Let Us Entertain You
From hula competitions to big-name bands such as America there is always something happening at Waikoloa Beach Resort. Hawai`i is blessed with a wealth of cultural traditions, brought to the islands over the past two centuries from the world over. From Portugal to Japan, from China to the Philippines, and of course from almost every Pacific Island group, this rich heritage is easily seen in the food, dance, art, and music that visitors encounter during their stays. This is particularly true at Waikoloa Beach Resort, where this cornucopia of home-grown talent is complemented by world-class bands and shows that the resort presents on a regular basis.
A Happening Place
“We made a decision a couple of years ago to expand the scope of our entertainment efforts,” says Scott Head, Vice President Operations for Waikoloa Beach Resort. “Nowadays, our resort guests know they can expect exciting entertainment whenever they visit; and the local community does too. Whether it’s the many authentic cultural programs found here on a daily and weekly basis, or the marquee talent such as the band America, who were just here in September, everyone knows Waikoloa Beach Resort is the happening place for entertainment on the Kohala Coast.”
In addition to America — which graced the Grand Ballroom stage at Hilton Waikoloa Village on September 27 and played songs from their more than four-decade catalogue of music, including “Horse with No Name,” “Ventura Highway,” and “Sister Golden Hair” — over the past years Waikoloa Beach Resort guests have seen mega-bands such as Chicago, Journey, and Earth Wind & Fire.
“The response to these shows has been overwhelming positive,” Head says. “These are the kinds of events that really distinguish the resort and engage not only our out of town visitors but the local community as well.”
Waikoloa Beach Resort visitors have a full roster of local entertainment in addition to the big concerts. On any given week, the schedule includes hula performances at Queens’ MarketPlace, beloved local musicians and hula troupes entertaining at Kings’ Shops, nightly music at Lava Lava Beach Club (with the award-winning Henry Kapono appearing once in November and once in December), and exciting lū‘au shows at both Hilton Waikoloa Village and Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.
Special occasions will find acts such as the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra who brought their Swing Era sounds to the Waikoloa Beach Marriott in August. Comedy is even on the schedule at the Voodoo Room at Kings’ Golf Course Grille, with Kona Kozy’s Comedy & Magic Show. Kozy, who has been described as “a kahuna of magic and comedy” is the #1 ranked activity on island.
“It’s all about striking a balance,” Head says. “We want our guests to enjoy all the Hawai`i Island culture and ambience that makes the Big Island so special, while at the same time delivering the big shows that everyone in the community will be interested in seeing.”