ActiveTravels | get up & go!  
 subscribe to ActiveTravels
 Subscribe by RSS By RSS Feed or Email
Follow ActiveTravels on Twitter Like ActiveTravels on Facebook View the ActiveTravels YouTube channel
ActiveTravels - Travel Agents You Can Trust

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Oahu’s Emerging Leeward Coast

There was a time when the west coast of Oahu was only visited by surfers bound for Yokohama Bay and hikers heading to the spit of wilderness at Kaena Point. This is the sunniest and driest part of the island, where steep cliffs plummet to the blinding white sand beaches. Then JW Marriott made the bold move to build their 387-room property, the Ihilani Resort and Spa, on the remote leeward coast. In 2011, Disney followed suit and opened their first resort not affiliated with a theme park. Called Aulani, the property helped spur on travel to Oahu, especially at a time when many families found the resorts of Waikiki to be dated and chose instead to head to the Hawaiian islands of Maui, The Big Island, and Kauai. The two resorts are now part of the umbrella Ko Olina Resort and have been joined by two other properties, Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club and Ko Olina Beach Villas

I arrived at Ko Olina Resort with my family last night and have the good fortune to be reporting live from this glorious locale over the 4th of July holiday. Follow me through the course of this week at, @ActiveTravels on Twitter, and my Facebook Page,, to learn more about everything Ko Olina Resort offers. I’ll discuss the types of accommodation; the numerous activities including snorkeling with wild dolphins straight from the Ko Olina marina, trying the Ted Robinson-designed golf course, stargazing, and listening to live Hawaiian music; and dining at some of the foremost restaurants on Oahu including Roy Yamaguchi and Peter Merriman’s Ko Olina outposts. I’ll also drive outside the resort gates to find the funky west coast villages of Nanakuli, Waianae, and Makaha, still home to Hawaiian families that date back some 500 years. Unlike Waikiki, the Leeward Coast still retains a semblance of authenticity. Please stay tuned! 

Posted by Steve Jermanok on 07/02/14 at 10:00 AM
Lodging • (2) CommentsPermalink Bookmark and Share


Hope your trip went well and look forward to checking out your facebook to see how things went. We are heading to Hawaii for the first time in October 2014. We decided to cruise the islands for our first trip to maximize exposure to different islands. When we started planning our trip which initially was going to be a hotel stay in Waikiki. After reading many reviews we had the same concerns about properties needing updates.

Picture of Robin L Comment by Robin L
on 08/16/14 at 02:58 AM

Have a great trip, Robin, and thanks for chiming in! Steve

Picture of Steve Jermanok Comment by Steve Jermanok
on 08/18/14 at 06:03 PM

Page 1 of 1 pages

Post a Comment

Note: Comment moderation is active, and your comment will be viewable once it is reviewed.

Name: (required)

Email: (required, but never displayed)

Location: (optional)

URL: (optional)

Remember my personal information

Notify me of follow-up comments?

To ensure you are a human, please answer the following question:

What is 6 + 1 (spell out the word, no numbers)?

<< Return to home



go play!
your resource guide to a world of adventure

Go Play! map

best trips of the month

about us
photo of Steve Jermanok
Longtime Boston Globe travel writer, Steve Jermanok, dishes out his favorite travel locales and provides topical travel information that comes across his desk. is an Austin-Lehman Adventure's Top 125 Best Travel Blog Semi-Finalist

Adventure Travel Trade Association