Kahala combines the luxury of an upscale Hawaiian neighborhood with the convenience of Honolulu. Just east of Honolulu, along the southern coast, Kahala has many lovely older homes, mixed with luxurious newer construction. Many residents are high-powered business executives, celebrities, and other members of polite society. Kahala also is home to the famous Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hotel (recently renamed the Kahala Hotel & Resort). Over the years, the resort played host to the likes of Lucille Ball, Arnold Palmer, and the Rolling Stones. In this century, it’s the hotel of choice for presidents and dignitaries visiting Oahu.
The Kahala Mall is the place for local shopping. Boasting an Apple Store, Macy’s, and Whole Foods, along with local boutiques and restaurants, the Kahala Mall is great for those who want to stay in the neighborhood. Ala Moana and the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center are also close by. Downtown Honolulu is just minutes away, giving residents easy access to Wakiki, although the Kahala beaches are just as gorgeous and much less crowded. Diamond Head Crater, Haunama Bay, and Koko Marina are nearby outdoor attractions.
The Kahala real estate market is high end, with most inland properties selling for at least $1.5 million, while shorefront homes fetch a substantially higher price. Many developers and aspiring residents purchase homes with the intention of tearing down the existing structure and building anew. If you are interested in purchasing a Kahala home, be prepared to spend extra to be in this part of town.
Many Kahala condos are also for sale, both as residences and rental investments. The average price for a condo is roughly $600K, although much depends on size, location, and building amenities. For those looking for investment opportunities, the rent on such condos can go as high as $6K per month.