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What You’ll Love About Waikoloa

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The Amenities

Shopping, dining, golf, swimming, boating, horseback riding… Waikoloa truly has it all. Business and conveniences, activities and events, leisure and relaxation… there’s something for everyone!

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The Employment

As a resort town, the economy of Waikoloa relies largely on tourism—both at the expansive Hilton Waikoloa Resort and in other hotels, restaurants, shops, resorts, tour companies, and more.

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The Weather

With minimal rainfall and plenty of abundant sunshine, the weather of Waikoloa is absolutely perfect for those who love to be—and stay—outside all day, and all year, round!

Come Explore Life in Waikoloa

Once a thriving aquafarming village, then a golfing retirement community, Waikoloa today is a resort town nestled into the black lava fields of the sunny northwestern side of the Big Island. Known for the Hilton Waikoloa Village resort, Waikoloa is a thriving community filled with potential—for fun, for exploration, for relaxation, and for recreation.

What Future Residents Should Know About Waikoloa

What's the Weather Like?

Abundant sunshine and minimal rain make Waikoloa an ideal place for outdoor adventures and water sport lovers. In fact, Waikoloa sees some of the lowest precipitation on the island, with only about 10 inches a year!

A rainfall map of the Big Island of Hawaii.

Should I Be Worried About Volcanoes?

Though it’s located just south of some of the safest (lava-wise) regions of Hawaii, Waikoloa does sit in a higher lava flow zone. But it is within an easy drive of very low-risk zones should an emergency ever arise.

Waikoloa’s Best Attractions and Activities

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Favorite Attractions

Golfing, shopping, dining, touring cultural and historic sites, scenic drives… the possibilities of Waikoloa are endless! The are is home to tons of shops and restaurants, several golf courses, and even historic petroglyph trails!


Culture & History

Waikoloa was once an aquafarming village used by farmers to deliver fresh fish to King Kamehameha in Kailua-Kona. Today, two of its ancient fishponds offer hiking through these sacred and protected areas.

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Parks & Recreation

Waikoloa is undoubtedly a place for outdoor lovers. Along Anaehoʻomalu Bay (A-Bay), you can find some truly amazing outdoor activities—snorkeling, windsurfing, swimming, boating, cruises and tours. There’s also hiking and horseback riding and the national historic Ala Kahakai trail.


Employment Opportunities

The economic backbone of Waikoloa is founded in tourism and the Hilton Waikoloa Village—which is not only the largest in town, but also one of the largest employers on the Big Island. Other resorts, hotels, and retail stores provide more career opportunities.

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Shopping & Dining

From big-box retailers to grocery stores to delicious local eateries and unique shops, you’ll find plenty to love in Waikoloa. There are several stores and restaurants in the town center, as well as 13 restaurants and 12 shops in the resort itself.


Community Events

From luaus to concerts to holiday dinners, Waikoloa has tons of events to offer. There’s a Christmas Dinner, a New Year’s Eve Gala, and the ever-popular Legends of Hawaii Luau, which tells the story of the Big Island.

Waikoloa Quick Facts

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Quick Facts

Communities: Waikoloa
County: Hawaii
Population Est: 6,300


Travel & Commute

To Waimea from Waikoloa: 20 min
To Kailua-Kona from Waikoloa: 40 min
To Hilo from Waikoloa: 1 hr 15 min
Major Roads: Waikoloa Rd, Route 19, Route 190

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