A Brief History of the Kahala Neighborhood of Oahu

The name “Kahala” comes from the Hawaiian name for Amberjack fish, common in the waters at the time.

Photo taken on Kahala Beach, Oahu

The native Hawaiian communities first started settling in the Kahala area around 1795. The area is fairly flat, making it ideal for raising livestock.

Kahala through the 1800s and early 1900s

Throughout the 1800s, much of the area that is now Kahala belonged to livestock farmers. After the Great Mahele land division in 1848, the land went to Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. When she died, the land was transferred to the Bishop Estate Trust.

After World War I and towards the middle of the century, Kahala real estate was ‘found’ by those in the upper class. The flat landscape, rare on Oahu, made it appealing for homes. Farms started shutting down and mansions started popping up.

Kahala Into Modern Times

Doris Duke, a wealthy socialite of the early 20th century, was an early adopter just on the edge of Kahala in Diamond Head. Often called the “Richest girl in the world” during her lifespan, her Honolulu home completed construction in 1938 and today we know it as The Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design. This former home in the most exclusive spot on Oahu reflects the luxury Kahala is known for.

In November 1954, the Waialae Shopping Center first opened its doors. Now known as the Kahala Mall, this iconic feature of Kahala has over 100 local shops, a Whole Foods Market, and multiple restaurants.

Throughout Kahala you can still find hints of its history. Farmers’ Road is one such example, hailing back to its days of being lined with cattle farms.



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Kahala Homes For Sale May 17, 2022
14
Listed
148
Avg. DOM
$1,777.89
Avg. $ / Sq.Ft.
$5,669,000
Med. List Price
14 Properties
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Open 5/22
615 Kuana Street Honolulu, HI 96816
$2,495,000
Neighborhood: Kahala Area
4
Beds
2
Baths
1,852
Sq.Ft.
1957
Year Built
5
Days on Site
202208481
MLS
Location, Location! This single level Mid Century Modern designed home situated on an 11,929 square foot parcel, offers an abundance of possibilities, and is well located in Kahala, one of Honolulu...
$7,500,000
Neighborhood: Kahala Area
3
Beds
4F21/2
Baths
6,900
Sq.Ft.
2007
Year Built
6
Days on Site
202208968
MLS
Unmatched quality, unparalleled beach park location and a world renowned KAHALA AVENUE address that is second to none. 6,900 square feet of modern architectural masterpiece offers expansive grand...
$3,300,000
Neighborhood: Kahala Area
3
Beds
3
Baths
2,662
Sq.Ft.
1957
Year Built
20
Days on Site
202207825
MLS
Private, single level home in Kahala with separate cottage. Main house is a 2bd 2ba dwelling; cottage is 1bd 1ba with kitchenette. Enjoy ocean views and sunrise from the front deck. Easily parks up...
$1,389,000
Condo: Regency At Kahala
1
Beds
1
Baths
1,081
Sq.Ft.
1969
Year Built
35
Days on Site
202207043
MLS
Just under the penthouse! Regency at Kahala is the only luxury high-rise in Kahala. This large corner unit has wrap around ocean views from Koko Head through to Diamond head. FULLY renovated with...
$3,998,000
Neighborhood: Kahala Area
5
Beds
6
Baths
2,942
Sq.Ft.
1938
Year Built
64
Days on Site
202204958
MLS
Rarely available, home on the other side of the stream on the 9th hole. Second floor consists of the master bedroom, 2 baths with walk in closets, one on each side and an open deck. Ground floor has...
$5,750,000
Neighborhood: Kahala Area
5
Beds
6F11/2
Baths
5,931
Sq.Ft.
2020
Year Built
71
Days on Site
202204107
MLS
Luxurious, newly built 2 story home in the heart of Kahala. This modern design contemporary home consists of 5 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms, featuring a stunning kitchen dual waterfall gourmet fitted...
Open 5/18
4580 Kilauea Avenue Honolulu, HI 96816
$5,588,000
Neighborhood: Kahala Area
7
Beds
7F11/2
Baths
5,972
Sq.Ft.
2019
Year Built
72
Days on Site
202204233
MLS
This custom 2 story dream home was built in 2019 and offers quick access to Kahala Mall and Waialae Country Club. The moment you walk through the front doors you will be captivated by the high...
$1,850,000
Condo: Regency At Kahala
2
Beds
2
Baths
1,386
Sq.Ft.
1969
Year Built
103
Days on Site
202200534
MLS
NEW LISTING!! Rarely available! Enjoy stunning unobstructed and panoramic Diamond Head, ocean, and coastline views from this HIGH FLOOR 2 bdrm/2 bath condo with covered parking at Regency at Kahala....
$22,500,000
Neighborhood: Kahala Area
5
Beds
5F31/2
Baths
4,225
Sq.Ft.
1947
Year Built
111
Days on Site
202200559
MLS
Stunning Kahala Avenue direct beachfront estate with a land area of over 33,000 square feet and 125.5 linear feet of prime sandy beach frontage. This lush tropical private and gated residential...
$4,200,000
Neighborhood: Kahala Area
4
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
2,146
Sq.Ft.
1936
Year Built
121
Days on Site
202200869
MLS
This Kahala home is a slice of elegant and time honored Hawaiian History. Tucked away by lush vegetation you will find this single level home. Charming front courtyard completed with authentic coral...
$7,888,000
Neighborhood: Kahala Area
6
Beds
6F11/2
Baths
6,625
Sq.Ft.
2006
Year Built
187
Days on Site
202128836
MLS
Presenting Regal Kahala Elegance fused with Island Luxury Living - Welcome home to 4908 Kahala Avenue. Located directly across from Kahala Beach, this remarkable estate enjoys direct Pacific Ocean...
$7,800,000
Neighborhood: Kahala Area
4
Beds
5F21/2
Baths
7,149
Sq.Ft.
1991
Year Built
238
Days on Site
202028719
MLS
Elegance defined in this exquisitely renovated Kahala estate of over 7100 square feet of luxury interior living. Prime Kala Place, one of only four homes on the street, a half block to Kahala Beach...