Oahu’s give island residents many lifestyle options. From beach towns to hidden valleys and family-friendly communities, the island of Oahu has it all. This is where you’ll learn more about Oahu’s wonderful neighborhoods
It’s home to the original Roy’s restaurant, one of the nation’s highest grossing Costco stores, Hanauma Bay and Sandy Beach, but Hawaii Kai’s most coveted asset may be its real estate.
Beautiful ocean frontage, homes perched on Portlock’s cliffside, marina-front residences, trophy homes, mini estates, upscale high-rises, boat docks, ridge homes, gated communities, a golf course community, or live on an island at Koko Isle —Hawaii Kai is designed to maximize the resort lifestyle on a grand scale.
Twelve miles from downtown Honolulu, Hawaii Kai was developed by Henry Kaiser in the late 1950s and 60s around a picturesque network of meandering roads and waterways along Oahu’s south shore. Extending from deep into Kalama Valley to view’s-a-plenty Portlock, Hawaii Kai is the site to some of the first individually-owned townhomes and condominiums in the United States. Today, Hawaii Kai also has a good number of single-family homes. The area’s growth is impressive. While Hawaii Kai homes originally sold for $20,000 decades ago, today, even the smallest area condo is worth more than 10 times that.
Buyers will pay in the price range of mid $200,000s to $1.5 million for a condo in Hawaii Kai, and from the low $700,000s to $20 million-plus for a single-family home. Waterfront and marina front property come with the highest prices, followed by ocean views. And the neighborhood’s upper-end price tags tend to bring in more owner-occupants than investors.
Hawaii Kai offers a broad selection for those looking for an upscale neighborhood — appealing to retirees, families, empty nesters, and boat owners. Condos are large, relatively speaking, with some 4-bedroom units measuring nearly 2,000 square feet. You can get around Hawaii Kai by bicycle or by boat — even take your boat to Costco or to dinner at one of the many waterfront restaurants. And whether you live in a low-rise or a high-rise, the all-inclusive lifestyle in Hawaii Kai has a definite high-energy, resort attitude.
After all, Henry Kaiser’s vision was a self-sustained community with golf courses, a movie theater, library, commercial centers for shopping and restaurants, entertainment, parks, and schools. Today additional amenities include Costco, Safeway, Longs, City Mill, Bank of Hawaii, First Hawaiian Bank, fitness centers, medical facilities, a post office, a satellite city hall, marina-front dining options, and water sports galore.
According to Zillow.com, Hawaii Kai’s population of roughly 30,000 people are described as 63 percent married, 23 percent single; 66 percent without children, and being a median age of 40 years old. The median household income is $80,000.
You’ll find Hawaii Kai is a pet-friendly neighborhood. A dog park is located on Keahole Street at the makai end of the Hawaii Kai Park & Ride (across the street from the Hawaii Kai Towne Center. The park is open daily, from dawn to dusk, except for Tuesday mornings, when it is closed from 7 a.m. to 12 noon for maintenance. Dogs can run, play and get their exercise, as well as socialize with other neighborhood dogs. There is even a doggy water fountain so they can stay hydrated.
People stay healthy too, with a 24-Hour Fitness center, the Oahu Club, several popular hiking trails in the area, and of course, extreme body surfing and boogie boarding make a splash at Sandy Beach.
Life is good in Hawaii Kai.
For the freshest buy-local produce, there is nothing better than the Hawaii Kai Farmers Markets. Hawaii Kai has two popular Farmers Markets. The first is located behind Panda Express (333 Keahole Street) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The second is held in the Kaiser High School parking lot on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 511 Lunalilo Home Road and offers a carnival atmosphere where, besides the great farm products, you’ll find a fantastic selection of eats and local food products. Favorites include sweet Portuguese bake shop goodies, Big Island jam and butter, Thai food and plenty more.
Lisa Asagi, co-founder of She Grows Food says the growth in popularity of farmers markets has to do with the fact that people really care about what they eat and what they feed their families.
“We’re all a lot more mindful,” she says. “I feel farmers markets are part of a national grassroots movement. It may have started off organic focused, but now it is much more than organic. It’s about realizing how much better a bunch of kale tastes when we buy it from a local farmer. How it actually tastes alive because it was harvested that morning. ”
Youth Sailing Program
Give your keiki a gift that will last them a lifetime. As part of the Hawaii Kai Boat Club (HKBC), boys and girls ages 8 to 16 can experience the thrill of sailing on the calm waters of Hawaii Kai, while meeting new friends in sailing classes.
“The primary aim of the youth program, is to provide a place where young sailors can develop solid sailing and seamanship skills, learn about the marine environment and experience the exhilaration and freedom of sailing,” says Karen Moore, HKBC boating education administrator. “They will also compete in youth regattas throughout the state against other clubs.”
The group meets Mondays, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at The Shack, Hawaii Kai in the HKBC Boat Room. HKBC members pay $150 per child, and non-members pay $250 per child — per quarter. Parents are welcome to sit on the The Shack’s back lanai, enjoy food, cocktails and meet other parents, while watching their keiki sail.
Don’t miss the second annual Barron’s Cup Hawaii Youth Sailing Association Regatta on May 18 at 9 a.m. and May 19 at 5 p.m. in Hawaii Kai Upper Marina area.
The Hawaii Kai Boat Club — in its third year — is a private, non-profit organization that offers a variety of boating activities and social events to all who love the ocean. Run entirely by volunteers, the organization has some 280 members. In addition to teaching keiki to sail, the group also hosts family and social events, and is coming out with a new clothing/apparel line.
For more information, call 951-1111. Those interested in joining, can attend a monthly meeting on the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m., at The Shack. For additional youth sailing activities scheduled throughout the summer, go to http://www.hawaiikaiboatclub.com.
Otherwise known as “hot yoga” or “hot-room yoga,” this intense yoga studio is a great place to get a great workout and melt the stress away from your life.
Even though Bikram Yoga is considered a slightly more advanced yoga and some knowledge of poses is helpful, beginners are always welcome — Bikram Yoga is not extreme yoga, it is just hot yoga. The heated room intensifies the workout, the stretches, and the euphoric feeling afterward. It is a good way to lose weight, inches, and rid your body of toxins, while gaining strength, flexibility and a calm mind.
Bikram Yoga is a series of 26 poses done in the same order each class. As is with all yoga, you advance at your own level. The more you do it, the better you’ll get. Each class is a way to challenge yourself to stretch more deeply, to hold your pose longer, to take in cleansing, longer breaths, or simply to improve your focus.
The instructor is excellent, encouraging, and he genuinely cares about his students. If you really want to get into shape, Bikram Yoga Hawaii Kai is the place to do it.
Bring plenty of water, as you’ll want to re-hydrate throughout the class.
Serenity & Massage
377 Keahole Street #207
Life rubbing you the wrong way? Did you know that experts estimate as much as 90 percent of disease is stress related? That nothing ages us faster than stress?
At Serenity & Massage located upstairs from Ba-Le Sandwich Shop, a deep tissue massage can enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow, the body’s natural defense system. Massage can alleviate lower back pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, lessen depression and anxiety, reduce swelling and inflammation, release endorphins, and relieve migraine pain.
Book a half-hour, one-hour or 90-minute massage for $40, $75, or $110. Gift certificates are available — just in time for Mothers Day. Treat yourself or someone you love. Pregnancy massages available too.
The atmosphere is relaxing and rejuvenating.
Spa hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
Satellite City Hall
6600 Kalanianaole Highway, Suite 101
Open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed on weekends. Renew your drivers license (or get a duplicate), pay your property taxes or water bill, disabled parking permits, motor vehicles registration renewal and transfer, buy a bus pass, voter registration, fireworks permit, licenses for dogs, moped and bicycles, picnic permits and city job information.
Payment options are cash or checks only. Lines are short.
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