What is the Urban Core of Honolulu?

What is considered urban Honolulu?

What is it Like Living in the Urban Core of Honolulu

Oahu has several distinct sections that each have their own feel, with Honolulu holding a large portion of the island's population. Within the city lies the Urban Core, an area with shops, restaurants, and high-rise condos between Downtown Honolulu and Diamond Head.

The bounds of the urban core of Honolulu aren't cut and dry. Generally, it includes the mixed residential and commercial areas within Kakaako, Ala Moana, Waikiki, and a few surrounding neighborhoods such as Maikiki Heights and Manoa.

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Urban core living near downtown Honolulu means you’ll be close to shopping, dining, and potential employment as well. People love this area because they can walk to work, ride the bike, or shop and dine all within a few block radius.

What is it Like Living in the Urban Core of Honolulu

Enter Kakaako

Honolulu government and development is setting its sights on developing Kakaako as Oahu’s third city. This warehouse district is home to a vibrant up-and-coming arts community and future plans are to create a live/work/play neighborhood full of cafés and parks, businesses, and both upscale and affordable urban housing.

This new development is attracting interest from across the state. The vision began decades ago in 1976 when the state legislature created the Hawaii Community Development Authority and designed Kakaako as the authority's first Community Development District.

Redevelopment started out slow. With the development of condominiums in the 1980s and 90s, the total population of the neighborhood hovered around 2500 residents by 1990. 30 years later in 2010, there were 10,673 residents living in the Kakaako area.

Today, Kakaako’s development is accelerating, with population expected to double within the next several years. Residents with increased income levels want bigger spaces and better neighborhoods that provide all the community amenities one could want including dining, shopping, playing, and working.

In 2010, 58% of Honolulu residents were living within 10 miles from the city center and 84% were living within 15 miles.

What is it Like Living in the Urban Core of Honolulu

Changing housing demand

Kakaako is a dynamic, urban island community with colorful street art, unique dining, and fantastic shopping offering lively events and unique gathering places. This is Hawaii’s most unique, progressive, and talked-about urban island neighborhood. Cultural values and modern spaces come together in perfect harmony bringing a brighter future for Hawaii by creating new places for people to live, play, and work.

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If an urban core is underutilized, redevelopment could fail if there’s not enough demand. For the area to grow in population it requires an adequate supply of housing and enough demand to live in that area. For Honolulu County, over 3300 new homes would be needed each year to accommodate the anticipated population growth.

Kakaako is a mixed-use, revitalized, and walkable neighborhood offering a variety of housing options, rentals, high-rise, lowrise, and shopping options. Nearby, Ala Moana and Waikiki are other mixed-use areas with simlar options.

The key is convenience and proximity. Everything you would want is close to where you live. This allows for more access and exposure to entertainment, revenue, and reduces the need for expensive commutes. For more information on living in Honolulu’s urban core or Kakaako, contact me below.

Kakaako Condos for Sale

232 Properties
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Open 1/23
415 South Street #2903 Honolulu, HI 96813
$539,000
Condo: One Waterfront Tower
1
Beds
1
Baths
804
Sq.Ft.
1989
Year Built
2
Days on Site
202201132
MLS
First Open House Sunday, January 23rd from 2-5pm. Wonderful opportunity to put the finishing touches on this high floor 1 bedroom 1 bath condo in One Waterfront Towers. Amazing amenities including...
2
Beds
2
Baths
832
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
2
Days on Site
202129811
MLS
Brand New never occupied 2 bedroom/2 bathroom/2 parking in A'ali'i with beautiful views from every room. Conveniently located in Ward Village within walking distance to Whole foods, Ward Theater,...
$725,000
Condo: One Archer Lane
2
Beds
2
Baths
791
Sq.Ft.
1998
Year Built
2
Days on Site
202201130
MLS
Here it is folks, high rise living at its best! Cool 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit with 2 parking! What better place to come home to after a stressful day at work? Relax in the Jacuzzi, go for a swim, grill...
Open 1/23
725 Kapiolani Boulevard #901 Honolulu, HI 96813
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,239
Sq.Ft.
1991
Year Built
2
Days on Site
202201236
MLS
Jump on this chance to live in an established, luxury building centrally located in the heart of Honolulu. Sunlit open floor plan separates the primary bedroom and 2 spare bedrooms. Enjoy the 10 ft...
$675,000
Condo: One Waterfront Tower
1
Beds
1
Baths
804
Sq.Ft.
1989
Year Built
2
Days on Site
202201213
MLS
Rarely available 2 parking, 1 bedroom, 1 bath unit on a high floor, Makai Tower in the Luxurious One Waterfront Tower. Walking distance to Salt of our Kakaako and Waterfront Plaza. Start the evening...
$975,000
Condo: 801 South St
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,228
Sq.Ft.
2017
Year Built
3
Days on Site
202201195
MLS
Rarely available 3 bedroom 2 bath at 801 South! Beautiful views from the 43rd floor of Honolulu city lights, Punchbowl and mountains. ALSO, 2 parking stalls! Owner purchased additional stall...
2
Beds
2
Baths
867
Sq.Ft.
2018
Year Built
4
Days on Site
202200862
MLS
Immaculate 2 bedroom, 2 bath corner-end residence with sweeping views! Best priced 2 bedroom in this beautiful, luxury building and one of the best values in Ward Village. Wide-open, functional...
1
Beds
1
Baths
579
Sq.Ft.
2016
Year Built
5
Days on Site
202200721
MLS
Enjoy Kakaako living & urban lifestyle. This high floor 1 bedroom, 1 bath unit in the Collection in Kakaako has amazing panoramic ocean and Diamond Head views. The kitchen features Bosch stainless...
Open 1/22
888 Kapiolani Boulevard #2003 Honolulu, HI 96813
$1,385,000
Condo: Symphony Honolulu
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,142
Sq.Ft.
2016
Year Built
5
Days on Site
202130058
MLS
Rarely available 2/2/2 corner end unit in the luxurious Symphony Honolulu! Breathtaking and panoramic views of the ocean, Diamond Head, mountain, and city from your floor to ceiling windows in every...
2
Beds
2
Baths
909
Sq.Ft.
2016
Year Built
5
Days on Site
202201029
MLS
Welcome home to The Collection! This beautifully maintained 2-bedroom home boasts Diamond Head, Ocean, and City Views and comes with its own private storage. Located on Ala Moana Blvd, right across...
$529,000
Condo: One Archer Lane
1
Beds
1
Baths
585
Sq.Ft.
1998
Year Built
6
Days on Site
202200926
MLS
This highly desirable unit has nice city view with conveniently located near Downtown, Ward , Whole Foods, Ala Moana Beach, Parks, Shopping Center, Freeway access, Straub/Queens Hospitals, bus...
1
Baths
368
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
6
Days on Site
202200982
MLS
Brand New Fully Furnished Studio, comes with 1 parking stall. It is located on the 6th floor. A'ali'i is a building at a convenient location, close to Whole Foods, AMC Theatre, South Market and Ala...

Kakaako New Condo Developments

53 Properties
Page 1 of 5
2
Beds
2
Baths
832
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
2
Days on Site
202129811
MLS
Brand New never occupied 2 bedroom/2 bathroom/2 parking in A'ali'i with beautiful views from every room. Conveniently located in Ward Village within walking distance to Whole foods, Ward Theater,...
1
Baths
368
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
6
Days on Site
202200982
MLS
Brand New Fully Furnished Studio, comes with 1 parking stall. It is located on the 6th floor. A'ali'i is a building at a convenient location, close to Whole Foods, AMC Theatre, South Market and Ala...
2
Beds
2
Baths
842
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
11
Days on Site
202200618
MLS
two bedroom/ two bathroom/ TWO parking. Newly completed! 'A'ali'i, designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz architects with Rottet Studio, is simply a joy to come home to. Each unit embodies creative,...
1
Baths
347
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
15
Days on Site
202200357
MLS
Be the first to live in this luxurious studio unit in Ward Village's newest development - A'ali'i', designed by renowned architect Solomon Cordwell Buenz. This unit's desirable open layout is...
2
Beds
2
Baths
829
Sq.Ft.
2019
Year Built
24
Days on Site
202131830
MLS
This is a bright, and contemporary style 2 bedroom 2 bath corner unit with beautiful city, mountain and ocean views in newly completed A'ali'i. The unit offers quartzite counter tops, white soft...
1
Beds
1
Baths
556
Sq.Ft.
2019
Year Built
27
Days on Site
202132199
MLS
This is the latest addition of the elegant high rise in Ward Village, the modern, luxurious and innovative Aalii with plenty space saving features. Enter through the stunning high ceiling lobby,...
Open 1/23
987 Queen Street #2205 Honolulu, HI 96814
1
Beds
1
Baths
493
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
31
Days on Site
202132104
MLS
Enjoy the newest development in the Howard Hughes Kakaako area. Luxury, resort style living
with penthouse level amenities. Unit boasts modern, affluent features and high-end Bosch
appliances...
1
Beds
1
Baths
493
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
36
Days on Site
202131848
MLS
Welcome to A'ali'i! Howard Hughes' newest residential building in Ward Village, this unit comes with beautiful ocean and city views. 8th floor amenities are Pool & Kid's pool, Cabanas, Private BBQ s....
1
Beds
1
Baths
493
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
38
Days on Site
202129397
MLS
Desirable unit in the A'Alii. Beautiful ocean and sunset view!!
Unit comes w/Bosch Appliances, Hansgrohe fixtures, bountiful quart counter tops and much more!
World class amenities are Pool &...
1
Beds
1
Baths
590
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
40
Days on Site
202130600
MLS
Be the first to move into 'A'ali'i, the brand new building in the heart of vibrant Kaka'ako/Ward Village, with close proximity to Waikiki. This "Turn-Key" one bedroom, one bath condo comes with one...
1
Baths
364
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
43
Days on Site
202130373
MLS
Brand New building!! Never rented, fully furnished Studio / 1bath / 1pkg unit. Come be the first to live in the brand new Aalii in the amazing Ward Village community. Walking distance to all Kakaako...
1
Beds
1
Baths
467
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
43
Days on Site
202130499
MLS
Soaring above Honolulu in Ward Village's newest luxury condominium residences sits 'A'ali'i #3403, an ocean view luxury destination. This brand new, never lived in unit, ready for your customization,...

Kakaako New Construction

5 Properties
1
Beds
1
Baths
600
Sq.Ft.
1967
Year Built
9
Days on Site
202200747
MLS
REMODLE TO YOUR FAVOR STYLE, CLOSE TO WAIKIKI FOR BUSINESS OR JOY LIFE STYLE. OWNER NEED TO LEAVE ISLAND SOON.
PRICE IS FLEXABLE REASONABLE OFFER WELCOME! THIS B-02 ZONE UNIT HAS MANY...
$525,000
Condo: Holiday Parkway
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,019
Sq.Ft.
1971
Year Built
9
Days on Site
202200770
MLS
Rarely available 3 Bedroom 2 Bath 1 Parking in the heart of Kapahulu - Beautifully upgraded with travertine, wood floors, maple kitchen cabinets, granite countertop, and stainless steel appliances....
$1,030,000
Subdivision: Kapahulu
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,190
Sq.Ft.
2004
Year Built
40
Days on Site
202130348
MLS
A DETACHED Single Family CPR Home in Kapahulu!!! Such a rare find! Built in 2004, the property features 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, a 2-car attached garage and 2 additional parking stalls on the...
3
Beds
2
Baths
952
Sq.Ft.
1968
Year Built
87
Days on Site
202126625
MLS
Back on Market! SPACIOUS and BRIGHT 3 bedroom, 2 bath unit in the heart of Kapahulu with 1 assigned parking stall in front of secured building entry! Features Washer/Dryer inside the unit, wood...
$1,750,000
Subdivision: Kapahulu
10
Beds
7
Baths
3,844
Sq.Ft.
1941
Year Built
174
Days on Site
202119508
MLS
$50,000 price improvement, and we are ready for showings!!! Welcome to the newest hot listing to hit the market, located in the heart of Kapahulu! All improvements are permitted, recently inspected...
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