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

Housing in the urban core of Honolulu is largely being developed in the areas of Ala Moana and Kakaako.

The results are dynamic, urban island communities with colorful street art, unique dining, and fantastic shopping. Both Kakaako and Ala Moana (as well as nearby Waikiki) host many lively events and have unique gathering places. The urban core is Hawaii’s most unique and progressive area, with Cultural values and modern spaces coming together in perfect harmony.

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These communities are bringing a brighter future to Hawaii by creating new places for people to live, play, and work. If an urban core is underutilized and there's not enough demand, it can cause redevelopment efforts to fail. For the area to grow in population it requires an adequate supply of housing and enough demand to live in that area. In 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 similar 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

259 Properties
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1
Beds
1
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739
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
1
Day on Site
202225194
MLS
Ko'ula at Ward Village is first project on Victoria Ward Park and was designed by globally celebrated architect Jeanne Gang and the award winning design firm Yabu Pushelberg, is an example of...
Open 12/4
801 S King Street #1205 Honolulu, HI 96813
$579,000
Condo: One Archer Lane
1
Beds
1
Baths
585
Sq.Ft.
1998
Year Built
3
Days on Site
202224680
MLS
NEW LISTING!! UNIT INCLUDES 2 PARKING STALLS! Enjoy serene mountain and city views from this beautifully maintained 1 bdrm/1 bath unit with 2 tandem parking stalls at One Archer Lane in highly...
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,162
Sq.Ft.
2006
Year Built
3
Days on Site
202225105
MLS
"Koolani" High Floor Two bed, Two bath unit. Ocean View from living, Master and Guest bed rooms. Kitchen Range has Gas Top Burner. New Refrigerator installed.
The unit parking is located...
$5,500,000
Condo: Waiea - 1118 Ala Moana
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,377
Sq.Ft.
2016
Year Built
3
Days on Site
202225137
MLS
Waiea, the luxurious flagship building in the heart of vibrant Kakaako with close proximity to Waikiki. This three bedroom, three-and-one-half bath condo features second-to-none finishes and details....
2
Beds
2
Baths
740
Sq.Ft.
2019
Year Built
4
Days on Site
202224756
MLS
Designed by architect AC Martin and CDS International, Ke Kilohana features modern style and thoughtful amenities. These include 2 double sky lanai with gorgeous ocean and mountain views. Other...
Pending
1296 Kapiolani Boulevard #1008 Honolulu, HI 96814
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,206
Sq.Ft.
2007
Year Built
5
Days on Site
202224911
MLS
Spacious bright corner-end unit with panoramic view in East Tower. French oak hard wood floor. Walking distance to Ala Moana Shopping Center, Ala Moana Park, Ward Village, restaurants, etc. Cable...
2
Beds
2
Baths
979
Sq.Ft.
1991
Year Built
5
Days on Site
202224931
MLS
Totally renovated, throughout. New kitchen cabinet, granite counter top, new sink. Entire floor is new vinyl plank with sound proof. New bathtub and bathtub wall and new toilet. New appliance....
1
Beds
1
Baths
580
Sq.Ft.
2016
Year Built
6
Days on Site
202224866
MLS
Seldom used high floor unit with views of the airport, ocean, harbor, city and mountains. The building is located across from SALT, close to Ward Village where you enjoy fine dinning and...
Open 12/4
725 Kapiolani Boulevard #2804 Honolulu, HI 96813
2
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,308
Sq.Ft.
1991
Year Built
7
Days on Site
202216543
MLS
Highly desirable 04 unit at Imperial Plaza in Kakaako. This expansive over 1300 square foot unit has two bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms with high ceilings and sought after sprinkler system....
2
Beds
2
Baths
867
Sq.Ft.
2018
Year Built
7
Days on Site
202224817
MLS
Welcome to the Ae o that is located in Kakaako at the Ward Village community. Neighborhood provides unique local retailers, world class retail and restaurants, movie theaters, Whole Foods, and so...
2
Beds
2
Baths
826
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
7
Days on Site
202224891
MLS
'A'ali'i, new building completed in 2021 and located in the heart of vibrant Kaka'ako/Ward Village, with close proximity to Waikiki. This turn-key two bedroom, two bathroom condo comes with two...
2
Beds
2
Baths
739
Sq.Ft.
2017
Year Built
9
Days on Site
202216340
MLS
424 Total Units in a newer CONDO Built in 2017. High floor Two bedrooms, 2 baths, 1 covered parking 739 sq ft. Beautiful Ocean views. Amenities Include: 8 th floor BBQ Area, kids play area, yoga and...

Kakaako New Condo Developments

84 Properties
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Beds
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739
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
1
Day on Site
202225194
MLS
Ko'ula at Ward Village is first project on Victoria Ward Park and was designed by globally celebrated architect Jeanne Gang and the award winning design firm Yabu Pushelberg, is an example of...
2
Beds
2
Baths
826
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
7
Days on Site
202224891
MLS
'A'ali'i, new building completed in 2021 and located in the heart of vibrant Kaka'ako/Ward Village, with close proximity to Waikiki. This turn-key two bedroom, two bathroom condo comes with two...
1
Baths
367
Sq.Ft.
2019
Year Built
11
Days on Site
202224024
MLS
Ocean view and Diamond Head/East facing studio unit at Aalii. Amenities includes 42nd floor Penthouse Sunset & Ocean facing Sky Deck,Gym, yoga Room, Pool, Jacuzzi, Keiki Pool, Keiki Grassy Area &...
1
Baths
363
Sq.Ft.
2019
Year Built
13
Days on Site
202224655
MLS
Studio, 1bath and 1 parking at Aalii. Enjoy your living at Ward Village from the grand penthouse sky lounge, dining, gym, yoga to exceptional ADA compliant amenities (heated pool, spa, BBQ event...
Open 12/4
1000 Queen Street #2400 Honolulu, HI 96814
3
Beds
3
Baths
1,457
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
13
Days on Site
202224649
MLS
Beautiful 00stack of views of the ocean and Kewalo harbor in Ward Village's brand-new luxury high rise apartment. The contemporary 3-bedrrom and 3-bathroom retreat located on the 24th floor could be...
1
Beds
1
Baths
681
Sq.Ft.
2022
Year Built
19
Days on Site
202224118
MLS
This stunning 39th floor unit right below the penthouse level boasts a sparkling view of land, sea, and air. Enjoy the gorgeous Victoria Ward Park, cruise ships and sport fishing at Kewalo Basin...
1
Beds
1
Baths
739
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
20
Days on Site
202222429
MLS
Designer furnished, turn-key, 1-Bedroom at Ko'ula offered FULLY FURNISHED! Perched on the front of the building, this expansive one-bedroom unit features unobstructed ocean views through the NEW lush...
2
Beds
2
Baths
968
Sq.Ft.
2022
Year Built
21
Days on Site
202224193
MLS
Honolulu's newest luxury condominium "Koula" located in the heart of vibrant Kakaako/Ward Village with close proximity to Waikiki. Move-in ready, turn-key 2 bedroom, 2 bath unit with brand new Miele...
2
Beds
2
Baths
941
Sq.Ft.
2022
Year Built
23
Days on Site
202221742
MLS
Penthouse 2 bedrooms, 2 baths corner unit with 2 lanais with ocean, sunset, mountain and city views at Ko'ula, brand new condominium at Ward Village. Penthouse floors features 10 ft clear ceiling...
1
Baths
347
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
25
Days on Site
202223916
MLS
PET Friendly! This mountain and city view studio is located on the cooler side of 'A ali I on the 26th floor, within the newer community of Ward Village in Kaka ako. Complete with Bosch appliances,...
1
Baths
310
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
28
Days on Site
202223798
MLS
This superb contemporary retreat studio is available at the gorgeous Ko ula in Ward Village. Conveniently located on the highest residential floor of the Podium Tower, it's just one level below the...
1
Beds
1
Baths
739
Sq.Ft.
2022
Year Built
28
Days on Site
202223609
MLS
Newly completed direct ocean view unit 2701 located on Victoria Ward Park! Featuring 1 bed, 1 bath, 1 standard size parking and a larger size 90 SQFT BALCONY. This luxury corner unit 2701 has...

Kakaako New Construction

5 Properties
Open 12/4
708 Palani Avenue #203 Honolulu, HI 96816
2
Beds
1
Baths
623
Sq.Ft.
1967
Year Built
9
Days on Site
202224745
MLS
This lovely two bedroom, one bath apartment offers new carpeting, fresh paint, outdoor balcony, and a covered parking stall. Conveniently located with nearby shopping and dining at the Kapahulu...
Open 12/4
708 Palani Avenue #405 Honolulu, HI 96816
2
Beds
1
Baths
645
Sq.Ft.
1967
Year Built
24
Days on Site
202223904
MLS
Welcome to the ONLY CONDO FOR SALE WITH PRIVATELY OWNED SOLAR PANELS!! (12 PVs). The PV system provides all the electricity you could want, and is even hooked up to your own electric car battery...
$1,399,000
Neighborhood: Kapahulu
4
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,526
Sq.Ft.
1930
Year Built
34
Days on Site
202217557
MLS
Looking for an investment opportunity with multiple detached houses in highly coveted Kapahulu or want to build your dream home just minutes from the beach? This highly desirable, centrally located,...
$559,999
Condo: Fairway House
2
Beds
2
Baths
817
Sq.Ft.
1981
Year Built
103
Days on Site
202217231
MLS
Great new price! Fairway House is a unique boutique building with sweeping unobstructed views of Waikiki, Diamond Head, and Ala Wai golf course. This larger 2 bed, 2 full bath has an open kitchen,...
$2,500,000
Neighborhood: Kapahulu
6
Beds
6
Baths
2,395
Sq.Ft.
1970
Year Built
125
Days on Site
202214796
MLS
Just totally remodeled and built brand new first floor two story single family house in Kapahulu neighborhood. Perfect for three families to live together. Second floor has its own entrance, new...
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