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Hawaii Kai’s marina, temperate climate, and ample housing options make it a desirable Oahu neighborhood to call home for almost any type of homebuyer – from young families to empty nesters, waterfront condo owners to mountaintop estate holders. Located just 12 miles east of downtown Honolulu, Hawaii Kai is Oahu’s first planned community. The former fishpond and wetland area was developed in the 1960s by famed industrialist Henry J. Kaiser, who envisioned an idyllic suburban community. Today, Hawaii Kai is home to more than 30,000 residents, and boasts a variety of retail and dining options, first-class schools, and ample recreational activities, including surfing, hiking, snorkeling, boating, jet skiing and more.
What kind of homes can you buy in Hawaii Kai? Hawaii Kai has a range of housing options. There are newer homes as well as older homes built in the 1960s and 1970s. There are single-family homes, as well as condominium buildings and townhouses. There are large executive houses on larger lots as well as smaller, quainter homes. Hawaii Kai’s diverse housing options make it a neighborhood for all types of homebuyers.
Since Hawaii Kai is a highly sought-after Oahu neighborhood to call home with limited inventory, the real estate market is hot. When a house is listed for sale, it typically is under contract quickly with limited days on the market. The average single-family home values as well as condo values typically are among of the highest on Oahu.
Are you looking to retire? Hawaii Kai Retirement Community is a senior living community with 23 acres that includes a saltwater pool, fitness classes, pet-friendly walking paths, on-site beauticians, meals, and more. This facility offers assisted and independent living options. Located at the gateway to Hawaii Kai and overlooking Maunalua Bay, this retirement community has easy access to both Hawaii Kai’s and Honolulu’s amenitiesHawaii Kai from above looking towards Diamond Head:
Hawaii Kai is close enough to downtown Honolulu via Kalanianaole Highway, yet still far enough to “get away” from the urban core. Kalanianaole Highway is basically the only way in and only way out to get to Honolulu, or “Town,” as locals call Oahu’s main city. Alternatively, Hawaii Kai residents can drive the long, scenic route around the east side of Oahu, passing through the communities of Waimanalo and Kailua to make the trek to Town via the Pali Highway.
Hawaii Kai’s East Oahu location makes it accessible to Honolulu and all its amenities, yet it’s far enough away to seem like paradise and an escape from city life. Without traffic, the trip to downtown Honolulu from Hawaii Kai might take a little under 30 minutes; however, traffic on Kalanianaole Highway can double that time.
Hawaii Kai is 18 miles (about 30 minutes) to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, 20 miles (45 minutes) to Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe, and 15 miles (35 minutes) to Bellows Air Force Station, making it an option for military families as well, although it is not as close to many military installations as some other Oahu neighborhoods.
Hawaii Kai has convenient shopping centers that offer options for finding all your needs. Shopping centers, movie theaters, Costco and more making living in Hawaii Kai easy and fun. Here are the main shopping centers.
Hawaii Kai parks provide walking and exercise options for the entire family, including dogs. Whichever Hawaii Kai neighborhood you choose to call home, public parks with a variety of recreational options are never far.
Many of the homes and sub-neighborhoods of Hawaii Kai are built around the channels, making it seems almost like Venice, Italy. In fact, Hawaii Kai residents who live along the marina can take their boat to the shopping centers, bringing their groceries home in their boat instead of the car.
In addition to shopping centers, parks, and breathtaking hikes and beaches, Hawaii Kai has a number of other attractions to enjoy.
An active lifestyle is typical of most Hawaii Kai residents, and the neighborhood has some of the best hikes on Oahu – from beginner to advanced trails.
Hawaii Kai has some stellar surf spots to enjoy Hawaii’s waves. However, both of these breaks are for more advanced surfers.
Hawaii Kai has a variety of restaurants to satisfy diverse palettes. There are upscale eateries for nights out as well as cuisine from a variety of cultures for dine-in or take-out.
Hawaii Kai’s public school complex was the first in the state to offer the prestigious and rigorous International Baccalaureate (IB) World School Programme for grades K-12.
511 Lunalilo Home Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96825
“Kaiser High is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School authorized for its Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme. Niu Valley Middle, Kaiser's feeder school, is also an IB World School, providing students the opportunity to complete the five-year IB curriculum. All schools in the Kaiser Complex Area are working to develop the IB programs and nurture the philosophies of holistic learning, intercultural awareness and lifelong learning. Kaiser High also offers the Advancement Via Individual Determination program, a college readiness system. The school remains focused on building its academic programs to drive continuous schoolwide improvements,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.
310 Halemaumau Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96821
“Niu Valley Middle is an International Baccalaureate World School offering the Middle Years Programme. The school's four focus areas are: (1) A rigorous and challenging academic program. All students are placed into the IB Middle Years Programme; (2) Extra- and co-curricular activities, including athletics, consists of afterschool extramural teams in cross country, volleyball, basketball and soccer. Other programs include Science and Engineering Fair, MathCounts, First Lego Robotics, VEX Robotics, Solar Sprint, Jr. Engineering Expo, Parade of Bands and Orchestras, Solo and Ensemble Festival, Select Band and Select Orchestra Programs and Visual Arts competitions; (3) Facilities, which support learning in a technological environment; (4) Parent and community involvement. The school is supported by parents and community through the Friends of Niu Valley Middle School,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.
801 W. Hind Drive
Honolulu, Hawaii 96821
“Aina Haina Elementary embraces the belief that high student achievement is the result of a standards-based rigorous and relevant curriculum for all students. The parent organization fully supports the school’s effort to educate the whole child through the funding of our physical education and art teachers to create meaning and make connections for students to the core academic areas. Many parents and community members are available to volunteer at the school for a variety of special programs and events, including tutoring, both during the school day and outside school hours,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.
595 Pepeekeo Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96825
“Hahaione Elementary is part of the International Baccalaureate Organization’s Primary Years Program. The program encourages integration of subject areas along universal themes that stress international mindedness via the inquiry process. Students and adults are encouraged to choose, act and reflect on their teaching and learning in new applications and civic minded ways. Hahaione offers a technology-rich curriculum and programs such as special education, bridges (inclusive remedial reading), English language learner, gifted and talented, robotics, Japanese, Mandarin, a parent tutoring program in reading and various levels of counseling services,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.
7788 Hawaii Kai Drive
Honolulu, Hawaii 96825
“Kamiloiki Elementary's vision is to be a premier math and science/technology center that emphasizes exploration, discovery and achievement within a global community. The school is in the process of becoming an International Baccalaureate school. Kamiloiki Elementary has a standards-based curriculum and assessments and provides several afterschool opportunities for students such as band/orchestra, Junior Lego and FIRST Lego League Robotics, science club, chorus, art, golf, Japanese, hula, ukulele and piano. The school has tremendous support from parents and volunteers, who help sponsor family nights, recycling drives and other activities. The School Community Council plays an important role in addressing the need for increasing academic rigor,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.
189 Lunalilo Home Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96825
“Koko Head Elementary promotes high academic standards and excellence for all students with tremendous support from the School Community Council and its parent group, the Friends of Koko Head. The school is committed to preparing students for the increasingly complex and interconnected world. It nurtures advance systems, programs and initiatives that develop students into better communicators and problem solvers as they prepare for college and careers. Besides the traditional core of language arts, math, social studies and science, Koko Head Elementary also offers weekly experiences in Mandarin, Spanish, Hawaiiana, music, physical education and health, and computer technology. Educators receive professional development on three major areas: 1) Improving learning and teaching of the Common Core State Standards, 2) Increasing awareness of the International Baccalaureate program, and 3) Increasing student engagement with interactive whiteboards,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.
Hawaii Kai has a number of health centers nearby for health emergencies and routine care.
In addition to these K-12 public schools, Hawaii Kai also has three nearby preschools for younger keiki.
6774 Hawaii Kai Drive
Honolulu, Hawaii 96825
5919 Kalanianaole Highway
Honolulu, Hawaii 96825
It's really nice! Hawaii Kai is a highly sought-after community by local residents as well as people moving to Hawaii from the U.S. Mainland or international countries, like Japan. One of the reasons it is so desirable is because of its ideal year-round weather. It is located on the southeast side of Oahu, which means that it is temperate in all of its climate characteristics. Hawaii Kai is neither too hot nor too cool (if that is even possible in Hawaii). It is not entirely dry or very wet. It has a fair amount of wind, but it is not too windy. In other words, Hawaii Kai, for many of its residents, is just right.
Hawaii Kai has warm, mostly clear, windy, and drier weather throughout the entire year. Annual temperatures in Hawaii Kai range from 64 degrees Fahrenheit to 87 degrees Fahrenheit with mostly dry, sunny days – making the weather typically ideal for boating or beach activities.
Over the entire year, the temperature varies from 64 to 87 degrees Fahrenheit, with little variance throughout the months. January is the coolest month with a high of 78 degrees Fahrenheit, while August is the warmest month at 85 degrees Fahrenheit.
Hawaii Kai is almost always muggy and humid, with some decreases in humidity during January and February. Hawaii Kai’s windiest days of the year peak between June and September with average hourly wind speeds hitting around 14.4 miles per hour. Wind speeds in Hawaii Kai vary depending on the location within the valleys or on the mountains. With many sunny days, solar panels and water heaters can definitely be an option for homeowners – along with outdoor exercise and boating.
The following breakdown of the neighborhoods in Hawaii Kai was compiled by Locations agents who live and work in the area.
The homes in this neighborhood were originally built in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They sit along the back side of the marina across from Lalea of Hawaii Kai, which is to the west of it. Lots are generally in the 7,000-8,000 sq. ft. range, but there are much larger lots as well (over 12,000 sq. ft). Due to its convenient waterfront location, homeowners are often ocean lovers and water enthusiasts. Boats, jet skis, kayaks, canoes, and SUPs are all visibly present at these homes as owners take full advantage of its location. View Anchorage Homes for sale.
Lower Hahaione starts at Hawaii Kai Drive to the south of Hahaione Elementary School and ends midway up the valley. The area is flanked by the two ridges. The northern boundaries end a few blocks north of the Hahaione Valley Neighborhood Park. This neighborhood is comprised of mainly single-family residences, but there are a few major condominiums located in Lower Hahaione Valley that make up a large part of all real estate sales in the area. The southern boundary for this area ends at the Oahu Club. It includes the following condos and townhomes: Mauna Luan, Heritage House, Commodore, Naniwa Gardens, Plaza Hawaii Kai, Mariner's Village. View Lower Hahaione Homes for sale
Located just past Lower Hahaione in the back of the valley, is the desirable Hawaii Kai neighborhood of Upper Hahaione Valley. There are large, spacious homes, which are great for homeowners who want extra space and privacy. View Upper Hahione Homes for sale.
This neighborhood offers a quiet suburban lifestyle while being centrally located for easy commutes. Kalama Village Center provides amenities including a convenience store and a Thai restaurant. Most residents make the quick drive to Hawaii Kai Towne Center and Koko Marina, which have a large variety of supermarkets, multiplex theatres, ample food venues, and a Costco. The area includes Sandy Beach, Makapu'u Beach, and the Makapu'u Lighthouse hiking trail. View Kalama Valley Homes for Sale.
This neighborhood is located off Hawaii Kai Drive along the ridge. Homes in this area are big and typically offer unobstructed views of the ocean. There are approximately 200 homes in Kamehame Ridge, which were almost all built between 1982 and 1988. View Kamehame Ridge Homes for sale
Located at the back of Mariner's Ridge, Kamiloiki is the very last neighborhood at the end of Lunalilo Home Road past Mariners Valley. The homes were built in the 1980s and 1990s. Kamiloiki is one of the few neighborhoods that has a school and a park named after it in Hawaii Kai. Most of the homes either have a Lunalilo Home Road or Miloiki Street address. View Kamiloiki Homes for Sale.
This neighborhood has a mix of waterfront homes, where you can dock your boat and conveniently jut off into the water. Kealaula Kai is located just past the Anchorage neighborhood along the west shore at the back part of the Hawaii Kai Marina. There are only 63 single-family homes in this sub-neighborhood, and they were all built between 1985 and 1988. The original home design was reminiscent of the charming old Hawaii plantation architecture, but many of the homes have undergone remodels since then. Lots range from 7,500 square feet to 11,000. View Kealaula Kai Map and Homes for Sale.
Located at the base of Koko Head, at its southern most point, Koko Head Terrace starts at Kalanianaole Highway across the street from the Koko Head Elementary School and on the eastern side of Lunalilo Home Road across from Koko Marina Shopping Center. It runs north along Lunalilo Home Road all the way to Kamiloiki Elementary School and the skate board park at the end of the neighborhood. View Koko Head Terrace Homes for Sale.
Koko Villas is a small enclave of homes west of Koko Head Crater and next to the Hawaii Kai Golf Course. The homes were built between 2004 to 2006, with the majority of them constructed in 2005. There are both 3- and 4-bedroom homes. The homes are upscale with a very uniform look with tiled roofs and both single- and two-story construction.
The area of Koko Villas is hot and humid and subject to sunshine most of the day. Depending upon the lot location, both mountain and ocean views are prevalent. Wide sidewalks with beautifully maintained grassy median strips between the street and the lots make for an aesthetically pleasing place to live. View Koko Villas Homes for Sale.
Laulima is the area located on the far East side of Hawaii Kai. These homes are off of Kealahou Street, which is located on the back nine holes of the Hawaii Kai Golf Course just north of the world-famous Sandy Beach and the Sewage Treatment Plant. Although they may sometimes be misidentified as part of Queen's Gate, they are not, as their driveway and access are not inside the gated community of Queen's Gate.
These single-family residences were built in the mid-late 1980s. The lots are average in size for Oahu ranging from 3,000 to 6,000 sqft. They are all single-family residences. Comprised of mainly 2- or 3-bedroom homes with 2 or 2.5 baths (there are a few 4-bedroom homes), the homes generally sell for above one million dollars.
Underground utilities and wide sidewalks make this a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood. There is exposure to sun, mainly in the mornings and afternoon, and temperatures cool as the sun dips in the east. View Laulima Homes for Sale.
This neighborhood provides a mix of waterfront and non-waterfront homes, close to Kalanianaole Highway and the Hawaii Kai mall. Many of the Luna Kai homes were custom built between 1963 and 1967, and the last two vacant lots saw homes constructed in 1998. Most of these are accessible via short private driveways shared among four marina front homes. The shared private driveways offer a buffer from the noisy highway and also provide car and boat parking for residents. Lots range from 8,000 to nearly 10,000 square feet. The Luna Kai homes along Kalanianaole Highway have some of the best marina views and ocean breezes in all of Hawaii Kai. View Luna Kai Homes for Sale.
This cluster of homes is located off of Hawaii Kai Drive and Keahole Street, in the middle of Hawaii Kai. Comprised of four neighborhoods in total, the customized homes are single-family residences,both marina front and non-marina front. The four segmented neighborhoods make up Marina West, which should not be confused with West Marina, which is another entirely separate neighborhood to the west. Key factors include its proximity to major shopping centers and some waterfront homes.View Marina West Homes for Sale.
This neighborhood has a mixture of marina-front and non-marina front homes. It is located along the northeastern back part of the Hawaii Kai Marina. There is the Mariners Cove peninsula, including Niumalu Lopp, and Mariners Cove along Kalanipuu Street. There is a total of 410 homes, which were built between 1968 and 1971. The lots range from 7,500 square feet to almost 10,000 square feet.. Mariner's Cove homes for sale.
Mariners Ridge is the cluster of homes that lie atop the ridge to the east of Hahaione Valley and to the west Kamilo Nui Valley. The only way to access Mariners Ridge is via Kaluanui Road, which branches off of Hawaii Kai Drive after the Hawaii Kai U.S. Post Office. Homes here were built primarily in the early 1970s with a smattering of homes also built in the mid-1980s. Lots normally run between 6,000-9,000 square feet with some much larger lots (16,000+).
Views from Mariners Ridge range from good to stunning, as you move up the ridge. Views of Koko Head, Portlock, the Marina, the ocean and even Napali Haweo are visible depending upon the lot’s positioning. Mariner's Ridge Homes for Sale.
This is one is one of the largest neighborhoods in Hawaii Kai. Mariners Valley was developed in the early 1970s, with wide roads and contemporary single-family homes with nicely landscaped yards. Most Mariners Valley homes were built between 1969 and 1972, and many have since undergone renovations and remodeling. The lot sizes range from 5,500 to 10,000 square feet, and almost every home has a two-car garage. View Mariner's Valley Homes for Sale.
Napali Haweo lies along Kamehame Drive, which is the main thoroughfare for this neighborhood. Prior to hitting Na Pali Haweo, the neighborhood is Kamehame Ridge, which is its own distinct neighborhood. Na Pali Haweo starts at the lower one-third of the ridge and is marked by two concrete/stucco monuments on both sides of the road with a bas relief of a Greco-Roman man with the inscription "Na Pali Haweo" underneath him. From this point forward, the landscaping, lots, and homes transform drastically into a much higher-end neighborhood. Here the lots are large by Oahu standards. The minimum lot size is at least 10,000 square feet with lots as large as 30,000+ square feet. Due to its spectacular views and large lots, soon after the lots became available, opulent high-end homes were built in the early 1990s to the mid-1990s and into the 2000s. View Napali Haweo Homes for Sale.
Located on Oahu's most southeastern tip, Portlock is a peninsula that juts out into the Pacific Ocean. The Portlock area contains the Koko Kai and Triangle neighborhoods. Portlock (comprised of homes surrounding the main thoroughfares of Portlock Road, Poipu Road, Hanapepe Loop and Nawiliwili) is a prestigious neighborhood in Hawaii Kai. View Portlock Map and Homes for Sale
Queen’s Gate is a gated community by the Hawaii Kai Golf Course. It is located off of Kealahou Street, across from Laulima and Koko Villas. The 141 Queens Gate homes were built between 1978 and 1980, and each one has a golf course view. Residents of the community pay an association fee, which covers the security gates, the private streets, the tennis and racquetball courts, and the shared community clubhouse. View Queen's Gate Map and Homes for Sale.
Located in the middle of Hawaii Kai toward the backside of the marina, Spinnaker Isle is comprised of six distinct neighborhoods off of Hawaii Kai Drive. Once you turn off of Hawaii Kai Drive onto Kumukahi Place, you will reach a fork in the road which will allow you to either turn left or right. Both are dead end streets with a circular turn around/cul-de-sac street end. There is no thoroughfare.
One important thing to note is that all the lots in Spinnaker Isle are marina frontage. The isle, which resembles an oddly shaped question mark (without the period at the end), has two distinct marina-front locations: exterior and interior. The exterior lots reside on the outside of the street, while the interior lots are more protected due to their interior locations.
Originally built in 1968 and 1969, many of these homes have later been totally gutted and replaced with newer homes. The original ones are typically single-story construction, while the more modern homes are two-story. Homes here do not go on the market very often. Lots are fairly large ranging from 7,000-10,000+ with the average lot size being around 8,000 sq. ft. View Spinnaker Isle Homes for Sale.
West Marina is one of the largest neighborhoods in all of Hawaii Kai. It encompasses almost the entire waterfront portion of Hawaii Kai except for a small sliver of marina waterfront that lies between Anchorage and Mariners Cove. Most homes in West Marina were built in the early 1960s and have been remodeled over the decades. The roads are more narrow than other Hawaii Kai neighborhoods, but all residents have direct access to the vast Pacific Ocean via the marina from their backyards. Usually, lot sizes are not more than 9,000 square feet. View West Marina Homes for Sale
Hawaii Kai has a variety of neighborhoods that offer various housing options for all types of buyers. Whether upsizing or downsizing, on the golf course or on the marina, for a first-time homebuyer or for an investor – Hawaii Kai might be the right neighborhood for you. We recommend working with your Locations agent to find the right home for your individual situation.
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