Take a guided ATV tour of scenic valleys and remote areas rarely visited by others, only 50 minutes from Ko Olina Beach Villas. Visit iconic Hollywood filming locations, explore some of Kualoa’s secret spots, and take in sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean.
Kualoa Ranch offers one or two-hour tours on single passenger or multi-passenger ATVs. Tours cross streams and cut through jungle trails, rain or shine, so be sure to wear closed-toe shoes, long pants, and sunscreen.
For more information about pricing and booking a tour, visit http://www.kualoa.com/oahu-tours/atv-tours/.
Localicious celebrates locally-sourced ingredients and raises money for agriculture education in Hawai’i schools. For the entire month of March, participating restaurants feature one or more dishes marked with a Localicious logo featuring some kind of locally grown, caught, or raised product. Several Ko Olina Resort restaurants are taking part in Localicious, including La Hiki Kitchen at Four Seasons Resort (pictured dish Ulu & Kona Cold Lobster Salad).
One dollar from each dish goes to support all of Hawai’i Agricultural Foundation’s various education programs, including Veggie U and Kids Cooking Local. So far this year, the campaign has raised more than $170,000 to provide about 70 public schools statewide with garden kits and structured agriculture-related curricula.
Other participating resort restaurants include Mina’s Fish House at Four Seasons Resort, ‘Ama ‘Ama at Aulani, and Roy’s at the Ko Olina Golf Club. Nearby Kapolei restaurants collaborating with Localicious are Eating House 1849, La Tour Cafe, Limon Rotisserie, and Plantation Tavern.
There are a multitude of Honolulu restaurants joining forces with Localicious this year and many others across Oahu. For a full list of participating restaurants, visit http://localicioushawaii.com/oahu/.
Do you have a need for speed? You can test your racing skills at K1 Speed in Kapolei, only 15 minutes from Ko Olina Beach Villas. This location offers individuals of all ages the thrilling experience of indoor go-karting. You can race against the clock or against a friend with up to 12 drivers on the track at one time.
Surprisingly, these electric carts can reach speeds of up to 45 mph while racing around a Grand Prix-style go-kart track. Safety is important, so racing helmets, head socks, and instruction for first time racers is provided. There are safety barriers around the track and the staff oversees every race to ensure individuals are driving safely and obeying the rules.
For more information about pricing and hours, visit https://www.k1speed.com/hawaii-location.html.
A popular breakfast cafe in Kapolei, only ten minutes from Ko Olina Beach Villas, is My Cafe. They serve breakfast and lunch all day until closing (2:00 p.m.). Call ahead seating is recommended. Their pancakes are legendary. If you can’t choose between the Cookie Butta Luva, Lilikoi, or Chocolate Taro Haupia pancakes, you can get their famous Flight of Pancakes. You will find yourself using native words like “lani” (heavenly) and “ono” (delicious).
They cover all of your standard breakfast needs, such as bagels, scrambles, french toast, breakfast plates, omelets, benedicts, and lighter breakfast fare (fruit, oatmeal, yogurt, etc.). They also offer some uniquely Hawaiian dishes, such as Loco Moco and Fried Rice.
If you’re looking for lunch, they’ve got that covered too. Sandwiches, salads, paninis, acai bowls, and smoothies. Something for everyone. You may be a “malihini” (visitor), but you’ll feel like “ohana” (family).
For more information, visit https://www.mycafehi.com/contact.
In the winter months, huge swells visit the North Shore of Oahu and bring some of the best waves in the world (about 55 minutes from Ko Olina Beach Villas). The top surfers across the planet arrive for some of the most exciting surf competitions on earth.
Because surfers are at the mercy of the waves, their competitions work differently than other sporting events. Since coordinators can’t predict the exact surf conditions, there are date windows given for each contest. For example, the window for the Billabong Pipe Masters is December 8 to 20, 2017. During that window, weather and wave conditions are closely monitored and contest officials decide every morning if the contest is on or off. If you’re on Oahu during a contest window, visit the website of the contest host every morning to see if the competition is on.
Take binoculars for optimum surf viewing. Pack snacks, as most competition locations have minimal food (if any at all). Bring your own shade (umbrella/tent), as the sun can still be quite hot in the winter. If you bring an umbrella/tent, be courteous to others and keep it low or set up to the side. Bring a camera (bonus if you have a telephoto lens).
To check surf conditions for all shores, go to www.SurfNewsNetwork.com. For event status, updates, and conditions, call 808-596-SURF.
This year marks the 8th Annual Rice Fest, which will take place on Auahi Street fronting Ward Centre (about 55 minutes from Ko Olina Beach Villas) from 3 PM to 9 PM.
Visitors will experience Hawaii’s culinary and cultural diversity with live musical entertainment (taiko drumming and ukulele performances), celebrity chefs, and uniquely-Hawaiian eating contests (poke, loco moco, and SPAM musubi).
Most importantly, this event will support Lanakila Meals on Wheels who help feed Hawaii’s hungry seniors. They will be accepting monetary and rice donations all day long at their booth.
Festivities are free. For more information, visit http://ricefest.com/.
Bring the whole family for a celebration of Chinese culture and cuisine in the heart of Chinatown (about 55 minutes from Ko Olina Beach Villas) on Saturday, August 26, 2017. The day of food and fun runs from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Sample fare from an array of local chefs, peruse crafts and goods, and participate in different cultural demonstrations, including activities for the kids. There will also be live entertainment in a park setting.
For a schedule of the events, entertainment, and more, visit https://www.cidchinatownhawaii.org/taste-of-chinatown-poster.html.
Clay Day with the Hawaii Potters’ Guild is a free, hands-on clay activity for all ages about 45 minutes from Ko Olina Beach Villas. Have tons of fun making mini-monsters and take a spin on a potter’s wheel (with expert guidance).
This is a popular family event, so be prepared to sign in when you arrive at the museum and be on a waiting list.
Museum galleries will be open and admission is free. Drop in at the second floor Multipurpose Room, No. 1 Capitol District Building any time between 11 AM and 3 PM, allowing about 30 minutes to complete a project. All materials provided.
For more information, visit http://sfca.hawaii.gov/blog/ai1ec_event/second-saturday-save-the-date-10/?instance_id=1345.
Coral Crater Adventure Park, about 10 minutes from Ko Olina Beach Villas, is Oahu’s best-kept 35-acre secret. The park opened this year and sits inside a former coral quarry on what was once part of Barber’s Point Naval Base. If you and your kids like to climb, swing, zip line, free fall, and more, then this is the place for you.
Guests can enjoy up to six zip-lines, off-road ATV adventures, the King Swing, the Free Fall from 80 feet high, and the state-of-the art Adventure Tower with its 18-element aerial challenge course. If you still have energy at night, try out the “Zombie Apocalypse” where participants use replica M4 laser tag guns to shoot people dressed up as zombies.
For more information, visit https://coralcrater.com/.
The Evening of Jazz, presented by the Hawaii Friends of Civil Rights, is an evening of free live music and art about 45 minutes from Ko Olina Beach villas.
The evening will feature Emme Tomimbang with Al Harrington, Ginai, Starr Kalahiki, Renee Ebalaroza and Mike Lewis & Friends, and special guest Wally Amos. The museum galleries will also be open with free admission.
Parking is available across the street in the Ali’i Place building (enter at 1099 Alakea St., cash only) or metered street parking in the area.
For more information, visit http://sfca.hawaii.gov/blog/ai1ec_event/first-friday-save-the-date-8/?instance_id=1319.