The Waikoloa Beach Resort of today was designed as a gathering place where families could relax, partake in unique experiences and enjoy each other’s company while immersed in the wonders of the Hawaiian culture. Home to concerts, cultural activities, diverse dining, sports events, shopping and more, Waikoloa has become a premier destination for visitors and locals alike.
Retail and Dining
- Kings’ Shops and Queens’ MarketPlace combine to provide over 200,000 square feet of retail, service, dining and entertainment options, with casual, family-friendly shopping alongside culinary offerings from fresh seafood to pizzas and burgers to local-style barbecue and ethnic favorites.
- Waikoloa Beach Resort is widely regarded as the “Dining Mecca” along the Kohala Coast featuring over 30 restaurant and food outlets, spanning from a family-style food court, to beach side and high-end luxury dining.
- Performances, workshops, and tours are offered — from learning about ancient petroglyphs to participating in a lei-making lesson or watching a performance by a talented local ukulele player.
- The resort also hosts the Moku o Keawe Hula Festival, Great Waikoloa Ukulele Festival, and regular performances by local hula hālau, singers and musicians.
Sports and competition
- The resort hosts the Kona marathon and plays a key role in the well-known Lavaman Triathlon.
- ‘Anaeho‘omalu Bay, fronting the resort, is one of the most visited beaches on Hawaii Island, and a favorite choice for swimming, surfing, snorkeling and all types of water recreation.
- ‘Anae‘ho‘omalu is also home to the Waikoloa Canoe Club, a competitive and recreational canoe club and the host location for an annual paddling competition, “The Great Waikoloa Race.” Waikoloa’s two world-class golf courses, the Kings’ Course and Beach Course are visited by tens of thousands of players annually and support amateur- and junior-based tournaments and programs. The iconic courses are home to the annual Amer Ari Invitational tournament, widely considered to be one of the premier collegiate tournaments in the country. Former participants include PGA TOUR legends Tiger Woods, Matt Kuchar and Jordan Speith, just to name a few.
Waikoloa features a number of community activities including large scale concerts such as Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago at the Waikoloa Bowl at Queens’ Gardens, keiki activities and luxury spas and more.