Hawaii’s Heavenly Heights: Waialae Iki
Sixth in a series
From the early residential development on the lower slopes of Waialae Iki in the 1970s to the final increment, Waialae Iki 5, at the top of the ridge, quality architecture and construction have been characteristic of this East Oahu hillside neighborhood.
Roads were contoured and subdivisions designed to maximize views for the homes, which, variously, overlook the southeast coast of Oahu, the ocean, and Diamond Head. All five increments of the Wa-ialae Iki neighborhood showcase the work of Hawaii’s leading developers, architects, and builders.
Currently, the first four incremental developments include 624 homes, which have the option of membership in the Waialae Iki Ridge Community Association, organized in 1976 and responsible for oversight of the 24-hour security patrol.
The gated community at the top of the ridge, an elevation of approximately 800 feet, maintains its own community association and comprises a total of 300 lots, 286 of which have been built out. The Waialae Iki 5 Association oversees a 24-hour guard station at the entrance and security patrol, four tennis courts with an on-site tennis pro, a clubhouse, and park. A popular hiking trail, Wiliwilinui, can be accessed from the subdivision.
New home construction continues in Waialae Iki 5. Over the past 15 years, nine of the custom homes have been built by the design/build firm Homeworks Construction. President Marshall Hickox noted that construction activity in the lower increments consists primarily of renovations, maximizing existing space, and additions. “Many of our recent Waialae Iki projects have involved designing and building ground floor master bedroom/bath suites and mother-in-law units,” Hickox said. “We are also moderniz ing kitchens and opening up what were previously closed up spaces. We recently completed a major re-modeling project at a Laukahi Street home that included adding a floor to capitalize on the view and redesigning the main entry at street level. This is a very desirable neighbor-hood, and residents often choose to remodel to suit changing lifestyles and family needs rather than move.”
Locations Realtor Dolores Be- diones has listed a spacious, remod-eled home in Waialae Iki 4 that she describes as a “perfect family home.” The 3,022-square-foot home is located on a 13,750-square-foot rim lot with a manicured lawn and an abundance of mature trees and tropical vegetation. The 5 bedroom, 3-1/2 bath home includes a bedroom and bath on the ground floor, which is designed with an open floor plan; the large kitchen includes an abundance of counter and storage space. Large plate glass windows admit natural light and maximize views in all major living areas. A large lanai provides additional space for outdoor dining. Interior features include refurbished hardwood floors, an all-new kitchen, and remodeled bathrooms.
“Due to its elevation, just below Waialae Iki 5, this home has one of the best views…you look out across Kahala to the coast and Diamond Head, and most evenings you can enjoy the wonderful spectacle of the sun setting over the ocean,” Be-diones said.
She noted that the proximity of shopping and dining options at Ka-hala Mall, as well as schools, conveniently located at the bottom of the hill, are additional attractions of the Waialae Iki neighborhood. The home is listed at $1,890,000 inclusive of some furnishings.