Hawaii Kai Real Estate
Living in Hawaii Kai
About Hawaii Kai
Hawaiʻi Kai is a largely residential area located in the City & County of Honolulu, in the East Honolulu CDP on the island of Oʻahu.
Hawaiʻi Kai is the largest of several communities at the eastern end of the island.
The area was largely developed by Henry J. Kaiser around the ancient Maunalua fishpond
and wetlands area known as Kuapā (meaning “fishpond wall”). The Hawaiʻi Kai or Koko Marina was dredged from Kuapā Pond starting around 1959.
Dredging not only transformed the shallow coastal inlet and wetlands into a marine
embayment, but was accompanied by considerable filling and clearing of the pond
argins. In 1961, Kaiser-Aetna entered into a lease agreement with the land owner,
the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Estate, to develop the 521 acre (2.11 km²) fishpond into
residential tracts with a marina and channels separated by fingers of land and islands
upon which house lots and commercial properties would be laid out and developed
(ACOE, 1975). Nearly all of the low-lying lands surrounding the marina have since
been developed, and neighborhoods now extend back into the several valleys and
up the separating ridges.
Hawaii Kai is one of Hawaii’s well planned communities developed by Henry Kaiser. It
is about 12 miles from Downtown Honolulu and it has easy access to the H1 Freeway
and is in close proximity to Kahala and Kaimuki neighborhoods on one end and to
Waimanalo and Kailua on the other end. Hawaii Kai community enjoys a good variety
of beaches, golf courses, tennis courts, movie theaters and restaurants. Hanauma
Bay Beach Park is one of its greatest attractions.
This community offers a nice mix of residential subdivisions: ocean front-mini estates
in Portlock .. Marina front townhomes in Gateway Penensula.. Koko Marina and Kuapa
Isle .. resort like-condominiums in Mauna Lauan and The Esplanade.. Elegant highrise
condominiums in Mt. Terrace and the Commodore.. golf course front-homes in Queens
Gate.. ocean view homes on several ridges and affordable condominiums and single
family homes. The majority of the single family homes are owned in Fee Simple (you
own the land and the building) however, some of the condominiums and townhomes
are in Lease Hold (you only lease the land from the Fee owner). The laws in Hawaii
allow for a condemnation process to force the fee owner to sell the land at market
value. Condominium owners in Hawaii Kai are in the process of exercising this option.
Kalama Valley is a community within the town of Hawaiʻi Kai located on the eastern coast of
the island of Oʻahu. It features a shopping center, a public park and basketball facilities, and
predominately single-family, relatively high-priced housing, due to its location in Hawaiʻi Kai.
Previously, the shopping center held a convenience store, auto care center, Chinese
restaurant, Thai restaurant, and church. As of 2008, the Thai restaurant and auto care center
are all that remain. There have been rumors in the past of other businesses possibly opening
up in the rather new and empty looking center, but there has yet to be any additions to the
shopping center, except for a recycling point in its parking lot.
There are a variety of attractions in the vicinity of Kalama Valley, including Hawaii Kai Golf
Course, Sandy Beach, Makapuʻu Lighthouse and beach, Koko Crater Botanical Garden,
the “From Here to Eternity” cove, and Hanauma Bay. Sandy Beach, is a picturesque and sandy
beach park barely a mile away from Kalama Valley. Sandy Beach is a popular beach for the
local crowd, and, due to its quiet location and powerful waves, is a hot spot for body surfing
and rarely overcrowded with tourists. Koko Crater Botanical Garden encloses beautiful
plumeria trees and plants from different regions of the world. There is an easy hike up to
Makapuʻu lighthouse, which overlooks the beautiful Makapuʻu Beach, Sea Life Park and the
windward coast. In the winter it serves as a whale watching look out. As a marine-life
sanctuary, Hanauma Bay is idyllic for snorkeling.
“Kamehame Ridge” is a ridge located in the middle of Kalama and Kamilo Iki Valley.
Kamehame Ridge was developed during the 1990s. Now there are multi-million dollars
homes and real estate stretching from the bottom to the top of the Ridge.
This neighborhood includes the following areas: Anchorage, Hahaione-Lower, Hahione-
Upper, Kalama Valley, Kamehame Ridge, Kamiloiki, Kealaula Kai, Koko Head Terrace, Koko
Kai, Laulima, Luna Kai, Marina West, Mariners Cove, Mariners Ridge, Mariners Valley,
Napali Haweo, Portlock, Queens Gate, Spinnaker Isle, Triangle and West Marina.
Schools in Hawaii Kai
Hawaiʻi Kai is located within the Hawaiʻi Department of Education Kaiser Complex and
is home to Henry J. Kaiser High, Hahaʻione Elementary, Kamiloiki Elementary, and
Koko Head Elementary Schools. The three elementary schools feed into Niu Valley
Middle School, which in turn feeds into Kaiser High, although Niu Valley Middle is not
located in Hawaiʻi Kai.
Shopping in Hawaii Kai
Hawaii Kai Towne Center is located in East Oahu and is only minutes from downtown
Honolulu. A 27-acre master-planned complex, Hawaii Kai Towne Center provides
residents and tourists alike with a variety of retail stores, administrative and business
offices, business services plus an assortment of restaurants and dining options. A
comprehensive commercial shopping center, it includes a retail complex plus two
prestigious suburban office buildings featuring attractive courtyards and beautiful
landscaping. The center provides exciting ongoing community events, a weekly
farmer’s market and award-winning entertainment on the center’s waterfront stage.
Hawaii Kai Towne Center is also a central dining destination in the community
featuring national and local restaurants including Roy’s Restaurant, Outback
Steakhouse, Maile’s Thai Bistro, Burger King, Starbucks, Taco Del Mar, Panda
Express and Jersey Mike’s Subs.