Oceanfront Options – The Windward Coast NEIGHBORHOOD IN FOCUS Kaaawa
Oahu’s Windward Coast is 34 scenic miles extending from Kahuku Point in the north to Makapuu Point in the south.
The Windward Oahu region itself is unrivaled in its natural beauty and dramatic contrasts from its pristine white-sand beaches washed by turquoise waters to the verdant vertical cliffs of the Koolau Mountain Range.
In 1972, Kuilima, now Turtle Bay, opened on coastal lands where the North Shore
morphs into the Windward Coast. Mauka lands in the area have generally remained undeveloped, with the exception of ongoing projects of the Mormon Church.
The coast’s most prominent geographic feature, Mokapu Peninsula, site of one of Hawaii’s largest military installations, forms the southern boundary of Kaneohe Bay. Marine and oceanographic research facilities are located here, as well as at Makapuu to the south.
Residential properties along this coast range from country cottages to large estates, apartment buildings, townhomes, and condominiums. The area’s two largest
communities, Kaneohe and Kailua, continue to grow, with real estate values surpassing price points for properties in some of southeast Oahu’s most upscale neighborhoods.
Kaaawa is a charming hybrid of Hawaiian country town and beachfront vacation home community. Extending along the Windward coast from Kualoa Point to Kahana Bay, the neighborhood is favored by buyers and renters for its solitude, scenic features, and
recreational opportunities. The population is a diverse mix of local families, young professionals, retirees, craftspeople, and artists, with a growing component of part-time residents.
Large properties with multiple structures and CPR developments are typical of the area. Newer and remodeled single family homes with mountain and ocean views, some walking distance to the beaches, are attracting investors and second home buyers.
A factor in the increasing realestate activity in Kaaawa was completion of H-3 which makes the business centers of Honolulu and the airport more accessible. However, neither the natural or built landscape of Kaaawa is likely to change to any extent
in the foreseeable future due to limitations of zoning and the basic geography of the area…a cape with minimal available, buildable land between the coast and the
mountains. The community is accessible only by Kamehameha Highway which skirts the shoreline, sometimes only a few yards from the sandy beaches.
Kualoa Regional Park, Swanzy Beach Park, Kaaawa Beach Park, Kahana Bay and various
unnamed strips of sandy beach just off the highway attract surfers and fisherman from all over the island.
Sandra A. Martin (RA) of Sterman Realty has recently listed a single family home on
a 6,605 square foot lot at 51-529 Kamehameha Highway for $1,063,000 (FS). She describes the two bedroom, one and a half bath, remodeled home as a “spectacular oceanfront opportunity.”
“This unique home features the most amazing ocean and mountain views,” Martin said. “Looking for a sanctuary away from the city? This is it! This A-Frame style home was tastefully renovated, and shows pride of ownership. The owner paid close attention to detail, and used quality materials including stainless screws on all improvements inside and out. There are two bedrooms on the bottom floor with a full bathroom
and one-quarter bath. Upstairs is a large loft with the potential for another bathroom as there is already plumbing in the wall. Every room has an ocean view. A swimming pool which is shared by the other detached homes in the homeowners association is just steps away…as is the sparkling azure blue ocean that washes
Kaaawa’s sandy beaches.”
Originally built in 1966, the home is 1,137 square feet under roof plus 264 square feet of lanai providing additional options for dining, entertaining, and viewing the picturesque Kaaawa countryside, coastline, marine life including whales in season, and the great ocean beyond. The landscaped property includes deeded parking, guest parking and additional street parking.