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Culture & History

Explore the history of Hilton Waikoloa Village, from its conceptions as a simple sketch on a cocktail napkin and discover local cultural events on Hawaii Island.

History of Hilton Waikoloa Village

Prior to 1986

Prior to 1986

The vision for Waikoloa was originally created in the 1960s and 1970s through land purchased by Boise Cascade Corp.'s real estate subsidiary, headed by Ron Boeddeker, and later Mr. Boeddeker's company, Transcontinental. Mr. Boeddeker envisioned "a terrain of lush seaside golf courses and rainless rain forests with two hotels, more than 400 condominium units and a shopping center" on the 35,000 acres. 1

Mr. Boeddeker gathered investors to finance the grand project, including hotel developer Chris Hemmeter. 2

Mr. Hemmeter became the principal developer of a relatively small portion of the 35,000 acres, the 62 acres surrounding Waiulua Bay. This is the area that would become Hyatt Regency Waikoloa, and later Hilton Waikoloa Village. Originally sketched on a cocktail napkin, various models and plans were created to design a resort hotel unlike anywhere else on earth—on an island that is unique with its own rich culture, an active volcano, rain forests, waterfalls, valleys, snow-capped peaks and warm beaches. 3

Summer 1986

Summer 1986

Construction begins, turning a 127-year old lava flow into a tropical oasis—a world of experiences with boats, trams, dolphins, pools, spa, a museum quality art collection and influences from cultures around the Pacific.

Winter 1986

Winter 1986

Towards the end of the year, resort development is progressing well with work focusing on Palace Tower and Ocean Tower, as well as service buildings and underground infrastructure.

Summer 1987

Summer 1987

The following year, work begins on Lagoon Tower and Main Lobby and continues on Palace Tower and Ocean Tower—this groundbreaking oceanfront resort was now at an advanced stage, attracting huge interest from the media.

Winter 1987

Winter 1987

Hundreds of palm trees are rescued from active lava flows on the opposite side of the island and flown by helicopter to the resort. Construction continues on all towers. Work begins on pools, the unique tram and boat systems, and landscaping.

March 1988

March 1988

Art is acquired from around the Pacific, including marble sculptures from a remote mine 300 miles north of Beijing, China where Waikoloa representatives journeyed. It would be the start of one of the world’s largest hotel art collections.

September 1988

September 1988

The resort opens as Hyatt Regency Waikoloa, welcoming guests including celebrities, heads of state, and executives. Initial amenities include carriages drawn by Clydesdale horses and private butlers in the five presidential suites.

November 1993

November 1993

The resort is sold to Global Resort Partners in a deal worth a $76million. Following the sale, the company changes the resort’s name to Hilton Waikoloa Village as it is known today.

May 2002

May 2002

Hilton Hotels Corporation purchases 100% of the resort in a deal reportedly worth a massive $150million—making Hilton Waikoloa Village completely owned and managed by Hilton.

April 2009

April 2009

New developments to the resort include the new Hale Aloha wedding chapel, the pro-designed Seaside Putting Golf Course, and a new fresh seawater pumping system for the canal ways. Switching systems and tram cars from the original tram system are replaced in 2009 with new air-conditioned trams using advanced electronics and safety systems.

August 2012

August 2012

Lagoon Tower underwent a complete renovation including knocking down walls and running new support systems throughout the building. The result is a fresh, modern Hawaiian experience for our guests, with plans to renovate Palace and Ocean Towers in the next few years.

November 2013

November 2013

The resort celebrates 20 years as Hilton Waikoloa Village, and just over 25 years since the doors first opened. With an appreciation for our heritage, team members and guests who have shaped the history of the resort, we look to the future with a renewed focus on delivering the most unique experiences, rich culture and diverse activities anywhere in the Hawaiian Islands.

Cultural Events in Hawaii Island

Discover a variety of cultural events all year round on Hawaii Island and embrace the spirit of Aloha. Take part in events or just come along to enjoy the atmosphere.

Kona Brewers Festival (March 06, 2014)

This event is designed to promote the microbrewery revolution in Hawai'i. Rain or shine this festival includes drinking, dining, golf and charity runs.

Lavaman Triathlon (March 30, 2014)

Sanctioned by USA Triathlon, this event challenges participants to a 1.5k swim, 40k bike ride and 10k run. As the official hotel for the Lavaman, Hilton Waikoloa Village offers special rates for athletes, and provides easy access to all race courses.

Merrie Monarch (April 24 - 26, 2014)

Annual week-long festival of hula and Hawaiian culture. The festival is considered the world's premier forum for people of all ages to display their skills and knowledge of the art of ancient and modern hula.

Big Island Film Festival (May 22 – 26, 2014)

Experience unique perspective on local life through this three-day festival, featuring short films from Hawaii and around the world.

Ironman Triathlon World Championship (October 11, 2014)

Offering an unparalleled level of challenge and intensity, the Ironman World Championship brings together the strongest, most talented triathletes in the world.

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival (November 2014)

From concerts and lantern parades to coffee tastings and the Miss Kona Coffee Scholarship Pageant, the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is a diverse, multi-faceted celebration of one of the world’s rarest coffees.

References

1 http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/cancer-claims-lake-las-vegas-developer-ron-boeddeker-age-71

2 http://www.waikoloabeachresort.com/index.php/naupaka-news/a-tribute-to-waikoloas-visionary-ronald-f.-boeddeker-1938-2010

3 http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1987-12-20/business/8704040529_1_hyatt-regency-waikoloa-westin-maui-westin-kauai