About Kahala Hawaii
Kāhala is an affluent neighborhood in the Diamond Head area of Honolulu, Hawaii. Kahala is famous as an icon for wealth and the rich and famous in Hawaii, and for its large concentration of expensive real estate and beachfront properties, which include some of the most expensive in the entire state.
Kahala is also home to the Kahala Hotel & Resort, formerly known as the Kahala Mandarin Oriental, and prior the Kahala Hilton. Also located along the borders are Kahala Mall, and Diamond Head crater.
Residents and owners are a mix of old timers living in older residences (many for more than half a century) and newer arrivals living in large, expensive, mansion-like homes. Many celebrities and business moguls have also bought vacation homes in the area. Kahala is a favored spot for investors to buy and fix old homes and sell for record-breaking prices.
Kahala is one of the only areas of Honolulu to be fairly flat, and yet also be within 5 – 15 minutes’ drive of Waikiki or downtown.
The district is also home to several secluded (though publicly accessible) sandy beaches. Unlike the beaches of Waikiki, those in Kahala are often much less crowded locals spots.
Homes for Sale in Kahala
The average home for sale in Kahala costs approximately $759,000. Buyers can expect to spend around $499 per square foot in this picturesque community, but naturally, prices vary based on the location, home style and amenities.
You’ll find beautiful townhomes, cozy condominiums and spacious estates throughout Kahala’s friendly, picturesque neighborhoods. There are gated communities with neighborhood amenities, homes with access to the ocean and so much more.
- Beach Front Homes
- Golf Course Homes
- Luxury Homes
- Newest Homes on the Market
- Homes under $500,000
- Homes $500,000 to $1,000,000
- Homes $1,000,000 to $1,500,000
- Homes $1,500,000 to $3,000,000
- Homes $3,000,000 to $6,000,000
- Homes above $6,000,000
Children who live in Kahala are part of the Kahala-Kalaheo Complex area of the Hawaii State Department of Education’s Windward District.
Kahala Elementary Schools
- Enchanted Lake
Kahala Intermediate School is for students in grades 7 and 8, while Kalaheo and Kahala High Schools are open to those in grades 9 through 12.
Kahala Shopping and Dining
From the Kalapawai Café to the cozy Baci Bistro, you’ll find all kinds of delicious food in Kahala. There’s a string of restaurants to suit every palate here. Many residents also travel to Kaneohe, where there are even more dining options (including a Koa Pancake House).
With a Whole foods Market, several department stores and a handful of grocery stores, there are plenty of ways to shop in Kahala. The Aikahi Park Shopping Center, Kahala Town Center and Enchanted Lake Center are brimming with shops as well.
Entertainment in Kahala
Aside from the gorgeous, clear waters at Lanikai Beach and Kahala Beach Park, there are remarkable hiking trails and plenty of beautiful outdoor activities. Maunawili Falls, the Royal Hawaiian Golf Club and the Kawai Nui Marsh, where birdwatching is extremely popular (just be careful not to disturb anything, because endangered shearwaters make their nests there) are great places to spend the day.
There’s a small theater, the Water Gardens Keolu 4, right in Kahala. However, many people who live here also enjoy the theater in Kaneohe. We’re just over 20 minutes from Honolulu and Waikiki, as well, which is just on the other side of the mountains; there’s enough to do and see there to last a lifetime.
Kahala Parks and Recreation
The Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation maintains four gorgeous parks in Kahala, including:
- Aikahi Community Park
- Enchanted Lake Community Park
- Kahala District Park
- Kalama Beach Park
There’s also a public pool maintained by the Parks and Recreation department; it’s located on South Kainalu Drive, and all residents are welcome.
In addition to these spectacular parks and pools, the department is also in charge of offering free and discounted classes to Kahala residents ranging from swimming classes to ballroom dancing. There are organized sports teams for children and adults, as well, including baseball, soccer and more.
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