The Best New Highrises in Kakaako

Kakaako on Oahu's southern shore is right between Downtown and Ala Moana. It's one of the trendiest new neighborhoods in Honolulu, and a variety of new condo and retail developments are underway. Kakaako has Ward Centers, a complex with over 120 shops, 19 restaurants, and a farmers' market. There's also a brand new 150,000 square foot entertainment center. The Ala Moana Beach Park across from Ward Centers has beautiful golden sand, and the Kakaako Waterfront Park is perfect for surfing. Here are some of the hottest new Kakaako condominiums.


The luxurious 48 story Koolani highrise is off Queen Street between Ala Moana Center, the largest open air shopping center in the world, and Ward Centers. All of its two and three bedroom units feature designer decor as well as quality materials and finishes. Most units offer stunning ocean views, and the building has a fitness center, a pool, a game room, a BBQ area, a dog walk, tennis courts, and a spa. Unit size ranges from four bedrooms and four baths to two bedrooms and two baths.

Keola Lai

This modern highrise is close to Downtown, so views are of the city with the ocean in the background. The large, impressive lobby features beautiful Polynesian-inspired decor, and it opens onto a landscaped deck with a pool, a barbecue and picnic area, and a fitness center. The one, two, or three bedroom floor plans all include high ceilings and floor to ceiling windows.

Moana Pacific

The Moana Pacific condos offer panoramic mountain or ocean views. The two 48 story towers are connected at the sixth floor by a large recreation deck with two tennis courts, three driving cages and a putting green for golf, barbeque areas, a water feature, a playground, a spa, a pool, and a children's pool. Each tower has its own theater, party room, and fitness center. The tower lobbies, gyms, and recreation deck all have Wi-Fi access. This popular community is near Ala Moana Beach Park and Ala Moana Shopping Center. Units have two or three bedrooms and two baths.

The Kakaako neighborhood is in the middle of a real estate boom, and many companies are converting commercial space into residential space to keep up with demand. A highrise condo is a smart real estate investment as well as a relaxing, luxurious home.