The summer sun can be serious business by the seaside. Check out our top five favorite ways to beat the heat:
Papalua Shave Ice is a great place to step out of the sun and enjoy something refreshingly cold. This place is loved by the community and tourists alike. This little kiosk comes with various fruity flavors, and you can even get your shave ice in Kapolei with Mickey ears!
Enjoy a DIY dessert at Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt! You pick all the flavors and the toppings, so you can have whatever kind of dessert your heart desires. They offer lots of accommodating special flavors, like nonfat, gluten-free, vegan, and no sugar added.
Longboards is a casual dining experience right on the water. Kick back away from the sun underneath a big shady umbrella in their cute island-style outdoor seating area. You’re so close to the water that you’ll smell the ocean on the breeze, and that’s better than any manmade mister you’ll find in any other restaurant.
There are plenty of ways to cool off temporarily, whether it’s grabbing an ice cream at Menchie’s or grabbing a beer at Longboards, and plenty of beaches to relax on. But if you want a more active way to keep cool on a long vacation day in the summer sun, head down to those cool Pacific waters, the coolest place on the island, and have yourself a full-on island adventure. Take a dolphin snorkel tour with Ko Olina Adventures, or a scuba dive with Trident adventures.
The absolute best way to say no thanks to a particularly warm summer day is to throw on your swimsuit and head down to one of the loveliest shorelines in the entire world. There is a plethora of gorgeous beaches around Kapolei, and it’s just up to you to pick one (or two, or three)! Grab your shave ice and take it down to the waterline! We love the Ko Olina Lagoons, because the landscape offers protection against the heavier ocean waves and the natural undertow, making it a safe and fun option for families to visit. Kahe Point Beach Park is another top pick, with its lively tide pools teeming with small ocean life. If you want a quiet beach with calm waters and hints of wildlife (keep an eye out for sea turtles) Paradise Cove Beach is for you. Whichever beach you go to, you’re sure to enjoy the crystal-clear cooling waters.
Ready for your own Kapolei adventure? The best way to get started on your trip to Kapolei is to call us at Ola Properties today at (808) 726-2878!
With its plentiful beaches, beautiful weather, and friendly locals, Kapolei in the summertime is one of the best island vacations you could ever take. Here are a few Kapolei attractions you’ll want to make some time for while you’re here:
Paradise Cove Beach is a place of wonder. With shallow, crystal clear waters and abundant local wildlife (sea turtles, seals, and tropical fish galore) you’ll be right up close and personal with all the loveliest parts of Hawaii. Once you arrive, you’ll never want to leave, so make sure to clear a whole day for this beach. It’s one of the most popular beaches in Kapolei for a reason.
This traditional-style luau is the perfect way to end a long day on Paradise Cove Beach. Experience a plethora of ancient traditions, including island cuisines like kalua pork and lomi-lomi salmon, a show put on by Samoan fire dancers, local musicians, and hula performers, and even hands-on games that you can participate in.
The Mermaid Caves are for people with a sense of adventure and an insatiable need to explore. It’s not for young kids, because the natural landscape formed by ancient lava flows can be a little sharp and tricky to navigate! Don your swimsuits and head there during low tide, and you’ll be able to explore the network of underwater caves that come and go with the tides. With translucent aqua waters and brilliant sunshine streaming in through the plentiful cracks and crevices and entrances, you’ll find this is one of the most magical places in all of Kapolei. Diving at the Mermaid Caves is recommended for experienced divers only and is at your own risk; remember to stay safe! This is one of the most popular Kapolei attractions for tourists!
If you’re really itching for an adventure this summer, clear an afternoon to visit Coral Crater Adventure Park to check out the Zipline Tour and Adventure Tower Obstacle Course. Test your skills and nerve with ziplines that stretch up to 900 feet and 18 different elevated obstacle courses.
This is one of the most exciting water parks you’ll ever visit. Take your time swimming and slip-sliding through all 25 Kapolei attractions, including water slides and a wave pool. These sterile, cool waters will be a welcome change from the warm, sandy beaches. And when you’re ready to go back to the beach, there are plenty awaiting you with open arms! Learn about more fun activities that you can do during your summer vacation to Kapolei.
The only difficult part about taking an amazing vacation like this is getting started. Namely, finding the best place to stay while you’re away. Luckily, Ola Properties has you covered! Get in touch with us today at (888) 737-4188 or (808) 726-2878 to find your dream vacation home so you can kick off your summer under the Kapolei sun.
TRAIL NAME: Aiea Loop Trail
LENGTH: 4.8-mile loop
WHERE: 99-1849 Aiea Heights Drive, Aiea
If you’re looking for a hike that’s not too strenuous (no rock-climbing, no ropes, no stairs) but immerses you in a lush forest with native trees and plants, consider the Aiea Loop Trail. This pleasant 4.8-mile hike runs along the west side of Hālawa Valley, with views of Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head and the Ko‘olau Mountains. Since it’s a loop, you’ll never get bored as each view will be different. At the trailhead, there’s ample parking and there are restrooms at the Keaīwa Heiau State Recreation Area, a 384-acre park where the trailhead is located. If you want to toughen it up, the much harder, 4-mile Kalauao Trail is located off an S-shaped curve at a junction on the trail. This hike takes you to a popular waterfall with swimming holes. The hike back—it’s entirely uphill—is your cardio workout for the week!
Don’t expect sweeping views of summit like you’d get at the end of one of the popular Ko‘olau trails. What you will get, instead is a birds-eye view of the H-3 Freeway as it intersects the pristine Hālawa Valley. The lookout point where you can see the H-3 comes midway through the hike and can be spectacular.
This is a popular trail for runners (though Mountain Biking is not allowed) so even though they are asked to give hikers the right of way, be aware they may come blasting up behind you, or over the next ridge and can startle you. Watch the weather before planning your hike, as the trail can be quite muddy if it has rained recently and you’ll want to be prepared for that.
The Aiea Loop Trail itself is a relaxing walk through lush groves of lemon eucalyptus, Norfolk pine and native koa and ʻōhiʻa trees. Although it is considered an easy hike, it is long at nearly five miles with some gradual inclines and a stream crossing. Allow about three hours to complete the hike.
The hike is a nice walk but still a great workout and as a reward, The Alley Restaurant (and its lemon-crunch cake) is just down the road three miles away.
Locals tend to shy away from the tourist spots because we go to these destinations for school excursions. So a couple of us decided to go visit the Polynesian Culture Center from a tourist’s perspective.
We scheduled our day and transportation so that we could experience everything that the center had to offer without any hesitations and I’m glad that we did. The Polynesian Culture Center is an all-day affair, and the last thing that we wanted was to worry about being tired while driving back. Our day started at 9:30am to stand in line for the bus. We half way expected a chaotic cattle call, but was pleasantly surprised at how friendly and organized everything was. We were advised what was to happen and what we should expect once we got there. This helped to build our excitement.
We chose the Ambassador Luau Package so that we could compare all options, and believe me, I’m glad that we did. It came with a guide AND transportation. The guide was important to us as he helped us to organize our day so that we could make the most out of the time that we were there. There really isn’t enough time to see all the villages in one day, and I wish that we were able to go back the next day to finish up what we didn’t see. The package allowed for us to go back to see anything that we missed the previous day, but we had other things planned for the following day so we really wished that we had known about this benefit. The guide simply asked us about our likes and expectations and helped us to organize our day based on show times of our choices. Fantastic!
The various villages are very authentic. We were especially surprised at how authentic Samoa, Tonga, and Aotearoa were. We were also amazed at the show, HA (Breath of Life). It was both cultural and entertaining. In this arena, you get what you paid for. It’s really hard to see in the cheap seats, they are crowded and full of tall people. It is also much more enriched if you participate, and it is much easier to participate if you’re closer to the stage.
Put the Polynesian Culture Center on your family’s “To Do” list. Since this will be an all-day affair make sure you schedule it at the beginning of the vacation so that you give all the attention you want to, to make the best of this activity. Don’t skimp on the price as the better packages give you more options and flexibility, including transportation, a guide, and a chance to come back the following day if you choose to.
Through a variety of different package options, the center offers:
Have more questions about the Polynesian Culture Center or other activities to do on your next visit to Oahu? View all the great things to do on Oahu or just ask us!
While at Just Tacos this past Tuesday for Taco Tuesday, three of us decided to hike the Ka’ena Point Trail on Saturday (perhaps after a beer….. or two). Jack & Mike, who do a lot of our maintenance work, as well as myself, agreed to meet at 7:00 AM to get an early start. As happens in our business, an AC repair came up on Saturday morning so we didn’t get to the trailhead until about 9:30.
The trailhead is at the West end of Yokohama Bay, (which, by the way has a beautiful beach) and there is plenty of parking. There are restrooms and showers near the beach, but no facilities along the trail, so you should keep that in mind. The State’s website says the hike is 2.4 miles each way. According to my Fitbit, I would say the total walk, including around the Point and nature preserve was about 5.5 miles round trip. Timewise, you should allow an hour for walking each way and perhaps another 30 minutes at the end of the trail. The trail is relatively flat, except for a couple of areas where the trail had washed away and we had to climb up some rocks to an improvised trail for a length of approximately 50 yards. The day we hiked, the trail was dry except for a few places where 4×4’s had cut deep ruts that held water from a prior rain, so there was no water or mud to walk through.
Most people we saw were wearing “athletic” shoes and they seemed to be getting along fine. I don’t recommend wearing those hiking shoes you bought 10 or 12 years ago and left in the closet since then. This is what I did and you can see the sole of one of them stuck in the mud above. I walked a good bit of the return trip with no soles on my shoes as they fell apart, but it was OK as long as I watched what rocks I stepped on. I took a half liter bottle of water with me for the hike; I’d recommend taking a second one as it gets pretty warm on the hike. As stated previously, we got started later than planned so the sun was higher in the sky and a good bit hotter. I lathered up with sunscreen before starting out but did not take any extra with for a second application. Mistake! Take extra sunscreen with you. I was hurting that night and the next day from the sunburn and everyone in the office got a kick out of it.
When you get near the end of the trail, there is a high fence protecting the animals in the nature preserve from predators. There is a door that is unlocked and you can walk right through. The nature preserve is where you can see numerous protected species of birds such as Shearwaters, etc. At the point, there is an old military pillbox, a lot of lava rock, and numerous tide pools which people were swimming in. Another hiker told us there was a Monk Seal on the beach, but we weren’t able to locate it. I suppose it had finished sunning itself and moved back into the water.
Overall, this was a good hike and one I hope to make again. Perhaps next time, I’ll go in the from the North Shore side to see how the trails compare.
Aloha Pumehana. If you are reading this article, you are likely looking for some true relaxation while coming to stay with us here at Ko Olina on Oahu.
First, you should know that regardless of where you are staying at Ko Olina, all of these spots are walkable. So grab your yoga mat, coffee, champagne, or favorite book and walk out. We suggest leaving the car keys and the cell phone at your Beach Villa or hotel room. These moments are all about YOU!
This may not be the quitest place but it’s surely a great spot to just let the mind wander. There are several benches you can sit and receive the Hawaiian mana from Mauka to Makai. To get here you walk down the paths near the lagoons to the very Southern Lagoon (Lagoon 4). Keep heading south until the land narrows. Find your zen spot and enjoy!
This is my personal favorite. If you are standing at the front gate to Ko Olina look north along the train tracks, follow them up a couple hundred yards and keep your eyes toward the Ocean. You should see plenty of places to plop down your mat and zen-out. This is also a great place for a private glass of champagne with your significant other.
Take a look at the map below. You’ll see the lagoon in front of the Four Seasons. Along the North end of the lagoon, there are a few trees out on the point. This is an excellent place to have a shady and relaxing time no matter what time of day you choose for your Zen moment.
Remember, your Hawaiian vacation is… A VACATION ;). It’s OK to take some time alone, away from the normal buzz of the cell phone and workflow of the week. These are just three of our favorite places to relax at Ko Olina. There are plenty of beachfront yoga sessions offered by the Hotels so if you want a more structured experience just ask the concierge or give us a call and we can help.
For decades travel agents have provided a valuable service by putting together the best deals for travelers.Travel Agents do all the research for us to be able to provide us with the convenience of bundling packages that include lodging (hotel or vacation rental), ground transportation (airport shuttle, car or van) and air.
You can book many of these package deals with Ola Properties’ rooms. Packaging travel partner giants like Pleasant Holidays, Journese, AAA Travel, All About Hawaii, United Vacations, Mark Travel, Fun Jet Vacations, and Blue Sky Tours now all carry units at the Beach Villas at Ko Olina by Ola Properties. You can also book your Room & Car (and Air too) Packages independently with Online Travel Agent (OTA) giants like Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz, Hotels.com, Priceline, Hotwire and find Beach Villa units there too (Booking.com carries Ola Properties’ units too, but they don’t carry packages).
So the next time you’re looking at booking an Air, Room & Car package you can book the Beach Villas at Ko Olina by Ola Properties through your favorite Travel Agent. We’ll continue to find ways to make it easier for you to find the best deals, but are proud to be available to the traditional sector of the travel community.
No true Hawaiian experience is complete without at least one snorkeling adventure. Beloved by visitors and locals alike, snorkeling allows you to experience breathtaking ocean sights in a way that nothing else can match. Because almost no instruction is required, this aquatic adventure can allow swimmers of all ages and skill levels to explore the ocean in comfort. Though masks and flippers can be rented almost anywhere along the shore, we have gathered a few of our favorite nearby snorkeling tour experiences here.
Ko Olina Ocean Adventures offers a few different tour options, but our favorite is the Speedboat Dolphin Snorkel. This trip includes stops in two tropical reefs teeming with fish and wildlife, but most importantly, allows guests to snorkel alongside Hawaiian spinner dolphins. Swimming with these friendly creatures in their natural environment is a once in a lifetime experience. Morning and afternoon tour options are available.
The Hawaii Real Nature Tour of snorkeling spots along North Shore and Sharks Cove features some protected locations where boats are not allowed, making this a very safe and tranquil option. This area is known not only for its bright tropical fish but for being a favorite spot for sea turtles to visit. Guests here can swim along with and even take close pictures of these beautiful creatures. This company also has private instruction options for less experienced swimmers.
Wild Side Hawaii is a company committed to conservation, education, and environmental stewardship. Guests on this tour experience a hands-on approach to learning about local ecology and wildlife while connecting with dolphins, turtles, and whales throughout the trip. This immersive educational experience leaves guests with a deeper appreciation for the ocean and the creatures that live within it.
The Sunset Snorkel from Ocean Joy Cruises includes dinner and an evening tour along the coast. This tour travels along the west side of the island and features an hour-long snorkeling excursion in the waters of Makua. After swimming, guests can enjoy dinner while taking in the gorgeous sunset views and listening to tales of the islands’ history.
These are just a few of our favorite snorkeling tours, easily accessible from Ko Olina Resort. The beauty of the waters that surround the North Shore is unmatched, and the snorkeling adventure options just can’t be beaten.
Oahu is a beautiful island and what better way to experience the majesty than going on an eco-tour? An eco-tour is a guided trip that highlights the natural landscape of the area, often in remote and hard-to-access places. Since it is a tropical island, Hawaii is known for its pristine beaches, lush landscapes, and immense biodiversity, and going on an eco-tour is a popular way to experience its natural beauty.
Popular eco tours on Oahu
There are many types of eco-tours on Oahu. Whether you are seeking the thrill of adventure, or a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki, there is something for everyone.
Is the ocean calling your name? Ocean Joy Cruises offers exquisite views of the Waianae coastline for your chance to view sea turtles, dolphins, and even whales. If you’d like to get in the ocean, there are options to go snorkeling as well.
Perhaps the land is more your speed. Oahu Nature Tours offers a variety of hiking options, including excursions that focus on waterfalls, wildlife, or the geologically unique Diamond Head Crater.
For the creative spirits out there, a guided photography tour is a perfect way to bring home memories of your trip to Oahu. Oahu Photography Tours will bring you on a guided excursion and help photographers of all levels capture the perfect image. They even offer guided moonlight tours for something a little different!
Tips for going on an eco-tour
After reading through the options, you may be thinking, “what’s next?” The tips below will help you get the most out of your eco-tour.
Paradise Baby supplies our guests with everything they need for their younger keiki (children). This makes it easier on packing, as you don’t have to figure out how to safely send your furniture through baggage, no need to spend on extra baggage fees, no need to juggle your luggage and baby furniture at baggage claim, and no need to hire a moving van to transport all your baby furniture to your rental home.
You may be pleaseantly surprised how affordable it is to rent your furniture. A Crib, for example, is listed at $60 per week, a Graco Pack-n-Play is listed at $40 per week, and a High Chair is listed at $32 per week. That would make this 3-piece set for under $140 for the week (including tax); baggage fees alone would come to $150. They also carry car seats, baby carrier back packs, beach toys, strollers, and a whole lot of other items too.
Once you decide what you need and give them your vacation information Paradise Baby contact our Guest Services. We will arrange to be the middle man to make sure what you ordered is staged and waiting in your unit before you arrive. We will also escort Paradise Baby into your unit after you leave to return your items on your behalf.
Paradise Baby – (808) 561-1061 – [email protected] – www.ParadiseBabyCo.com