Semisub One is the only vessel of it’s type in the world launching daily cruises from Honolulu Harbor, about 40 minutes from Ko Olina Beach Villas. Oahu’s brand new semi-submersible, jet-powered catamaran offers guests a one-of-a-kind adventure from unique underwater viewing pods. Visitors can also admire the above surface views from the main or upper decks.
Semisub One offers daily Two-Hour Reef Cruises, as well as a Friday Night Fireworks Dinner Cruise.
During the two-hour reef cruise, guests take a short sail to a special reef location and are escorted into an underwater pod for approximately 20 minutes. Visitors are encouraged to take photos and videos of the beautiful reefs and marine life, including Hawaiian sea turtles and reef sharks. When not in one of the special viewing pods, guests can relax on deck in comfortable captain-style chairs and enjoy a delicious continental style meal.
For more information or to book a seat, visit https://www.semisub1.com/.
Savor one of Oahu’s best weekend brunch buffets at the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina (a 15-minute walk from Ko Olina Beach Villas). La Hiki Kitchen’s Brunch for All Seasons (11:00 AM to 2:00 PM Saturday and Sunday) offers a spectacular selection of food stations that will delight every desire — build-your-own mini poke bowl station and fresh sashimi; grilling station with steak, chicken, and lobster tails; meat carving station; chilled seafood on ice (including oysters and shrimp); omelet bar; sought-after brunch staples like Eggs Benedict, bacon, tater tots, and croissants; and a generous dessert bar with assorted cookies, mini donuts, cheesecakes, and more.
The $75 price includes water, soft drinks, coffee/tea, and a Bloody Mary per adult. A glass of wine, beer, or cocktail can be substituted for the Bloody Mary. Children ages between 5 and 12 are $25 and ages 4 and under are $15. Don’t wait until the last minute to book your table at this weekend extravaganza, as it often books out three weeks in advance.
For more information or to book a table, visit https://www.fourseasons.com/oahu/dining/restaurants/la_hiki/ .
Relax and unwind with free family yoga about 15 minutes from Ko Olina Beach Villas. Families gather at Ka Makana Ali’i for Keiki Yoga on the lawn every Thursday from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM in Center Court. Instructors will guide children through various focused activities such as learning yoga poses, holding poses, learning stillness, and working with props while going on a story telling adventure.
Yoga mats are provided and parents are welcome to join. Parental supervision is required at all times.
For more information, visit https://www.kamakanaalii.com/events/ .
Located in Kapolei (about 20 minutes from Ko Olina Beach Villas), Magnolia Ice Cream & Treats is serving up halo-halo, a popular Filipino cold dessert. The traditional treat places most of the ingredients (fruits, beans, and other sweets) at the bottom, followed by shaved ice. Then it is topped with either (or a combination of) leche flan, ube (mashed purple yam), or ube ice cream. Evaporated milk is poured into the mixture upon serving.
Magnolia may not have the most traditional halo-halo, but they offer a selection of variations and allow customers to tweak ingredients or build their own.
Those seeking simple delights can enjoy a cup or cone from their numerous, unique ice cream flavors or a refreshing Hawaiian shaved ice.
To view their full menu and locations, visit https://www.magnoliatreats.com/home.
The Honolulu Museum of Art and Spalding House, about 40 minutes from Ko Olina Beach Villas, contains over 60,000 works of art. The collection houses Asian, European, Hawaiian, American, and contemporary art. Visitors will find works by Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, and Georgia O’Keeffe, as well as thousands of ukiyo-e woodblock prints, including “The Great Wave Off Kanagawa” by Hokusai. The ceiling near the Doris Duke Theatre showcases Dale Chihuly’s blown-glass sculpture, “Reef.”
HoMA was founded by Anna Rice Cooke and the Honolulu Academy of Arts was built at the site of her former home on Beretania Street. In 2012, The Contemporary Museum at Spalding House, built by Cooke, merged with the academy to create the Honolulu Museum of Art.
Spalding House is tucked away on Makiki Heights. HoMA admission covers both locations and a free shuttle runs between the two every Tuesday. It has five galleries in addition to the Cades Pavilion and outdoor Surface Gallery. The Spalding House Café also offers a picnic-basket lunch and mats so you can eat on the lawn. The expansive garden has fantastical bridges and pathways, as well as moving outdoor sculptures.
For more information, visit http://honolulumuseum.org/.
The Farmers Market at Ka Makana Ali‘i is 15 minutes from Ko Olina Beach Villas. It features delectable local fruits and vegetables, tropical plants and flowers, and locally-made foods. Visitors can sample products and find distinctive handmade goods while enjoying live local Hawaiian music and entertainment.
Every Wednesday from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Every Sunday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
For more information, visit https://www.kamakanaalii.com/news/farmers-market/2129998387/.
Ever wonder what the Honolulu Zoo, about one hour from Ko Olina Beach Villas, is like once the visitors leave and the gates close? Every Friday and Saturday evening the zoo offers guided tours between 5:30 and 7:30 PM. Educators lead visitors on a walking tour to learn about and visit with some of their most intriguing animals. Watch some of the animals prepare to sleep, while others are just waking up. Learn about the animals’ biology and behavior, and the zoo’s endangered species conservation efforts.
Remember to wear comfortable shoes and apply mosquito repellent for your adventure! Please note you will have to stay with the group and if your kids’ favorite part of the park is the playground, sorry, that’s not part of the tour.
For more information and to register for a tour, visit https://honoluluzoo.org/twilight-tours/.
Hiking the Kaʻena Point Trail, about 50 minutes from Ko Olina Beach Villas, is like taking a long walk. The trail was originally used by Oʻahu Railway and Land Co. to transport sugar cane. The trail runs nearly 5 miles (there and back) to Oʻahu’s westernmost point.
Today, Kaʻena Point is a protected bird sanctuary for Laysan albatrosses. Kaʻena Point delivers incredible oceanside vistas with crashing waves and great views of the Leeward Coast. Along the way, you’ll see tide pools, hear blowholes, and come across a rock arch.
At the end of the trail you can visit the bird sanctuary, learn about the beautiful albatross and, if you’re lucky, maybe even spot one. When you go inside, be sure to close the gates behind you. The rocky beach at Ka‘ena Point is secluded and a popular resting spot for monk seals.
Kaʻena Point is literally at the end of the road. Take the H1 freeway west and continue as it becomes Farrington Highway. Just past Keawaula Beach Park, park in the dirt area to the right.
There is no shade along this nearly 5-mile walk. Bring water, wear sunscreen, and a hat. It is an easy hike, but it’s long, so give yourself two to four hours to get there and back.
The Honolulu Festival (about 40 minutes from Ko Olina Beach Villas) runs from March 8 to March 10, 2019. The festival showcases the rich and vibrant blend of Asia, Pacific, and Hawaiian cultures to the rest of the world. The three-day event features performers and artisans from various countries and regions such as Japan, Australia, Tahiti, the Philippines, Taiwan, South Korea, Hawaii, and the mainland United States. Events and activities of the Honolulu Festival take place close to the city center and admission to all of the events is free.
Throughout the Honolulu Festival, you can enjoy various cultural performances at three different locations: Hawaii Convention Center, Ala Moana Shopping Center, and Waikiki Beach Walk. Be sure to explore the Craft Fair with over 100 booths from Japan, Hawaii, and other Pacific countries.
The festival concludes with the Grand Parade followed by the Nagaoka Fireworks. The parade fills the streets with spectacular cultural performances and floats. The Nagaoka Fireworks show will light up the sky over Waikiki Beach beginning at 8:30 PM.
For more information about event times and locations, visit https://www.honolulufestival.com/en/event/.
Taste the history of Hawaii with a unique, contemporary twist at Mud Hen Water in Wai’alae (about 40 minutes from Ko Olina Beach Villas).
Mud Hen Water is a relaxed local restaurant that’s perfect for a casual dinner with a few friends. Chef and native Hawaiian Ed Kenney reinvents the flavors of Japan, Korea, China, and Hawaii itself.
Because of Kenney’s commitment to supporting local, the menu changes daily and features in-season ingredients. The restaurant sources locally-caught fish and produce only found on the islands. The diverse menu offers memorable plates for every type of diner.
For more information and to make a reservation, visit https://www.mudhenwater.com/.