Waikoloa Beach Resort

Waikoloa Beach Resort

The Gathering Place of the Kohala Coast

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The Waikoloa Nightingale

The Waikoloa Nightingale Of the iconic animals we associate with Hawai`i — humpback whales, pueo, even the beloved gecko — the donkey most likely doesn’t make the list. And while they don’t walk comically upside down on our ceilings, majestically circle the skies, or leap playfully from the ocean, donkeys were integral to the success of Hawai`i Island’s coffee industry in its early days, and hold an important place in the state’s agricultural history. Still spotted occasionally in the lava fields near Waikoloa Beach Resort and Waikoloa Village, the Waikoloa Nightingales — as they are called for

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Beast of Burden

Beast of Burden “Donkeys first came to Oah‘u as pack animals in 1825,” tells Dr. Brady Bergin, a Waimea based veterinarian who has spearheaded efforts with the Hawai`i Humane Society in recent years to care for and find adoptive homes for the Waikoloa herd. “A few ended up on the Big Island, working the higher elevation coffee farms on the slopes of Hualālai. They’re surefooted and hearty animals, and they can pack more per pound than horses.” The donkeys proved to be invaluable for the coffee farmers for more than 100 years, packing loads of coffee cherries from the rugged mountainside fields

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Preserving an Icon

Attempts were made over the years to round up the wandering donkeys and relocate them to an area mauka of Waikoloa Village, where fencing could keep them mostly contained. But after a major fire swept through the area in 2006 and drought conditions became severe, the donkeys would break through fences looking for water and food, often wandering into Waikoloa Village proper. Traffic issues and resident complaints multiplied. In early 2009, one concerned Waikoloa resident, Anika Glass, formed a group called Mālama Waikoloa Nightingales to support humane management of Waikoloa donkey herds.

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Lessons from a Master

Lessons from a Master For the third year in a row, noted golf instructor Bob May will bring his Golf Academy to Waikoloa Beach Resort. From June 6 - July 5, island golfers and visitors will have a chance to learn from one of golf’s best. May notably pushed Tiger Woods to a three-hole playoff in the 2000 PGA Championship at Valhalla, during a year in which Woods was at the height of his dominance. The playoff ultimately went to Woods, but the golf world never forgot May’s tenacious play that day. Nowadays, May imparts his PGA Tour experience, extensive knowledge of the swing, and his renowned emphasis

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Fishpipe Waikoloa: A Barrel of Fun

Fishpipe Waikoloa: A Barrel of Fun Located near the Kona Pool at Hilton Waikoloa Village is the island’s latest, greatest way for kids of all ages to splash around and have fun. It’s called Fishpipe Hawai`i and it’s billed as the “world’s first rotating barrel ride.” Up to three riders at a time are zippered inside the ball, 15 gallons of filtered water is pumped in for every new group, and the Fishpipe begins spinning while the occupants slide around in the bottom having a ball. The riders tell the operator how fast they want to go, so it’s as exciting or safe as you want it to be. The ride lasts for 90 seconds,

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Hitting the High Notes

Hitting the High Notes The little instrument with four strings brought out a big crowd for the 16th Annual Great Waikoloa ‘Ukulele Festival on Saturday, March 5, at Queens’ MarketPlace and Kings’ Shops. Thousands of ‘ukulelelovers, luthiers, musicians, families, and friends filled three performance areas to enjoy 15 mini-concerts by ‘ukulele notables, to learn about making the instrument, and sit in on playing lessons, kani ka pila style. The day began with a free B.Y.O.U. (Bring Your Own ‘Ukulele) class taught by leading instructor Roy Sakuma, the founder of ‘Ukulele Festival Hawai`i, now in its

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