In the years since real estate developer Ron Boeddeker first envisioned a resort development at ‘Anaeho‘omalu Bay and construction of what is now the Hilton Waikoloa Village began in 1986, the lava fields of Waikoloa have changed dramatically. Today, two flagship hotels, the Hilton and the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, as well as several island-inspired condominium and timeshare developments dot this otherwise rugged Kohala Coast landscape, alongside luxury villas and private residences.
Golf enthusiasts have two courses within the resort to choose from, the Waikoloa Beach Course and the King’s Course. Shopping and dining opportunities abound, especially at the Kings’ Shops and Queens’ Marketplace, but also at venues like Lava Lava Beach Club, which offers casual oceanfront dining, and Tropics Ale House, a gathering place that has quickly become a local favorite since opening in August 2014.
In line with its spirit as an active, dynamic community, Waikoloa Resort is also known for hosting the Lavaman Triathlon, an event founded by Clark Realty agent Gerry Rott, which celebrates it’s 20th anniversary in 2016.
Each year, Waikoloa Resort welcomes thousands of residents and guests who, in addition to shopping, dining and enjoying resort amenities, also have an opportunity to discover the rich cultural history of this special place. ‘Anaeho‘omalu Bay was once home to a thriving system of fishponds, two of which, Ku‘uali‘i and Kahapapa, remain today and are part of the Waikoloa Anchialine Pond Preservation Area maintained by the University of Hawaii. Waikoloa Resort also serves as an access point for the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail, a section of which runs along the Kohala Coast with public access from A-Bay to Spencer Beach Park.