Hawaii Kai, the neighborhood at the southeastern tip of Oahu, is a beautiful upscale community nestled between Diamondhead and the Pacific Ocean. The area now occupied by Hawaii Kai was a prehistoric site of numerous ponds, used for fishing by the natives. The community began to develop after Hawaiian statehood in 1959, prompted by the proximity to downtown Honolulu as well as the beautiful mountain scenery.
Hawaii Kai is home to the Hawaii Kai Marina, a private marina bordered by shorefront homes. The Towne Center is the local shopping center, featuring approximately 60 retail stores and restaurants. Nearby are the neighborhoods of Portlock, Haha’ione, Ka’alakei, Mariners Ridge, Queen’s Gate, and Kalama Valley. World famous Haunama Bay is practically around the corner, and Queen’s Gate Golf Course, Koko Head Park, which contains the Koko Head Crater and the Botanical Garden is also close. There are many Hawaii Kai homes available. Most homes are part of the original construction projects from the 1960’s although the majority have been upgraded and modernized. As with the rest of the island, home prices are slightly less expensive as one leaves the shoreline, however, home size and updates play a large factor. The vast majority of offerings are priced at approximately 1 million, however it is not unusual to find an older home that is closer to the shore priced less than a more modern home closer to the mountains.
Hawaii Kai condos are slightly less expensive, but also less plentiful. Condo complexes tend to be located toward the western edge of the neighborhood, close to the waterfront. Many are high-rises, taking advantage of the beautiful views. Original construction dates tend to be later, with most buildings constructed in the early 1980’s. Condo prices average about 750K, but can go much higher depending on location and amenities.
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