Hawaii’s Luxury Condos
The 40-story Hokua, completed in January 2006 on a choice four-acre site directly overlooking Ala Moana Beach Park, remains one of Hawaii’s most desirable highrise condominium residences. The mission of the developers-the Kobayashi Group, the MacNaughton Group, and A& B Properties-was to create a luxurious condominium residence where each unit would replicate as much as possible a single family dwelling. A unique architectural plan was designed to maximize interior space and views for all units. Major selling points were the assurance that views would not be blocked at some future time by another highrise and the convenience of the location with Ala Moana Center and Ward Centers within walking distance. When the project went to market with a total of 247 units, approximately 80 percent of the buyers were local residents.
Among the single family homeowners who opted to convert to highrise condominium living is Realtor Jack Tyrrell, who moved to Hokua in early 2006 and is currently listing three units in the building. “Hokua 20D, a two bedroom, two bath, nearly 2,000 square foot unit offered at $4,500,000, has a number of features that make it special and particularly desirable,” Tyrrell said. “A panoramic ocean view spans the coast from Diamond Head in the east to the Ewa plain in the west. The sunset views are spectacular, particularly from this unit where the owner, an architect, installed sliding eight-foot windows in the main living areas and bedrooms. The sense of spaciousness is enhanced by nine-foot ceilings. The owner invested approximately $1 million in upgrades, including custom cabinetry and lighting, a wireless hi-fi sound system, a leak detection and water main shut-off system, motorized shades, and the windows. 20D comes with three, rather than the usual two, parking spaces.”
Tyrrell notes that units in Hokua include quality finishes and features such as granite counters, hardwood cabinets, state-of-theart kitchen appliances, Jacuzzi tubs, European style showers, and walk-in closets. Each unit also includes a utility/laundry room. Floors are served by four high-speed keyed elevators as well as a separate freight elevator. Twenty-nine stalls are available for guest parking. Hokua maintains its own internet server and offers concierge services.
“Hokua is an appealing alternative to the single family home for busy professionals and people who travel,” Tyrrell said. “You can simply ‘lock and leave’ and know that your home is secure. Hokua’s recreational facilities are exceptional. In addition to a large heated swimming pool and spa, the third floor recreation deck includes barbecue cabanas, a well-equipped fitness center, a tennis court, two excellent dog parks, and a landscaped area with walking paths.
“Hokua is more than just another high-rise condominium…it’s really a little community of like-minded people who have shared interests and actually look out for each other. Every second Wednesday, we have an opportunity to get together with other residents and their friends at a potluck in the barbecue areas. Maintenance is impeccable, partly due to the diligence of our full-time, live-in general manager Duane Komine, who was named Residential Manager of the Year multiple times.
“Today, people are concerned with leading active, healthy lifestyles, and location is pivotal in being able to achieve this. Consider that the kind of recreational opportunities we have on-site or close-by are generally not available or convenient in most single family neighborhoods. Here at Hokua, we have a choice of swimming in our pool or across the street at Ala Moana Beach, which also has a good surf break. You can work out in the gym and bring in your own personal trainer. A multitude of options for shopping and dining are within walking distance at Ala Moana Center and Ward Centers, which has a movie multiplex. Residents with offices in Downtown Honolulu where parking is limited and expensive can conveniently ride a bus that stops near the building. We are thoroughly enjoying our Hokua lifestyle,” Tyrrell said.