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Waikiki OAHU

Well known for its glittering shoreline and views of the magnificent extinct volcano, Diamond Head, Waikiki (a district of Honolulu) is also known internationally for its large number of luxury hotels and high-rise residences. Featuring its distinctive two-miles-long stretch of beach next to Diamond Head, Waikiki has always been famous as a gathering place for royal occasions. Today, it is Oahu’s primary resort area and home to much of the island’s dining, nightlife, and shopping. 

Waikiki packs a lot of living in its three square miles. The famous statue of the Duke Kahanamoku greets the world with flower leis hanging off his arms on Kuhio beach in Waikiki. This handsome figure stands with a large surf board behind him, and a warm smile on his face, welcoming nationalities from all over who flock to Waikiki to enjoy its various cultures, food, language and festivities. The air is vibrant with energetic sights and sounds, people and families, vendors and customers. And the nightlife is world renowned. 

Even with all those soaring condominiums, hotels and resorts and people, the city is compact and easy to walk around; there are several awesome farmers markets, so grabbing meals is simple on foot. 

Population25,261
Median Income$54,406
Median Home Value$587,450
Median Rent$1,800

About Schools in Waikiki

  • There are a lot of educational choices for children and teens: Waikiki Elementary School, Saint Louis School, Waikiki Christian Academy, and Palisades Charter School of Honolulu.
  • For higher education there is: Honolulu Community College, Hawaii Pacific University, Leeward Community College, Mid-Pacific Institute, Punahou School, University of Hawaii at Manoa and Windward Community College.

About Shopping in Waikiki

International Marketplace, also known as Waikiki Beach Walk, is one of those places that is a favorite hang out or shop. Many people come to visit its wide variety of shops and services: 

  • Ala Moana Shopping Center
  • International Market Place
  • Ward Warehouse
  • Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center
  • The Outlets at Kahala Mall 
  • Waterside Shops

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  • The Waikiki area was initially developed with the construction of the Moana Hotel, which drew international attention it still enjoys today. It’s now a super modern, luxurious resort with beautiful terraces. There you can access the Sunabe Seawall, a long, paved walkway that hugs the ocean and is the main “surfing arena” for watching the ocean and its people. Enjoy a delicious meal at on the the Sunabe restaurants.
  • Waikiki is home to public places including Kapiolani Park and Ala Moana Beach Park, both of which offer plenty of opportunities for yoga and running in lush environments.
  • Ala Moana Beach Park, also known as “Magic Island”, is probably Waikiki’s most famous park. This half-mile sandy beach is protected by a reef, so the water is usually calm. Its aqua blue waters are a great lure to residents, who enjoy those classic views of Diamond Head without high-rise building blocking the view. 
  • The view of Diamond Head Crater dominates Waikiki. It got its name when early visiting sailors mistook calcite crystals in its soil for diamonds. 
  • The island’s main convention center, Hawaii Convention Center, is located in Waikiki. As described in its site the convention center is a: “stunning marriage of form and function, open to sky and sun between the shade of terraces and lanais, graced with courtyards, waterfalls and fishponds to create a meetings and convention backdrop that is at once tranquil and invigorating . . .” 
  • Waikiki hosts “Sunset on the Beach” a few times monthly, during which newly–released movies are projected on a huge 30-foot screen on the beach. The event features long rows of vendors, selling all kinds of snacks for the shows. The movie event happens at Queen’s Surf Beach, across the street from the Honolulu Zoo.
  • Makapu’u Lighthouse Trailhead is a favorite hike of outdoors folk, but there’s lots more hiking and trails to be found in and around Waikiki.
  • Located in Waikiki next to Ala Moana Beach Park is the Waikiki Aquarium where all kinds of sea creatures swim around in a tank that is three stories high.
  • Nestled in between bustling Waikiki Beach and Downtown Honolulu is Kapiolani Park, a more than 330-acre green space named after Queen Kapiolani. It’s a perfect spot for city dwellers to get out and enjoy some peace and quiet.

About Real Estate in Waikiki

There are multiple property types in Waikiki, ranging from single-family homes to townhouses, condos and even commercial. If you are looking for a condo with a great view of your surroundings, Waikiki has so many such properties to offer, and the choices are amazing. From swank, modern expansive condos with balconies to basic studio spaces, where rental prices have soared over time so that now even these non-luxury apartments can be very expensive compared to those on other islands. Condos in Waikiki tend to be more expensive than houses on average.

If you want to live in Waikiki but don’t want to be right on top of all of its tourist attractions and hotels, move a little further inland. In these neighborhoods you can still find plenty of tourists and hotels—and they’re close enough that they won’t deter from your overall enjoyment—but it’s quieter and more residential than living on Kalakaua Ave or Kuhio Ave (the main tourist drag)