Ko Olina Resort

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Ko Olina, Hawaii
—  Census-designated place  —
Ko Olina as seen by air
Coordinates: 21°20′15″N 158°7′7″W / 21.3375°N 158.11861°W / 21.3375; -158.11861Coordinates: 21°20′15″N 158°7′7″W / 21.3375°N 158.11861°W / 21.3375; -158.11861
CountryUnited States
StateHawaii
Area
 • Total1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
 • Land1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation35 ft (11 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total1,799
 • Density1,700/sq mi (640/km2)
Time zoneHawaii-Aleutian (UTC-10)
Area code(s)808
FIPS code
GNIS feature ID
 
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Ko Olina, Hawaii
—  Census-designated place  —
Ko Olina as seen by air
Coordinates: 21°20′15″N 158°7′7″W / 21.3375°N 158.11861°W / 21.3375; -158.11861Coordinates: 21°20′15″N 158°7′7″W / 21.3375°N 158.11861°W / 21.3375; -158.11861
CountryUnited States
StateHawaii
Area
 • Total1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
 • Land1.1 sq mi (2.8 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation35 ft (11 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total1,799
 • Density1,700/sq mi (640/km2)
Time zoneHawaii-Aleutian (UTC-10)
Area code(s)808
FIPS code
GNIS feature ID

The Ko Olina Resort is an area of beach and resort development on the leeward side of Oahu, Hawaii, between Nanakuli and Kapolei on Farrington Highway and is part of the City and County of Honolulu. Known officially as "Ko Olina Resort & Marina", it has become a master-planned, active family resort community on 642 acres (2.60 km2).[1] It is demarcated for statistical purposes as the Ko Olina census-designated place, with a population of 1,799 at the 2010 census.[2]

It is currently home to the Marriott Ihilani Ko Olina Resort, the Ko Olina Golf Club, the Ko Olina Beach Villas Resort and the Aulani Disney Resort, as well as a public-access beach section at Ko Olina Beach Park. The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation was landowner and Jeff Stone developer.[3]

Hawaii State Senator Colleen Hanabusa introduced a controversial bill in 2003 to offer tax credits of up to $75 million for development of an aquarium at the resort. The aquarium was never built. She defended the controversy when running for US Congress in 2006.[4] Ko Olina Resort eventually returned the tax credit, but the Linda Lingle Administration and Hanabusa disagreed on how to use the returned funds.[5]

Ko Olina Golf Club

Ko Olina Golf Club is a 18-hole championship course with water features on many holes and multi-tiered greens. The club also features the Ko Olina Golf Academy and is home to Roy's Ko Olina restaurant.

The 170-acre (0.7 km2), par-72 golf course opened in January 1990, hosting the LPGA Tour's Hawaiian Ladies Open from 1990 to 1995, the Senior PGA Tour's Ko Olina Senior Invitational in 1992 and the Fields Open in Hawaii from 2006 to 2008. Women's professional golf returned in April 2012 with the inaugural LPGA Lotte Championship, won by Ai Miyazato.[6]

Ko Olina Golf Club was also featured in the Super Famicom video game: Okamoto Ayako to Match Play Golf.

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