NOV 2

2022

Photo: Looks Can Be Deceiving, 2022, Courtesy of Noah Harders

About 30 minutes from Ko Olina Beach Villas, Honolulu Museum of Art is debuting Maui-based Native Hawaiian artist Noah Harders’ wearable art. Moemoeā means “to dream” or “fantasy” and unveils Harders’ technical skill in creating surrealist, haute-couture creations out of found organic and discarded materials (flowers, leaves, lobster shells, fish bones, beach glass, and more). This exhibit displays his artistry expressed through self-portraits shot in his home studio along with several of his signature mask sculptures and will run until July 23, 2023.

For more information, visit https://honolulumuseum.org/.

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OCT 11

2022

About 30 minutes from Ko Olina Beach Villas, Honolulu Museum of Art is featuring acclaimed British artist Rebecca Louise Law. Her debut exhibit, Awakening, is an immersive floral fantasy experience across two galleries. Her retrospective showcases and celebrates pua – both native and imported flowers. This exhibit will run until September 2023.

For more information, visit https://honolulumuseum.org/.

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SEP 5

2022

About 30 minutes from Ko Olina Beach Villas, visitors to Waialua’s Sweet Land Farm can learn about modern farming while feeding the friendliest goats on the island and enjoying the freshest gelato around. The farm was established by Emma Bello who was on her way to being a pastry chef when she fell in love with goats. Her family laid the groundwork for Sweet Land Farm while she completed her culinary degree. Emma also wanted to become a part of Oahu’s local sustainable agriculture movement.

On the farm, there is a store where guests can enjoy goat milk caramel and gelato, purchase lotions and soaps, and take home some of her handmade farmstead goat cheese (called chèvre), aged feta, award-winning tomme, and gouda.

Sweet Land Farm welcomes visitors on Fridays and Saturdays, with two tours Saturday mornings. Tours run about one hour long. Sign up at the farm store fifteen minutes before the tour. Guests can shop and feed the goats without signing up for the farm tour.

For more information, visit https://www.sweetlandfarmhawaii.com/.

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AUG 8

2022

About 40 minutes from Ko Olina Beach Villas, all are welcome to celebrate Pa’ina Po’alima (Friday Party) at the Hawaii State Art Museum on August 26, 2022. In partnership with the Mayor’s Office on Culture and the Arts, the free, family-friendly evening of art and music will run from 6 PM to 9 PM. All museum galleries and the Sculpture Garden will also be open. Guests are invited to visit the exhibits and enjoy performances in the garden. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.

For more information, visit https://hisam.hawaii.gov/event/paina-poalima-august-2022/?instance_id=13112.

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JUL 9

2022

About 20 minutes from Ko Olina Beach Villas, visit Pearlridge Center’s Interactive Butterfly Exhibit at Wai Makai Center Court. The exhibit features hundreds of locally-raised monarch butterflies fluttering about island flora. Docents will explain the life cycle of these delightful insects and visitors can enjoy them – as a butterfly, chrysalis or even an egg – first-hand through a self-guided tour. All guests will have the opportunity to feed a butterfly. And if you stand very still, one may land on your head or shoulder.

The exhibit runs from July 1 to August 14, 2022. Admission is $6.25 per person and children under 2 are free with a paying adult. The exhibit is open 11 AM to 7 PM Monday through Saturday and 11 AM to 5 PM on Sunday.

Visit https://pearlridgeonline.com/events-news/2022/07/01/default-calendar/monarchs-more-an-interactive-butterhttp://Monahttp://Monarch Exhibitrch Exhibitfly-exhibit-2021 for more information.

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JUN 15

2022

About fifty minutes from Ko Olina Beach Villas, the Friendship Garden is a privately owned historic hidden gem that welcomes the public during daylight hours. The 10-acre park was developed in 1927 as part of a multiethnic neighborhood dedicated to harmonious living called Kokokahi, which translates to one blood.

Parking is limited to four off road spaces fronting the garden.  Car tires must be off the road pavement to avoid being ticketed by the police, If the parking area is full, please park at the bottom of the hill and walk up, or come back another day.  Week days are less busy.  Please respect the residential nature of the neighborhood.  You are a guest near their homes. The hourlong loop trail  trail includes a stunning view of the bay, a bamboo grove and a shady stone amphitheater where you can pause to picnic.

Visit http://friendshipgarden.org/ for more information.

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MAY 1

2022

Chef Robynne Maii of Fête in Honolulu, about 30 minutes from Ko Olina Beach Villas, is a nominee for the prestigious 2022 James Beard Awards. She made the cut in the category of Best Chef: Northwest and Pacific (AK, HI, OR, WA).

A win would put Chef Maii in the limited company of chefs Roy Yamaguchi, Alan Wong, and George Mavrothalassitis. The last chef from Hawaii to claim a James Beard trophy was Mavrothalassitis, in 2003.

According to the James Beard Foundation, the Best Chefs category is for those who set high standards in their culinary skills and leadership abilities, and who are making efforts to help create a sustainable work culture in their respective regions. The winners will be named and celebrated at the awards ceremony on June 13, 2022.

To view Fete’s menu and book a reservation, visit https://www.fetehawaii.com/.

 

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APR 3

2022

Hawai‘i Triennial 2022 (HT22) is a citywide art exhibition featuring 43 artists and over 60 participants, within 30 to 45 minutes from Ko Olina Beach Villas. Contributors include internationally-renowned cultural figures, such as Ai Weiwei, exhibiting with multiple generations of Hawai‘i-based artists and others making their U.S. institutional debut. The exhibitions will take place at: Bishop Museum, Foster Botanical Garden, Hawaii Theatre Center, Hawai‘i State Art Museum, Iolani Palace, Honolulu Museum of Art, and Royal Hawaiian Center.

HT22 is centered around the fluid concept of Pacific Century combining themes of history, place, and identity within the context of Hawaiʻi’s unique position at the convergence of Asia-Pacific and Oceania.

For more information about the participating artists and where you can view their exhibits, visit https://hawaiicontemporary.org/ht22-artists.

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MAR 10

2022

Hawaii humpback whale watching season runs from January to March. Visitors can book snorkel and whale watching tours through Ko Olina Marina (2 minute drive from Ko Olina Beach Villas) or a whale-guarantee watching cruise from Waikiki. Whale watching tours bring an opportunity to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat, near the islands where they breed, give birth, and raise their young calves in safety.

Humpback whales can also be seen from the shore. The top four O‘ahu shorelines from which to see whales are Makapu‘u Lighthouse, Hālona Blowhole, Hanauma Bay, and Diamond Head.

There are more than 21,000 humpback whales in the North Pacific and more than 10,000 come to Hawaii in the winter to breed. Though they only travel three to seven miles per hour, humpbacks rarely stop, traveling as far as 3,000 miles during the spring and summer feeding seasons. Despite the fact adult humpbacks can remain underwater for up to 45 minutes, they usually come up to breathe every 10 or 15 minutes. Calves come up every three to five minutes.

For more information about tours and prices, visit https://www.koolinamarina.com/activities/ocean or https://starofhonolulu.com/whale-watching-cruises-oahu-hawaii.

Bay and Diamond Head Scenic Lookout.

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FEB 28

2022

Sometimes guests ask us for our thoughts about other destinations on Oahu.  If you’re planning an extended trip, you might consider splitting your time between Ko Olina Beach Villas and Turtle Bay.  Turtle Bay is on the north shore of Oahu, about 75 minutes away from Ko Olina, and offers spectacular ocean views.

Turtle Bay is a full service resort offering six restaurants, a spa, and two golf courses. If you’re looking for the feel of Ko Olina Beach Villas, we recommend Turtle Bay Villas. They feature studio, three, and four bedroom accommodations and are walking distance to Turtle Bay Resort.

Visit https://www.oceanfrontturtlebay.com/ for more information or ask us for an introduction – they are extremely responsive and service oriented.

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