Waikoloa Village, Hawaii. Do not confuse with Waikoloa Beach, located on the Kona Gold Coast. 8.6 miles (and 16 minute drive) east of the Ocean and 31.8 miles from Kailua Kona, Hawaii is the quite and peaceful bedroom community of Waikoloa Village. In the last census Waikoloa Village had a population of 6362 people. The town sits at an elevation of around 1000′ above sea level so no need for air conditioning. The annual average rainfall is only 12 inches per year! The locals simple refer to their home as “Waikoloa”. The clear skies caused by the trade winds allow for views of five volcanoes (Kohala, Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Hualalai, and Haleakala on Maui) and the Kohala coastline throughout most parts of town.
Waikoloa Village Golf Club is an 18-hole Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed course that offers wide fairways, but well guarded greens. This is the second oldest course on the Big Island and an obvious local favorite.
Waikoloa Village, Hawaii is an unusual community as the only town on the Big Island with a Home Owners Association (HOA) that every property owner is a member of. By being a member, everyone has use of the pools and tennis courts, the stables but the best benefit is the discounted green fees on the golf course. It is always easy to know what is happening in town for home owners, the village website keeps you updated. (another benefit of being a member of the HOA) surrounding area. There is a Saturday Open Farmer’s Market every week in Waikoloa Village, Hawaii to shop for those looking for unique items. There is Shopping Center in town called The Waikoloa Highlands Shopping Center that has 3 grocery stores, 10 service oriented businesses and 5 restaurants including, Island, Mexican, Italian and Asian dining experiences. Waikoloa Village is where most of the people that work in Waikoloa Beach live, since it is only a 16 minute commute and the elevation offers moderate temperatures. The close proximity to some of the best beaches in the world is also a huge attraction to homeowners in the Village. There is Hapuna Beach, Mauna Kea Beach, 69 Beach and Anehoomalu Bay. This destination will be a likely cross through point when traveling between Highway 19 and Highway 190 on your way to the Saddle Road and Hilo, Hawaii. Our journey has so far taken us through Kona, Hawi, Kapa’au, Kawaihae, Waikoloa Beach. Stay tuned for next week as we will explore the town of Waimea! I will work my way all around the island. To stay updated; like me on Facebook or subscribe to my posts or just check-in once in a while. This is going to be a great trip!
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