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Kahala

Every major city in the world has its own standout upscale neighborhood. LA has Beverley Hills and New York is rightly proud of Tribeca. For Honolulu, it’s Kahala.

Nestled in Oahu’s scenic southern coast, Kahala has picture-perfect beaches, quiet streets lined with lofty palm trees, and gorgeous estates. Together with year-round sunshine and its host of exceptional amenities, Kahala is a tropical paradise unlike any other.

If you’re planning to invest in Hawaii, the homes for sale in Kahala should be on top of your list. Here, we’ll guide you through just some of the reasons why Kahala might be the right place for you to call home.

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History

Throughout the late 18th century to the early 19th century, Kahala was primarily an agricultural area used to raise livestock. It was also a popular fishing spot. Indeed, the name Kahala comes from the original name of the amberjack fish, a common game fish in the area.

In the mid-1800s, Hawaii experienced the Great Mahele, a major land redistribution that allowed private land ownership. The islands were divided and sold to various individuals. A significant portion of Kahala ended up with Queen Liliuokalani, the last Hawaiian monarch.

Kahala flourished in the 20th century, thanks in part to Hawaii’s booming tourism industry. Its coastal proximity attracted luxury real estate developers. Soon, exclusive country clubs, hotels, oceanfront estates, and high-end villas were constructed. This includes the Wai, an iconic neighborhood landmark.

Kahala now

Today, Kahala is one of the most sought-after neighborhoods on the island of Oahu. It’s a magnet for the affluent and many recognizable names have made Kahala their home including political figures, royalty, and Hollywood celebrities.

Location

Kahala sits between the Diamond Head Natural Monument and Waialae Iki and is bordered by Kaimuki to the north. South of it is the sparkling waters of the Pacific. Just 10 minutes from downtown Honolulu, residents get access to all the amenities of the downtown area yet still live in a place that’s serene and tranquil.

The neighborhood is easily accessible. The H-1 Freeway passes through the area, making it convenient to reach other parts of the island. Kahala Avenue is a great option if you don’t want to use the freeway.

Home for sale in Kahala

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Kahala offers a diverse array of investment-worthy property options. There are some stunning ultra-luxury properties in a range of different architectural styles, each promising a blissful living experience. If you’re looking for luxurious but more modestly priced single-family homes, those closer to the Waialae Country Club may be of interest. This is considered the “older Kahala area,” and here is where you can find some beautiful traditional Hawaiian Bungalows.

Here are some benefits you can expect when you purchase a home for sale in Kahala.

  • Spacious lots

    With an average of 9,000 square feet, properties in Kahala tend to have larger lots than other neighborhoods on the island. And since the neighborhood is fairly flat, you can easily maintain, customize, and expand your property.

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  • Seclusion and privacy 

    Kahala is just a short drive away from downtown Honolulu, but the six-mile distance is enough to provide a natural buffer from the city’s noise and congestion.

  • Convenient beach access

    Investing in one of the oceanfront homes for sale in Kahala means you’ll have the beach at your doorstep. Wake to the site of the shimmering ocean, and the invigorating breeze that comes in from the coast. Having the beach at your doorstep has a profound effect on the quality of life you can enjoy.

  • The real estate market

    There has been a steady appreciation over the last 3 years in the Kahala real estate market. Like most markets, there are occasional dips and rises but overall homes in Kahala have seen their value rise over the last few years.

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    The median price of a home sold in Kahala 3 years ago in August 2020 was a little over $1.5M. In June 2023 the median price was $2.5M. That’s an increase of over 66% in the course of 3 years. Also, note that the length of time a property stays on the market has fallen in the past 3 years, indicating a greater demand in the area.

    Homes for sale in Kahala have in the past often been listed considerably higher than the median sale price. During the height of the frenzied market in the early 2020s, homes would sometimes be listed for over double the median price for homes sold in the area.  For example, in August  2021 the median listed price was close to $5M but the median price of homes sold was $1.35M. However recently, sellers have been listing prices that are more in line with median prices for homes sold.

    This means that while buyers shouldn’t expect to be able to make bids that are drastically lower than the listing value, there is some ability to negotiate a favorable price. It is recommended that if you are looking to invest in Kahala, you acquire the services of a real estate professional who can represent your interests and secure you the best deal in the market.

    Living in Kahala

    Life in Kahala is a pleasure and a joy and even simple day-to-day business is fun. Here’s a rundown of places to go and things to do in the area.

    Shopping

    Living in Kahala means you’ll have plenty of shopping options. Here are just a couple of the places you’ll want to visit.

    Kahala Mall

    From the latest fashions and your groceries to a raft of services, you’ll find it all at Kahala Mall. There are fashion boutiques such as 33 Butterflies and Mahina, a whole foods market, and even an Apple store. The dining spots include favorites like California Pizza Kitchen as well as more local fare serving delicious Hawaiian food. Of course, there’s a cinema theater with top-of-the-range projection and audio, as well as premium luxury recliners. Simply put, Kahala is an upmarket mall with everything you need.

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    Ku’ono Marketplace

    Filled with shops eateries and great activities, Ku’ono Markeplace is just across the street from Kahala Mall. One of the many reasons why you would want to come here is to shop at Kahala MKT. by Foodland, where you can shop for a curated selection of groceries. There are organic and gourmet products to discover and enjoy. You can even try some of the food in their own restaurant and bar. 

    KCC Farmers’ Market

    While not exactly in Kahala, KCC Farmer’s Market is very close and accessible to Kahala residents being located in Diamonds Head. This is a multiple award-winning market and it’s popularity among the locals is well earned with the market offering some of the finest produce and goods available.

    Dining

    Honolulu’s culinary scene is defined by a diverse array of restaurants, eateries, and food trucks. Kahala has a collection of dining options that don’t fall short of amazing. Here are some of the best ones it has to offer:

    Arancino at The Kahala

    Claimed to be the best Italian dining in Hawaii, Arancio doesn’t just serve pasta and pizzas, delectable as they are. The salads and seafood are superb, the lamb done to perfection, and the risottos masterful. For Italian fine dining in Hawai, this is the restaurant to try.

    Plumeria Beach House

    This establishment is a little more relaxed than Arancino, but serves equally fine dishes. Open all day, visitors can have breakfast, lunch, or dinner, with dinner also offering a seafood buffet if you prefer. As the name would suggest, the establishment has a fantastic view of the beach, making all dining experiences here heavenly.

    Et al.

    Something a little more casual is et al. Open for breakfast lunch and dinner, the restaurant serves great food and drinks, in a fun and lively atmosphere. The venue is open for hosting events where you’ll have the opportunity to work with the chef to tailor your ideal menu.

    Kapa Hale

    This restaurant celebrates the various cultures that have influenced the island of Hawaii. You’ll find American cuisine as well as Italian on the menu, there are even some Singaporean dishes here. However, all the dishes are done well and you’ll always feel that you’re dining in a Hawaiian establishment.

    J. Dolan’s

    Pizza and Beer, that’s the premise, and it’s one that works remarkably well. The secret? Just make sure that both are done well and it’s endless fun for friends and family.

    Brug Bakery

    Indulge in Brug Bakery’s delicious lineup of Japanese-inspired sweet and savory products. Among the 70 different types of bread and pastries baked daily, the Brug Curry stands out as a crowd favorite. Soft, chewy, and filled with handmade curry, it’s a real treat. If you want something for dessert, get a few of their famous mochi donuts.

    The Counter

    The Counter is one of those places that’s a tried and reliable joint for locals who want a great burger. There’s a large array of sandwiches and burgers that are all made with fresh ingredients. What makes it unique is you can also construct your burger if you want to be adventurous.

    Hoku’s

    For a more sophisticated night out, book a table at Hoku’s. Found at the Kahala Hotel & Resort, this fine dining restaurant offers carefully crafted dishes, inspired by French cuisine and made with local ingredients. The exceptional food is perfectly complemented by the beachfront setting, which offers stunning views of the Pacific. 

    Outdoor Attractions

    With its stunning natural attractions, country clubs, and lush open spaces, everything about Kahala is tailored to a revitalizing tropical lifestyle. Its residents are never at a loss for things to do, especially if you’re into outdoor activities.

    Kahala Beach

    Kahala Beach is the most popular beach and for good reason. This crescent-shaped shoreline is pristine, reminiscent of something you might see on a postcard. It’s a great place for sunbathing, swimming, boating, fishing, and more. 

    The Waikiki Shell

    You don’t have to be in the mainland US to enjoy some of the most cutting-edge cultural entertainment, with many of them coming to the Waikiki Shell. Acts like comedian Tom Segura and international DJ Kaskade have graced this venue, and it continues to be a hub for the latest and hippest of acts.

    The Waikiki Aquarium

    You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the Waikiki Aquarium, everyone who visits this place will marvel at the underwater treasures and beauty on show. However, there’s more to this place than the sub-aquatic wonders. There are classes, events, and many community-driven programs that visitors are encouraged to participate in, offering not only the chance to learn but to also partake in maintaining the beauty of the islands.

    Diamond Head State Monument

    For a morning workout or a leisurely afternoon hike, head over to the nearby Diamond Head State Monument. Also known as Le’ahi in Hawaiian, this majestic dormant volcano promises a worthwhile adventure. The 0.8-mile trek to the summit does present some challenge, but you’re rewarded with breathtaking vistas of the island and the Pacific Ocean.

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    Leahi Millenium Peace Garden

    Visit the Leahi Millenium Peace Garden if you want to relax and unwind. Nestled in the heart of the neighborhood, it provides secluded meditation spaces surrounded by vibrant flowers and plants. It also hosts several community events throughout the year. Drop by to experience Kahala’s true warmth and welcoming spirit. 

    Wai’alae Country Club

    Built-in 1927, Wai’alae Country Club is a testament to Kahala and the rest of the island’s enduring passion for golf. It features a world-class golf course that has hosted the prestigious Sony Open since 1965. The lush fairways and stunning ocean views create a wonderful setting for golfers.

    Honolulu Zoo

    Set against the backdrop of the Diamond Head State Monument, the Honolulu Zoo is the perfect destination for a kid-friendly outing. This 42-acre sanctuary is home to a variety of animals, including mammals, birds, and reptiles. Inside is Keiki Zoo, a special area where toddlers can get up close and personal with friendly animals like goats and sheep.

    Culture and arts

    Kahala and the greater Honolulu area are more than just beaches, it’s also where you’ll encounter some of the most famous paintings in the world. It’s home to several museums and art galleries, celebrating different cultures.

    Honolulu Museum of Art

    A 13-minute ride to downtown Honolulu will lead you to the Honolulu Museum of Art. Hosting 50,000 works of art from across the globe, here you can explore a wide range of artistic styles and mediums. Its main highlight is the contemporary wing, which showcases Hawaiian art from various renowned artists.

    Nohea Art Gallery

    This gallery in Kahala Mall is a gem that celebrates the spirit of Hawaiian culture. Founded by Linda Kanamu in 1990, the gallery features an eclectic collection of local art, ranging from traditional to contemporary. This includes work from renowned artists such as Herb Kane, Keoni Ching, and Beatrice Wood.

    Diamond Head Theatre

    The oldest, and most venerable performing arts center, The Diamond Head Theater, is still arguably the most relevant. Opened in 1915 it has a long history of elevating the region’s cultural standing with top productions. The calendar is always exciting with productions of both modern and traditional classics. The performances are spectacular.

    Hawaii State Art Museum

    Preserving and celebrating the art and culture of the people and land of Hawaii, and even those who have a connection with Hawaii, this Museum creates a beautiful and intricate tapestry of Hawaiian culture. More a living and breathing entity, this is far from being a stuffy museum. To drive the point home, the museum is free and welcomes all to appreciate, learn, and even be challenged by the exhibitions.

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    Schools

    Apart from restaurants and shopping destinations, Kahala’s reputation provides access to a world-class education. This is a big reason why it’s one of the best places to raise a family in Oahu. Here are some of the best schools in and around the area:

    Punahou

    This school provides one of the best environments for young kids to learn, engage, and develop into leaders when they take their place in shaping the world. Their K-12 learning outcomes take the students on a learning journey that not only helps them excel in the fields of sport, art, and science but also gives them a sense of perspective and responsibility.

    Iolani School

    Another excellent K-12 school, Iolani Scool, has a foundation built on traditional Christian Values and a focus on excellence. The school has day and boarding options so families can choose which type of educational journey their children will experience.

    Mid-Pacific

    This is yet another excellent K-12 school that has a strong focus on stimulating intellectual curiosity and developing critical thinking. Students are provided with an outstanding Arts culture as well as Technology Programs that look at how technology will shape our future.

    Mary, Star of the Sea School

    Established in 1946, this Catholic school serves students from preschool to 8th grade. A highly regarded institution, it is often the first option for many families in the neighborhood. It’s best known for its rigorous reading and language arts programs.

    Sacred Hearts Academy

    Since 1861, Sacred Hearts Academy has been empowering young women by providing an exceptional education. This all-girls school places a large emphasis on STEM education. Students have access to state-of-the-art facilities and resources to engage in hands-on learning experiences, preparing them for college and future careers in related fields.

    Bear in mind that Kahala is in proximity to Oahu’s most sought-after private schools, which are Punahou, Lolani, and Mid-Pacific Institute.  Although these schools are outside of this neighborhood, students will have no trouble getting there being just a short drive away.

    Find your tropical sanctuary in Kahala with Erik Taniguchi

    Living in Kahala is the best way to experience the best of what it has to offer. If you’d like to find out more about investing and living in Kahala, or if you’d like to put your home up for sale get in touch with the team so we can explore your options. Our team is made up of consummate professionals, deeply driven to provide only a premium service to all our clients.

    Call us at (808) 285-3422 or send a message here and let’s begin your journey to a better place in the sun.

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