treating game? Just keep an eye out for the “Trick-or-Treat Here” signs posted at the participating locations.
When: Thu, Oct 31 @ 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Where: All participating Kapolei Marketplace stores and restaurants
If you’re coming to Kapolei for Halloween this year, it’s time to start thinking about which Ola Properties rental home you’re going to stay in! Just give us a call at (888) 737-4188 or (808) 726-2878 and we’ll help you get started today.
Early September is a wonderful time of year to come and visit us here in Kapolei. The weather is pleasant, the island is alive and thriving, and the three-day weekend that Labor Day affords us is the absolute perfect time to get on a plane and hop over to see us! Kapolei But how can you make the most of Labor Day in Kapolei? Let us help you out with some of our favorite things to do here.
Make Saturday your beach day! Everyone comes to Hawaii for the beaches, so you’ll probably want to head there first. Check out Ko Olina Lagoons for a relaxing morning at a calm beach with calm, crystal clear waters where you’re sure to catch more than one glimpse of colorful sea life. Head to Paradise Cove later on and try snorkeling; this shallow beach with soft sand and rich array of sea life is perfect for it. Since you’re in the area, end your Saturday evening with dinner at Paradise Cove Luau, where you’ll not only enjoy the exquisite flavors of lovingly cooked Hawaiian cuisine, but live performances too, featuring acts like native hula dances and fire twirling.
Head out onto the waves on your Sunday morning with Ocean Joy Cruises to wake up with a refreshing ocean spray that’s better than any cup of coffee. Look out for friendly visitors, like sea turtles, dolphins, tropical fish, and more! For your safety, be sure to follow the instructions of the Ocean Joy crew while on the water. Head down to the Mermaid Caves later, an ethereal place of water-filled caves where the light streams down from above. You can swim into the caves to explore them, and it’s perfectly safe while also feeling surreal and secluded. This will easily be your favorite part of your Labor Day in Kapolei trip.
Make sure to head to Kapolei Shopping Center Monday morning to pick up some cute souvenirs to bring home with you. There are over three dozen shops to browse here, and you’re sure to find something you love. Grab some lunch at the Plantation Tavern, a favorite among locals, whose passion for the culinary arts shows through in the delicious food. After that, check out some of the beaches you haven’t been to yet! Kahe Point Beach Park is one of our favorites, and this is a good place to chill out after an eventful vacation. Walk around the tide pools and lean in close to see the microcosms of sea life house in each little crevice there.
No matter what you plan on doing here in Kapolei, the most important thing will always be finding that perfect place to stay for you and your family. Get in touch with us today at (808) 726-2878 to get started on your Labor Day Weekend vacation today. We offer beautiful rental options with a six-night minimum stay; they’re the perfect way to enjoy an extended Labor Day in Kapolei getaway!