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Finding Hawaii’s Affordable Condos

Photo courtesy of Kanani Kamahele
Photo courtesy of Kanani Kamahele
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A condo in a Hawaii beach-front community doesn’t get much more affordable than a studio currently available in the Pokai Bay Marina at $135,000 fee simple. Located on the 2nd floor of the eight story condominium on Pokai Bay Street, the unit overlooks the crescent of golden sand that rims the bay and the ocean to the horizon; dramatic sunsets are an almost nightly spectacle. Its 331 square foot interior is augmented by a 90 square foot open lanai.

Listing Realtor Geraldine Supapo of Caron B Realty has been involved with approximately 20 transactions in Leeward Oahu in the last few years representing both buyers and sellers. “Some of the best buys on the island are here in Leeward Oahu…there’s no doubt about it…shop and compare,” Supapo said. “Of course, it depends on what you’re looking for. If you want to live close to beautiful sandy beaches in an area with nice dry weather most of the year…if you enjoy water sports, the full gamut is available here…calm water for swimming, paddle boarding, snorkeling, scuba diving, big waves for surfing, and some of the best fishing on the island, both deep sea and shore casting.

“The closest shopping is at the Waianae Mall and there are a number of local groceries, but if you want the full range of city conveniences, you will have to drive about 20 minutes to Kapolei. People who live in Waianae and Makaha consider it a fair trade for the great beaches and country atmosphere. The Ko Olina Resort is about eight miles away with its upscale hotels and restaurants. Golfers have a choice of public and private golf courses at Kapolei, Ko Olina, and the Makaha resort.”

An ocean-oriented lifestyle is characteristic of the Leeward Coast communities. Beach parks with public facilities line the coast. The beaches of Pokai Bay with its several breakwaters are the best protected from the north swell and big waves prevalent in fall and winter months. However, an off-shore reef does admit sufficient swell to create smaller surfable waves.

Pokai Bay is bordered on the northwest by the Waianae Small Boat Harbor and on the southeast by Kaneilio Point. One of the state’s most active harbors with 108 slips and 7 ramps, the facility is administered by the Department of Land and Natural Resources. Various vendors offer fishing and diving excursions; fishing tournaments are conducted regularly.

Within walking distance or close to the Pokai Bay Marina are a number of parks and recreational facilities. 15-acre Pokai Bay Beach Park with a Hawaiian canoe halau is just across the street from the building; the Waianae Army Recreation Center with a restaurant open to the public is walking distance. About a mile inland is 10-acre Pililaau Park with basketball and volleyball courts, ball fields, and a recreation center that offers a variety of programs. 22 acre Waianae District Park at the northwestern end of the beach includes a gym and ball courts and also offers programs; a tennis facility with six night lighted courts is adjacent to the park.

The Pokai Bay Marina was built in 1970 by prominent Hawaii developer Leroy Robert Allen. The eight story concrete structure includes seven floors with 35 studio and one bedroom units. On the top floor is a large lanai with kitchen facilities that can be utilized by residents for gatherings and a community laundry. Floors are accessed by a keyed elevator, and the parking lot includes assigned spaces for residents. The building is well maintained and has an on-site resident manager.

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