What is the Urban Core of 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.

What is considered Urban Honolulu?

The bounds of the urban core of Honolulu aren't cut and dry. Generally, it includes the mixed residential and commercial areas from downtown Honolulu,  Kakaako, Ala Moana, to 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

Ala Moana is a bustling residential and retail district on the southern shore of Oahu. The golden sand beaches of Ala Moana Beach Park are a popular destination for nearby districts that include Waikiki and Kakaako. It's home to some of the most luxurious oceanfront residential towers and also has the Ala Moana Center, the world's largest open-air shopping center.

Waikiki is one of Hawaii's most popular resort districts. This dense high-rise neighborhood has plenty of luxury residential condos, hotels, and even a few single-family homes. You'll also find some of the best restaurants in Hawaii here in addition to globally recognized art galleries, the aquarium, and the zoo.

The Central Business District, the Capitol District, Chinatown, and the Waterfront are the four districts that make up downtown Honolulu. Each has its own historical and cultural significance. It's home to over a million people and a thriving economic center.

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. 

Interested in moving to the Urban Core of Honolulu? We have decades of experience in helping people find their dream home in Honolulu. Use the form below to get started or give us a call at 1-(808) 427-0867 and we’ll have you sorted in no time.

Kakaako Condos for Sale

278 Properties
Page 1 of 24
Open 5/19
920 Ward Avenue #4G Honolulu,  HI 96814
$575,000
Condo: Royal Court
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,073
Sq.Ft.
1970
Year Built
2
Days on Site
202411350
MLS
Open 5/19
1296 Kapiolani Boulevard #4505 Honolulu,  HI 96814
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,105
Sq.Ft.
2007
Year Built
2
Days on Site
202411499
MLS
2
Beds
2
Baths
926
Sq.Ft.
2016
Year Built
3
Days on Site
202411418
MLS
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,392
Sq.Ft.
2006
Year Built
3
Days on Site
202411426
MLS
$649,000
Condo: Royal Capitol Plaza
2
Beds
2
Baths
885
Sq.Ft.
1987
Year Built
4
Days on Site
202407344
MLS
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,227
Sq.Ft.
2014
Year Built
4
Days on Site
202411113
MLS
Open 5/19
1296 Kapiolani Boulevard Honolulu,  HI 96814
$1,025,000
Condo: Moana Pacific
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,105
Sq.Ft.
2007
Year Built
5
Days on Site
202411139
MLS
$3,850,000
Condo: Anaha - 1108 Auahi
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,492
Sq.Ft.
2017
Year Built
5
Days on Site
202411180
MLS
Open 5/19
555 South Street #2011 Honolulu,  HI 96813
$690,000
Condo: Keauhou Place
1
Beds
1
Baths
508
Sq.Ft.
2017
Year Built
5
Days on Site
202406494
MLS
Open 5/19
1350 Ala Moana Boulevard #1505 Honolulu,  HI 96814
2
Beds
2
Baths
948
Sq.Ft.
1968
Year Built
6
Days on Site
202411110
MLS
Open 5/19
725 Kapiolani Boulevard #1701 Honolulu,  HI 96813
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,239
Sq.Ft.
1991
Year Built
6
Days on Site
202408116
MLS
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,206
Sq.Ft.
2027
Year Built
6
Days on Site
202411133
MLS

Kakaako New Condo Developments

54 Properties
Page 1 of 5
2
Beds
2
Baths
826
Sq.Ft.
2019
Year Built
7
Days on Site
202410622
MLS
1
Baths
433
Sq.Ft.
2022
Year Built
10
Days on Site
202410957
MLS
1
Baths
347
Sq.Ft.
2019
Year Built
11
Days on Site
202410655
MLS
1
Beds
1
Baths
758
Sq.Ft.
2022
Year Built
12
Days on Site
202410751
MLS
1
Baths
364
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
18
Days on Site
202409235
MLS
1
Beds
1
Baths
624
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
18
Days on Site
202409400
MLS
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,133
Sq.Ft.
2022
Year Built
18
Days on Site
202409405
MLS
2
Beds
2
Baths
785
Sq.Ft.
2022
Year Built
19
Days on Site
202409058
MLS
2
Beds
2
Baths
781
Sq.Ft.
2022
Year Built
19
Days on Site
202408893
MLS
1
Baths
364
Sq.Ft.
2019
Year Built
20
Days on Site
202409239
MLS
3
Beds
3
Baths
1,457
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
24
Days on Site
202408928
MLS
2
Beds
2
Baths
838
Sq.Ft.
2019
Year Built
24
Days on Site
202408716
MLS

Kakaako New Construction

15 Properties
Page 1 of 2
1
Beds
1
Baths
569
Sq.Ft.
1979
Year Built
12
Days on Site
202410755
MLS
Open 5/19
815 Lukepane Avenue Honolulu,  HI 96816
$1,650,000
Neighborhood: Kapahulu
5
Beds
4
Baths
2,482
Sq.Ft.
2020
Year Built
17
Days on Site
202409196
MLS
$1,649,000
Neighborhood: Kapahulu
3
Beds
3
Baths
2,416
Sq.Ft.
1980
Year Built
18
Days on Site
202409167
MLS
Active Under Contract
3428 Mccorriston Street Honolulu,  HI 96815
$1,150,000
Neighborhood: Kapahulu
2
Beds
1
Baths
768
Sq.Ft.
1948
Year Built
18
Days on Site
202409264
MLS
$3,200,000
Neighborhood: Kapahulu
3
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
2,712
Sq.Ft.
1973
Year Built
20
Days on Site
202409067
MLS
$825,000
Neighborhood: Kapahulu
2
Beds
1F11/2
Baths
742
Sq.Ft.
1931
Year Built
30
Days on Site
202408621
MLS
$1,390,000
Neighborhood: Kapahulu
3
Beds
3
Baths
2,154
Sq.Ft.
1978
Year Built
31
Days on Site
202408440
MLS
$2,000,000
Neighborhood: Kapahulu
8
Beds
7
Baths
3,758
Sq.Ft.
2018
Year Built
37
Days on Site
202408155
MLS
Open 5/19
3508 Kepuhi Street Honolulu,  HI 96815
$1,249,000
Neighborhood: Kapahulu
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,256
Sq.Ft.
1952
Year Built
41
Days on Site
202407868
MLS
1
Beds
1
Baths
531
Sq.Ft.
1979
Year Built
49
Days on Site
202407289
MLS
1
Beds
1
Baths
531
Sq.Ft.
1979
Year Built
68
Days on Site
202406223
MLS
Active Under Contract
465 Kapahulu Avenue #4H Honolulu,  HI 96815
2
Beds
1
Baths
700
Sq.Ft.
1967
Year Built
76
Days on Site
202404400
MLS
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