With a name straight out of a Gauguin painting, the mid-20th-century Tahitienne condominium captures the romance of tropical Pacific isles. The nine-story property overlooks the oceanfront below the landmark Diamond Head, within Honolulu’s exclusive “Gold Coast” enclave. Residents enjoy direct, unobstructed views of gentle waves, rainbows and whales in winter as well as a high level of privacy. Hawaii living doesn’t get much better than this.
The Gold Coast is a world unto itself, with a handful of upscale residential condominiums, the members-only Elks Club and Outrigger Canoe Club, two boutique hotels, two fashionable beaches and three upscale restaurants, all within a few minutes’ walk from The Tahitienne. Framing the neighborhood is the 200-acre Kapiolani Park, with tennis courts, an aquarium, a zoo and a concert amphitheater. Central Waikiki is only a 10-minute walk along the beachfront.
The Gold Coast’s history over the last century is as lush as its luxurious status today—it was once lined with elegant homes and tucked-away cottage hotels where guests such as Robert Louis Stevenson whiled away the days. Polo matches took place at the park across the street, and at the Natatorium nearby, Olympiads such as Johnny Weissmuller and Duke Kahanamoku competed.
Built in 1957, The Tahitienne enjoys the perfect location along this petite stretch—right at the end of the park and just enough steps from the area’s most lively beach to be perfectly peaceful. This is a fee-simple co-op with no more than four units per floor, with a total of 31 units in the building. All are two-bedroom units with balconies and direct oceanfront views, at 870 to 1,514 square feet. Additional amenities include a meeting room, storage and parking.
Key attractions near The Tahitienne include:
+ Members-only Outrigger Canoe Club and Elks Club
+ Upscale oceanfront dining at Michel’s and Hau Tree Lanai
+ Kapiolani Park, with tennis courts, Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium
+ Central Waikiki, only a 10-minute stroll along parkland beachfront
+ Waikiki Elementary School, one of Hawaii’s highest-ranking public schools