I am updating this blog from Hawaii, and could not be more excited to share these images with you! I am currently staying in a gorgeous townhome in the Ko Olina development. Ko Olina is the development in which Disney is building their newest resort. I took the following pictures from several different vantage points, and tried to highlight the particular vantage point on the photos. I will embed a slideshow in this blog post, but will also include the link below the slideshow if you would prefer to view them on my PhotoBucket account.
The Ko Olina area is on the southwestern corner of the island of Oahu, Hawaii. It is the driest point on the island, receiving less than 20 inches of rain a year. In contrast, the highest mountain areas near the eastern (windward) side receive close to 300 inches of rain a year. In short, Ko Olina receives a TON of sunshine, and is in a great location to have a Disney resort. It is safe, clean, beautiful and it makes me want to live here. I'm lucky enough to have stayed here for 10 nights (still here), and I really never want to leave (unless it is for Disney trips!). The Ko Olina area is a good 30-45 minute drive from downtown Honolulu (depending on traffic), but it is worth the drive. It's really not a bad drive to Honolulu/Waikiki, and it is much more quiet and laid back in the Ko Olina development compared to Honolulu/Waikiki.
The coves in front of the new Disney resort are absolutely, positively AMAZING! You will be blown away swimming in any of the coves, but particularly in cove 1, as that is the cove Disney is building on. We go out near the J.W. Marriott Ihilani some mornings and feed the Bonefish in the cove. There are Sea Turtles, gorgeous fish and I'm sure there are many other creatures out there. The Marriott folks said about 4-5 times a year, a shark makes it's way into the lagoon - isn't that cool? :) Hey, it's their home, and they are most often more afraid of us than we are of them. Usually it's tiger sharks that make their way in, if they do at all.
Anyway, I will have more details coming soon. I just wanted to give you some eye candy for you to peruse at your leisure.
--- Disney Dean