This is the name given to a district within Hoakalei Resort in West Oahu centered around the 52-acre recreational Wai Kai Lagoon. Its very name is a poetic marriage of Hawaiian meaning: Wai, water and essence of life, and Kai, ocean water that sustains and heals.

Located on the shores of West Oahu, Wai Kai is an active year-round destination where residents and visitors connect to the water, land, and culture of Hawaii by experiencing first-of-its-kind attractions, signature events, and the natural beauty of the Pacific Ocean.  The nine-acre waterfront recreation and lifestyle venue includes the world’s largest deep-water standing surf wave, the adjacent Wai Kai Lagoon for water sports, three incredible restaurants, premium lifestyle retail, and a multitude of event venues including a sprawling event lawn with a waterfront fire pit.



Experiences and Entertainment

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The LineUp

For today’s active families and the water-sports and surfing obsessed, The LineUp at Wai Kai is everything you love about Hawaii in an experience that’s anything but typical. The LineUp brings the best of the island’s activities – surfing, stand-up paddle boarding, outrigger canoeing, dining, and entertainment – as attractions never before available in one location, celebrating our deep connection to water. The LineUp is a meeting place for locals, aspiring surfers, pro surfers, and travellers alike.

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Signature Events and Venue Rentals

This expansive facility fills a burgeoning need for a gathering place for the community and visitors alike in an unparalleled setting on Oahu’s Westside to host festivals, parties, cultural events, and more.

Featuring a robust schedule of signature events with unique, interactive and engaging activities and venues for event rental.

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Hoakalei and Surrounding Area

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The Wai Kai recreation and lifestyle venue is located within Hoakalei Resort in Ewa Beach, West Oahu. The award-winning 726-acre master-planned community features four residential neighborhoods and the private Hoakalei Country Club. Other planned amenities include an extensive trail system, access to shoreline activities, future hotel, future residences and more.

In Hawaiian, Hoakalei means “reflection of a lei.” Hawaiian legend tells how Hi‘iaka, the favorite sister of fire goddess Pele, journeyed across the vast Honouliuli Plains of Ewa. Stopping by a tranquil spring, she saw two lehua trees on either side of the spring and made lei out of the blossoms. She then saw herself reflected in the water’s surface, adorned with the garlands of lehua. This spring’s name was Hoakalei.

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Surrounding Area

  • Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL)  is approximately 18 miles east of Wai Kai.
  • Seven major golf courses, including Hoakalei Country Club’s Ernie Els-designed course are within a 15 minute drive.
  • Ka Makana Ali‘i – The Center for West Oahu – offers shopping and dining in the center of Hawai‘i’s fastest growing community.
  • Ko Olina Resort has over 2,000 hotel rooms including a Four Seasons Resort, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa and the Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club, approximately 8 miles west of Wai Kai.

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