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

223 Properties
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Open 7/9
1133 Waimanu Street #1702 Honolulu, HI 96814
2
Beds
1
Baths
694
Sq.Ft.
1995
Year Built
2
Days on Site
202212920
MLS
Upgraded and well maintained 2bd//1ba/1prkg unit in 1133 Waimanu offers exceptional value for a reasonable price to live, work and play in the epicenter of Honolulu's most exciting neighborhood:...
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,206
Sq.Ft.
2007
Year Built
2
Days on Site
202212709
MLS
No description available...
$780,000
Condo: Pacifica Honolulu
2
Beds
2
Baths
728
Sq.Ft.
2011
Year Built
3
Days on Site
202212791
MLS
High floor 2 bedroom, 2 bath on cool side of the building. Unit is in excellent condition. Modern roll down sun shade style window coverings. Fantastic mountain views with vast open areas outside....
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,227
Sq.Ft.
2015
Year Built
3
Days on Site
202210879
MLS
RARELY AVAILABLE 3 Bed, 2 Bath HIGH FLOOR CORNER UNIT at the luxurious Waihonua located in the heart of Kakaako. Fantastic ocean, mountain and night time city views from the floor-to-ceiling glass...
3
Beds
3
Baths
1,327
Sq.Ft.
2018
Year Built
3
Days on Site
202212570
MLS
Beautiful and rarely available corner 3 bedroom/3bathroom on high floor! Enjoy corner views of Ocean, City! In the heart of most epic "Kakaako" neighborhood, walk to the Beach, Restaurants, Shops and...
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,034
Sq.Ft.
2015
Year Built
3
Days on Site
202210875
MLS
Highly sought after 2 bed, 2 bath high floor corner/end unit in Waihonua in the heart of Kakaako, with panoramic views of Metro Honolulu and the Koolau Mountains. This unit has central air...
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,157
Sq.Ft.
2006
Year Built
3
Days on Site
202212838
MLS
Beautifully maintained unit with gorgeous views in the highly desirable Koolani building! This 2 bed, 2 bath, 2 parking comes with hardwood flooring, Viking kitchen appliances, a gas stove, central...
$638,888
Condo: One Waterfront Tower
1
Beds
1
Baths
804
Sq.Ft.
1989
Year Built
5
Days on Site
202212751
MLS
Great opportunity to own and enjoy Luxury Kaka'ako living! Enjoy the numerous eateries and nightlife Kaka'ako has to offer in this spacious 1 bedroom with RARELY available 2 covered parking stalls!...
Pending
555 South Street #2802 Honolulu, HI 96813
$990,000
Condo: Keauhou Place
2
Beds
2
Baths
863
Sq.Ft.
2017
Year Built
6
Days on Site
202212699
MLS
sold before listed
1
Beds
1
Baths
554
Sq.Ft.
2020
Year Built
6
Days on Site
202212128
MLS
Enjoy cool breezes, panoramic mountains and city views from this gorgeous brand-new high floor residence. Fresh vibrant interior featured with contemporary finishes throughout. Natural stone...
$4,300,000
Condo: Anaha - 1108 Auahi
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,492
Sq.Ft.
2017
Year Built
6
Days on Site
202212660
MLS
This 3bd, 3.5bath condominium has it all. Enjoy panoramic views from every room of the ocean, sunrise over Diamond Head and Waikiki on the east, mesmerizing sunsets to the west, and twinkling city...
1
Beds
1
Baths
703
Sq.Ft.
2018
Year Built
6
Days on Site
202212710
MLS
Ae'o offers direct access to Whole Foods and just steps away from Ward Theater and Ala Moana Center. Luxurious amenities includes a rooftop terrace with panoramic ocean views, two pools, outdoor and...

Kakaako New Condo Developments

27 Properties
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1
Beds
1
Baths
554
Sq.Ft.
2020
Year Built
6
Days on Site
202212128
MLS
Enjoy cool breezes, panoramic mountains and city views from this gorgeous brand-new high floor residence. Fresh vibrant interior featured with contemporary finishes throughout. Natural stone...
2
Beds
2
Baths
829
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
11
Days on Site
202212202
MLS
Great location near famous beaches, Ala Moana shopping center, shops, restaurants, and bus stops. Unit features: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, spacious lanai, 2 covered secured parking with washer and dryer...
1
Baths
379
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
16
Days on Site
202212003
MLS
Fully Furnished Studio, comes with 1 parking stall. It is located on the 29th floor with ocean view. A'ali'i is a building at a convenient location, close to Whole Foods, AMC Theatre, South Market...
1
Beds
1
Baths
624
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
18
Days on Site
202211835
MLS
Welcome home and enjoy your fully furnished unit. Unit located on the sunset side of the building. 624 sq. ft. of living area with a 44 sq. ft. lanai makes this one of the largest one bedroom units....
1
Beds
1
Baths
493
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
21
Days on Site
202211672
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
624
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
24
Days on Site
202211355
MLS
Welcome home and enjoy! Penthouse floor unit located on the sunset side of the building. 624 sq. ft. of living area, and stunning views from the lanai makes this one of the largest one bedroom...
1
Beds
1
Baths
467
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
25
Days on Site
202211264
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...
1
Beds
1
Baths
493
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
33
Days on Site
202210662
MLS
This brand new, never lived in unit is move-in ready, all you need is your suitcase! 'A ali i turn key package includes selected custom furniture, cutting-edge Bosch appliances, high quality linens,...
1
Baths
282
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
43
Days on Site
202210084
MLS
Be the first to enjoy this brand new studio unit in the heart of Kakaako and Ward Village! Brand new furnishings include a built-in murphy bed, couch, desk, closets, and Bosch appliances! Washer,...
1
Beds
1
Baths
590
Sq.Ft.
2019
Year Built
48
Days on Site
202209770
MLS
31st Floor, largest and most desired DH side, ocean view 1-bedroom at A'ali'i in Kaka'ako comes additional StorageRoom(S7-033) and parking storage locker(PS-7-086)! Post-developer upgrades include...
2
Beds
2
Baths
829
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
49
Days on Site
202209737
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 two bedroom, two bathroom condo comes with one...
2
Beds
2
Baths
846
Sq.Ft.
2021
Year Built
59
Days on Site
202208801
MLS
Preferred corner unit with fantastic ocean, mountain, sunset, harbor, and city views, this unit comes with one extra storage near its assigned parking space and one of the two parking stalls comes...

Kakaako New Construction

6 Properties
1
Beds
1
Baths
531
Sq.Ft.
1979
Year Built
2
Days on Site
202212675
MLS
Wonderful view of Diamond Head and Ala Wai Golf Course. Well-maintained unit in Summer Villas, conveniently located near Safeway, restaurants, UH Manoa, and Waikiki. Maintenance fee includes...
Open 7/10
3347 Monsarrat Avenue Honolulu, HI 96815
$1,450,000
Neighborhood: Kapahulu
3
Beds
2F11/2
Baths
1,131
Sq.Ft.
1938
Year Built
7
Days on Site
202212646
MLS
Situated on the slope of Diamond Head, this charming home is super conveniently located to Waikiki, Kahala and Kaimuki. The popular eateries and shops on Monsarrat and Kapahulu are just a few minutes...
Open 7/10
3407 Campbell Avenue Honolulu, HI 96815
$1,250,000
Neighborhood: Kapahulu
4
Beds
3
Baths
1,265
Sq.Ft.
1946
Year Built
8
Days on Site
202212340
MLS
LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! 4 bedrooms 3 full bath single family home on 5,000 sq ft leveled lot. Home needs TLC and is sold in "As Is" condition. Lots of potential as layout set up as 3/1 and...
$595,000
Condo: Fairway House
2
Beds
2
Baths
817
Sq.Ft.
1981
Year Built
23
Days on Site
202210525
MLS
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, custom built-in...
$1,375,000
Neighborhood: Kapahulu
4
Beds
2
Baths
1,044
Sq.Ft.
1931
Year Built
49
Days on Site
202209738
MLS
Hidden gem: two separate-entrance ,charming, 1930 s-era, single family Kapahulu home with the best location in town. High ceilings, hardwood floors, tongue-and-groove redwood walls. Three parking...
$1,849,000
Neighborhood: Kapahulu
4
Beds
2
Baths
1,258
Sq.Ft.
1931
Year Built
81
Days on Site
202207253
MLS
Excellent development potential for a Bill 7 build or multiple other development possibilities. Wastewater was preliminarily approved for 34 units. Great neighborhood, located across from the Ala Wai...
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