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 September 28, 2022
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$1,628.81
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$5,380,000
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Neighborhood: Kahala Area
4
Beds
5F11/2
Baths
4,745
Sq.Ft.
2008
Year Built
3
Days on Site
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MLS
Modern Lifestyle & The Perfect Location. Stunning modern residence located in coveted Kahala on a prized block of sought-after Aukai Avenue, has been beautifully renovated throughout. From the...
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Neighborhood: Kahala Area
4
Beds
5F21/2
Baths
7,149
Sq.Ft.
1991
Year Built
34
Days on Site
202217301
MLS
Stunning Kahala estate of over 7100 square feet of interior living areas. Exquisitely remodeled to capture the essence of Hawaii s indoor/outdoor living with the perfect balance of formal, informal...
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Neighborhood: Kahala Area
3
Beds
3F11/2
Baths
4,241
Sq.Ft.
2009
Year Built
45
Days on Site
202216560
MLS
A very quiet and private, modern fully furnished, single-level house located in the most prestigious neighborhood, Kahala. Spacious, open 3bed, 3.5bath, 4, 241s.f of indoor & 973 s.f of outdoor...
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1149 Hunakai Street Honolulu, HI 96816
$2,399,000
Neighborhood: Kahala Area
3
Beds
2
Baths
2,059
Sq.Ft.
1952
Year Built
48
Days on Site
202205913
MLS
RARELY AVAILABLE! Come see this beautifully maintained 3 bdrm/2 bath SINGLE LEVEL home in Kahala, one of Oahu s much sought-after neighborhoods. Situated on an over 8,800 sq. ft. lot and with over...
$2,088,000
Neighborhood: Kahala Area
3
Beds
2
Baths
1,445
Sq.Ft.
1955
Year Built
48
Days on Site
202216330
MLS
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Neighborhood: Kahala Area
4
Beds
4
Baths
2,844
Sq.Ft.
1959
Year Built
55
Days on Site
202214569
MLS
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Neighborhood: Kahala Area
3
Beds
3
Baths
2,727
Sq.Ft.
1998
Year Built
66
Days on Site
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MLS
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Neighborhood: Kahala Area
4
Beds
6F21/2
Baths
6,396
Sq.Ft.
2008
Year Built
77
Days on Site
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MLS
Featured on the Hawaii-Five-O series, this gorgeous home exhibits the modern luxury of captivating Kahala and was masterfully designed to show the exquisite craftsmanship of Honolulu's award-winning...
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2
Beds
2
Baths
1,386
Sq.Ft.
1969
Year Built
93
Days on Site
202212238
MLS
Makai Diamond Head corner 2/2 with an open lanai. Great views from this desirable unit. Don't miss this chance. Original condition that has been maintained. AC work just completed. Location and...
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Neighborhood: Kahala Area
6
Beds
4F11/2
Baths
3,662
Sq.Ft.
1997
Year Built
133
Days on Site
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MLS
Nestled on a quieter street in one of the most sought after neighborhood in Honolulu, this Kahala mini oasis awaits you. Gated and private, this multi-level, spacious, upgraded home is perfect for a...
$7,500,000
Neighborhood: Kahala Area
3
Beds
4F21/2
Baths
6,900
Sq.Ft.
2007
Year Built
140
Days on Site
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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...
$5,380,000
Neighborhood: Kahala Area
7
Beds
7F11/2
Baths
5,972
Sq.Ft.
2019
Year Built
206
Days on Site
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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...