Communities In and Around The Area
Oahu is the third largest of the main four islands, but it is called "the gathering place" because of its large population, almost 1.0 million people, or about 75% of the entire population of Hawaii. Additionally, 7.3 million visitors came to Hawaii in 2011, with more staying on Oahu than the other three islands combined. The State Capitol is located on Oahu in the large downtown area, as are military bases including Pearl Harbor,Honolulu International Airport, and the thriving Waikiki Beach area.
Waikiki is known for its beautiful beach visited by millions of visitors each year. Many of them have purchase a condo here either as a primary residence, as a second home, or as an investment. Waikiki has all the facilities and amenities, recreational ocean activities, and restaurants and shops that one could wish for. Waikiki has a vacation-type atmosphere.
Many condominium buildings lie outside of Waikiki for those who don't want to be in the midst of Waikiki yet still close to the ocean. Several complexes are located in and around downtown Honolulu, and several more are in the planning stages in between.
Oahu has many neighborhoods with single family detached homes, townhouses, and condominiums of smaller size , each with its own flavor and possibility of home ownership. Nothing is far away from anything on this island. There is a well-designed highway system to bring people from one part of the island to another. However, some areas are more remote and that needs to be taken into consideration when purchasing a home.
Prices vary greatly from neighborhood to neighborhood, especially if you want to purchase a single family home.
Mililani Town , for example, is a planned community of middle class homes, and, with its parks, community centers, schools and open space, excellent for raising children. It’s in the center wiith several playgrounds, and shopping areas. The Mililani Community Center has a large pool and tennis courts.
Kailua , on the Windward side of the island and across the Pali, is well known for its beautiful beach and, more recently, as the area that President Obama and his family go to on their vacation. Windsurfing, bodysurfing, and boating activities can be found here.
Haleiwa, on the north shore, is a small community for those who want to get away from city life. Artists and artisans sell their wares in small galleries, and restaurants offer local-style foods including “shave Ice” that President Obama and his family loves. This area is known for its high waves and surfers are attracted to them from all over the world.Mokuleia is out here as well, known for its polo. You can still find well-priced oceanfront or near ocean properties.
Several resort areas dot several other Oahu ocean communities such asKapolei, Makaha, and Turtle Bay, each with single family homes and condominiums, plus golf courses, ocean activities, and hotels with restaurants and shops.
“Maui No Ka Oi”, this slogan was developed by a good friend of mine many years ago, Vonnie Lyons, wife of cartoonist Harry Lyons. It has been adopted by the visitor industry and its origins are probably forgotten by most. "No ka oi" means "the best", and two million plus travellers agree that Maui is truly "the best". Its miles of beaches at Kapalua andKaanapali, at Kihei and Wailea, and, least accessible, at Hana have won numerous travel awards. Haleakala, at 10,023' in elevation, is called the "House of the Sun" for many reasons. Sunrises and sunsets are awesome. For hikers there are trails through the crater, and bikers love that steep descent with 29 switch backs of vistas.
Kauai , the island where the nightly torch lighting ceremony was born. Grace Guslander, owner and manager of Coco Palms (which is now closed), started this Hawaiian tradition in her coconut grove by the lagoon. She also revived the tradition of the blowing of the conch shell, a haunting sound used by early Hawaiians to announce themselves.Elvis Presley's movie, Blue Lagoon, was filmed partly at Coco Palms. Kauai is also known for its stunning vistas from the rugged NapaliCoastline to Mt. Waialeale, the wettest spot on earth with its incredible waterfalls and lush terrain. No wonder Kauai is called "The Garden Island".
THE BIG ISLAND OF HAWAII
This is the island of legends inspired by Kilauea, considered the most active volcano in the world. "Madame Pele" has been spewing forth her glowing lava since 1823 and, in most recent years, continuously. It is also the island of the annual Billfish Tournament in its deep ocean close to shore, and its much heralded Kona Coffee on its mountain slopes. It is also the island of black, green and white beaches, and multipleresorts with 5-star hotels, golf courses, shops and restaurants.
SEARCHING THE VARIOUS NEIGHBORHOODS CAN BE DAUNTING
Below are names of Hawaii's cities and communities on all four islands.
If you are not familiar with them, call me and I will help you.
The Honolulu, Kailua, Lahaina, Lanai City, Kahului, Lihue, Princeville, Kihei, Mililani, Waikiki, Waikoloa, Wailea, Waimea, Hana, Hana Maui, Hanalei, Hilo, Kailua Kona, Kamuela, Kaneohe, Kapolei, Kealakekua, Keauhou, Kula, Makawao, Maunaloa, Other, Pearl Harbor, University of Hawaii, Volcano, Waikoloa CS, Wailuku, Wheeler AAF, M C B H Kaneohe Bay, Tripler Army Medical Center, and Schofield Barracks real estate markets are made up of many smaller communities and neighborhoods. These present variety and each has its own unique characteristics. Whether it’s location and what’s in the neighborhood or nearby, or it’s simply the price ranges of the homes in the area, there will be differences and we want to help our site visitors to understand those differences and use the information here in making lifestyle decisions.
Use our neighborhood profiles here and map resources to determine the best areas for you, or just to familiarize yourself with the Honolulu, Kailua, Lahaina, Lanai City, Kahului, Lihue, Princeville, Kihei, Mililani, Waikiki, Waikoloa, Wailea, Waimea, Hana, Hana Maui, Hanalei, Hilo, Kailua Kona, Kamuela, Kaneohe, Kapolei, Kealakekua, Keauhou, Kula, Makawao, Maunaloa, Other, Pearl Harbor, University of Hawaii, Volcano, Waikoloa CS, Wailuku, Wheeler AAF, M C B H Kaneohe Bay, Tripler Army Medical Center, and Schofield Barracks real estate markets from a “neighborhood–up” approach. Knowing the amenities and culture of these various neighborhoods will give you a better perspective on living in the Honolulu, Kailua, Lahaina, Lanai City, Kahului, Lihue, Princeville, Kihei, Mililani, Waikiki, Waikoloa, Wailea, Waimea, Hana, Hana Maui, Hanalei, Hilo, Kailua Kona, Kamuela, Kaneohe, Kapolei, Kealakekua, Keauhou, Kula, Makawao, Maunaloa, Other, Pearl Harbor, University of Hawaii, Volcano, Waikoloa CS, Wailuku, Wheeler AAF, M C B H Kaneohe Bay, Tripler Army Medical Center, and Schofield Barracks real estate markets, or in selling your home’s neighborhood to potential buyers.