Discover Oahu’s Neighborhoods
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
SALT LAKE NEIGHBORHOOD
By Lisa Scontras | Photos by Justin R. Dotson
Would you love to get free Wi-Fi at the library, instead of having to buy a cup of coffee every time you needed to get on the Internet? Swim laps in an Olympic sized pool right in your own neighborhood? Or have Sunday brunch overlooking one of the prettiest golf courses on Oahu?
You may want to take a look at the neighborhoods of Salt Lake and Moanalua — comprised of just the right mix of high-rise and mid-rise condos and single-family homes to meet a variety of housing and price-range needs, as well as some hip amenities known about only by its residents.
In addition to being centrally located, within a reasonable distance to town, shopping and plenty of restaurants, the residents boast some of the island’s best public schools, even one with a booming music program. Salt Lake is home to Oahu’s only ice skating rink, so it is popular with the keiki, and Moanalua is home to the Department of Veterans Affairs, which assists the many retired military on the island.
The Salt Lake District Park has one of the few 50-meters long Olympic sized swimming pool on the island, as well as playing fields, basketball and tennis courts.
There is something for everyone in Salt Lake among the nearly 50 condominium complexes to choose from and home prices within reason. Inventory ranges from a leasehold studio with 300 square feet that goes for $115,000, to condos with golf course views ranging from the high $200,000 to the mid $500,000. A full spectrum of single-family homes, some with golf course frontage, is available in many price ranges. (As of this publication’s printing, no golf course homes were currently on the market.)
Residents are a quick drive to town, the Stadium, the airport and to military bases, making for short commutes and easy access.
Honolulu Country Club
This may just be the coolest neighborhood golf course on Oahu. Designed by Arnold Palmer and Francis Duane at the edge of Salt Lake (yes there is actually a lake bearing the name), the world famous Honolulu Country Club is located right in the heart of Salt Lake (the neighborhood). The golf course is open to members and guests and provides a beautiful vista for the many homes fronting its fairways.
But HCC is more than just 18-holes of championship golf. It’s a beautiful gathering place, a great party/wedding venue and world-class restaurant. For nine years, the Honolulu Country Club Foundation, a charitable organization, has been dedicated to helping disadvantaged families in the community — contributing more than $500,000 since its founding.
On August 16, the HCCF will sponsor the 9th Annual Honolulu Country Club Foundation Charity Golf Tournament, themed e alu like mai kakou: Let us work together. Danny Kaleikini will be the event chairman and the proceeds will go to the Hawaii Food Bank. Last year, the Hawaii Food Bank distributed more than 11 million pounds of food to help feed Hawaii’s hungry.
“I am hopeful that you will join with us and other prominent businesses here in Hawai‘i to be a part of taking care of our families who find themselves in need of assistance,” Tomio Taki, Honolulu Country Club chairman and CEO said in his recent chairman’s letter.
The foundation is looking for cash donations, as well as prizes, gift cards or certificates, or sponsorships, to be recognized with on-course signs. The golf tournament will start at 11 a.m., and there will be contests, fabulous prizes and great food.
For more information, contact Norma Shinkawa, at 808-441-9474.
Moanalua High School Music Department
In 2003, Honolulu Magazine honored Moanalua as “Hawaii’s Best Public High School” and this year, U.S. News & World Report ranked it among the nation’s best high schools.
Located on 30 acres, Moanalua High School sits on a hill overlooking Salt Lake and Moanalua neighborhoods. Enrollment is approximately 2,000 students in grades 9 to 12.
Besides being a great school, Moanalua’s real claim to fame may be the Music Department, offering courses including marching band, orchestra, jazz ensemble, and chorus. With more than 500 students — 1 in every 4 is enrolled — and performances in London, Japan and Australia, the music program has a booster organization to help raise funds. The school’s symphony orchestra holds the distinction of being the first student orchestra to be formally invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York — in 1998. The orchestra will make its third appearance at Carnegie Hall later this month.
On April 27, the Moanalua High School Music Booster Association will hold its annual Spring Craft & Quilt Fair, featuring crafts, plants, gifts and food — more than 200 booths. Parking is in the Moanalua High School parking lot, and is open to the public at 8 a.m.
For more information, call 808-738-5088.
Department of Veterans Affairs
459 Patterson Road, E-Wing
We salute you. Located at the Tripler Army Medical Center, is the Veterans Administration Honolulu Regional Office. In addition to helping veterans access a variety of medical and health care benefits, the VA facility assists Hawaii’s more than 100,000 veterans with education benefits, disability claims, and eligibility.
Today’s veterans have an extensive number of programs available to them, many of which help aging veterans with financial assistance, geriatric care, home care and long-term care.
Some of these services and benefits have complicated eligibility requirements and go under-utilized because many veterans know little about them or misunderstand the rules.
Some such programs include:
• Geriatric Evaluation. This is a comprehensive assessment of a veteran’s ability to care for him or herself, which leads to a plan of care. The plan may include treatment, rehabilitation, health promotion and social services.
• Adult Day Health Care. Offering therapeutic day-care to veterans in a group setting, this program also provides caregivers a much-needed break and a way to continue to work at their jobs, or simply recharge their batteries.
• Respite Care. This provides supportive care to veterans on a short-term basis to give the caregiver a planned period of relief from the physical and emotional demands associated with providing care.
• Home Care. Skilled home care is provided by the VA and contract agencies to veterans who are home bound with chronic diseases and include nursing and physical/occupational therapy.
• Financial Assistance. A program called Aid and Attendance is aimed at helping veterans with their health care costs. If qualified, the veteran may receive financial assistance on a monthly basis.
Home-based Primary Care. Provides medical care in the homes of veterans when clinic-based care is not possible.
• Long-term Care. Long-term and transitional rehabilitative care services are provided by the VA 60-bed Rehabilitation and Extended Care Center for Aging, located on the Tripler Army Medical Center grounds. This nursing facility provides convalescence, rehabilitation, geriatric and geri-psychiatric assessment to eligible veterans in an in-patient setting. For admission criteria, call (808) 433-0256.
VA staffed inpatient psychiatric care and partial hospitalization care are also provided within a 20 bed VA operated ward in Tripler Army Medical Center. A 16-bed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Residential Rehabilitation Program, formerly in Hilo, was relocated to the VA ward within Tripler Army Medical Center in 2005.
For eligible veterans and their beneficiaries, the convenient location of this facility is a valuable asset. Parking is free.
Veterans can also check out the Oahu Veterans Center in Foster Village, for support and camaraderie. It is a $2.8 million dollar facility especially built for our men and women in uniform.
Ice Palace Hawaii
Even though Oahu’s temperatures don’t ever drop close enough for anything to freeze, Ice Palace Hawaii has been Oahu’s winter wonderland-like indoor skating rink for nearly 30 years. Known for birthday parties and recreational skating, no matter your age or skill level, Ice Palace is a fun place to spend time with family and friends.
For youngsters who really take to the ice, Ice Palace Hawaii offers a qualified teaching and coaching staff — training for the competitive figure skater or hockey player. Whether you’re looking for private lessons or group lessons, or for information on the youth or adult hockey program, the popular programs are all structured to meet the needs of each student.
Additionally, the Pro Shop carries all the skating tights, skating apparel, warm ups, and hockey equipment needed.
Looking to host a private event at the Ice Palace? Book your party early. Private rink rentals are a great way to cool off in the summer, or an alternative to holiday parties in the winter.
For more information, call 808-487-9921.
Salt Lake Moanalua Public Library
One of two libraries on the island to offer free Wi-Fi (all you need is a library card), Salt Lake Moanalua Public Library is a quiet place to go to get some work done, search the Internet, research a school project, or study. The well-organized selection of books makes this library user-friendly.
For keiki, don’t miss Story Time on Friday mornings. And movie buffs love renting DVD’s for $1 a week.
For library hours, and more information, call 808-831-6831.
Much Aloha to Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties and Island Homes Collection, Who bring wonderful neighborhoods and some of our favorite dining options.
*NOTE: MLS data deemed reliable but not guaranteed Listings and statistics included in this story are as of January 2013 from Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties (CBPP) and the Honolulu Board of Realtors (HBR).
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