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Waikoloa is a community of about 5 thousand residents, located on The Big Island of Hawai'i. The area consists of Waikoloa Village and Waikoloa Beach.

The Village, which sits about 7 miles back from the ocean coastline, can be reached by turning East off Queen Kaahumanu Highway onto Waikoloa Road. The residential area is located behind Waikoloa Village Golf Course.

The Waikoloa Beach area is to the West of the highway, and includes the popular tourist destination Waikoloa Beach Resort.

The Hilton Waikoloa Village is actually the largest non-government employer on Hawai'i, providing jobs to nearly a thousand locals, according to Hawai'i County's official 2010 financial report.

Why drive a cheap rental car in Waikoloa, Hawaii?

When you're visiting this gorgeous part of Hawaii, you'll want to have a rental car, in order to explore all the amazing historic areas -- as well as all the modern resort amenities -- that it has to offer you!

A cheap car rental gives you the freedom to zip back and forth between your hotel and restaurants, the beach, golf courses, and shopping! Why wouldn't you book a rental car in Hawaii? It's the key to having a perfect trip…

Waikoloa Beach is home to several interesting attractions, including petroglyphs, anchialine ponds and aquaculture fishponds. With your rental car parked, you must see and walk upon at least a section of the Ala Kahakai or “King's Trail”, an ancient walking path along the ocean coastline that linked important temples and fishing areas in the old days! We won't ask you to walk from one end to the other – it stretches and winds across the ancient communities for over 175 miles!!!

Here is our advice on several of the best places to go in Waikoloa!

Waikoloa is an unincorporated community of Hawaii County, Hawaii, United States of America. Waikoloa is sometimes called by the locals' term for the residential area, "Waikoloa Village". Today, Waikoloa has an area of 19.1 square miles and 4,806 residents. If you want to spend a holiday in a beautiful and quiet part of Hawaii, take Waikoloa into consideration!

Top Attractions within Waikoloa

Dolphin Quest Hawaii is an amazing attraction of Waikoloa. You will need a few hours, but it's totally worth it. You can come face-to-face with dolphins -- and swim among them! Discover the marine life and hear stories about the life-long connections that humans and dolphins can have. If you travel with your children, they'll be more than delighted about this wonderful adventure you can offer them, while you enjoy the beautiful Waikoloa.

Waikoloa Beach Golf Course is a course located in a scenic area of Waikoloa. The breathtaking views of the coast make this one of the best attractions in the area. This golf course is perfect no matter how skilled you are. Besides this, you can take advantage of the great restaurant located inside the facility and of the great bar where you can relax with ice-cold drinks after a long match in the sun.

Roy's Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine is a restaurant that celebrates one of the most important things in Waikoloa and in the state of Hawaii, the food. Say "Aloha" to this upscale eatery -- it combines European techniques of food preparation with fine Asian cuisine and Hawaiian hospitality to offer you an amazing experience.

Banjy's Paradise Bar and Grill is a favorite of the locals of Waikoloa. The restaurant is located at 68-1792 Melia Street and has a relaxing atmosphere. The food is always fresh and is prepared in a homemade style for a great taste. The specialty of the house is Mamma's Homemade Potato Salad. Hope to see you there!

5 Things you must do in Waikoloa

Waikoloa is just inland from a popular resort area on the western side of the Big Island of Hawaii. The town is just minutes from the highway running down the Kohala Coast, 40 plus miles of beach.

1. Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area: This beach has frequently been voted as the best beach in the U.S. for its easy access to the crystal-clear water, full facilities, and beautiful scenery. The sandy beach is a half-mile long and almost 200 feet wide during the summer. Swimming conditions are usually excellent, and snorkeling is great at the south end of the beach, where the fish are varied and there is a coral reef. Cabins are available to rent at $20 per night.  

2. Tee off at a tropical golf course: Waikoloa is home to several world renowned championship golf courses. Because of the Kohala Coast's perfect sunny weather, the courses are closed once every five years or so. Top courses include the Waikoloa Golf Course and the Mauna Lani Resort and Golf Course. You can rent a car to get you there, so you don't miss tee off time.

3. Hike or bike the King's Trail: This seaside route was traveled by the ruling ali`i and runners who transported pond- raised fish wrapped in ti leaves to the tables of Hawaiian royalty living down the coast in Kailua-Kona. The trail passes through several resort properties and Pu'ukohola Heiau and scores of petroglyph fields. Wild goats and donkeys and other four-legged creatures roam freely, and occasionally the Hawaiian short-eared owl, the Pueo, may be sighted.  


4. Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site: This was the last temple built during legendary King Kamehameha's reign. It was said that if Pu'ukohola was built to honor the war god Kuka`ilimoku, Kamehameha would be granted the power to conquer and unite the islands of Hawaii under one kingdom. The heiau (temple) was the last human sacrificial site in Hawaii, and is now preserved by the National Park Service There are extensive petroglyph fields found all along the trail, with the most popular spot near the King's Shops on Waikoloa Beach Drive. Follow the signs along a short trail that direct you to the glyphs. Nearby is Samuel M. Spencer Beach County Park.

5. Kuualii and Kahapapa Fish Ponds: At the Marriott Waikoloa Beach Resort, historic fish ponds and the ruins of the fish keepers' stone huts are beautifully kept for their guests to see. These ancient ponds, many of which are still in use, are behind narrow rock walls that separate them from the open sea. The sluice gates, made from woven vines, are just wide enough to let young fish swim in at high tide and prevent bigger fish from swimming out. Built centuries ago to ensure that Hawaii's royal families would never go hungry on their travels, the ponds were taboo to non- royals, commoners who ate the royal catch were executed.  

Booking a cheap rental car is a great way to save time and money, when you're planning a Waikoloa holiday.

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