So iconic that both the original and new “Hawaii Five-0” series feature Steve McGarrett standing on its balcony in the show’s opening sequences, the 30-story Ilikai is one of Hawaii’s favorite resort buildings. Constructed in 1963 with three wings for maximum views, this 1,011-unit classic offers both hotel rooms and fee-simple apartments so that everyone can enjoy paradise they way they like it. The building and all units have been thoroughly renovated.
The location can’t be beat, either. Set on an idyllic beachfront lagoon and yacht harbor at the western edge of Waikiki, the Ilikai is within walking distance to all the color and excitement of Hawaii’s most famous neighborhood, including dining, shopping, world-class beaches and entertainment. It’s also only a short walk to the hot local neighborhoods of Ala Moana and Kakaako, where shopping and dining continue and Ala Moana Beach Park offers some of the best jogging, sunning and swimming in town.
As a hotel, the Ilikai features exceptional amenities for owner residents. An expansive and tropical-resort style open-air lobby features a front desk staffed around the clock, and security is optimal. A large swimming pool with sundeck, fitness center, recreation room and meeting rooms are also available—plus the Ilikai has a tennis court, which is unusual in Waikiki. The fine-dining Italian restaurant Sarento’s has been at the top of the Ilikai for decades, with stupendous views over the ocean and city.
Apartment views from the Ilikai on the south side take in the lagoon, beachfront and harbor, plus gorgeous sunset views. In other directions, occupants get sweeping views of the city, mountains and coastline. Units are modern and upgraded, and each features a balcony and air conditioning. Furnished one-bedrooms include 620 square feet of interior space. Two-bedroom, two-bath units are double the footage except for penthouses, which are between 1,080 and 3,628 square feet. Owners who don’t live in their units year-round can collect income by renting them as short-term vacation properties.
Key attractions within reach of Ilikai Apartment Building include:
+ Fort DeRussy Beach, Waikiki Beach and Ala Moana Beach
+ Shopping and dining throughout Waikiki, plus Ala Moana Center
+ Hawaii Convention Center and the Ala Moana/Kakaako business districts
+ Ala Wai Golf Course, one of the world’s most popular urban courses
+ Ala Wai Elementary School