MAR 10


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 or

Bay and Diamond Head Scenic Lookout.

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FEB 28


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 for more information or ask us for an introduction – they are extremely responsive and service oriented.

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Live music is back at the Ko Olina Beach Villas Makai Beach Bar. Head down to the lagoon-side bar every Tuesday and Friday between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to enjoy island melodies by local musicians. Mike Kahikina will be entertaining the crowds every Tuesday and even Fridays and Moon Kahele will be performing every odd Friday.

Please continue to follow the COVID guidelines and requirements while visiting the beach bar. Masks and proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test within 48 hours are required.

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Within one hour (or less) from Ko Olina Beach Villas, visitors can explore a sprawling cactus garden with an otherworldly feel. The twisting trails through this 60-acre expanse lead guests past a plumeria grove, baobab trees from Madagascar, spherical golden barrel cactus and curly octopus agave from South America, henna plants from Asia and the Middle East, and more. Day trippers can make an afternoon of this adventure, pack a lunch, and settle down at one of the tables for a picnic.

The park is open daily, sunrise to sunset (closed December 25 and January 1). Be sure to bring your own water. There is no drinking water available. Walking shoes are recommended, as the path is uneven and has loose rocks.

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NOV 10


Enjoy a big Thanksgiving meal without turning on the oven. There are several dine-in or take away options near Ko Olina Beach Villas. You can stay on the resort or pick up a family feast at nearby Kapolei. Holiday dining options include elaborate buffets and special prix fixe holiday menus. Some require reservations and some do not. A full list of the dining options is below.

Roy’s – A special prix fixe holiday take away menu for two. Visit to place your order and select a pick up time.

Four Seasons Resort

Mina’s Fish House – Thanksgiving lunch will be served from noon to 5PM and a special dinner feast will be served from 5PM to 11PM.

La Hiki Kitchen – Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet will be served from 11AM to 2PM. A special dinner menu will be served from 5PM to 9PM.

Noe – A Thanksgiving dinner menu will be served from 5PM to 9PM.

For more information or to make a reservation, visit

Aulani Resort

‘AMA’AMA – A special prix fixe holiday lunch and dinner menu will be served.

Makahiki – A casual all-you-care-to-enjoy holiday buffet will be served.

Ulu Cafe – A quick and casual Sliced Turkey Plate will be served.

For more information about Aulani’s Thanksgiving dining options, visit


Mahi’ai Table – A special prix fixe Thanksgiving family meal feeding 4 to 6 people is available for pre-order and pick up. For more information, visit

Mad Bene – A special prix fixe holiday family meal feeding 4 to 5 people will be available for pre-order and pick up. For more information, visit

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Within one hour (or less) from Ko Olina Beach Villas, visitors can explore the scenic highlights of Waikiki or the North Shore while having fun and learning about Hawaii from an expert guide. Hawaii Hoverboarding Tours offers an array of excursions across Oahu (Diamond Head, Waikiki, Ala Moana, Kakaako Street Art district, or the North Shore).

They offer two tour styles (signature or standard) and three different start locations (Honolulu Zoo, Hilton Hawaiian Village, or Pupukea/North Shore). Tours are limited to six people for a more personalized experience and each rider is trained on the all-terrain, silent electric hoverboards. Helmets are provided and must be worn at all times. Riders must be at least 16 years old.

For more information about tours and prices, visit

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SEP 13


Alicia’s Market, about 25 minutes from Ko Olina Beach Villas, is considered the standard by which general stores are measured. First opened in 1949 as a small wooden hut, the menu has gradually grown over the years to include six meat bowls, seventeen poke bowls, combination meat and poke bowls, as well as their famous potato mac salad, and boiled peanuts.

Alicia’s Market used to be bigger, but suffered a fire back in 2018. Now they operate in a much smaller capacity. Limited parking is available in front of the store and lines aren’t too long, if you visit before or after the working lunch hour.

For more information about their business hours and to view their menu, visit

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AUG 12


Manoa Falls Trail, about 50 minutes from the Ko Olina Beach Villas, is a great walking trail that offers up gorgeous rainforest and Manoa Valley scenery along the way and culminates in a 100-foot high waterfall.

Manoa Falls Trail is a roundtrip distance of just 1.6 miles and has an uphill grade that isn’t too demanding. The trail is shaded by trees for most of the journey. Along the way, you’ll see and smell eucalyptus trees, banyan trees, tropical flowers, and eventually a bamboo grove. The entire way, you’ll take in breathtaking, panoramic views of the misty green valley below as you hike uphill.

Manoa Valley is considered a rainforest. So even if it’s dry and sunny just a few miles away, you can expect the trail to be drizzly or downright rainy. There’s a good chance you’ll spot at least one rainbow while you’re there. Midway up the trail, there’s a detour that takes you on a parallel path through a bamboo grove, and then it eventually rejoins the main trail. Because this detour tends to be less muddy and slippery, you may want to take it.

At the end of the trail, you are rewarded with a view of the 100-foot-high Manoa Falls, which flows straight down a large rock face. Depending on the amount of recent rainfall, the waterfall could be an impressive gush or a disappointing trickle.

The entire walk takes 1-2 hours roundtrip, depending on how muddy the trail is, how fit you are, and how long you linger at the waterfall. Once you get back to the trailhead, there are some hoses you can use to rinse the mud from your shoes and legs.

There is paid parking in the Paradise Park parking lot at the trailhead. Be sure to wear mosquito repellent, close-toed shoes, and clothes you don’t mind getting wet and muddy.

Remember to bring water to drink, a camera, a towel (you may be wet and muddy), and a change of shoes and clothes if you plan to go somewhere else afterward and want to be dry and clean. If you tend to be unsteady on your feet, you may want to bring a walking stick or find a branch that you can use when you get to the trail.

For more information, including directions and maps, visit


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Photo: Katrina Valcourt

Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience has landed on Oahu and is only 40 minutes from Ko Olina Beach Villas. The exhibit runs from July 2 to August 15, 2021, at the Hawai’i Convention Center in Honolulu.

Tickets are sold online only, not at the door. Entry times are staggered in 15-minute increments from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, with the exhibit closing one hour after the last entry time (it takes about an hour to experience it).

To see which dates are available and book your tickets, visit

Be sure to arrive on time or a few minutes early. If your slot is at 10 and you show up at 10:15, the 10:15 slot may be sold out. Due to capacity limits, the exhibit hall may not be able to accommodate you. If you need to reschedule, you must do so at least 24 hours in advance and pay an $8 rescheduling fee.

There are multiple health and safety guidelines in place, including staggered entry to ensure social distancing. Masks must be worn at all times. There’s no eating or drinking allowed in the exhibit, and no re-entry, either, so make sure you can get through an hour inside without any sort of break.

Parking is available at the Hawai‘i Convention Center and costs $12 (cash or credit).

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JUN 11


Left, Scallion Bread; Right, “Poke” Potatoes; Photo: Thomas Obungen

Mahi ‘ai Table is a celebration of local food sourced from local farmers, about 15 minutes from Ko Olina Beach Villas. They feature the freshest, homegrown ingredients, mouth-watering dishes, and inventive cocktails while paying homage to the local heritage.

“Mahi ‘ai” means “farmer,” and they procure the highest quality ingredients from their friends at local farms like Mari’s Garden, Ho Farms, and MA‘O Organic Farms to create delicious food, grown-to-order.

Mahi ‘ai Table is open Monday through Friday from 10:30 am to 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 6 am to 9 pm, and their last seating is at 8 pm. Reservations are recommended and can be made through OpenTable or by calling (808) 670-2778. Take out and delivery are also available.

To view their menus, visit

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