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Life in Hawaii Kai

A inside look into one of Oahu’s most beautiful, expensive and diverse zip codes.

History of Hawaii Kai

Formerly known as Kuapa pond, Hawaii Kai was once the largest native Hawaiian fishpond on Oahu. Kuapa pond spanned from Kuli’ou’ou to Portlock and was used to raise Mullet (‘Awa’Awa) as well as hosting a wide variety of indigenous water birds. In 1961, Henry Kaiser entered into a long term land lease with Bishop Estates that allowed him to develop a large part of East Oahu (521 acres) into residential and commercial properties. This mass development has turned Hawaii Kai into the flourishing community we know and love today.

Two fishmongers repairing nets to be used in the fish traps behind them. Koko Head crater in the background.


Hawaii Kai is made up of 20+ communities that offer fantastic views and an incredible lifestyle. The following is a list of the most prominent communities in Hawaii Kai:

Each community in Hawaii Kai offers something unique to the island and to the area. For example, Portlock is famous for being nestled on the cliffs of China Walls and has an incredible view of Diamond head and the sunset. West Marina offers a lifestyle for those that love the water with its many neighborhoods that are attached to personal or community boat docks. Communities like Mariners ridge have some of the most breathtaking views of the entire Hawaii Kai area and have exceptionally beautiful homes. Where ever you are in Hawaii Kai, you are not far from an authentic island experience or lifestyle.

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Outdoor Activities and Parks

What attracts most home owners to Hawaii Kai is the lifestyle and the endless amount of outdoor activities. While most of Oahu does promote a lifestyle of hiking, swimming, and surfing ; Hawaii Kai is arguably one of the most condensed communities that offers every type of outdoor activity you could imagine. Hiking, Paddle Boarding, Boating, Fishing, Snorkeling, Tennis, paragliding and more! What ever your activity may be, it is here. The following list is just a few of the most popular outdoor activities, parks and businesses that you can find here.

-Hawaii Kai Golf Course

-Koko Head District Park

-Haunama Bay Nature Preserve

-Water Sports

-Scuba Dive or Fish Muanalua Bay

-Makapu’u Lighthouse trail

-Sandy Beach

-Kouliouou Ridge Trail

-Hawaii Kai Dog Park

Haunama Bay State Park


Wether you are a high class foodie looking for excellence and a view or you just need to grab a bite to go, Hawaii Kai has some of the most diverse and delicious restaurant options on Island. Want to grab a beer, watch a game and wave to the local boaters that go by? Likos Tap and Table is your spot. Interested in some authentic and flavorful Thai food to take home and eat on your Lanai? Maile’s Thai is the place. What ever you’re craving, Hawaii kai has it all to offer. Here is a short list of some of the most popular spots to dine in Hawaii Kai.

-Kona Brewing Company

-Likos Tap and Table

-Maile’s Thai Bistro

-Greek Marina


-Outback Steakhouse

-Taco del Mar

-Island Brew Coffeehouse

-Lanikai Juice


View From Likos Tap and Table


If you have school aged children, Hawaii Kai is one of the best places to be. Not only does this community offer sports and activities for your kiddos to participate in, but there are also incredible K-12 schools right in your neighborhood. The following is a short list of those K-12 Schools located in or near the Hawaii Kai area.


-Happy Keiki Preschool

-KCAA Kuapa Preschool

-Kinder Kids International Preschool Hawaii


-Hahaione Elementary School

-Aina Haina Elementary School

-Kamiloiki Elementary

-Koko Head Elementary


-Niu Valley Middle School

High School

-Henry J. Kaiser High School

Shopping and more

For being such a small area of the island, Hawaii Kai has plenty of shops, restaurants and businesses that are conveniently located right in the heart of the Marina. These businesses include important outlets such as Costco, Safeway, Drug stores, City Hall, a police station and more. Here is a list of stores you can find right in the middle of Hawaii Kai.

-Costco Wholesale


-Longs Drugs


-Island Urgent Care

-Hawaii Kai Police Station

-Hawaii Kai Satellite City Hall

-Hawaii Kai Public Library

-Hawaii Kai Veterinary Clinic

-Hawaii Kai Post Office

-Hawaii Kai Towne Center

-Hawaii Kai City Mill


Hawaii Kai is home to endless energy and abundance. Life here is simple and the residents enjoy a lifestyle of adventure and convenience every day. Making Hawaii Kai your home could truly be one of the best decisions you have ever made. Wether you enjoy an active lifestyle of hiking, snorkeling and surfing or if you would rather spend your days relaxing on a boat watching the sunset, there is something here for everyone. Interested in joining our community? Contact me for a no obligation consultation today!

Chloe K Rennagel



Weaver Hawaii Team

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