Best known as a vacation destination, Waikiki has much to offer – to both visitors and residents. While its white sand beach is the main attraction, Waikiki presents a multitude of shopping and dining options to suit everyone’s tastes. With close proximity to other neighborhoods, it allows residents to explore the island with ease. Waikiki is also anchored by Queen Kapiolani Regional Park, the largest and oldest public park in Hawaii. It is a welcoming stretch of green located on the east end of Waikiki just beyond Kuhio Beach Park. It includes the Honolulu Zoo, and the Kapiolani Park bandstand and Waikiki Shell which hosts outdoor concerts.
Kahala is one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the state with property prices in the multi-millions. These upscale homes have ocean views and tranquil atmospheres. This area has the best of residential living – shopping, restaurants and urban amenities with beaches and parks nearby. Diamond Head is the backdrop and Kahala is home to the world famous Kahala Hotel and Resort and the exclusive Waialae Country Club, host of the Sony Open.
Hawaii Kai is the largest of several communities at the eastern end of Oahu. The area was largely developed in the 1950s by Henry J. Kaiser whose dream of creating a community where quality of life was reflected in every home and open space became a reality. Hawaii Kai’s residents enjoy a peaceful, quiet, yet energetic place, with wide waterways and gently curving roads that lead to awe-inspiring vistas. Hawaii Kai residents can enjoy mountain, ocean and bay views while maintaining a family friendly feel and a sense of community felt between residents.
Kailua is on the Windward side of Oahu, and only about a 25-minute drive to Honolulu, but there’s no need to leave: Kailua is a self-contained community, providing everything for everyone. With their famous powder-soft sandy beaches and turquoise waters, Kailua and Lanikai beaches offer swimming, surfing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and the perfect environment to enjoy and appreciate Hawaii’s beauty. Kailua offers a multitude of boutique shops, restaurants, and attractions with natural, gorgeous landscapes while maintaining a sense of community with local events showcasing Kailua’s unique personality. There are many homes that take advantage of the scenery and all of what Kailua has to offer.
On the windward side of Oahu, sits the community of Kaneohe between the Koolau Mountain range and the ocean. Living in Kaneohe allows for a relaxed, quiet lifestyle with the convenience of urban life. Kaneohe is home to Hoomaluhia Botanica Garden, the new Hawaii National Veterans Cemetery, Windward Community College, Windward Mall, Marine Corps Base Hawaii and Heeia Pier. Because of abundant rainfall, it was an important agricultural area. Now, it is mostly a residential community with a vibrant culture mixing modern living and traditional values.
From Kaena Point on the West side to Turtle Bay Resort and the Polynesian Cultural Center on the East, Oahu’s North Shore offers some of the most spectacular beachfront and estate homes on the island. Visitors and surfers alike are attracted to the monster waves that roll in during the winter months make this the world’s premier surfing destination. The North Shore offers more than surfing, there’s skydiving, biking, snorkeling and a variety of water activities. It is also home to Haleiwa Town, a charming mix of art galleries, restaurants, cafes, farmers markets, quaint boutiques and surf shops. Enjoy the laid back surfer town and country living.
Venture 20-30 miles west of Honolulu and you’ll be on the west side of Oahu also called the Leeward side. West Oahu follows the dramatic Waianae mountain range up the Leeward Coast until Kaena Point which is the northwest tip of the island. This region includes the neighborhoods of Ewa Beach, Makakilo, Kapolei, Ko Olina and Makaha. West Oahu is characterized as being sunnier and drier than other parts of the island and being more remote and away from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu. This region has beautiful beaches and rural landscapes to explore. Kapolei is truly the second city of Oahu that is continually growing. Kapolei is one of the fastest growing areas in the state. Kapolei has been providing a community where you can work, play and have everything you need without needing to head into Honolulu.
Central Oahu is in the heart of Oahu, between the Koolau Range on the east and the Waianae Range on the west. Although this area is mostly comprised of residential areas and pineapple plantations, it’s also home to a significant and important landmark, Pearl Harbor. This region has sprawling landscapes, well maintained athletic facilities, and local shopping and restaurants. Central Oahu includes the neighborhoods of Pearl City, Aiea, Mililani, and Wahiawa.