Hawaii Kai is a primarily residential community in both the City and County of Honolulu, on Oahu's eastern end. Hawaii Kai properties make up the largest community in the region.
History of Hawaii Kai
Hawaii Kai was created around Kuapa, an ancient Maunalua wetland area. Kuapa Pond was dredged starting in 1959. Kaiser-Aetna leased the land in 1961 so that they could develop what was previously a fishpond into housing tracts, with channels throughout as well as a marina. Immediately west of Hawaii Kai is Kuli'ou'ou and to the east is Koko Head. Eventually, the road crosses over to the windward side of the island near Makapu'u Point.
Education in Hawaii Kai
The Hawaii Department of Education serves the public educational needs of Hawaii Kai residents. There are 53 elementary schools, 15 middle schools and 12 high schools in the school district. For those seeking a private education, there are are 126 wonderful private schools in the area to choose from.
Higher education includes the University of Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific University, Manoa, and Chaminade University.
Things to See and Do in Hawaii Kai
There is plenty of shopping available in Hawaii Kai, as well as restaurants and many professional services of all kinds to fulfill any need you may have. There is a farmer's market on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7:30am-3pm behind Panda Express, facing the marina. A free movement class is offered by Luk Trung Kuen on Wednesdays from 8am-9am on the waterfront stage. The waterfront stage is also open to the public every Saturday and Sunday for use by any community group, hula halaus and schools for free public performances. Some restrictions do apply.
Communities within Hawaii Kai
The most popular community within the town of Hawaii Kai is Kalama Valley. The community features single-family homes along with several amenities such as shopping centers, public parks, basketball facilities, restaurants and an auto care center.
Within the vicinity of Kalama Valley, there are a variety of attractions, including the Makapu'u Lighthouse and beach, Queen's Gate Golf Course, Koko Crater Botanical Garden, Sandy Beach and Hanauma Bay. Sandy Beach is a popular beach located less than one mile from Kalama Valley, offering a quiet location for the local crowd. It's a favorite for body surfing and never overcrowded by tourists.
Koko Crater Botanical Garden encompasses beautiful plants and trees from many different regions of the world. Visitors can also enjoy a hike up to Makapu'u Lighthouse and enjoy the awesome view that overlook the Sea Life Park, Makapu'u Beach and the windward coast. During the winter months, visitors can use the area as a whale watching look-out. And the wonderful Hanauma Bay is a marine-life sanctuary, making it idyllic for snorkeling.
Demographics of Hawaii Kai:
Median Income: $55,536
Median Home Value: $604,600