In the town of Kapolei on the island of Oahu, you can find the famed natural beauty of Hawaii along with some bustling communities. This is often where people go to enjoy the best of both worlds, where you can always find seclusion or a party. Kapolei is famous for its hiking and beach activities, but there is much more to fall in love with here. The following are three gems in Kapolei that the Oahu guidebook does not talk about.
Ko Olina Beach Park
Just a few miles away from Kapolei on the island’s west coast, you will find this beach park that you cannot miss while in Oahu. The park is marked by palm trees swaying in the wind, clear blue waters, and plenty of space to relax and enjoy the beauty. You will also find a manmade lagoon providing for cool and peaceful water, perfect for a relaxing day under the sun. Find this must-visit attraction at 92-100 Waipahe Pl.
Coral Crater Adventure Park
If you are looking for a day of action and unique fun, then this hidden gem cannot be missed! Nestled in a secluded and beautiful part of Kapolei, you will first find joy in the incredible aesthetic. Then you will find joy in the activities. One of the main events here is the 25-mph zip line that propels you safely through the tree canopy, but you can also find ATV courses, aerial obstacle courses, enormous swings, bungee jumping, rock walls, and so much more. Find endless fun at 91-1780 Midway St.
There is no shortage of great beaches you can find in a Oahu guidebook, but it can be tough to find a beach all to yourself. Nimitz Beach is your best bet for finding your very own slice of heaven, as there are rarely any people here. This is the perfect place to go for a day with the family as parking is very easy, you can find picnic tables, great stretches of soft, sandy beaches, and frequent tide pools. You can find it just south of Kapolei along Coral Sea Rd.
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Along with so much to do, the town features so many amazing places to stay. To find the best collection of homes in this area and throughout all of Oahu, look to the professionals at Beach Villas Hawaii. We make the luxury of Oahu’s top resorts more attainable than ever, as we offer affordable and beautiful villas and condominiums. You can expect amazing views of the surrounding area as well as a spacious interiors filled with beautiful décor, quality furnishings, flat screen TVs, full kitchens, and the most relaxing of bedrooms. Find a vacation rental fit for a dream by browsing our listings today!
Kapolei is known for its gorgeous sandy beaches, coves, snorkeling, and surfing. There are countless beach activities to keep you busy all day. If you are looking to do some shopping while in Kapolei, the city also has a unique shopping scene. Here are some of the best Kapolei shopping spots in Kapolei.
Kapolei Commons is Oahu’s premiere shopping, entertaining, and dining center. The open-air shopping mall has more than three dozen stores and restaurants including Target, Pier 1 Imports, TJ Maxx, and Ulta Beauty. Their food options include a selection of local and natural restaurants including Down to Earth Organic & Natural, Ruby Tuesday, and Ramen-Ya.
Kapolei Commons also has a Regal 12 theater. This upgraded theater has 12 screens with luxury all-electric reclining seats and a new concession stand.
Ka Makana Ali’i
Ka Makana Ali’i is a mixed-use center and outdoor shopping mall in Kapolei. The center has more than 100 restaurants and stores including national retailers like Victoria’s Secret and Old Navy as well as local shops like Local Fever and Adore Hawaii.
If you get hungry while you are Kapolei shopping there are several restaurants in the center. Some of the most popular restaurants are Sura Hawaii, where chefs grill Korean BBQ at your table, and Okome Bento and Sushi.
In addition to shopping and dining, Ka Makana Ali’i also has a movie theater that shows new releases. On Wednesdays and Sundays when the weather is nice the center of the shopping center opens up for a farmers’ market. The market features local farmers, artisan goods, homemade crafts, jewelry, and more. The farmers market is open Wednesday from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Accommodations in Kapolei
If you are looking for a place to stay in Kapolei, be sure to check out our luxury beach villas at Ko Olina. Our villas are just steps away from the beautiful waters of the Pacific Ocean and Hawaii’s white sand beaches. All of our vacation homes have an open layout with panoramic views of the ocean from your private patio.
Each villa is decorated with high-end furnishings inspired by the surrounding environment, including natural wood accents. Each rental also has air conditioning, flat screen TVs, and plenty of space for entertaining your whole family. If you like to cook, all of our villas have full-sized kitchens equipped with high-end appliances.
Planning Your Stay to Fully Enjoy Kapolei Shopping
If you book one of our Beach Villas at Ko Olina Resort properties, you have access to all the resort amenities, including an activity center, a golf course, and a man-made lagoon where you can spend the day swimming and soaking up the sun. If you would like to book one of our beach villas or want more information on our villas, please contact us today.
When Labor Day rolls around again this year, where are you planning to be? Is this going to be the year you finally leave your backyard barbecue and head to the islands for a final farewell to the season we all so fervently love, or are you going to be disappointed with a so-so celebration once again? Labor Day Weekend in paradise—otherwise known as Kapolei—offers endless sunsets, exciting adventures, and the opportunity to shed all your cares and live the island life. What are you waiting for?
Every Day is a Good Day for the Beach
Multiple beaches mean multiple places to celebrate. Pack a lunch, your favorite beverage, and a gallon of sunscreen and bid farewell to summer with an epic celebration. Just be sure to stay and watch that Hawaiian sun set over the waters that surround our island home; our sunsets offer the perfect end to a perfect day!
Paradise Cove Luau
Nothing signifies the Hawaiian lifestyle better than an authentic luau, and the Paradise Cove Luau is the best on the island! Serving pig, poi, and the Pacific Dream and featuring fire and hula dancers, your Labor Day celebration will be one for the record books.
Take a Sunset Cruise
We’ve already discussed the merits of a Hawaiian sunset, but the benefits are enhanced exponentially when viewed from aboard an Ocean Joy Cruises vessel. Offering sunset snorkel cruises and the opportunity to learn about the magical history of our favorite Hawaiian island, and with costs starting at $65 for babies and topping out at $149 for adults, this Labor Day Weekend experience will change your life!
Wet n’ Wild Hawaii
Summer and waterparks go hand in hand, so what better way is there to spend the final weekend of summer than a visit to our favorite water wonderland? Offering rides for all levels of daredevils, including a kids’ playground, a lazy river for those who scare easily, a family water coaster and the Waimea Whirl for moderate players, and a surfing experience and tornado water slide for the “danger seekers” in your group, Wet n’ Wild caters to all members of your family.
Stay Home and Play Hooky
Well, you’re not really playing hooky, but taking a break from vacation adventures will soothe your soul, especially when you spend your time in one of our luxurious Beach Villas Hawaii vacation escapes. With designer extras and luxury amenities like the ones we offer, you’re definitely going to want to do more than just sleep here! Reserve yours today and celebrate the best Labor Day Weekend ever!
No matter what time of year you are planning your visit, Kapolei is hot year-round. Luckily, the city has gorgeous beaches and plenty of activities to keep you cool. Here are some of the top Kapolei activities to beat the heat, and still have a great time.
Visit One of Our Beautiful Beaches
Paradise Cove Public Beach
This small, hidden cove is a secret spot among many of the locals. The cove makes the water flat and shallow, so it is easy for swimming and snorkeling. This spot is also known for its sea turtle population; however, the parking lot is very small and fills up fast.
Kahe Point Beach Park
This beach is known for its snorkeling because of its crystal-clear waters and abundance of fish. The spot is also popular for scuba divers, and many of the local dive shops use this beach for training, so you will see them getting their gear ready on the beach. Kahe Point Beach is located just north of the Ko Olina Resorts.
Ko Olina Beach Park
Ko Olina Beach Park is made up of four sapphire-colored lagoons covering an area of more than 600 acres. The lagoons are manmade, and each has a perfect white sand beach for soaking up the sun. The shape of the lagoon protects beachgoers from large waves, making it perfect for swimming and snorkeling. There is public parking from sunrise to sunset, and each lagoon has a restroom, but there is no lifeguard on duty. The lagoons are connected by two miles of seaside paths.
Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaii
Hawaii’s only water park, Wet n Wild Hawaii, located in Kapolei, has 25 rides and attractions, including their 4-person waterslide, the O-Hana Highway. The water park also has a lazy river, miniature golf, and a kids’ area with slides and interactive water activities. If you get hungry, the park has a cafe and food carts. There is also a bar where those over 21 years of age can sit and enjoy a cocktail or cold beer and watch sports on one of the bars TVs.
Ka Makana Ali‘i
If you are looking for a way to stay cool indoors, check out Ka Makana Ali‘i, a shopping mall with more than 100 stores, restaurants, and a movie theater. Every Wednesday and Sunday, the mall sets up a farmers’ market featuring local fruits and veggies, handmade goods, prepared foods, and flowers. The farmers’ market also has a band playing Hawaiian music and hula performers.
If you are planning a visit to Kapolei, check out our vacation rentals. We offer beach villas, condos, beachfront properties, and one, two, three, and four bedroom homes. For more information on our rentals, please contact us today!