Ko Olina, an Engaging Destination in Oahu.

The natural beauty that surrounds Ko Olina is breathtaking.

Stunning lagoon beaches offer safe calm swimming.

One of Hawaii’s finest golf experiences can be found at the beautiful Ko Olina Golf Club.
Learn to surf with Hawaiian Surf – they are great!
Excellent activities can be planned at the Ko Olina Resort Activity Center including a snorkeling and dolphin adventure with Ocean Joy.

Story by Ken Panton
Photography by David Lewis Taylor

The oasis of Ko Olina, located on the Waianae Coast of Oahu, is a destination for travelers looking for more then stunning ocean front resorts. On this historic land prized by Hawaiian royalty, the calm white sand lagoon beaches are surrounded by Hawaiian country homelands located on lowlands of the Waianae Mountains. The area’s excellent luxury vacation resorts, vacation ownership opportunities, and stunning location has been an attraction for visitors from around the world. At this secret paradise, there are myriad of top-notch activity offerings and fine¬-dining venues to enjoy.

This large tract of land has been developed with a special touch that preserves the paradise that is Hawaii. Sizable towers are spread out and panoramic vistas have been preserved, yet poolside and in the ocean lagoons the energy and excitement of resort play prevails. For nature lovers, the natural lava bed coastline just behind the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa, should be discovered at sunrise. From the awe-inspiring views along the coastline to the dynamic array of ocean life that the changing tides revels, nature’s exceptional beauty is on breathtaking display. The magic of Ko Olina is a mix of energetic activities, amazing accommodations, and opportunities to experience peaceful tranquility with the natural wonders.

The stunning landscape must present unparallel distractions for golfers at the Ko Olina Golf Club. The challenging 18-hole Ted Robinson course is a favorite among golfers visiting Hawaii. Any visitor to Ko Olina should enjoy both the views and delicious Hawaiian fusion cuisine at Roy’s Ko Olina restaurant. Roy’s, located in the Ko Olina clubhouse, which also features an acclaimed golf shop and the Ko Olina Golf Academy, is famous for its fine sushi, seafood, and an original cocktail menu. Enjoy another exceptional dining experience at the lively Monkeypod Kitchen by Merrimen at Ko Olina Station, where the welcoming aloha spirit is plentiful. From the craft beer and imaginative cocktail menu to the masterful regional culinary creations that showcase local ingredients, we were delighted by the innovation and unique flavors we sampled.

To stay on land at Ko Olina is to limit your experience. The waters of the Pacific will soon beckon you. Answer the call with an excursion from the Ko Olina Resort Activity Center. Choose a romantic sunset cruise or a diving or snorkeling activity trip, for there is much to see below the surface. From the beginning of your excursion you will be serenaded by warm ocean breezes and, if you are lucky, lively spinner dolphins will accompany your cruise out to sea. Whale watching in the winter months is a popular activity. Ocean Joy’s snorkel and dolphin tour begins when you board their state of the art vessel. The boat adeptly navigates to pristine reefs where the coral gardens, colorful fish, and sea turtles put on an amazing matinee. The ever-watchful staff will make you feel equally safe onboard and in the water. The crew educated the guests with a history of the area, and instruction and information about ocean safety, preservation, and delicate ecosystem of the reefs.

Love dolphins? Ko Olina Ocean Adventures is one of the premier dolphin adventure tours in Hawaii. Aboard the “Pacific Passion” the staff instructs the anxious guests on how to best observe the dolphins while floating on the water’s surface, while simultaneously looking for dolphins. The day includes the dolphin adventure, snorkeling, sailing, and lunch. The crew marine specialist will be in the water to share sea turtle and other interesting sightings with the divers. These tours, as well as the other offered at the Ko Olina Resort Activity Center, are all first-rate and designed to create lifelong memories.

While in Hawaii you should indulge your senses in the traditions, history, and culture of the islands. Learning to surf should be at the top of your list, and who better to teach you than the surfing Honolulu City firefighters at Hawaiian Fire? It sounds like a gimmick, but the exceptionally cool and great looking firefighters have crafted a surfing experience that is amazingly fun. In teaching kids and adults how to surf, the firemen and firewomen stress, with authority, that safety is their first concern. They instill confidence with their instructions and they seem personally invested in making sure that every newbie surfs and has a great time-sharing their passion for surfing. Transport from Ko Olina is provided for the short distance to the secluded and beautiful beach where future surf enthusiasts ride their first wave.

There are many wonderful activities to enjoy while visiting Ko Olina, and a multitude of accommodation options to choose. In addition to being just beautiful, the architecture of Ko Olina is such that visitors feel like they are part of the community and welcomed as such. Ko Olina offers great attractions for every member of the family, as well as family friendly activities, and safe, calm waters for everyone to enjoy.