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May 18, 2020

Moving to Kailua? The Ultimate Guide to Living in Kailua, Restaurants, Real Estate & Rentals in 2020

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Kailua, Oahu

Kailua is one of the state's premier "Lifestyle" communities in the sense that where the home is matters far more residents than what the home is. Spanning roughly 2.5 miles of powdery white sand beaches on one side and the lush green slopes of the Ko'olau Mountain range on the other, Kailua was all but coined the "Ultimate Beach Town" and "a paradise within in a paradise" by Coastal Living magazine in 2015.

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These honors effectively put this hip little beach town on the world's stage. Between the magazine feature and serving as President Obama's Hawaii hideout, the Kailua secret is out and the town is desperately trying to hold on its sanctity as buyers, renters, and tourists flock to the region from all over the world.



The neighborhood's two idyllic beaches, Kailua beach and Lanikai Beach, make it easy to forget that the neighborhood is also threaded by lazy river canals and a central body of water aptly named "Enchanted Lake." Altogether, Kailua is a waterman's dream, a playground for outdoor fitness enthusiast looking to run, swim, surf, paddleboard, kayak and hike. Nearly everything in Kailua can be commuted by foot or bike, as majority of the residents live within 1 mile of the beach and the eclectic retail, coffee shops, and restaurants in iconic Kailua Town.

Cheat Codes

If you're planning on moving to Kailua, we definitely recommend learning how to pronounce Kailua. Ready? [kai-loo-ah] You're in luck; that's about as easy as it gets in terms of pronouncing Hawaiian words. And what does Kailua mean in Hawaiian? It means "two seas" or "two-currents" which symbolize the the currents that run into beautiful Kailua Bay.

Where is Kailua, Hawaii?

You may or may not know, but Hawaii State's counties are actually designated by each one of the islands and some islands have the same names of towns or regions. So what is island is Kailua on? It's on Oahu; although the Big Island of Hawaii does have a town named Kailua-Kona, another popular vacation hotspot. But as for Oahu's Kailua, it's located on the Windward Side(east) to be exact. Kailua Zip Code: 96734

How Far is Kailua From...

  • Honolulu | 12 Miles | 25 Minutes
  • Waikiki | 15 Miles | 32 Minutes
  • Marine Corp Base Hawaii | 4 Miles | 7 Minutes
  • Honolulu Airport | 19 Miles | 24 Minutes

Kaneohe Marine Corp Base ironically find itself more at home in Kailua than it does Kaneohe, but ultimately it straddles the border between the two regions. Are you getting stationed at Marine Corps Base Hawaii? Well you've just hit the PCS jackpots when it comes to location and scenery. You will not find a more idyllic setting as the base and it's housing sits on a peninsula overlooking Kailua Bay and the Ko'olau Mountain range. Not to mention you've just been given premier to access to one of the ultimate beach towns in the world! If you're going to PCS to Hawaii and will be stationed at MCBH, check out our Ultimate PCS Guide to Marine Corp Base Hawaii.

What is Kailua weather like?

Since Kailua is on the Windward Side of the island, it receives some of the most constant natural Hawaiian air conditioning; the trade wind breezes. The region will be cooler than the dryer, Leeward Side of the island but will also see more rainfall as a result. Plan for an average temperature of 81 degrees and about 66 inches of rain per year. Kailua weather is my favorite in the summer as rainy days dwindle to a minimum.

Kailua Crime

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What are the best places to eat in Kailua?

Given the boom in tourism that the region has seen over the last few years, the neighborhood has really picked up steam in terms of the dining options. Kailua restaurants feature far more creative, local eats than they do big box franchise restaurants.

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Here's our picks for the Top 5 restaurants in Kailua:

1.) Cinnamon's | 315 Uluniu St Kailua, HI 96734 | A cult-favorite amongst breakfast lovers! Enjoy some of the most unique pancake offerings like Guava Chiffon and Mac-Nut. The menu is robust so you won't have trouble finding something for everyone.

2.) Boots & Kimo's | 151 Hekili St Kailua, HI 96734 | Home of the world famous Banana Mac-Nut pancakes! These guys are only open from 6am-2pm so prepare yourself to get their early to fight the crowd. https://www.bootsnkimos.com/

3.) Nalu Health Bar & Cafe | 131 Hekili St #109, Kailua, HI 96734 | Undoubtedly the best Acai Bowl on Oahu in my opinion and one of my favorite places for a post-beach fresh bite to eat. Featuring juice blends, sandwiches, wraps, acai bowls, and coffee.

4.) Maui Brewing Company | 573 Kailua Rd. Suite 105 Kailua, HI 96734 | Hawaii's largest craft brewery offering a killer indoor/outdoor dining experience, live music, Happy Hour specials, and one of the best menus in Kailua.

5.) Kalapawai Market | 750 Kailua Rd Kailua, HI 96734 | An iconic family run restaurant featuring some of the most thoughtful dishes in the neighborhood and relaxed, intimate dining experience.

Learn more about restaurants in Kailua by checking out our 2020 Kailua Restaurants Guide!

What to do in Kailua

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Beach life goes without saying. We mentioned it above but it's worth driving the point home again; Kailua and Lanikai Beaches are some of the most epic in the world. Powdery white sand, aqua blue and teal waters, and gentle to moderate shorebreak depending on which beach you choose make these two beaches a perfect fit for those seeking family aquatic fun.

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Moonrise from Kailua Bay

Stop in at Kailua Beach Park or Kalama Beach Park to find the most parking, otherwise the beaches can also be accessed by a number of other beach accesses with adjacent neighborhood parking. If someway, somehow you get sick of the ocean, dry off and check out some the following Kailua activities on land:

  • Lanikai Pillbox Hike

lanikai pillbox hike in kailua, hi

This Pillbox Hike will see you traverse the ridge behind the exclusive Lanikai neighborhood, offering some of the breathtaking views of the iconic Mokulua Twin Islands, the Ko'olau Mountain Range, and the Pacific Blue Ocean from Waimanalo, all the way to the Kaneohe. Feeling ambitious? 

  • Hike Maunawili Falls

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The Maunawili Falls toffers you an entirely different experience; a shaded, jungle like terrain that takes you deep into a valley to a secluded waterfall and watering hole. Bring mosquito spray for this one!

  • Golfing in Kailua

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Golfing in Kailua offers you one of the most surreal backdrops of lush Ko'olau mountains and tropical foliage. Tee up at either Mid Pacific Country Club or Royal Hawaiian Golf Club.

  • Kailua Farmers's Market 

kailua farmers market

This is can't miss. Dozens of food and restaurants vendors set up tents at the Kailua Town Center every Thursday evening and the Kailua community comes alive here. Enjoy some of the best street food, desserts, and local music make this a family friendly event. Try the French Dip Sandwich from Pig and the Lady!

  • Kailua Beach Adventures

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This is the only beach rental shop within walking distance of Kailua Beach. Park for free at Kailua Beach Adventures and pickup everything you need for day at one of Oahu's best water playgrounds. From Kayaks, Standup Paddleboards, snorkels, and coolers -- it's a one stop shop!

What are the best schools in Kailua?

The community has a variety of public and private schools, offering a wide range of education types and tuitions. The below schools are listed in order from Top Rated to Unrated per Greatschool.org.

Kailua Elementary Schools

Kaelepulu Elementary School (public) | 530 Keolu Dr, Kailua, HI, 96734 | PK-6| 200 students

Lanikai Elementary - Public Charter School | 140 Alala Rd, Kailua, HI, 96734 | K-6 | 328 students

Maunawili Elementary School (Public) | 1465 Ulupii St, Kailua, HI, 96734 |PK-6 | 344 students

Aikahi Elementary School (Public) | 281 Ilihau St, Kailua, HI, 96734 | PK-6 | 474 students

Enchanted Lake Elementary School (Public) | 770 Keolu Dr, Kailua, HI, 96734 | PK-6 | 428 students

Kainalu Elementary School (Public) | 165 Kaiholu St, Kailua, HI, 96734 | PK-6 | 440 students

Kailua Elementary School (Public) | 315 Kuulei Rd, Kailua, HI, 96734 | PK-6 | 352 students

Mokapu Elementary School (Public) | 1193 Mokapu Rd, Kailua, HI, 96734 | PK-6 | 881 students

Keolu Elementary Schoo (Public) | 1416 Keolu Dr, Kailua, HI, 96734 | PK-6 | 124 students

St John Vianney Parish School (Private)  | 940 Keolu Drive, Kailua, HI, 96734 | PK-8| 242 students

St. Anthony Parish School (Private) 148 Makawao Street, Kailua, HI, 96734 | PK-8 | 300 students

Le Jardin Academy (Private) | 917 Kalanianaole Hwy, Kailua, HI, 96734 | PK-12| 809 students

Hawaiian Mission Academy Windward Campus (Private) | 160 Mookua Street, Kailua, HI, 96734 | K-8 | 70 students

Trinity Christian School (Private) | 875 Auloa Road & 1110 Kailua Road, Kailua, HI, 96734 | PK-12 | 380 students

Huakailani School for Girls (Private) |45-035 Kaneohe Bay Drive, Kailua, HI, 96734 | K-8 | 30 students

Kailua Christian Academy (Private) | 1276 Kailua Road, Kailua, HI, 96734 | 5-12 | 28 students

Kailua Middle Schools

Kailua Intermediate School (Public) |145 South Kainalu Dr, Kailua, HI, 96734| Grades 7-8| 737 students

St John Vianney Parish School (Private) | 940 Keolu Drive, Kailua, HI, 96734 | PK-8| 242 students

St. Anthony Parish School  (Private) | 148 Makawao Street, Kailua, HI, 96734 | PK-8|300 students

Le Jardin Academy (Private) | 917 Kalanianaole Hwy, Kailua, HI, 96734 | PK-12 | 809 students

Hawaiian Mission Academy Windward Campus (Private) | 160 Mookua Street, Kailua, HI, 96734 | K-8 | 70 students

Trinity Christian School (Private) | 875 Auloa Road & 1110 Kailua Road, Kailua, HI, 96734 | PK-12 | 380 students

Huakailani School for Girls (Private) | 45-035 Kaneohe Bay Drive, Kailua, HI, 96734 | K-8 | 30 students

Kailua Christian Academy (Private)  | 1276 Kailua Road, Kailua, HI, 96734 | 5-12 | 28 students

Kailua High Schools

Kalaheo High School (Public) | 730 Iliaina St, Kailua, HI, 96734 | Grades 9-12 | 808 students

Kailua High School (Public) | 451 Ulumanu Dr, Kailua, HI, 96734 | Grades 9-12 | 756 students

Le Jardin Academy (Private) | 917 Kalanianaole Hwy, Kailua, HI, 96734 | Grades PK-12 | 809 students

Trinity Christian School (Private) | 875 Auloa Road & 1110 Kailua Road, Kailua, HI, 96734 | Grades PK-12| 380 students

Kailua Christian Academy (Private) | 1276 Kailua Road, Kailua, HI, 96734 | Grades 5-12| 28 students

Popular Neighborhoods in Kailua

1.) Lanikai 

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This is Kailua's most exclusive community and it boasts some of the highest real estate prices in the region. The prices are hard to argue with since the neighborhood is anchored by one of the best beaches in the world; Lanikai Beach. Buyers exploring Lanikai Homes for sale will be hard pressed to find a more idyllic setting for their new Oahu home. 

2.) Maunawili

maunawili homes for sale
If you're willing to sacrifice a few sunny days for lush tropical landscapes, Maunawili might be right up your alley. This Kailua neighborhood is tucked between the Koolau and Olomana mountains and provides a slightly cooler climate than the rest of Kailua due to its elevation and occasional cloud cover. Buyers exploring Maunawili homes for sale should plan for a peaceful setting, out of the hustle and bustle of Kailua Town. 

3.) Coconut Grove  

Homes for sale in Coconut Grove will primarily feature quintessential Beach Cottages; plantation style homes on post and pier foundations with a ton of vintage Hawaii charm. Active beach enthusiast will love this neighborhood as you're between 0.5 to 1 miles away from Kailua Beach, and the same distance to Kailua Town and Wholefoods Kailua. 

4.) Aikahi Park 

This is one of the most suburban neighborhoods in Kailua and being that it literally sits right outside the gate of Marine Corp Base Hawaii, it's naturally a top pick for military personnel stationed at MCBH. Aikahi Park homes for sale will feature for wide streets, level lots, and probably the most festive place for trick or treating in all of Kailua!

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May 17, 2020

Moving to Kakaako? The Ultimate Guide to Living in Kakaako, Restaurants, Condos, & Apartments in 2020

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Kakaako Neighborhood Guide

Welcome to Kakaako; Hawaii's most exciting urban metropolis that's birthed a city in the sky through rapid revitalization efforts by numerous real estate developers over the last decade. From the expansive Native Hawaiian agricultural community of old, to the port site of foreign ships embarking in trade and supply, Kakaako is now the thriving urban-epicenter of Metro-Honolulu.  Today, we see Kakaako as an artist's and architect's delight, raising living sculptures atop a canvas of mural lined streets, restaurants, and retail to reimagine the Honolulu skyline!

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Kakaako is perfectly oriented between Waikiki and Downtown Honolulu, fronted by the famed Ala Moana Beach and Kewalo Harbor. Walk the Pow! Wow! mural lined streets to the neighborhood's extravagant array of local eats, parks, fitness centers, and festivals.

The Lifestyle

Like Kailua on the Windward Side and the North Shore of Oahu, Kakaako is what we call a "Lifestyle Community," a place where home transcends the four walls of house. From the vast array of shopping, dining, culture, street art, and boutique stores, this is urban living and style at is finest! 

Things to Do in Kakaako

Whether you live in Kakaako, visiting on Vacation, or just strolling into Honolulu for a night on the town, there's a few Kakaako must-do's if you aim to experience the neighborhood right. For one, check out the Honolulu Night Market on the corner of Keawe and Auahi streets in Kakaako on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Enjoy live music, art showcases, and dozens of food trucks and tents offering some of Honolulu's best fare. Second, Eat The Street! Immerse yourself into Honolulu street food with over 40 local food and retail vendors. 

Compounding the amenity of convenience will arguably be Kakaako's most spectacular natural amenities; Ala Moana Beach Park, Kakaako Waterfront Park, and Kewalo Basin Park, and Kakaako Gateway Park. Besides providing unparalleled ocean view condos in Kakaako for prospective buyers, residents can enjoy the acres of green space, paths, and workout areas designed to delight the fitness enthusiast, fishermen, surfers, or even just the casual family picnic.

Enjoy the white sand beach and calm, crystal blue waters of Ala Moana Beach Park for an ocean experience that's a stroll away. Ward Village will also feature The Central Plaza, a park at the heart of the village that will promote outdoor activities and entertainment such as Kakaako Farmer's markets, yoga, movies, musical performances, and hula.

Working in Kakaako

The neighborhood is a hotspot for working professionals and entrepreneurs as it offers the vast majority of Oahu's "co-working" spaces. Those that work from home are afforded numerous opportunities at venues like Impact Hub, BoxJelly, and Workplay to network and rent community office space that's a mere elevator or bike ride from home. Breaking for lunch? Well then prepare for analysis paralysis as the options are endless for Kakaako eateries.

Fitness, Gyms, & Yoga in Kakaako

Honolulu is consistently ranked as one of the Healthiest city's in the nation and that's due in part to the plethora of outdoor activities available to us. For the fitness conscious residents of Kakaako, you've got a variety of ways to stay fit in the neighborhood:

  • UFC Gym Honolulu | 805 Pohukaina St, Honolulu, HI 96813. Sign up for a monthly membership for full use of the biggest gym in Kakaako, as well as classes offering kickboxing, jiu jitsu, and yoga.
  • Orange Theory Fitness | 660 Ala Moana Blvd #217, Honolulu, HI 96813 | High intensity, class oriented group fitness led by a personal trainer.
  • Core Power Yoga | 1170 Auahi St Suite 180, Honolulu, HI 96814 | One of Kakaako's most popular fitness establishments at South Shore Market Place in Ward Village. 

Kakaako by Bike

Kakaako is on the south shore of Oahu which provides for some of the best weather on the island, and arguably some of the best weather in the world. Rent a bike from a Kakaako Biki station or use your own to peddle through the neighborhood. Check out the Ala Moana Beach Path that traverses Kewalo Basin, Ala Moana Beach, and Ala Wai Harbor for some killer waterfront biking! You could also easily continue on to Waikiki if you're feeling ambitious. Map out your Oahu Bike Path Routes Here.

Restaurants & Nightlife

Kakaako doesn't disappoint when it comes to variety as it may be the most restaurant dense neighborhood on Oahu, second to Waikiki. Enjoy a number of bars, speakeasies, local eats, and find dining opportunities all within walking or biking distance from each other. Here's a map of the neighborhood's white-hot food scene:

What are the best places to eat in Kakaako?

1. Moku Kitchen | 660 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96813 - A vibrant hotspot at SALT at Kakaako with Asian fusion inspire dishes, outdoor seating, and occasional live-music. Pumpkin Ravioli is our fave!

2. Highway Inn | 680 Ala Moana Blvd #105, Honolulu, HI 96813 - Hawaiian Fusion with deep roots in Hawaii! Enjoy old-time Hawaiian-Styled dishes amongst the urban setting of SALT at Kakaako. Smoke Meat Skillet in my choice everytime.

3. Piggy Smalls | 1200 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814 - The younger sister to the Pig and the Lady restaurant in Downtown Honolulu. Creative Vietnamese dishes to include sandwiches and pho. The French Dip is the winner and you HAVE to try the Burmese Papaya Salad and Fried Chicken Wings as well.

4.) Nobu Honolulu | 1118 Ala Moana Blvd # 100, Honolulu, HI 96814 - Upscale Japanese-Peruvian fusion that anchors the Waiea condo building in Ward Village. 

5.) Redfish | 685 Auahi St. Honolulu, HI 96813 - A local gem offering authentic Poke Bowls, craft beers, family style local dishes, and signature cocktails.

You may also enjoy a number of Kakaako's best bars like 9bar, Pitch, Bevy, Honolulu Beer Works and more.

Best Shopping in Kakaako

Kakaako retail has gotten real spicy as of late. Here's the top stop for retail therapy:

1.) Ala Moana Center - Although not in literal Kakaako, it's across Piikoi St and too good not to list. Ala Moana is the largest open air shopping center in the nation with over 300+ retail stores, restaurants, and entertainment venues. 

2.) Salt at Kakaako - Head over to West Kakaako to peruse the 2018 Shopping Center of the Year. This trendy joint is seething with culture, boutique stores, restaurants, and coffee shops. This is an instagram favorite as SALT is threaded with some of the most impressive street murals you've ever seen. It's like shopping through a walking art show. Check out some of the Kakaako Murals over at Pow Wow Hawaii.

3.) South Shore Market - Here lies 18 super creative boutique stores and one of my favorite cafes, Nalu Health Bar. By far the best Acai Bowl in Honolulu.

What grocery stores are available in Kakaako?

One of the best features of new Kakaako condo buildings is the use of their ground floor commercial spaces for restaurants, groceries, and retail. This makes for an extremely efficient footprint and lends itself to the dense availability of its residents' everyday needs. Here's some of the top grocery stores in Kakaako, many of which anchor some of the most popular buildings in the neighborhood:

  • Whole Foods | 388 Kamakee St Ste 100, Honolulu, HI 96814 | The Kakaako Whole Foods is the largest in the state, spanning three floors while anchoring the Ae'o condos building in Ward Village. Unsure where to park for Whole Foods Kakaako? Look for the entrances on Queen & Kamakee Streets.
  • Foodlands Farms | Ala Moana Shopping Center | While you'll have to cross Piikoi St out of Kakaako, this grocery store is too close and too epic not to mention. Find all of your grocery needs here as well as dozen or so takeout restaurants for a quick bite.
  • H-Mart | 458 Keawe St | This Korean supermarket store specializes in Asian foods and will offer groceries on the ground level, and a second level named the "Market Eatery" that will feature a number of take-out food vendors. Located in West Kakaako. Many are asking, "when does H-Mart Kakaako open" and although we're not exactly sure, we know it's soon!
  • Down to Earth | 500 Keawe St, Honolulu, HI 96813 | You'll find this health-hub at the foot of Keauhou Place in West Kakaako
  • Long's Drugs | 1240 Ala Moana Boulevard | Owned and operated by CVS Pharmacy offering a drug store, beauty supplies, and limited groceries. Located at the foot of Ke Kilohana condos in Ward Village.

What Public Transportation is available in Kakaako?

As highlighted above, Kakaako prides itself on being one Oahu's most pedestrian friendly communities. Wide sidewalks with walkable streets, numerous Biki bike rental stations, over a dozen Honolulu bus stops, and 2 Kakaako rail stops: Civic Center and Kakaako Station. The community is also one of the most avid users of RideShare programs like Hui, Uber, & Lyft. 

Are there Healthcare Facilities and Hospitals in Kakaako?

Kakaako features two of the largest hospitals in Honolulu:

  • Straub Medical Center | 888 King St Honolulu, HI
  • Queen's Medical Center | 1301 Punchbowl St Honolulu, HI 

As well as smaller healthcare facilities:

  • Kaiser Permanente Honolulu Medical Office | 1010 Pensacola Street Honolulu, HI
  • Island Urgent Care Kakaako | 400 Keawe Street #100 Honolulu, HI

What Schools are in Kakaako?

  • Royal Elementary School | 1519 Queen Emma St
  • Queen Ka‘ahumanu Elementary School | 1141 Kinau St 
  • Pohukaina Elementary School | 690 Pohukaina Street
  • George Washington Middle School | 1633 S. King St
  • Central Middle School | 1302 Queen Emma St 
  • William McKinley High School | 1039 S. King St

Kakaako Real Estate

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The neighborhood has seen one of the most intense revitalizations over the last decade, with nearly 20 New Honolulu Condos either being built or planned for the region. Real estate tycoons like The Howard Hughes Corp from Texas, as well as smaller, local development companies have sprouted new Kakaako condos like weeds; effectively transforming the Honolulu Skyline. Kakaako doesn't have the most expensive house in the Hawaii, but will typically have one the top 10 most expensive homes in Hawaii at any given time.

Condo prices in Kakaako range from $500,000 micro-studios up to $25,000,000 Grand Penthouses. Whether there's something that fits your budget depends largely on the age of building you're looking for, proximity to Ala Moana Beach, floor height and ocean views, and level of amenities. Due to the fluidity of development in the region, the options change by the year!

Kakaako Condos vs. Kakaako Apartments?

So what's the difference? It boils down to semantics really but the term condo is typically reserved for housing "for sale" whereas apartments are typically synonymous with "for rent" housing. Whether you're looking to purchase a condo or just merely searching Honolulu Apartments for rent, we've got you covered!

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If you have further questions about the neighborhood or need guidance in finding the right home, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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May 17, 2020

Moving to Kapolei? The Ultimate Guide to Living in Kapolei, Restaurants, & Real Estate in 2020

Living in Kapolei, Oahu in 2020

In the eighties and nineties, when it became apparent that O’ahu was growing much more rapidly than anyone ever imagined, Kapolei was envisioned as O’ahu’s second city; a neighborhood where locals could live and work without having to commute into Downtown Honolulu. Thirty years later, that vision has mostly become a reality. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the State of Hawai’i both have buildings in Kapolei. Kapolei Hale provides west side residents with another location to get their driver’s license or pay for vehicle registration. In addition, Kapolei consists of homes, schools, a university, an open-air mall, movie theaters, numerous dining options, and so much more. 

Unlike the crowded, closed-in feel that urban Honolulu can sometimes have, Kapolei feels spread out and open. You can breathe here. Between buildings there are open lots of unused land, unheard of on most of the island. You can’t drive for more than a few minutes without seeing some type of construction, reminding you that Kapolei is constantly growing and changing. This fantastic neighborhood already has so much to offer, but the best part is knowing that there’s still more to come.

If you’re a member of the military, Kapolei might be the perfect neighborhood for you to buy or rent a home. The reasonably-priced single-family homes, townhouses, and lofts, as well as the proximity to some of the island’s military bases make this an ideal location for you and your family to live. Check out our VA Resource to learn about Hawai’i BAH and COLA, as well as the different O’ahu Military Housing opportunities and PCS Guides.

Where is Kapolei Located?

Kapolei is nestled at the base of the Waianae mountain range in the southwest corner of the island of O’ahu. The beautiful Waianae Coast lies to the north, and the suburb of Ewa Beach is a short drive to the east. The Daniel K. Inouye International Airport is a quick 20 minute drive to the east along the H-1 Freeway.

For a better idea of where Kapolei is located in relation to some of the island’s military bases, you’re only a 25 minute drive to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and you can reach Schofield Barracks by taking the H-2 north in just under 30 minutes.

How Far is Kapolei from Honolulu?

Kapolei is 21 miles west of Honolulu. If traveling at off-peak hours, you can quickly get from Kapolei to Downtown Honolulu in only 30 minutes. If you plan to travel during the morning or afternoon rush, expect the freeway to be clogged with thousands of other commuters trying to make their way to and from work. You could spend anywhere from one hour to an hour and half in traffic. So leave early and bring your patience. 

What is the Weather Like in Kapolei?

Kapolei consistently has perfect beach weather with warm days and lots of sunshine. Being on the leeward side of O’ahu means that you’ll have temperatures that average in the eighties all year long. Low temperatures are moderate, reaching the low to mid-sixties during winter months. Kapolei is also on the dry side, receiving only about 17 inches of rain per year, much less than the national average of 38 inches.

Things to do in Kapolei

When the weekend comes around, you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied without leaving the confines of your neighborhood. Whether you’re looking to have lunch with your friends, search the stores for bargains, or hit the water, Kapolei has got you covered. Here are some of the best things to do in Kapolei.

Ka Makana Ali’i Mall | Opened in 2016, Ka Makana Ali’i is O’ahu’s newest mall, and the only mall to service the west side. There are a multitude of shops to choose from including Macy’s, Old Navy, and H&M just to name a few. If you’re looking for restaurants, The Cheesecake Factory, California Pizza Kitchen, and Five Guys are only some of the options you have here. In addition to shopping and food, this mall has a 24 Hour Fitness and a luxury movie theater attached to it. It truly has everything you’re looking for!

Kahe Point Beach Park | What makes Kahe Point Beach Park, also known as Electric Beach, unique is the fact that it’s located right next to a power plant. The power plant pumps clean, warm water into the ocean, attracting all sorts of marine life. If you’re a good swimmer, spend some time snorkeling in the area, then try to spot dolphins as you relax on the beach.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawai’i | As the only water park in the state, Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawai’i makes it possible for you and your whole family to have an exciting day of fun in the sun. The park has more than 25 rides, including a lazy river and the thrilling U-shaped Shaka. Season passes are available so you can get wet all year long without breaking the bank.

Golfing | Tee up at Kapolei Golf Club. This golf course covers 190 acres and has 80 bunkers and five lakes providing an ideal place to practice your golf game. 

Shopping in Kapolei

There is no shortage of options when it comes to shopping in Kapolei. With five different shopping centers available for you to patronize, shopping couldn’t be more convenient. You’ll find most of these stores along Kapolei Parkway or Farrington Highway. Stores in Kapolei tend to have large parking lots with ample parking, making for a stress-free experience.

Grocery and Drug Stores

Costco | 4589 Kapolei Pkwy, Kapolei, HI, 96707 | Costco is arguably the most popular spot to get your grocery shopping done in Kapolei. This members-only warehouse store sells groceries in bulk, along with a large variety of other items including electronics.

Down to Earth | 4460 Kapolei Pkwy #320, Kapolei, HI, 96707 | At Down to Earth in Kapolei Commons, you can find organic and natural grocery options, as well as vitamins and body care products. They also have a deli area where you can purchase hot food.

Safeway | 590 Farrington Hwy N 400, Kapolei, HI, 96707 | Located at Kapolei Marketplace, Safeway is a well-known national supermarket chain that sells both brand-name and house-label groceries. This location also has a deli and a bakery.

Foodland | 4850 Kapolei Pkwy, Kapolei, HI, 96707 | This local supermarket chain located in the Kapolei Village Center is great for grocery runs. A Foodland Farms, which is more focused on organic and vegetarian products and offers prepared food, is set to open at the Grove in Ka Makana Ali’i sometime in 2020.

Walmart | 91-600 Farrington Hwy, Kapolei, HI, 96707 | At Walmart, you can find everything you need in one location at a reasonable price. This Walmart does have a section for basic groceries, but doesn’t have a full grocery store like a Walmart Supercenter would. It’s great for the essentials.

Target | 4450 Kapolei Pkwy #100, Kapolei, HI, 96707 | Target at Kapolei Commons is a popular weekend-stop in Kapolei. In addition to groceries, clothing, home goods, and electronics, this location offers a section of Hawaiian specialties right when you walk into the store. 

Longs Drugs | 590 Farrington Hwy, Kapolei, HI 96707 | Longs in Kapolei Marketplace is a convenient place to pick up your prescriptions. While you’re there, you can also take advantage of their great sales on food, housewares, and paper goods.

Pet Stores

Petco | 4450 Kapolei Pkwy Suite 140, Kapolei, HI, 96707 | Conveniently located in Kapolei Commons, Petco has a large variety of food and supplies, including beds and toys. They also offer grooming services and dog training classes.

PetSmart | 91-5431 Kapolei Pkwy Suite 1701, Kapolei, HI, 96707 | PetSmart opened just last year in Ka Makana Ali’i. This large chain store provides everything your pet needs, from food and supplies to grooming and training classes. 

Hardware Stores

Home Depot | 4600 Kapolei Pkwy, Kapolei, HI, 96707 | The Home Depot is a well-known home improvement chain that sells tools, appliances, and other goods. They also offer tool and truck rentals.

Hardware Hawai’i | 110 Ulu Pl, Kapolei, HI, 96707 | Located near Costco, this hardware store sells building materials like lumber, plumbing, and paint. They place a heavy focus on customer service with aloha.

Restaurants in Kapolei

The amount of restaurants in Kapolei has really exploded over the last decade. It was hard to narrow my long list of fantastic restaurants down to five. Here are some new places for you to check out, and some tried and true places that I’ve enjoyed for a while. One thing is for sure, if you’re hungry, Kapolei is the place to go.

Mad Bene | 4450 Kapolei Pkwy #540, Kapolei, HI, 96707 | Located next to Regal Theaters in Kapolei Commons, Made Bene makes their pasta in-house and serves New York style pizza. Mad Bene just opened at the end of 2019 and has already created quite a buzz in the Kapolei community.

Moani Island Bistro & Bar | 91-5431 Kapolei Pkwy, Kapolei, HI, 96707 | Besides serving gourmet local food, Moani Island Bistro & Bar has live music in the evenings, making it a great spot to get together with friends for drinks after shopping at Ka Makana Ali’i.

DB Grill | 4450 Kapolei Pkwy #560, Kapolei, HI, 96707 | This unique spot at Kapolei Commons offers a ton of different food options like kim chee fried rice, bi bim bap, and the plant-based Impossible Burger. They also have a large variety of interesting alcoholic beverages to choose from, like soju, a popular Korean alcohol.

Sushi Bay | 590 Farrington Hwy #130, Kapolei, HI, 96707 | You know a restaurant is good when there’s a crowd of people waiting outside for a table. Sushi Bay at Kapolei Marketplace is so popular that everytime I go I have to settle for ordering take-out because the wait to dine in is so long. You can get sushi via the conveyor-belt if you dine in, or you can order one of their awesome donburis to go.

My Cafe | 563 Farrington Hwy, Kapolei, HI, 96707 | If you’re looking for a great breakfast spot, look no further than My Cafe. You can order the flight of pancakes (mini cookie butta luva, lilikoi, and chocolate taro-haupia pancakes) here, or get a crab and asparagus benedict. There are so many options, you’ll want to go back time and again to try everything. This place gets busy, so make sure you go early or be prepared to wait for a table.

Schools in Kapolei

Kapolei already has many great options when deciding where to send your child to school, but starting with School Year 2020-2021, you will have another option if you have middle schoolers. The Hawai’i Department of Education plans to open East Kapolei Middle School across from the Salvation Army Kroc Center. This will take some of the strain off of Kapolei Middle School, which is currently the sole middle school in the neighborhood.

The below schools are listed in order from Top Rated to Unrated according to Greatschools.org.

Kapolei Elementary Schools

Kapolei Elementary School (Public) | 91-1119 Kamaaha Lp, Kapolei, HI, 96707 | PK-5 | 864 students

Mauka Lani Elementary School (Public) | 92-1300 Panana St, Kapolei, HI 96707 | PK-5 | 626 students

Makakilo Elementary School (Public) | 92-675 Anipeahi St, Kapolei, HI 96707 | PK-5 | 490 students

Ho'okele Elementary School (Public) | 91-511 Kunehi St, Kapolei, HI, 96707 | PK-5 | 738 students

Barbers Point Elementary School (Public) | 3001 Boxer Rd, Kapolei, HI 96707 | PK-5 | 532 students

Island Pacific Academy (Private) | 909 Haumea St, Kapolei, HI 96707 | K-12 | 680 students

Seagull School-Kapolei (Private) | 531 Farrington Hwy, Kapolei, HI, 96707 | PK-1 | Number of students unknown

American Renaissance Academy (Private) | P.O. Box 75357, Kapolei, HI, 96707 | PK-12 | 108 students

Kapolei Middle Schools

Kapolei Middle School (Public) | 91-5335 Kapolei Pkwy, Kapolei, HI, 96707 | 6-8 | 1,521 students

Island Pacific Academy (Private) | 909 Haumea St, Kapolei, HI 96707 | K-12 | 680 students

American Renaissance Academy (Private) | P.O. Box 75357, Kapolei, HI, 96707 | PK-12 | 108 students

Kapolei High Schools

Kapolei High School (Public) | 91-5007 Kapolei Pkwy, Kapolei, HI, 96707 | 9-12 | 2,035 students

Island Pacific Academy (Private) | 909 Haumea St, Kapolei, HI 96707 | K-12 | 680 students

American Renaissance Academy (Private) | P.O. Box 75357, Kapolei, HI, 96707 | PK-12 | 108 students

Kapolei Charter School by Goodwill Hawaii (Public Charter) | 2140 Lauwiliwili St, Kapolei, HI, 96707 | 9 | 49 students

Kapolei Public Transportation

The Honolulu City Bus system is the best way to currently get around Kapolei, as well as to get to other parts of the island. From the Kapolei Transit Center, you can easily get to Wahiawa or Ala Moana. Starting in late 2020, the first phase of the Honolulu Rail is scheduled to open, allowing passengers to take the rail from Kapolei to Aloha Stadium, perfect for getting to University of Hawai’i football games! Then in 2025, when the entire system is complete, you’ll be able to get from Kapolei to Ala Moana in about 42 minutes, much faster than you could get there in your car during peak hours. The opening of the rail system will provide those living in Kapolei with another much-needed and long-awaited alternative mode of transportation.

Healthcare Facilities in Kapolei

Kapolei provides numerous healthcare facilities to keep you and your family healthy. The closest hospital is The Queen’s Medical Center - West O’ahu located in Ewa Beach, only 10-15 minutes away. There are also plenty of clinics in the neighborhood.

Kaiser Permanente Kapolei Clinic | 599 Farrington Hwy, Kapolei, HI, 96707 | Kaiser Permanente’s Kapolei Clinic offers family medicine, laboratory services, and diabetic eye screening. There is also a pharmacy at this location so you can see your doctor and pick up your prescription all in one trip.

Kaiser Permanente West O’ahu Medical Office | The Kaiser Permanente West O’ahu Medical Office is currently under construction and is expected to open sometime in 2021. This 40,000 square foot clinic will include both primary and specialty care for residents who live and work on the west side.

Straub Medical Center - Kapolei Clinic & Urgent Care | 91-5431 Kapolei Pkwy, Suite 1706, Kapolei, HI, 96707 | Just last year in 2019, Hawai’i Pacific Health opened a new Straub Medical Center at The Grove in Ka Makana Ali’i. Services here currently include primary care, urgent care, and pediatric sports medicine with more to come in the near future.

The Queen’s Health Care Centers - Kapolei | 599 Farrington Hwy, Suite 201, Kapolei, HI, 96707 | This location of the Queen’s Health Care Centers provides west side family members with primary care and specialty services including family medicine, immunizations, and physical therapy.

Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center - West O’ahu Community Health | 599 Farrington Hwy, Suites 100, 208A, and 208, Kapolei, HI 96707 | The Kapolei location of the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center is its largest satellite clinic and provides healthcare for women and families as well as a walk-in clinic.

Hotels in Kapolei

It was only in 2016 that the first hotel opened in the heart of Kapolei. Prior to that, if you wanted to stay in the Kapolei area, your only option was to stay at one of the luxury hotels at Ko Olina. Since then, two more hotels have opened up in the area, providing both locals and tourists with new options when they’re looking for somewhere to stay. There is also a fourth hotel on the way; the name and open date are still to be determined, although it is expected to open sometime in 2021.

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton O’ahu/Kapolei | 91-5431 Kapolei Pkwy Suite 900, Kapolei, HI, 96707 | Hampton Inn & Suites is attached to Ka Makana Ali’i, so there are countless shops and restaurants just steps away.

Embassy Suites by Hilton O’ahu Kapolei | 725 Manawai St, Kapolei, HI 96707 | Embassy Suites has some great amenities, including shuttle services to area beaches and free cooked-to-order breakfasts. 

Residence Inn by Marriott O’ahu Kapolei | 731 Kunehi St, Kapolei, HI 96707 | Perfect for longer stays, Residence Inn suites include a full kitchen so you can prepare your own meals.

Kapolei Real Estate

If you’re in the market for a home and looking at Kapolei as an option, you will find an abundance of single-family homes and townhouses in the neighborhood. Homes in Kapolei typically have relatively large floor plans and are quite affordable for Hawai’i. You can expect purchase prices in the range of $300,000 - $700,000 for townhomes and $600,000 - $1,800,000 for single-family homes. Kapolei rentals will have an average range of $1,500 - $4,000 per month.

Best Neighborhoods in Kapolei

Ko Olina | Ko Olina is an upscale oceanfront community shared with luxury hotels including Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa. The housing market consists of single-family homes, townhouses, and condominium villas with anywhere between two to three bedrooms and baths. Prices range from $500,000 - $1,800,000.

Mehana | This community is located right in the heart of Kapolei. It’s close to Costco and Foodland, not to mention a large variety of restaurants. Mehana is for you if you’re looking for an affordable townhouse with two to three bedrooms and baths in the $500,000 - $700,000 price range.

Ho’opili | The newest community in Kapolei, built with transit-oriented development in mind, is Ho’opili. This desirable neighborhood is close to the rail line, the University of Hawai’i West O’ahu, and Ka Makana Ali’i. If you’re looking for newly constructed single-family homes and townhouses in the $600,000 - $900,000 price range, this neighborhood is for you.

If you have any more questions about the neighborhood or are planning a move and need our assistance finding a home, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Posted in Community News
May 14, 2020

Moving to North Shore, Oahu? The Ultimate Guide to Living in North Shore Oahu, Surf, Restaurants, & Real Estate in 2020

Living in North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

As Hawaii's premier surf destination, the North Shore, Hawaii is home to many famous beaches, including Sunset and Pipeline. If want to take the Hollywood approach to learning about the North Shore, it actually has its own movie aptly titled "North Shore" from 1987. You may have also noticed the region featured in box office hits like Blue Crush and Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

Host to international surf competitions, you'll find surf celebrities abound in the winter. Located 45 minutes north from Honolulu, this surfers’ paradise is adjacent to the pineapple fields of Dole Plantation. The North Shore is known as the birthplace of big wave surfing, with waves reaching up to 50 feet and home to world class surf competitions like The Vans Triple Crown and Billabong Pipe Masters. In contrast to the giant winter, summer allows for exceptional swimming and snorkeling in Waimea Bay.  Known for it’s laid back attitude and surf-inspired culture, this stretch of coast is perfect for those looking to rent or buy a home in a pristine small-town community. 

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The North Shore includes the towns of Haleiwa, Pupukea, Kahuku, Laie, and Hauula, with Haleiwa as the mainstay. Although the north shore is one of the more expensive areas of Oahu, it provides a respite to the hustle and traffic of Honolulu. Available homes for sale are plantation-style single-family, gated townhomes, condos, and luxury estates with oceanfront views.  If you’re looking to live within a resort, you’ll also find an array of condos for sale within the Kuilima Estates at Turtle Bay Resort. 

With easy access to famous locales of Waimea Bay and Waimea Valley, you won’t run out of things to do in the North Shore. The Smaller communities of Waialua, Mokuleia, Pupukea, and Kawela Bay are also in demand areas to purchase a beachside property within the 96712 North Shore zip code.  Many of Hawaii’s military families decide to invest in a North Shore home due to its proximity to Schofield Barracks Oahu Military Base.

Traveling through these locales you're surrounded by quaint small town nostalgia.  A world away from the bustle and skyscrapers of Honolulu, find peace in this coastal stretch. 

WHERE IS THE NORTH SHORE, Hawaii?

Asking what island is North Shore on is a little ambiguous as each island has their own North Shore, but none quite as notorious as Oahu! Reference the North Shore Map below and you will se the boundary lines of the region spanning Ka'ena Point, past Kawela Bay, and on to Kualoa Ranch. The Kahuku, Laie, and Punaluu regions also fall within the North Shore territory but not in the sense of how we identify it when speaking about the "wave-havens" of the region. Within the North Shore area, you will find the Dole Plantation, Waimea Bay, and the Ko’olau Mountains bridging the center.

How Far is North Shore from...

  • Waikiki | 33 Miles | 48 Minutes 
  • Honolulu Airport (Daniel K Inouye Airport | 26 Miles | 35 Minutes
  • Metro Honolulu | 30 Miles | 45 Minutes
  • Schofield Barracks Army Base Hawaii | 9 Miles | 19 Minutes

*All of the above is assuming ideal traffic conditions. 

LIFESTYLE

Life in the North Shore is laid back, as you may observe by the lack of patrons wearing shoes in the shops and sidewalks of Haleiwa. Life here is slow.  Although it is home to surf bums and retired millionaires alike, it lacks the social hierarchy. There are a high number of Mormon residents on the North Shore due to its proximity to Brigham Young University in Laie. 

Like most Hawaii locals, residents are easy going and warm.  The spirit of aloha is alive here. The people who call the North Shore home plan their days around peak surf times and talking story with friends.  Food trucks are prized for their fresh local eats over the upscale restaurants of Honolulu. You will almost never hear honking cars and traffic stops to let pedestrians get by (surfboards in tow).  Throwing shaka is the de facto greeting, and you will be welcomed as long as you respect the land. Due to its remote proximity, you will find that prices in stores are higher than what you will find in Honolulu. Throughout Hawaii, tourism is the main economic driver. Many local people find employment in relation to the tourism industry.  

HISTORY

North Shore residents pride themselves on maintaining the area’s rural charm and remain ardently anti-development, as depicted by the “Keep the Country Country” bumper stickers on many cars. Although many development projects have been proposed, they are always met with objections from locals. 

As ancient Hawaiians began to migrate from the Big Island and Oahu, the North Shore became the new home of agricultural communities. Drawn to the area for the rich soil, taro and sweet potato became staple crops. Near the beginning of the 20th century, Benjamin J. Dillingham assembled a railroad, sugar mill, and “Hawaii’s finest hotel” the Hale’iwa Hotel. Haleiwa, in Hawaiian means house of the iwa bird.  This resort became a favorite of Honolulu’s elite looking for a weekend getaway. Although neither the hotel nor railroad exists today, several other buildings from the early businesses of Haleiwa still stand. 

The North Shore is usually synonymous with surfing, however, this is a relatively recent development. Before the 1980’s surfing was considered too dangerous. However, Surf legends like Eddie Aikau changed attitudes, ushering in the era of big wave surfing. 

HOW FAR IS THE NORTH SHORE FROM HONOLULU?

Haleiwa, Hawaii is located 30 miles north of Honolulu.  The fastest way to get to the North Shore from Honolulu is to take I-H-2 S and I-H-2 E, through the center of Oahu, arriving in about 45 minutes. The other option is to take the more scenic Windward coastline through Kailua which could take anywhere from 1-2 hours. It’s best to arrive early to beat the traffic.  

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN THE NORTH SHORE?

With temperatures around eighty degrees year-round, you can enjoy 365 days of sun and surf.  North Shore weather will see cool breezes from the tradewinds coming off of the see so you should rarely feel overheated.  This also offers the opportunity to save on A/C costs by opening windows to allow the breeze through on hotter days. Winter months bring more rain, and it rains almost every day. Although rains rarely last more than a few minutes, floods in the winter are not unheard of. 

What to do in North Shore Oahu

If you are an ocean lover you will never run out of things to do in North Shore, Oahu.  In contrast to the monster waves of winter, in the summertime, the waves smooth out and provide excellent conditions for swimming or snorkeling. Fill your days with sun and surf or spend an afternoon browsing through Haleiwa’s trendy shops and galleries. The “7 Mile Miracle” is the most famous stretch of the North Shore coast. Running from Sunset Beach to Haleiwa Beach Park, this area includes Waimea, Pipeline, and other famous surfing beaches. 

Waimea Bay | Located past Haleiwa beach and across from Waimea Falls, this legendary beach is known amongst surfers as the top surf spot in the North Shore. Extending through the middle you will find “Da Rock” a popular spot for cliff jumping. Home to The Eddie Big Wave Invitational.

Polynesian Cultural Center | Arguably the top tourist attraction on Oahu. Immerse yourself in Hawaiian and Polynesian Culture for a theatrical luau that dives deep into the history of Ancient Polynesians and the origins of their island homes and people.

Waimea Valley | If you are interested in discovering native foliage, Waimea Valley offers over 5,000 tropical plants. Across the street from Waimea Bay, this tropical reserve is situated on 1,500 acres of land.  Enjoy family-friendly cultural activities including talk story hour, hula, and ancient Hawaiian crafts. 

Waimea Falls | Within Waimea Valley catch a glimpse of Waimea Falls, a picture-perfect waterfall surrounded by the verdant foliage of the rainforest. Only a short walk from the entrance swimming is allowed in the pools of the falls. 

Alii Beach Park | One of the best spots for swimming in the North Shore. Due to the shallow beach, Alii Beach Park is a kid-friendly post. Great for first-time surfers and a favorite amongst local families. You will often find a keiki (kids) surf competition here with families cheering them on from the beach. 

Dole Plantation | One of Oahu's most renowned tourist destinations with fun for the whole family. Check out the pineapples maze!

SHOPPING IN THE NORTH SHORE

When shopping for souvenirs or food, the variety of shops and grocery stores make it easy to find what you need.  With most of the stores located within the main Haleiwa strip and ample parking, shopping is a seamless experience. However, you will find that prices here are more expensive than Honolulu. Many noted galleries are situated on the Haleiwa strip featuring local artists' wares.  More budget-conscious North Shore residents find themselves making weekly trips to Honolulu to stock up on essentials at more affordable prices. 

GROCERY AND DRUG STORES

Haleiwa Farmers Market | 59-864 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712 | A North Shore staple. Outdoor market happening Thursdays from 2:00-6:00 rain or shine. Vendors ranging from organic farmers to artists with accompanying live music. 

Celestial Natural Foods | 66-443 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712 | Family-owned organic grocery. Offering a variety of bulk and vegetarian offerings. All items are non-GMO. Other highlights include reef-safe sunscreens, essential oils, and natural beauty products. 

Foodland | 59-720 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712 | Hawaii based supermarket chain. Excellent place to pick up fresh produce and locally caught sushi. 

Malama Market | 66-190 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712 | Independent chain with stores throughout Hawaii. Providing produce and other grocery items. Highly rated for their ready to eat offerings including poke and spam musubi. 

PET STORES

Feed Trough Inc | 67-292 Goodale Ave, Waialua, HI 96791 | Independent store stocking livestock feed & supplies, plus dog and cat food necessities.

HARDWARE STORES

Pioneer Ace Hardware | 66-134 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712 | Hardware store with tools, homeware, and outdoor essentials. Otherwise, you’ll need to make the drive to Honolulu for larger retailers. 

BEACH RENTALS 

Surf N Sea | 62-595 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712 | Shop offering surf lessons, rentals, ocean kayaking tours, and scuba diving supplies. If you want to embrace the local music scene, you can purchase a ukulele made of 100% recycled wood. 

North Shore Surf Shop | 66-150 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712 | Find deals on surf rentals and gear here.  Board rentals start at $15 for 24 hours with car straps included.  Great selection of locally designed tees as well. 

Where to eat North Shore, Oahu

There's plenty of restaurants on the North Shore but the region is famous for its food truck scene where you will find a plethora of fresh local options.  It wouldn’t be a trip to the North Shore without a plate of garlic shrimp or shave ice.  With so many food trucks to choose from, you won’t run out of tasty options. 

Matsumoto Shave Ice | 66-111 Kamehameha Hwy #605, Haleiwa, HI 96712 | Families from all over Oahu will make the drive to the North Shore for this legendary spot. Expect long lines.  Delicious combinations and affordable pricing. 

Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck | 66-472 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712 | Well known joint with a variety of plate lunches. Locals' favorite is garlic shrimp with a side of rice.

Killer Tacos Inc | 66-560 Kamehameha Hwy # 1, Haleiwa, HI 96712 | Over the counter tacos with a well air-conditioned atmosphere. Hands down the best Mexican offering in the North Shore. 

Haleiwa Joe’s | 66-011 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712 | Casual spot with a beach theme and great views. Located on the Haleiwa strip, this spot offers fresh seafood dishes and steak alongside cocktails. 

Sprout Sandwich Shop | 66-526 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI | Best tasting sandwiches on the North Shore. Healthy ingredients in hearty and light combinations. 

The Beet Box Cafe | 66-437 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI | Lunch post with organic and vegan options. A menu featuring burritos, salads, smoothies, and plenty of avocado options. This place will give you the energy to spend hours surfing. 

Haleiwa Beach House | 62-540 Kamehameha Hwy. Haleiwa, HI 96712 | Local favorites, seafood, and two bars oriented over an upstairs and downstairs dining area. Great spot if you want to sit in open air on the restaurant's deck to enjoy a bite!

North Shore Schools

The North Shore has both public and private school options. The schools listed below are Top Rated according to Greatschools.org 

NORTH SHORE PK-ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Laie Elementary School | 55-109 Kulanui St, Laie, HI, 96762 | Public district, PK-6 | 669 students

Waialua Elementary School | 67-020 Waialua Beach Rd, Waialua, HI, 96791 | Public district | PK-6 | 548 students

Haleiwa Elementary School | 66-505 Haleiwa Rd, Haleiwa, HI, 96712 | Public district, PK-6 | 224 students

Kahuku Elementary School | 56-170 Pualalea St, Kahuku, HI, 96731 | Public district |  PK-6 | 425 students

Sunset Beach Elementary School | 59-360 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712 | Public district | PK-6 | 443 students

Hauula Elementary School | 54-046 Kamehameha Hwy, Hauula, HI |96717 Public district | PK-6 | 343 students

NORTH SHORE MIDDLE SCHOOLS

Kahuku High & Intermediate School | 56-490 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, HI |  96731 Public district | 7-12 | 1,390 students

Waialua High & Intermediate School | 67-160 Farrington Hwy, Waialua, HI, 96791 | Public district | 7-12 | 673 students

Kamalani Academy | 1403 California Ave, Wahiawa, HI, 96786 | Public charter, PK-8 | 286 students

NORTH SHORE HIGH SCHOOLS

Kahuku High & Intermediate School | 56-490 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, HI, 96731 | Public district, 7-12 |1,390 students

Waialua High & Intermediate School | 67-160 Farrington Hwy, Waialua, HI |  96791| Public district, 7-12 | 673 students

NORTH SHORE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Accessing the North Shore via Honolulu is limited. The only public transportation is the Honolulu Bus system. With many stops, the bus trip takes anywhere from 2-3 hours. Bus numbers 52 and 55 run from Ala Moana to the North Shore daily. It is recommended that visitors rent a car. Turo offers affordable options with listings from local car owners. Bus 88A runs throughout the North Shore, starting in Pearl City running through Turtle Resort and back to Ala Moana. 

HEALTHCARE FACILITIES IN THE NORTH SHORE 

There is a Family Health Center in Haleiwa as well as a Medical Center in Kahuku. The closest hospital, Wahiawa General Hospital, is located about 30 minutes south. In addition to this, there are two dental clinics located within Haleiwa in case you need teeth cleaning. 

Where to Stay North Shore, Oahu

North Shore Hotels are limited and that's just the way the locals want to keep it. This is why the North Shore quickly rose to becoming Oahu's hotspot for vacation rental activity on AirBnb and VRBO. However, the North Shore, Oahu vacation rental market is currently under attack by Bill 89 that was introduced in 2019, introducing strict penalties on illegal vacation rentals on Oahu.  There are many vacation rentals on the North Shore still available, but it's a very fluid environment and you may see this change.  Here's the options we're confident in:

Turtle Bay Resort | 57-091 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, HI 96731 | Mainstay resort located in Kahuku. Set on 850 acres overlooking Kuilima Cove. High-end atmosphere in the several hundred dollars per night price range. Luxury amenities and sweeping ocean views. 

Kuilima Estates | Within Turtle Bay Resort, these condos are privately owned and may have recently received approval to operate legal North Shore vacation rentals due falling in resort jurisdiction.

Kalani Hawaii Private Lodging | Kamehameha Hwy Haleiwa, Oahu, HI 96712 | Located across from Sunset Beach, this boutique lodging is privately owned by “Uncle Bernie and Aunty Maria”. With rave hospitality reviews of, you will feel right at home. It offers a large lanai and comfortable common area to socialize with other guests. 

North Shore Real Estate

Due to the anti-development sentiment of the local community, the homes for sale on the North Shore are more limited than other areas of Oahu. Developers focus mainly on building luxury estates on available lots. Many homes are hidden from the main road, a testament to residents’ preference for privacy. Here's our top picks:

BEST NEIGHBORHOODS IN THE NORTH SHORE 

Kuilima Estates - Situated within the Turtle Bay Resort these updated homes and condos are easy walking distance to white sand beaches and golfing. Homes from $450,000 - $920,000.

Sunset Beach - A popular spot with families, this area offers easy access to Sunset Beach Elementary School (which is located directly across from Sunset Beach). You’ll be sure to raise a couple of young surfers if you decide to settle here. Homes ranging from $900,000 - $14,000,000. 

Waialua - The slower, country-side of the North Shore. Expect far less congestion here and honestly, the place I want to retire! Homes for sale in Waialua see prices starting at $700,000. 

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If you have further questions about the neighborhoods or want to discuss your best options for the upcoming move, please don't hesitate to contact us.

 

Posted in Community News
May 13, 2020

Moving to Mililani? The Ultimate Guide to Living in Mililani, Restaurants, & Real Estate in 2020

Mililani, Hawaii

Mililani is a city in Hawaii with a population of roughly 50,000 people and if you're unfamiliar with the island and unsure what island Mililani on, it's Oahu! The city is right at the heart of the island and locals primarily split the region into two main parts; Mililani Town and Mililani Mauka. Mililani Town is the original part of town while Mililani Mauka is a place consists of newer residential and commercial development. Both areas are lovely and bring their own sense of unique flare to the city, with views of a stunning mountainous backdrop. The Mililani Zip Code is 96789.

The Mililani neighborhood is fortunate to one of the few communities that features sidewalks throughout the entire community and well as a number of public parks and sports recreation venues that lends itself to keeping Mililani residents active. Drive through the neighborhood and you'll see many taking advantage of Mililani's idyllic weather while walking the dogs, jogging, or riding bikes with their children. I've even seen roller blades making a comeback!

Where is Mililani, HI?

How Far is Mililani from...

  • Honolulu Airport | 15.2 Miles | 20 minutes via H-2/H-1 Freeway.
  • Haleiwa, North Shore, Hawaii | 14 miles | 24 minutes via HI-99.
  • Honolulu, HI | 19.5 Miles | 27 Minutes with ideal traffic conditions via H-2/H-1.
  • Waikiki, HI | 23.7 Miles | 32 Minutes with ideal traffic conditions via H-2/H-1.
  • Schofield Barracks Army Base Hawaii | 6.5 Miles | 12 Minutes via H-2.

Things to do in Mililani, HI

Mililani is home to a plethora of recreational activities. Tee-up at the gorgeous Mililani Golf Course or take the kids to one the many picture-perfect parks or one of 7 Mililani Recreation Centers and pools. If you're new to the islands, then you should know that space is a luxury. If you're not opposed to a short drive, then check out some of the following activities:

  • Dole Plantation - One of Oahu's most popular tourist attractions that sees nearly 1 million visitors a year. Dole Plantation provides tons family fun here from the Pineapple Express Train Tour, Plantation Garden Tour, and the Pineapple Garden Maze.
  • Haleiwa Town - Take a drive to this iconic North Shore, Oahu beach town and enjoy the food trucks, restaurants, shave ice, and surf shops that line the the boulevard through Haleiwa. Oahu's North Shore is the mecca of the surfing world so be sure to drop in somewhere along the miles long stretch of white sand beaches. .

So what is the weather like in Mililani?

Mililani's elevation lends itself to having a slightly cooler climate than some of the low level plains on Oahu. Plan for an average low temperature of around 66 degrees with an average high temperature of 81 degrees. Average rainfall in the region sits around 14 days per year but these are intermittent showers; most rainy days in Hawaii are also sunny days!

What Kind of Shopping is in Mililani?

Mililani is as close to “typical American suburb” as you'll find in all of Oahu. There's a myriad of shopping opportunities in town and they primarily break down to 3 shopping centers; Mililani Shopping Center, Gateway at Mililani Mauka, and Mililani Town Center. Each feature stores to meet your every day needs from Walmart Mililani, Safeway & Foodland Groceries, Times Supermarket, Ross, and Long's Drug Stores. You'll also find the vast majority of Mililani Restaurants tucked into these 3 hubs, as well as the Mililani Movie Theaters.

Hardware Stores in Mililani

City Mill is going to be your closest option for lumber, garden, and home maintenance needs. If you're ok with a short 10 minute drive, head over the Lowe's in Waikele where you'll find nearly everything your home needs, including appliances.

Best Mililani Restaurants

Aside from the franchise restaurants in Mililani like Chili's and Ruby Tuesday's, we figured we would provide you some options off of the beaten path. From local favorites to Japanese and Italian themed cuisine.

1.) Rise and Shine Cafe - Family run, homestyle cafe offering breakfast and lunch, as well as homemade desserts in Mililani Mauka. | 95-1057 Ainamakua Dr. #F-6 Mililani, Hawaii 96789.

2.) Assagios Mililani - Our top pick for Italian restaurants in Mililani and probably our favorite caesar salad ever! Large plates and romantic setting. | 95-1249 Meheula Pkwy, Mililani, HI 96789

3.) Mililani Restaurant - This is the local favorite and must stop if you're looking for large authentic style Hawaiian plate lunches. The menu is intense so take a peek at it before you go in! | 95-221 Kipapa Drive Mililani, HI 96789

4.) Taqueria El Ranchero | My mexican friends argue that this is the best Mexican restaurant on Oahu! It's not literally in Mililani but it's worth the 5-10 drive to Wahiawa. | 823 California Ave. Suite A5, Wahiawa, Oahu, HI 96786

5.) Taps & Apps Brewpub | American style food, full bar over 30 beers on tap, and live music in Mililani Mauka. 95-1830 Meheula Pkwy Ste C6, Mililani, Oahu, HI 96789

Mililani Gyms

As we mentioned above, Mililani is a very active community offering both outdoor recreation areas and indoor fitness centers. Check a few of the big box gyms below offering fitness memberships, as well as a few Crossfit Gyms near Mililani for the functional fitness enthusiast:

24 Hour Fitness Mililani
UFC Gym Mililani
Mililani YMCA

Mililani Crossfit

These 2 Crossfit boxes are just a short 5-10 minute drive to Waipio:

Crossfit Waipio
Arkaios Crossfit

Schools in Mililani

Mililani is widely thought to have the strongest public school system in the state and this is naturally very appealing to young families with school aged children. Here's a list of all the Mililani Schools:

Mililani Elementary Schools

Mililani Uka Elementary School | Public
Mililani Waena Elementary School | Public
Mililani Ike Elementary School | Pubic
Kipapa Elementary School | Public

Mililani Middle Schools

Mililani Middle School | Public 

Mililani High Schools

Mililani High School | Public

Mililani Real Estate

Mililani has proven to be a solid real estate market for Oahu and this can be attributed to its' Central Location, strong public school system, and great proximity to Hawaii Military Bases. Premier access to Schofield Barracks makes Mililani a hot spot for military families looking to use their Hawaii BAH towards purchasing a home while stationed here. The military presence definitely helps prop up the real estate market here, but Mililani has long been a favorite for locals as well. 

mililani home prices

Every home in Mililani falls under the Mililani Town Association(MTA) by which is $39/mo association fee is due. This fee helps maintain the 7 different Recreation Centers & Pools, as well as the common grounds and parks in the region. Expect wide streets and sidewalls through the Mililani neighborhoods and most houses for sale in Mililani will have been in the 1970's and 1980's; which is actually relatively young compared to the rest of Oahu Real Estate. 

Best Neighborhoods in Mililani

1.) Mililani Mauka - This is the newer side of Mililani and naturally the more expensive. This is the wetter side of the region for sure and you'll see this reflected in the lush landscapes and greenery throughout the neighborhoods. It's a very quiet, family oriented community here 

2.) Mililani Town - Homes for sale in Mililani town reflect the original neighborhood to the west of H-2 freeway. Expect Mililani houses for sale to have been built between 1970-1987 with larger yards than Mauka homes, but older construction materials nonetheless. Mililani homes have much more convenience to stores, restaurants, and every day needs than Mauka homes as well.

3.) Launani Valley - This is a cool, quiet community in the valley just north of Mililani. Homes for sale in Launani Valley will feature more reasonable prices compared to the aforementioned neighborhoods, and they're also the closest to Schofield Barracks. The area does fall outside of the Mililani Public School district which is a big feature for a lot of familes

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If you have any more questions about the neighborhood or need our assistance in coordinating a move to Mililani, don't hesitate to contact us. It would be our pleasure to help you transition to your new Mililani home. 

Posted in Community News
May 9, 2020

Moving to Ewa Beach? The Ultimate Guide to Living in Ewa Beach, Restaurants, & Real Estate in 2020

Living in Ewa Beach Hawaii

Once a small plantation town covered with endless fields of sugar cane, has more recently become the answer to ‘Oahu’s housing shortage problem. Over the last few decades, the need for affordable housing on Oahu has grown at a rapid pace. Since production of sugar cane has long since moved overseas, developers have taken advantage of the flat, open space in Ewa Beach (sometimes referred to as the Ewa Plains) to build much-needed homes. Per KITV.com, between 2010 and 2016, more than 6,000 homes were built in Ewa Beach and it's expected that 31,000 more units will be built over the next 20 years or so. That’s a lot of homes!

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Ewa Beach Hawaii is now a sprawling suburb of Honolulu, making it a desirable place for young families to live. It is one of the only communities on where you can find new homes in Oahu for a reasonable price by Hawai’i’s standards. Single-family homes in the area come with 3-4 bedrooms and at least 2 bathrooms. Many homes also provide the sought after amenity of having an enclosed garage, which many older homes don’t have. The newer communities boast flat, wide sidewalks, perfect for walking your dog, jogging, or riding your bike. 

If you’re in the military and will be moving to Hawai’i, Ewa Beach is a popular neighborhood for you to rent or buy a home. Ewa has especially proven to be a hotspot for service members assigned to Schofield Barracks Army Base Hawaii as military families love the suburban feel of the community and the proximity to base. Are you PCS'ing to Oahu? Check our VA Resource to learn about Hawaii BAH and COLA, as well as the different Oahu Military Housing opportunities and PCS Guides.

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Where is Ewa Beach Located?

If you're unfamiliar with Hawaii, you may be wondering what island is Ewa Beach on? While Ewa Beach HI is part of County of Honolulu, you'll find it located in the southwest corner of the island of ‘Oahu. You will often hear the warm, dry side of the island where Ewa Beach is located referred to as the Leeward side. To the west is Kapolei, Oahu’s second city, which offers an exciting array of shops and restaurants a short 15 minute drive away. Pearl Harbor is directly to the east and Schofield Barracks is a lovely 25 minute drive north through the agricultural fields of Kunia. The Daniel K. Inouye International Airport is 17 miles to the east of Ewa Beach, about a 25 minute drive with perfect traffic conditions.

How Far is Ewa Beach to Honolulu?

Downtown Honolulu is 20 miles to the east of Ewa Beach Oahu. If you take the H-1 freeway during off-peak hours, it will take you about 35 minutes to reach the downtown area. If you’re attempting to get there during morning rush hour however, the commute can be frustrating and can take you anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half, so try to avoid peak hours if you can.

What is the Weather Like in Ewa Beach?

Being on the leeward side of the island, Ewa Beach doesn’t receive as much of Hawaii's notorious tradewinds; the island's natural air conditioning system. It definitely doesn't receive the often light splashes of rain like the Windward side does. Ewa Beach weather is hot, dry, and ideal those for those who love sunshine! You’ll experience temperatures consistently in the eighties all year round. During the summer months, your electricity bill will skyrocket as high temperatures creep toward 90 degrees. I personally love the winter months which bring more rain and slightly lower temperatures, sometimes even into the lower sixties in the early morning hours.

Things to do in Ewa Beach

Wondering what to do in Ewa Beach? Whether you’re looking for something to do with your kids, or planning a weekend outing with friends, you can find something for everyone right in the neighborhood.

  • White Plains Beach | When you’re itching to get into the ocean, head to White Plains Beach. This beach is perfect for family get togethers, learning to surf, or working on your tan. It also has a beautiful view of the coastline all the way to Diamond Head. Go early to avoid traffic jams and to get the perfect BBQ spot!

  • Golfing | Golfing is a popular pastime in Hawai’i, and with more than half a dozen golf courses to choose from, Ewa Beach is one of the best places on the island to get your fix. Book a tee time at the immaculate Hawaii Prince Golf Club,the award-winning Ewa Beach Golf Club, or Hoakalai Country Club.

  • Train rides | Let the Hawaiian Railway Society teach you about the area’s history in the sugar business while enjoying a 90 minute train ride from Ewa Beach to Kahe Point and back. On afternoon rides, the train makes a stop in Ko Olina at Two Scoops Ice Cream so you can buy yourself a refreshing treat.

  • Ka Makana Ali’i Mall | Sandwiched between Ewa Beach and Kapolei, Ka Makana Ali’i is ‘Oahu’s newest retail mall. You can find stores like H&M, Old Navy, Macy’s, and Bath and Body Works. The mall also has some amazing restaurants to choose from so you won’t go hungry during your longer shopping excursions.

Shopping in Ewa Beach

If you’re just shopping for the essentials, the handful of shopping centers in Ewa Hawaii make it possible for you to get everything you need without leaving the area. Everything is close together and all of the shopping centers have ample parking to make shopping easy and convenient.

Grocery and Drug Stores 

Foodland | 91-1401 Fort Weaver Road, Ewa Beach, HI, 96706 | This local supermarket chain is located in the Ewa Town Center and is a great place to pick up fresh produce and Hawaiian specialities. It’s also known for its tasty selection of poke (raw fish).

Safeway | 91-1119 Keaunui Drive, Ewa Beach, HI, 96706 | Safeway is the largest supermarket in Ewa Beach and is located in the Laulani Village Shopping Center. It sells both brand-name and house-label groceries, and also has a deli counter where you can order hot food as well as a bakery.

Longs Drug Stores | 91-919 Fort Weaver Road, Ewa Beach, HI, 96706 and 91-1401 Fort Weaver Road, Ewa Beach, HI, 96706 | Longs Drug Stores has two locations in Ewa Beach, one in the Ewa Beach Shopping Center and one in the Ewa Town Center. This is the perfect place to buy all of your basics while picking up your prescription.

Walgreens | 91-1081 Keaunui Drive, Ewa Beach, HI, 96706 | Conveniently located in the Laulani Village Shopping Center, Walgreens provides health-related items as well as a drive-through pharmacy to pick up your medications.

Pet Stores

Petco | 91-1065 Keaunui Drive, Suite F, Ewa Beach, HI, 96706 | This large chain pet store in the Laulani Village Shopping Center offers pet food and supplies, as well as services like training classes and grooming. They often have pet adoption events in the store as well.

The Pet Depot | 91-919 Fort Weaver Road, #109, Ewa Beach, HI, 96706 | This family-run pet store in the Ewa Beach Shopping Center offers more than just food and pet supplies, they also offer grooming services and The Dirty Dog Garage, a self-serve dog wash.

Hardware Stores

City Mill | 91-1061 Keaunui Drive, Ewa Beach, HI, 96706 | Whether you’re looking for tools, paint, or plants for your yard, City Mill in the Laulani Village Shopping Center has everything you need to keep your home well-maintained and organized.

Other Hardware Stores in the Vicinity | If City Mill doesn’t have what you’re looking for, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Hardware Hawaii are all less than a 15 minute drive away.

Restaurants in Ewa Beach

In the past, Ewa Beach was not known for having a plethora of dining options, but that’s starting to change. With so many people now living in the area, more restaurants are opening up, and there are a lot of hidden gems that only the locals know about. Here are some of the places I think are worthy of a mention.

Kountry Style Kitchen Restaurant | 91-1001 Kaimalie Street, Ewa Beach, HI, 96706 | Open for breakfast and lunch, this homey restaurant in the Ewa Pointe Marketplace serves up large portions of local dishes like their adobo fried rice omelet. They also have an extensive selection of pancakes, including the always popular macadamia nut pancake! Go early to avoid crowds.

Rainbow Drive-In | 91-1085 Keaunui Drive, Ewa Beach, HI, 96706 | This popular local establishment opened its fourth location at the Laulani Village Shopping Center in March 2020. I love the mix plate with BBQ beef, boneless chicken and mahi mahi, that way you get a little bit of everything!

Teddy’s Bigger Burger | 91-1085 Keaunui Drive, #6351, Ewa Beach, Hi, 96706 | Teddy’s is as close to a fifties diner that you can get in Hawai’i. They serve up some of the juiciest gourmet burgers around, not to mention their addictive kona coffee milkshake! The Ewa Beach location in the Laulani Village Shopping Center is one of a dozen in the state; the burger joint has been so popular, that they even expanded to the continental U.S. and Japan.

Spoon Korean Kitchen | 91-775 Papipi Road, Ewa Beach, HI, 96706 | When you’re in the mood for some authentic Korean food, Spoon Korean Kitchen has you covered. It’s nothing fancy, but when you see locals line up in front of the entrance before the restaurant opens, you know the food is good. You won’t regret trying the seafood pancake, it’s a winner!

The Raft Neighborhood Kitchen | The Ewa Villages Golf Course | Besides having a beautiful view of the golf course, this little-known gem has some of the best local comfort food around. The poke fries and garlic chicken are favorites. The Raft also has a full bar and offers a variety of specialty cocktails to keep you coming back for more.

Schools in Ewa Beach

Ewa Beach offers both public and private schools, so you have some options when looking for somewhere to decide what’s best for your children. The below schools are listed in order from Top Rated to Unrated according to Greatschools.org.

Ewa Beach Elementary Schools

Holomua Elementary School (Public) | 91-1561 Keaunui Dr, Ewa Beach, HI, 96706 | PK-6 | 1,181 students

Ewa Beach Elementary School (Public ) | 91-740 Papipi Rd, Ewa Beach, HI, 96706 | PK-6 | 758 students

Pohakea Elementary School (Public) | 91-750 Fort Weaver Rd, Ewa Beach, HI, 96706 | PK-6 | 526 students

Iroquois Point Elementary School (Public) | 5553 Cormorant Ave, Ewa Beach, HI, 96706 | PK-6 | 699 students

Ewa Elementary School (Public) | 91-1280 Renton Rd, Ewa Beach, HI, 96706 | PK-6 | 1,084 students

Kaimiloa Elementary School (Public) | 91-1028 Kaunolu St, Ewa Beach, HI, 96706 | PK-6 | 646 students

Keoneula Elementary School (Public) | 91-970 Kaileolea Dr, Ewa Beach, HI, 96706 | PK-6 | 1,055 students

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School (Private) | 91-1010 North Road, Ewa Beach, HI, 96706 | K-8 | 168 students

Friendship Christian Schools At Youth Center Campus (Private) | 91-1207 Renton Road, Ewa Beach, HI, 96706 | PK-12 | 315 students

Friendship Christian Schools (Private) | 91-1130 Renton Road, Ewa Beach, HI, 96706 | PK-12 | 300 students

Ewa Beach Middle Schools

Ewa Makai Middle School (Public) | 91-6291 Kapolei Pkwy, Ewa Beach, HI, 96706 | 7-8 | 882 students

Ilima Intermediate School (Public) | 91-884 Fort Weaver Rd, Ewa Beach, HI, 96706 | 7-8 | 870 students

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School (Private) | 91-1010 North Road, Ewa Beach, HI, 96706 | K-8 | 168 students

Friendship Christian Schools at Youth Center Campus (Private) | 91-1207 Renton Road, Ewa Beach, HI, 96706 | PK-12 | 315 students

Hale O Ulu School (Private) | 91-1841 Fort Weaver Road, Ewa Beach, HI, 96706 | 7-12 | 32 students

Lanakila Baptist Junior/Senior High School (Private) | 91-1219 Renton Rd, Ewa Beach, HI, 96706 | 7-12 | 60 students

Friendship Christian Schools (Private) | 91-1130 Renton Road, Ewa Beach, HI, 96706 | PK-12 | 300 students

Ewa Beach High Schools

James Campbell High School (Public) | 91-980 North Rd, Ewa Beach, HI, 96706 | 9-12 | 3,110 students

Friendship Christian Schools at Youth Center Campus (Private) | 91-1207 Renton Road, Ewa Beach, HI, 96706 | PK-12 | 315 students

Hale O Ulu School (Private) | 91-1841 Fort Weaver Road, Ewa Beach, HI, 96706 | 7-12 | 32 students

Lanakila Baptist Junior/Senior High School (Private) | 91-1219 Renton Rd, Ewa Beach, HI, 96706 | 7-12 | 60 students

Friendship Christian Schools (Private) | 91-1130 Renton Road, Ewa Beach, HI, 96706 | PK-12 | 300 students

Ewa Beach Bus and Rail Stops

Public transportation to and from Ewa Beach is about to get a huge upgrade. Up until 2020, the only public transportation within the community was the 18 bus stops operated by the Honolulu Bus. However, there will soon be 3 Honolulu Rail stations coming to the Hoopili neighborhood that will provide an alternative means of transportation from Ewa to the airport, and all the way to Ala Moana.

Healthcare Facilities in Ewa Beach

The community of Ewa Beach is lucky to be the location for the Queen's Medical Center West ‘Oahu. It’s nice to know that there is a quality emergency room in your neighborhood should you ever need it. There is also a DLS Laboratory location at the hospital, as well as a physician’s office building.

There are also several dental practices located in the neighborhood, so now you can have clean teeth without having to travel into town. Plus, West ‘Oahu Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine is now open at the Laulani Village Shopping Center, to relieve pain and restore balance to your life.

Hotels in Ewa Beach

It’s inevitable that you will have friends and family want to come and visit you. It is Hawai’i after all! Although Ewa Beach itself doesn’t have any hotels, your guests won’t have to travel far for great accommodations. Kapolei has three great options to choose from, all a short 15-20 minute drive away.

Hampton Inn & Suites Oahu Kapolei | 91-5431 Kapolei Pkwy, Suite 900, Kapolei, HI 96707 | The first Hampton Inn & Suites in Hawai’i, this hotel is attached to Ka Makana Ali’i, mere steps from shops and restaurants. They also offer a free hot breakfast daily and free wifi.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Oahu Kapolei | 725 Manawai Street, Kapolei, HI, 96707 | Embassy Suites is located in the heart of Kapolei and offers shuttles to area beaches, including White Plains Beach. Relax by the outdoor pool, complete with waterfall and whirlpool.

Residence Inn by Marriott Oahu Kapolei | 731 Kunehi Street, Kapolei, HI, 96707 | The newest of the three hotels, Residence Inn, is an all-suite hotel perfect for extended stays. Save money by cooking your meals in your suite’s kitchen, which includes a refrigerator, microwave, and stovetop.

Ewa Beach Real Estate

If you're thinking about renting or buying a home in Ewa Beach, you'll arguably find the widest array of home types and prices. Ewa not only is one of the youngest regions for residential and commercial development on Oahu, it's also one of the most affordable. Expect options from $300,000 - $600,000 for townhomes in Ewa Beach and $600,000 - $1,400,000 for single family homes for sale in Ewa Beach. Ewa Beach Rentals will have an average range of $1,500 - $4,000/mo.

Best Neighborhoods in Ewa Beach

The Ewa Beach region has been burgeoning with residential and commercial development over the last decade and has brought a plethora of exciting new neighborhoods. Developers like D.R. Horton Hawaii, Gentry Homes, and Haseco have brought thousands of homes to the region, making a sizable dent in the Oahu house shortage. Here's our top picks based on lifestyle, amenities, and overall sense of community:

1.) Hoopili - This is the youngest Ewa Beach neighborhood in the region and currently offers the widest array of home types and prices, as well as homes for sale under Oahu Affordable Housing restrictions. Expect wide streets and sidewalks in Hoopili, 9 parks, 5 recreation and pools, and influx of commercial retail, dining, and grocery opportunities coming as the neighborhood matures. Homes from $350,000 - $920,000.

2.) Ocean Pointe - A favorite amongst locals and Hawaii VA Loan buyers alike as the neighborhood has a ton of curb appeal. Expect townhomes and single family options while searching Ocean Pointe homes for sale; with every home coming equipped with air conditioning and two-car garages. These are luxuries in Hawaii! Expect numerous parks and pools as well. Homes from $500,000 - $850,000.

3.) Hoakalei - Arguably the flagship neighborhood of Ewa Beach. The Residences of Hoakalei are built around the famed Hoakalei Golf Course, and adjacent to Hau Bush Beach that's a short stroll or bike ride away. Many Hoakalei homes have golf course frontage and benefit from resort style amenities including community centers, pools, and their own private lagoon! If you're looking for Luxury Homes in Ewa Beach, Hoakalei should be your first stop. Prices from $600,000 - $1.4M.

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If you have further questions about the neighborhood or want to discuss your best options for the upcoming move, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Posted in Community News
April 3, 2020

The Cares Act of 2020: A Guide to the Coronavirus Stimulus Bill For Hawaii Small Businesses

Coronavirus Puts Hawaii & American Economy on Life Support

Unprecedented times calls for unprecedented action. You could have definitely made an argument for unprecedented times long before COVID-19 swept the globe in 2020 but oh my, the rollercoaster had only left the loading platform. The new decade ushered America into another year of an embattled culture war that has seen us divided by generations, ideologies, and most obviously; political parties.

The year 2020 would mark the nation's fourth year under the leadership of President Donald Trump; perhaps the most polarizing political figure in American History. Trump, the real estate tycoon and former reality TV star, found himself at the helm of a flourishing economy and record unemployment despite his very public transgressions, controversial policies, and mounting investigations that would ultimately devolve into impeachment proceedings. Just when you thought you knew the plot --  a foreign virus landed on American soil and told 2020 to "hold my beer." The coronavirus, knowing no borders, quickly leapt to pandemic proportions and brought the world economy to its knees.

Photo courtesy of TIME Magazine 

The economic effects of Coronavirus in Hawaii echo what we're seeing across the upper United States; perhaps even more so as the state's economy is largely propped up by tourism. Hawaii small business owners are rushing the gates of local banks to take advantage of programs like the Economic Injury & Disaster Loan and the Paycheck Protection Program in order to sustain payroll for their employees and buy time until the economy kicks back into gear(more info on how to apply below). Children are out of school, families are out of work, planes are grounded, hotels are empty, and uncertainty creeps into every American household as the world quarantines in place, patiently waiting for the coronavirus to retreat. 

Or better, a vaccine shaped messiah emerges. An approved coronavirus vaccine or treatment would not only bring relief to the infected and the overwhelmed healthcare system, it could very well be the shot in the arm that, if administered early enough, raises the U.S. Economy like Lazarus. However, experts say we could be looking at 12-18 months before we have an approved vaccine, a daunting timeline for the sick and/or economically impacted.

What is The CARES Act?

Under the mounting pressure of businesses being shuttered across the nation, elected officials were able to come together in the passage of The CARES Act; a bipartisan bill that aims $2 Trillion in stimulus money at individuals and small businesses under siege from the coronavirus led economic free-fall. While it's definitely no Messiah, think of the CARES Act like the Tamiflu and Ventilator that helps us more comfortably manage the severe economic symptoms of the virus until a vaccine is found, and full recovery is reached. You can read the full scope of the bill HERE, but we've boiled things down to highlight some of the "meat and potatoes" below and how you might benefit from them. **Before we start, it's important to note that this bill is still very fluid and we're receiving new updates and anecdotal experiences of the processes everyday. Just know that the content below may not reflect the most real time information just yet:

  • Unemployment relief: the stimulus package expands unemployment insurance in providing an additional $600 per week for four months on top of the standard state unemployment insurance policy. Guidelines have also expanded to provide coverage to independent contractors, self-employed, and gig economy workers(rideshare, food delivery companies, etc). Read up and file a claim for Hawaii Unemployment Insurance HERE.

  • Mortgage Relief: Homeowners with federally backed mortgages can now request loan forbearances with their mortgage servicers which could effectively delay mortgage payments for 180 days, with extensions to that term available on a case by case basis. It's important to note that you cannot just stop paying your mortgage, you must contact your mortgage servicer directly to discuss repayment options. Most banks will require a balloon payment of all deferred mortgage payments at the end of the forbearance term, while they're may be an option to tack delayed payments on the end of loan term.

  • Direct cash payments: Depending on your income levels, tax-paying Americans should expect to receive up to a $1,200 direct deposit for single individuals, or $2,400 for married couples. Have kids? Expect an additional $500 per child. The stimulus cash is reserved for individuals earning $75,000 or less, or $150,000 for married couples.

  • Small Business Loans & Grants: Of the $2 Trillion, small business will receive $350 Billion in funding to help businesses sustain their employee payroll through the outbreak via programs like the Economic Injury Disaster Loan and the Paycheck Protection Program. If you're self-employed, an independent contractor, or a small business owner looking for relief, visit the SBA website for a list of Hawaii Lenders servicing small business loans.

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  • Delayed Payroll Taxes: Employers may now defer payment of their 2020 payroll taxes to the following year, or 2022.

  • 401k Loans: Loan amounts have been expanded from the $50,000 limit to $100,000.

  • Suspension Minimum Distributions: Retirees with IRA's and 401k's, and at least 72 years old no longer have to take required distributions.
  • Charity: Limits on charitable contributions of changed and there is now an above-the-line deduction for the contributions.

  • Net Operating Losses: The Net loss rules of the The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act have been modified with the 80% rule suspended. Losses can now be carried back five years.

  • Excess Loss Limitations: The excess loss limitation(ELL) rule for passthrough entities is also suspended.

  • Coronavirus Testing: Hawaii Coronavirus Tests and potential vaccines will be administered at no cost.

  • Health Care: The CARES Act will appropriate $140+ Million to support the U.S. health system with $100 Million given directly to hospitals. The funds will be purposed towards providing masks, gowns, testing supplies, training, workforce, and other supporting needs of medical personnel. 

  • Corporate Bailouts: Airlines and other large corporations will receive bailouts in the form of loans that total $500 Billion. The loans are said to not exceed 5 year terms and cannot be forgiven.

It will be interesting to see the how the CARES Act performs, and how much life support it will offer to struggling Americans and small businesses. The COVID-19 pandemic will be forever etched into the human psyche and what the longterm impacts of the Coronavirus on the Oahu, Hawaii Real Estate Market and economy are still unknown. In the meantime, sharing helpful information while staying safe and healthy is the tide that lifts all boats, and it's important that we tether those boats together in these uncertain times.

April 2, 2020

Coronavirus Effects on the Oahu, Hawaii Real Estate Market in 2020

coronavirus effects on hawaii real estate market

As I write this, we are without question in the thick of the greatest public health threat to the modern world. A moment in time that will see 2020 go down in infamy and to what extent is still unknown. What feels like every hour of every day brings a new swath of statistical unfathomables as it pertains to new coronavirus cases, unemployment filings, and stock market swings as a nation pleads with it’s citizens to “social distance” from one another in an attempt to "slow the curve" and starve the virus. According to Worldometer, the current count of coronavirus cases stands at over 3 million people infected worldwide, with approximately 208,000 deaths. The number of Hawaii Coronavirus cases is highlighted by county below.

Coronavirus Cases overview

Hawaii
Total cases
9,999
7,122
+66
Recovered
-
Deaths
87
62
+2
United StatesUnited States
Total cases
6.37M
19,474
+28,550
Recovered
-
Deaths
190K
582
+462
WorldwideWorldwide
Total cases
27.6M
3,918
Recovered
18.6M
2,635
Deaths
898K
127
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What is COVID-19 and the Coronavirus?

COVID-19 a disease caused by the coronavirus which is believed to have originated from animal to human transmission in China. Rumblings of a significant outbreak were first reported out of the Wuhan province of China in late 2019 and in a matter of months the virus swept the globe, reaching pandemic proportions. Varying symptoms are reported across those infected with some cases exhibiting very light, cold like symptoms including but not limited to sore throat, dry cough, fever, and chills. The most severe cases result in pneumonia, permanent lung damage, and tragically; death. 

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The global medical community is scrambling to coalesce data points from across the globe as a means to provide the public with the most accurate and real time preventative measures and risk factors as they hunt for treatment options and a vaccine. Further coronavirus updates, guidelines for testing, and how to protect yourself can be found on the CDC website.

Living in Hawaii During the Coronavirus Pandemic

I saw our "new normal" best described in a meme(what would we do without the coronavirus memes) that compared our current environment to the iconic Alanis Morissette song, "Ironic," and it couldn't be more fitting. Isn't it ironic that we now have all the time in the world to gather with our friends family, but we can't. Oh the irony of wide open freeways with nowhere to go. How about the fact that you may for once secure an entire row to yourself on a flight to Hawaii but upon landing in the most beautiful place in the world, you're are confined to the four walls of your hotel room for the duration of your stay, with disobedience resulting in risks of fines and/or jail time.

As far as the coronavirus effects on our psyche, I think it's safe to say we're all experiencing an underlying angst and distraction as we adjust our lives around the virus.  A cloud of uncertainty now looms over aspects of our lives that we once deemed certain. I was certain that toilet paper “grew on trees,” that grocery stores would always had food, and that in times of crisis, I would always have my family to gather and interact with. I was certain that in a first-world’s view of worst-of-the-worsts, losing cell service or WiFi for example, that I could always revert to enjoying the simpler things in life; the constant, natural amenities of Hawaii beaches, hiking, and premier BBQ weather to host social gatherings. Hawaii's rich tourism economy was arguably certain, planes flocking in from all over the world was certain, crowded Waikiki streets; absolutely certain.

The coronavirus has taught us that nothing is certain. Our civil liberties sequestered by state-level "stay-at-home" mandates that drop all movement, activities, and professions into "essential" and "non-essential" buckets. Those deemed essential may operate their day to day businesses with extreme caution and limitations on physical contact whereas all non-essential activity is prohibited.  Governers Ige recently made his 3rd proclamation to the evolving Hawaii State COVID-19 Mandate and real time updates can be found and subscribed to via the Hawaii Health Department COVID-19 Newsletter.

Perhaps the most bittersweet component of this all; being able to drive to and from Honolulu during peak rush hour traffic hours with the cruise control ON at 60mph. On Oahu, we reserve this type of anomaly for Christmas Day where roads are traversed only by those carrying gifts to and from family Christmas parties. If you commute to work in Honolulu from Central and West Oahu neighborhoods like Koa Ridge, Mililani, Hoopili, Kapolei, then you know that the lack of traffic feels damn near apocalyptic. You also know that that the only gifts being transported on Honolulu streets today come by way Ol' Saint Sick himself; Corona Claus.

How is coronavirus affecting Hawaii Tourism?

What's interesting is that my wife and many of my clients are Hawaiian Airlines Pilots and Flight Attendants. With that, I get a front row to seat to all the tourists that are not coming to the islands right now. Empty airplane seats means empty rental cars, restaurants, and hotel rooms in Hawaii. Adding to the aforementioned irony detailed above, coronavirus finds itself hot on the heels of the Honolulu Vacation Rental Bill 89, a recent piece of legislation that's stifled the Oahu vacation rental market. The bill was a huge success for the Honolulu Hotel industry as it took aim at pulling thousands of visitor units away from Hawaii AirBnb operators, a move that would undoubtedly see increases to Oahu's average hotel occupancy of roughly 80%. But now that Hawaii has nearly closed its doors to all visitors, Hawaii hotels now see their occupancy in free fall. 

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Hawaii Visitor Data on April 2, 2020 Courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority

 

The vacation rental market is no different. According to Nicole Linke, Vacation Property Manager with TurtleBayCondos.com, her managed units were "booked solid until the virus hit. Myself and other property managers have been able to salvage some bookings by delaying them to later in the year but the rate of cancellations has been pretty sobering as of late."

Nicole specializes in vacation rentals at Kuilima Estates in Turtle Bay on the North Shore of Oahu; widely considered as the mecca for Oahu vacation rentals.  Kuilima Estates is currently one of the few vacation rental hotspots to survive Bill 89, as it falls within Turtle Bay's resort zoning jurisdiction. If there's any bright spot in all of this for the former Hawaii vacation rental operators, it's that they got a head start at repositioning their rental units to long-term, and/or coming to grips with the implications of the rental income loss as a result of Bill 89 before the coronavirus brought Hawaii Tourism to its' knees.

What Happens if I travel to Hawaii during Coronavirus?

Prepare to be quarantined for 14 days, by law. The sheer social stigma of coming to Hawaii for vacation might be the scarier than the law itself. People are not happy about visitors coming into town right now. Definitely recommend sticking to hotels instead of jumping into vacation rentals Oahu for the sake of avoiding the residential neighborhoods who are extremely sensitive to outside visitors at the moment. 

How will Coronavirus Affect Hawaii Real Estate?

Given the fluidity of the rapidly evolving economic implications of the virus, it's still too early to make any real responsible assessments as to the long term effects on the Honolulu real estate market. Anyone speculating on the Hawaii Real Estate Forecast 2020 is in for a real treat. Much will depend on how quick we are to contain the virus so that we can fire up the engines of Hawaii's economy again. There's much we don't know, but here's a few things we do know as it pertains to the immediate effects on homes for sale Oahu:

  • Interest Rates are low. Buyers are seeing major decreases in interest rates. If Hawaii's economy and unemployment can bounce quick, a "V-dip" of sorts, we may see more Oahu real estate market sales as a result. If you already have a mortgage, you may be looking at the most opportune time in history to reduce your mortgage payments by refinancing into a near record low interest rate. 

  • Unemployment is climbing. People out work equals less qualified buyers in the market. The longer we take to rebound and get people back to work, the more distressed homeowners we'll see, which could result in more inventory coming to market. More inventory coupled with less demand by qualified buyers is a recipe for a cooling real estate market. Combine this with record low interest rates, we could see buyers securing "quick wins" in what's otherwise been a frustratingly competitive Honolulu housing market.

  • Lending restriction are tightening. With vast amounts of homeowners starting to apply for mortgage relief and forbearances by way of the The CARES Act, the $2 Trillion Economic Stimulus Bill, lending companies are becoming more discriminating on who they lend money to. Stay conscious of your credit score and keeping debts low as to not create any obstacles for yourself should you look to refinance or purchase a home should stricter guidelines persist.

  • Hawaii Rental Market may see some increases to their vacancies and days on market. I would attribute this to both the economic impacts of the coronavirus, but also to the extremely attractive interest rates that are motivating many people to jump into the homeownership market. The rental market in Hawaii is typically very resilient due to the short supply and high demand as well.
  • Longevity is the key to wealth in real estate. Despite the immediate impact of coronavirus on the Hawaii real estate market, real estate is a long term investment. The Oahu housing market has historically been one of the safest places to hold real estate, having doubled in price three, going on four times in the last 40 years. When all is said and done, Oahu will inevitably rebound as one of the most desired tourist destinations in the world, and shall maintain its place atop the most desirable place to live and own real estate in the world. I wouldn't bank on a Hawaii housing market crash anytime soon.

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Hawaii Real Estate Play-by-Play During Coronavirus Lockdown

9/9/20: The nation is seeing a flattening of the newly infected and mortality curve, while some states begin cautiously re-opening their economies. Hawaii has proven to be one of most successful states in mitigating the virus' spread, although state-wide "Stay at Home" mandates are being implemented and extended over and over again. Current inventory of Oahu homes for sale is still averaging about 10% less than the same time last year and with interest rates still hovering around 2.875%, there's intense competition and bidding wars in most neighborhoods except Waikiki and Kaka'ako condo markets. 

While it's too soon to know what the long term will hold for the Oahu Real Estate market in light of COVID-19, the early data points to some pretty dramatic declines in sales activity. Majority of the data can be attributed to the stay-at-home orders which have effectively closed the doors on physical property showings, open houses, and real estate offices.

Where do we go from here?

It's business as usual for our team, minus the meetings in our brick and mortar office space. Real estate services have been deemed "essential" and since having immersed our systems and processes into the digital pool long ago, we haven't skipped a beat. Schedule virtual Buyer, Seller, VA, Investor Consultations with us HERE, stay up to date on Oahu New Homes & Lotteries.

Rest assured, we're keeping a firm pulse on the market and despite the uncertainties, we're here to equip you with all available information to help you approach your next real estate move with confidence. "Is now a good time to buy or sell real estate" is a question best answered by your real estate doctor. The proper prescription requires a careful diagnosis of your short term and long term goals and it's important to stay close to those closest to your investments in these times; be it your financial advisor, mortgage lender, and/or realtor. 

Feb. 21, 2020

Koa Ridge Hints at First Home Site Location on Kamehameha Highway

The Koa Ridge Oahu 2020 Update

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The public has been on pins and needles waiting for the long awaited commencement of Koa Ridge home sales, and it's no secret that the project has been plagued with delays. I was cautiously optimistic about the "Late 2019" estimated sales launch date that was first dangled in 2018, but 2019 came and went and here we are! While I encourage my clients not to put ALL of their eggs in the short term Koa Ridge basket, the most recent Koa Ridge update has shifted my sentiments towards confident optimism. This is due mostly in part to the heavy machinery on site that's currently moving rusty-red earth near Kamehameha Highway in Waipio. Finally, a sign of life!

For those salivating over the impending release of Koa Ridge homes for sale, the sight of dozers and excavators is undoubtedly "breaking-necks" of passerby's that commute in and out of Waipio and Mililani via Kamehameha Hwy. Recent communications with developer indicate that this will the be very FIRST site of Koa Ridge homes so if you're a prospective buyer, be ready to plant your flag and stake your claim. Reference the pin drop on the photo below for reference.

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Will Koa Ridge Be Sold by Lottery?

It safe to say a land-grab at the project won't be easy. The sheer amount of inquiries I've received on Koa Ridge since my tenure in the Real Estate business points to this being an intensely competitive project. The Hoopili and Kakaako neighborhoods rise to similar levels of "buzzworthy" as it pertains to Oahu new home projects and the Lottery-styled sales strategy exhibited by those developers are probably a good indication of how we should expect the Koa Ridge Sales to be rolled out.. At least I hope so.

Lotteries are definitely the most humane. I've personally spent a few nights camped outside of new development Sales Galleries where homes were offered on a first-come-first-serve basis after a Sales Launch Announcement. You learn a few things:

  • Aloha Spirit is REAL. Despite dozens of people competing for shelter, everyone more or less looks after each other. Friendly conversation with the person behind you in line may result in a bowl of beef stew, just when you needed it most.
  •  The bigger your family the better. 4-6 hours shifts split up amongst your cousins beats 72 hours straight, any day. You're not Bear Grylls.
  • Mosquitos are the real winners.

So cross your fingers for a Lottery, unless some new innovative way of fairly offering homes to dozens of eager buyers has been concocted. Say your prayers, cross your fingers, and be nice to the homeless(as you should), because you're going to need some good will on your side.

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Yay-Big by Yay-Tall

The activity we're seeing at the build site is a definite point of optimism. This is most likely a sign of the mass-grading and infrastructure stage of the project and you'll know things are really getting hot and heavy once you see foundations and framing starting to go up. So what is the timeline now? I am sure that Koa Ridge sales team is being inundated with this question every day, which is why you likely won't be able to get them on the phone nor will your receive a quick response by email.

My last communication with them indicated that Castle & Cooke Hawaii is now aiming for a 2nd Quarter sales launch, so let's call it LATE 2nd quarter to be conservative. The sales rep also mentioned that they plan to start sales off of Floor Plans and Renderings alone, meaning the first buyers will be have to make a decision without having seen a Koa Ridge Model Home yet.

They don't expect to have available model homes until the end of the year which means you better have a good imagination. So over the next few months, might I encourage that you practice visualization techniques to help you cope with the decision you'll have to make come 2nd quarter. Close your eyes, and imagine yourself handing over hundreds of thousands of dollars to someone telling you, "Your house will be roughly yay-big, by yay-tall, and OMG...you're going to love it!"

Koa Ridge Prices, Floor Plans, and Insights

- We still don't have any details on pricing or floor plans and don't expect that information will be available until the sales launch in Q2. Check back with us in a few months as we continue to harass the developers for more information and be sure to sign up on the Koa Ridge Interest List and follow our @dwell_hawaii to be the first to know about Developer News, Future Sales Releases, Floor Plans, and Pricing as we receive it.

- We do know that there will be Affordable Housing options will be made available by a state-run Affordable Housing Agency but majority of sales will be featured at Market Prices for townhomes and single family homes.

- I'm often asked about the availability of Koa Ridge Rim Lots or Ridge Homes and I believe we will see these options as well; although limited. Take a look at the northern most part of the Koa Ridge site as this is my best guess as to where perimeter lots will be located.

- You will be able to use your VA Loan to purchase a home at Koa Ridge. For most new project sales like Ala Moana and Kakaako condos, this isn't the case. 

- If you already own a home and hope to sell that home in order to purchase at Koa Ridge, be sure to let us know when joining the interest list so we can explain how home sale contingencies work(or don't work) as it pertains to purchasing a new construction home. It's important to have a game plan ahead of time and we're here to help equip you with all the info need to approach your future real estate plans with confidence.

Disclaimer: As with all Oahu New Home Projects, the developer reserves the right to change any and all information at anytime. While we expect most of above to hold true, it's all speculation at this point!

Oct. 17, 2019

Ililani Condo Project Breaks Ground in Kakaako

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The groundbreaking of Ililani condos comes on the heels of the project's Affordable Housing sales campaign, and marks the genesis of the Ililani's Market Priced unit release. The Affordable Housing sales campaign saw over 560 applicants vying for the opportunity to purchase one of the building's 165 one and two-bedroom units.

With starting prices at $312,000, Ililani looks to make significant contribution to providing affordable home ownership to a city that's long been plagued by low housing inventory and record high housing prices. Eligibility for the Ililani Honolulu Affordable Housing program requires that prospective buyers be owner occupants, with incomes below the 140% area median income limit. This is one of the few affordable housing programs on Oahu with Sky Ala Moana being the only option in Honolulu, and Hoopili in Ewa Beach.

Some of the applicant were denied eligibility for the program because of their incomes were too high, but those were not deemed eligible for the affordable housing component may now apply for the Market Unit release. The market-priced Ililani condos for sale will feature two-bedroom two-bathroom floor plans priced between at $700,500 - $905,000.

Each unit will feature usable lanais, split air conditioning, and while the majority of the units will offer two parking, the Ililani condo project will be the first new condo in Honolulu to offer an "in-house" rideshare program. This program will provide 13 Hui Cars to the condo building, 10 of which will be for the exclusive use of Ililani owners at discount rates, whereas the remaining 3 cars will be available to the public. Developer, Kenneth Kai Chang of Los Angeles, sees the program as a big stride in providing alternative means of transportation to owners while simultaneously relieving the congestion of urban Honolulu.

1/23/19: Ililani developer launches brand new renderings, a lifestyle video, and a major price improvement to it's remaining inventory. Current 2 bedroom, 2 bath, 1-parking units start at $665,000.