Kaimuki Real Estate
Living in Kaimuki
In the 19th century the area was a farm of King Kalākaua, where ostriches roamed wild
over the mountain side. It later became the site of a carnation farm for funeral flowers.
Now a mix of residential area with a small business district (mainly restaurants and
service industries), it is located in the urbanized Honolulu region near Kahala and
Kaimukī is an ancient Hawaiian name. Its name comes from Ka imu kī meaning “The
ti root oven” in the Hawaiian language. The area was known for the many ovens used
to bake kī Cordyline fruticosa, or ti roots, into a sweet food similar to candy.
Kaimuki’s main street is Waialae Avenue. Several restaurants and stores are located
on this street, as well as Kaimukī District Park. The neighborhood of Kaimuki has
seen many changes in its 100 plus years of history. Today the area is a casual walking
district skirted by beautiful historic homes perched up on the Maunalani Heights
Kaimuki is filled with niche shops, specialty boutiques and unique eateries dotted
along its main thoroughfare of Waialae Avenue.
The price range of houses for sale in Kaimuki is $499K to $1.75M with a median price
of $1.09M, median interior of 1,756sf and median land size of 4,740sf.
Colleges and Universities
Chaminade University is located in Kaimuki. As the only Catholic University in Hawai`i,
and one of three Marianist higher-education institutions in the U.S., Chaminade
University is guided by the understanding that both reason and faith are essential
conditions in the pursuit of truth. The Chaminade community is a family where
students mature into world citizens who respect the complexity and diversity of
others, value community service, and strive to create a more just society. The faculty
emphasize critical thinking and creative problem solving while mentoring students in
more than 25 undergraduate and graduate programs in the fine arts and humanities,
sciences and mathematics, behavioral sciences, business and communication,
education, and nursing. Located in the international city of Honolulu on the island of
O`ahu, Chaminade is regarded for its remarkably diverse student body–students
come from the Hawai`i, the mainland U.S., the Pacific region, and beyond. Class sizes
are small, with a low student-to-faculty ratio. Students develop professionally through
service learning projects, research and internship experiences, and leadership and
community networking opportunities. At Chaminade, students receive a personalized
education that prepares them for an ever-changing future.
Hawaii Department of Education operates public schools. Waialae Elementary Public
Charter School is located in Kaimuki, between 19th Avenue and 20th Avenue. Kaimuki
Middle School is in the area. Kaimuki High School is located in Kaimuki and serves
much of the area considered to be Kaimukī. Kalani High School serves some students
Saint Louis School for boys and Sacred Hearts Academy for girls are located in
Kaimuki as well as St. Patrick’s School (COED K-8). Kaimuki Christian School (COED
P3-11) is located on Koko Head Avenue.
Shopping in Kaimuki
Kaimuki, Hawaii has some of the best retailers in the island. It is home to popular
shopping centers like Kahala Mall, Market City Shopping Center and the Kaimuki
Shopping Center. A stroll along Koko Head Avenue and the community’s other side
streets will reveal a variety of stand-alone retailers ranging from clothing, furniture,
music and other specialty stores.
Because Kaimuki offers something for every type of shopping fancy, bargain hunters
will also be pleased to find discount stores located along Waialae Avenue.