One of the main draws for the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is its proximity to Anaeho`omalu Bay and the historic fishponds that front it. It was here that the ancient Hawaiians created a fishing village, the remains of which can still be seen on the ocean side of the hotel.
A tidal surge from a March 2011 tsunami damaged a major portion of the beach and rock wall that protected the fishponds, leaving the them vulnerable to sand surges and ocean water. A magnificent row of coconut palms was lost too.
Happily, in 2016, Waikoloa Beach Resort completed a major rebuilding of the retaining walls and beach, restoring the royal fishponds to their original glory, and making the beachfront here once again a popular gathering place for paddlers, swimmers, yoga classes, and more.