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Wai Kai, Oahu’s Hottest New Surf-Centric Entertainment Destination, Announces February 2023 Opening 

Press Release:

Wai Kai, set within Hoakalei Resort in Ewa Beach on West Oahu, todayannounces its grand opening date is set for February 10, 2023. The highly anticipated development is the first of its kind in Hawaii, known as the birthplace of modern surfing, and is poised to become an active year-round destination that inspires locals and visitors to connect to the water, land and rich Hawaiian culture. Located 35 minutes from Honolulu overlooking the turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean, amenities include the world’s largest deep-water standing surf wave, the 52-acre Wai Kai Lagoon for water sports, three delectable restaurants, sprawling event lawn with waterfront fire pits, waterman’s club and a unique retail shop.

Wai Kai Beach Area
The beach area at Wai Kai

The LineUp at Wai Kai will serve as a dynamic social and recreational activity hub of water sports and activities headlined by the Wai Kai Wave in a sun-kissed setting with cool ocean breezes. Powered by citywave®, the technology creates authentic surfing conditions with perfect endless and adjustable waves ranging from two- to six-feet for all skill levels. The 100-foot-wide adjustable wave allows up to three surfers at a time with an additional 30 in the barefoot zone and emulates famous natural standing river waves like the Oahu North Shore’s famous Waimea River Sand Bar. The Wai Kai Wave was created in collaboration with Oahu’s-own Shane Beschen, X Games Gold Medalist and a former world No. 2 ranked surfer. Shane and other former and current professional surfers will be available for hands-on instruction and training sessions.

The Wai Kai Wave overlooks the Wai Kai Lagoon, a serene, protected area for stand-up paddling, kayaking, outrigger canoeing, peddle boats and piloted electric boat cruises. Aquabanas and sun loungers will line a sandy beach area near the water. Optional monthly memberships will be available for frequent visitors with preferred rates and access to special events and programming. Major surf and waterman competitions are being planned for the Wai Kai Wave and Wai Kai Lagoon.

Dining is set to be an integral part of the Wai Kai experience. A dual-concept restaurant presented by Michelin awarded Chef Todd Humphries of Kitchen Door Napa sits at the heart of the expansive property. The signature restaurant, the Plaza Grill, is situated on the upper level featuring a full-service dining room with lanai seating and unobstructed lagoon views. Contemporary yet casual, it will showcase a globally diverse menu, driven by local and seasonal ingredients. The second concept, the Boardwalk Café, will offer an interactive and intuitive counter-service restaurant concept on the ground level featuring an all-day menu of eclectic yet traditional favorites. Other restaurants include The LookOut Bar and Restaurant, which will fuse fresh and healthy cuisine with front-row views of the surf action, and Foam Coffee & Bar just off the boardwalk.

Hawaii-based Events International has partnered with Wai Kai to curate a robust schedule of unique, interactive and engaging events and experiences for all ages. The company will work closely with corporate clients, destination management companies and the team at The LineUp at Wai Kai to coordinate memorable group functions and catered events ranging from intimate gatherings to full buyouts. Venues include a 61,200-square-foot Event Lawn, Fire Pit Terrace and Promenade along the adjacent Wai Kai Lagoon, a 12,600-square-foot Surfside Lawn at the Wai Kai Wave, and a variety of other function spaces.

Event bookings are currently available for groups, and general activity reservations are expected to go live in November. Kama’aina rates will be available as well. For more information visit, https://waikaiexperience.com/ or https://atthelineup.com/

Haseko Family of Companies

As a developer of residential, commercial and resort properties in Hawaii since 1973, the Haseko Family of Companies have built a solid reputation for high-quality projects and a genuine commitment to the community. Among its most prized hotel, commercial and residential projects are the award-winning, master planned communities of Ocean Pointe and Hoakalei Resort, Kauai Beach Villas and Kauai Hilton Hotel, Kaanapali Shores resort condominiums on Maui, The Courtyards at Punahou and Ocean View Center in Honolulu. The Haseko Family of Companies are separate and independent companies which include Wai Kai. For convenience, these companies are referred to as the Haseko Family of Companies. 

Surf Park Management, Inc.

Manager of The LineUp at Wai Kai, is a proven and professional management team focused on delivering successful business results in the emerging surf park arena. Based in San Diego, California, SPM provides consulting and management services to developers and investors to surf parks and their related recreational and hospitality operations. SPM is technology-agnostic and works with the surf technology that works best for the specific venues and its operating parameters. The team consists of surf and sports enthusiasts with deep expertise in complex resort operations and event management. 

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