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Waikoloa Village – Big Island’s Hidden Gem

Welcome home to Waikoloa Village, a beautiful community in South Kohala, Big Island, Hawaii.

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Author bias notice: I am grateful to have lived in Waikoloa Village and feel it is one of the best places to live on Hawaii Island.

Highlight #1 – Year Round Perfect Temperatures

Waikoloa Village is a beautiful growing community on the Kohala Coast that lies 25 miles North of the Kona International Airport on the West Side of the Big Island of Hawaii.

It boasts year-round comfortable temperatures that rarely reach above 90 degrees nor drop below 60 Fahrenheit.  Lovely trade winds help to keep things cool in the summer (May through October) and nighttime high temperatures hover around 70 degrees for comfortable sleeping.

The daytime temperatures in the winter months (November through April) often reach to around 80 degrees and the nights can drop to a crisp and cool 60. My wife and I live with open windows all year to let the fresh air in and enjoy our life without air-conditioning.

Not too hot, not too cold…juuuuuust right!


Highlight #2 – Today – Dry and Sunny, Tomorrow – Dry and Sunny, the Next Day – Dry and Sunny

If you like dry and sunny, Waikoloa Village will feel just right to you. The beautiful days invite you to experience the outdoors and crisp and clear nights encourage star gazing. Perched at a perfect 900 ft elevation, Waikoloa Village experiences a mere 10-15 inches of rain per year.

Whether you like to play golf, take walks, try your hand at pickleball, or just laze by the pool and soak up the rays, you will be able to enjoy your favorite past-time almost every day of the year in Waikoloa Village.

Highlight #3 – Five-Mountain View Anyone?

Yes, you heard me right, there are homes and condos in Waikoloa Village that boast the Island’s best five-mountain view. The mountains of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Hualalai, Kohala Mountain and Maui’s Haleakala in the distance are all visible from prime locations throughout Waikoloa Village. Not to mention the lovely ocean and sunset views many of us are fortunate enough to enjoy.

While the deluxe five-mountain view is rare, there are a generous number of homes and condos that relish in ocean, mountain, territorial and golf course views.

Highlight #4 – Amenities, Amenities, Amenities

While not every home or condo in Waikoloa Village are within the boundaries of the Waikoloa Village Association there are benefits that everyone can enjoy.

For starters, the Robert Trent Jones III 18 hole golf course is open to the public. WVA members receive the extra benefit of discounted rates but the course is available for both members and non-members to appreciate.

There is also a community park with baseball diamond and play equipment along with an active Friends of Pu’u Nui Park working diligently on upgrades and improvements. Not to mention the public soccer fields near the Waikoloa Elementary and Middle School and a public skatepark.

WVA members can enjoy a swimming pool, pickleball and tennis courts, a community garden, horse stables, an array of public gathering spaces for rent at little to no cost for members, and our very own bookmobile which many hope will be replaced by a public library in the near future.

For our 6,000’ish community member we have a large KTA Superstore for our grocery needs as well as a gas station and a smattering of local restaurants, shops and community health center at the Waikoloa Highlands Shopping Center. More shops and restaurants can be found just a few short miles down the hill in and around the Waikoloa Beach and Mauna Lani Resort areas.

Currently under construction is the Waikoloa Plaza development which, upon completion, will be home to two hotels, a number of rental apartments, a Goodwill Store, Napa Auto Parts, Ace Hardware, a Foodland grocery store and an Aloha Petroleum gas station.

It won’t be long until the only reason we need to leave the Village is to make a monthly run to the Kona COSTCO.

And that is a good thing!

Highlight #5 – Life Is a Beach, or at Least Close to One…

Waikoloa Village is just a quick 11 mile drive to what has been rated one of the Best Beaches in America, Hapuna Beach.

Hapuna Beach is the sprawling white sand beach of your dreams. Bring your beach gear, your umbrella, and your chill vibes and laze the day away while soaking in the clear blue waters. Keiki and Kupuna alike enjoy building sandcastles or catching a wave on their boogie boards when the surf is right. Hapuna beach offers lifeguards, bathrooms, showers and plenty of pavilions and BBQ’s on the hill above the beach for your convenience and pleasure.

Just one mile down the road from Hapuna beach you will find Waialea Bay, a favorite beach of locals and tourists alike. You can locate this beach on your favorite map labeled Beach 69, which refers to the number on the electric pole at the beaches parking lot entrance. Prior to the road being paved and the improvements coming to the beach, the only way to locate it as you traversed the dirt roads was by watching the numbers on the electric poles. Beach 69 stands out from the rest with its great mix of sun and shade, it’s excellent snorkeling and the way the groves of Kiawe trees separate the beach into a dozen or so little private oasis for your family and friends to enjoy.

ʻAnaehoʻomalu Beach, also referred to as A Bay, is a mere 8.5 miles from Waikoloa Village. A Bay has ample parking, bathrooms, showers and delightful sunsets!

In addition to A Bay, Beach 69 and Hapuna Beach, the South Kohala Coast positions Waikoloa Village just a short drive from the resort beaches at The Mauna Lani, The Fairmont Orchid and Mauna Kea Resort, while also convenient to the many shoreline access points along Puako Beach Drive as well as dog-friendly Mau’umae Beach and Spencer Beach Park.

I am not even including the secret beaches that you and yours will find with a some spirit of adventure and a four-wheel drive vehicle.

Highlight #6 – All We are is Dust in the Wind

If you have spent any period of time you may have heard Waikoloa Village referred to as Waikoblowa. And boy can the wind blow! No place is perfect right? If you do decide to settle in Waikoloa Village you will need to learn to live with periodic high winds that can last for days, sometimes even a week or more. When do these winds come? Are they seasonal? Well, the truth is we just don’t know. One special thing you can count on for the the winds to bring is a fine dark brown dust that will cover everything in your home in just a few hours, especially if you forget to close the windows and don’t have air conditioning like my wife and I.

This is but a few of the many reasons Waikoloa Village is such a popular and growing community along the Kohala Coast of the Big Island. If you are interested in finding out more, you can send me an email, call or text me here.

Also feel free to check out my latest monthly Waikoloa Village Market Report Blog for an up to date market snapshot.

Thanks for reading and I look forward to seeing you on the beach.

With aloha,


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Malcolm Askew

March 9, 2023

Great article, but it’s NOT A Bay…

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