Hawaii Kai Real Estate
If your house hunting “must-have” list includes seclusion from the busier areas of Honolulu, yet quick access to it, consider Hawaii Kai.
Located in southeast Oahu, Hawaii Kai is one of the island’s more upscale communities. Because it is primarily situated on the mauka side of the highway you’ll find amazing views of not only the sparkling blue Pacific, but of the surrounding lush green hillside as well.
Hawaii Kai residents have quick and easy access to all the entertainment options that Waikiki offers and fine dining spots around Honolulu.
Outdoor activities abound in the area. A quick trip down the highway will land you at Haunama Bay, one of Hawaii’s best spots for snorkeling. A crescent-shaped beach, Hanauma Bay is actually a volcanic crater, formed 32,000 years ago. Famous for a vast number of sea turtles, swimming in the bay is an adventure.
Hawaii Kai’s bodysurfing residents enjoy the wild waves at Makapu’u Beach. Best for the more experienced body surfer, Makapu’u, and nearby Sandy Beach have deceptively heavy currents and massive undertows. Challenging even for professionals, these Hawaiian waters aren’t suitable for children.
Speaking of children, they are served by the award-winning Koko Head Elementary School, winner of the Hawaii Distinguished School award in 2011, and as Hawaii’s representative in the 2011 national No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools program.
Being on the mauka side of Kalanianaole Highway doesn’t mean that Hawaii Kai houses are devoid of waterfront living. Koko Marina, dredged from Kuapa, an ancient fishpond, provides luxurious waterfront living. Many of these homes have private boat docks and the marina offers ocean access.
Hawaii Kai contains several communities, with single-family residences that range in style and price. Luxury homes are located in Kalama Valley, Queen’s Gate and the exclusive enclave of Portlock, on the makai side of the highway.
Although the 2011 median sales price of a Hawaii Kai home is $910,000, plan on paying over $1 million and up to $23 million to live in Koko Kai and Portlock. First time buyers, or those on a tight budget, may want to look in the Koko Head Terrace area.