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Coastal Options – Southeastern Oahu – Diamond Head

The southeastern coast of Oahu, bracketed by Koko Head in the east and Diamond Head the west, claims some of Hawaii’s most desirable and valuable real estate.

Development along this approximately 10 mile stretch of scenic coastline, almost exclusively residential, includes primarily single family homes, a few townhome communities, and a cluster of highrise condominiums at the edge of Waikiki. A hotel, country club, golf course, and two private beach clubs constitute the only additional development. Numerous parks provide acres of open space along the coast and within the communities.

The first permanent or primary residences began replacing vacation cottages on beachfront lots nearly a century ago. Kamaaina families with primary homes in the valleys and on the heights were attracted by the sunny weather and clear, calm waters of Maunalua Bay. Today distinctive estates set the tone for upscale living in neighborhoods from Portlock to Kahala.

Over the years, southeast Oahu oceanfront neighborhoods have continued to reinvent themselves, retaining value despite negative market fluctuations and offering renewed opportunity for local and offshore builders, buyers, and investors.

The long-time residence of Jim Nabors, located on the ocean between Diamond Head and Black Point, has been placed on the market by the actor’s estate and is available through The Choi Group with Hawaii Life for $14.888 million. “The location and the home, where Jim entertained friends from near and far, are part of the history of Hawaii,” said Patricia Choi, Realtor and listing agent. “‘Hale Aloha,’ as the Nabors home was known, was a warm gathering place for his friends.”

Nabors, who was best known for his role as Gomer Pyle in “The Andy Griffith Show” and later in his own sitcom, “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.,” bought the two-story, five bedroom, six-bath home after moving to Hawaii in 1976 and lived there until he died last year.

With 5,877 square feet of living space, the home was built in 1950 on 25,059 square feet of secured, gently sloping R-7.5-zoned fee simple land with 170 feet of linear ocean frontage. The richly landscaped property includes a swimming pool and cabana with wet bar.

Just east of the property, which is protected from the ocean by a solid rock wall, is Cromwell’s, a local favorite swimming spot. The wall extends past a small former boat harbor fronting the Doris Duke estate, now a museum known as “Shangri La.” To the west is a mile-long sandy beach that stretches to Diamond Head Point and beyond.

Amenities of the Nabors estate include a three-car garage, with parking for five or six additional vehicles in the driveway, a one-bedroom, one-bath guest quarters on the first floor adjacent to the pool area, hardwood, marble, and granite flooring, double-wall construction, ceiling fans, chandeliers, all kitchen and laundry appliances, and a living room with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors that open to a wide, covered ocean-view lanai.

“Aside from its iconic location, the property exudes an ‘Old Hawaii’ ambiance with an open layout offering fresh breezes throughout and sweeping ocean views,” Choi said. “Hanging in the entry is a painting given to Jim by Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson, who spent their honeymoon there enjoying the sun and surf. Jim was loved by all.”

For more information, contact Choi at 285-2484 or email

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