Slow Food Oahu, an affiliate with an international organization based in Italy, now offers Chinatown Tours in Honolulu, just thirty minutes from the Ko Olina Beach Villas and Resort.
The tours include a heavy emphasis on food and food culture by highlighting busy markets, top bakeries, noodle factories, and popular dim sum restaurants. Each tour lasts about two hours total. Slow Food Oahu’s expert tour guide, Laurie Carlson, takes extra care to share Oahu’s exotic local fruits and vegetables with visitosr, explain proper culinary techniques, and introduce guests to a wide range of foods.
Tours cost $30 for members and $40 for non-members. For more information, check out http://www.slowfoodoahu.org/.
Every Friday, the Veranda Lounge offers a special menu to guests featuring handpicked wine pairings. The Veranda Lounge is located at the Kahala Resort in Honolulu, just thirty minutes from the Ko Olina Beach Villas.
The menu features flavors from around the globe, as well as fusions with traditional Hawaiian foods. This August, both food and drink will focus on classic favorites from France’s Loire Valley.
The full meal plus wine pairings costs $50 per person. Reservations are strongly recommended, and dinner seatings take place between 6 and 9 pm all month long. For more information, check out http://www.kahalaresort.com/honolulu_restaurants/veranda/ or call (808) 739-8760.
Bubbies Ice Cream is a Honolulu establishment, located in Waiua Place just thirty minutes from the Ko Olina Beach Villas and Resort.
Bubbies was first opened by entrepreneur and ice cream enthusiast Keith Robbins in 1985 near the University of Hawaii’s main campus. The store was named in honor of his grandmother, a culinary inspiration.
Bubbies offers a whimsical menu featuring mocha ice cream, ice cream cakes, and a few other simple desserts. Popular mocha options include the blueberry mocha ice cream, chocolate espresso mocha, green team mocha, and li hing mocha.
For more information or to view a complete list of ice cream flavors, check out http://bubbiesicecream.com/.
Kailua Beach Park is located in eastern Oahu, about 45 minutes from the Ko Olina Beach Villas and Resort.
The park consists of two beaches: Kailua Beach proper is a 2 mile stretch of white sands and crystal clear waves, while Lanikai Beach is a mile long shoreline protected from waves by a reef barrier. Kailua itself is recommended for strong swimmers only, while both are ideal for a seaside picnic, sand castle building, and general relaxation.
Parking is available nearby. Kayaks and boats can also both be rented near Kailua, and a number of restaurants cater to the hungry swimmer. Snorkeling is also popular in the area due to the abundant reef life and clear water.
The Kumu Kahua Theatre will present Flowers of Hawaii from July 24 through August 2. The theatre is located in downtown Honolulu, just thirty minutes from the Ko Olina Beach Villas.
Flowers of Hawaii is a series of short plays about relationships within local Hawaiian families. Written by Lee Cataluna, Flowers of Hawaii is a popular performance on the island.
Single general admission tickets cost $20, senior tickets cost $16, and student tickets cost $10. Performances begin at 8:00 pm on Thursdays through Saturdays and 2:00 pm on Sundays. For more information or to purchase tickets online, check out http://kumukahua.org/. The performances will last for two weekends only.
Pho and Company is a family-owned Vietnamese restaurant located in Kapolei, Hawaii about 20 minutes from the Ko Olina Beach Villas and Resort.
The restaurant first opened in 2006 to share a Vietnamese culinary experience with visitors and residents of Hawaii. Popular dishes on the menu include papaya shrimp salad, spring rolls, and of course, several versions of classic Vietnamese pho. Dessert options include authentic banana tapioca, coconut tapioca, and sweet potato tapioca to name a few. Pho and Company also offers typical Vietnamese beverages such as iced coffee, bubble tea, and a soybean drink.
For more information or to check out a menu online, visit http://phoandcompany.com/Home.php.
The Hawaii Shakespeare Festival will take place from July 18 through August 31. The festival is designed to share the timeless works of William Shakespeare with island residents and visitors.
The festival will include three classic plays, beginning with She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith, followed by Edward III, King Lear, Taming of the Shrew, and Much Ado about Nothing. These classic tales are retold through innovative presentation, set design, and acting techniques featuring local actors.
The plays will be performed at the ARTS at Marks Garage on Nu’uanu Ave, about 30 minutes from the Ko Olina Beach Resorts. Tickets can be purchased online at http://hawaiishakes.org/index.html. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.
Wet’n'Wild Hawaii is a popular destination on Oahu, located on Farrington Highway in Kapolei, about twenty minutes from the Ko Olina Beach Villas and Resort.
Wet’n’ Wild is home to several rides and attractions, including chill, moderate, and extreme water rides. Popular attractions include Kapolei Kooler, Flowrider, and Waianae Coaster. Several of the rides are not for the faint of heart.
Wet ‘n’ Wild is open daily, excepting major holidays. A full calendar with opening and closing times is available online. General admission costs $47.99, youth and senior tickets cost $37.99, and Wednesday special admissions costs $24.50. Season passes are also available. For more information, check out https://www.wetnwildhawaii.com/.
Cookie Thyme with Stacie is an opportunity for visitors and locals of Oahu to gain hands on experience cooking. Stacie offers weekly cooking courses from her home on Ford Island, about 30 minutes from the Ko Olina Beach Villas.
Stacie has been a home cook for years and enjoys sharing the gift of good food. Class menus vary, featuring dishes such as shrimp and grits, homemade ricotta cheese, and coeur de la creme. The overall theme ranges from southern American to Italian.
Each class is designed to last 3 hours, and classes typically take place on Tuesdays beginning at 6 pm and culminating in a homemade meal. Reservations are strongly recommended.
For more information, or to make a reservation for your own class, check out http://www.cookingthymewithstacie.com/default.html.
The Kahuku Motorcross Track is located on Oahu’s North Shore, about 50 minutes from the Ko Olina Beach Villas and Resort.
The track offers cycling opportunities for fast-paced downhill cyclists as well as leisurely cross country riders. Due to its location, the course is free of traffic and offers spectacular views of Sunset Beach. The area includes a renowned barbecue option as well to satisfy the eager appetite of a long ride.
An annual pass to Kahuku Motorcross Track is $30 with daily rides of $5, or non-pass daily rides of $10 each. The park is open every Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, and parking is available onsite. For more information, check out http://www.mtbhawaii.com/trails/kahuku_motocross_track.