Tropic Seas is one of the most recognizable properties along Honolulu’s “Gold Coast,” marked by a signature oversized monkeypod tree. Hidden behind it, the property includes both a low-rise garden building, built in 1951, with mostly floor-to-ceiling glass walls, and a 12-story tower, built in 1958, perched right on the oceanfront seawall and featuring unbelievable panoramic views. As a magnificent backdrop, the landmark Diamond Head Crater frames the entire neighborhood.
More than a century ago, this was the site of King Kalakaua’s summer boathouse, and later a Victorian-gothic home that served as a rooming house. The monkeypod tree is said to have been planted by the king himself. In the late 1800s, this coastline was as posh as it is today—glamorous beach homes belonging to the wealthy lined its shores, and polo was regularly played across the street at Kapiolani Park, still one of the Gold Coast’s greatest treasures.
Today this petite enclave includes 17 highly prized condominiums, the members-only Elks Club and Outrigger Canoe Club, two boutique hotels, two fashionable beaches and three upscale restaurants. The Kapiolani Park no longer hosts polo—but it does host many of Honolulu’s most exciting cultural events, plus features tennis courts, an aquarium, a zoo and a concert amphitheater. Central Waikiki is only a 10-minute walk along the beachfront.
The Tropic Seas is a fee-simple co-op that offers studios as well as one-bedroom and two-bedroom units for a total of 64 units. The oceanfront building is configured to provide maximum ocean views; the garden building is charming among the branches of the monkeypod tree, with glimpses of the park and Diamond Head. Parking is available, and pets are welcome.
Key attractions near Tropic Seas 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