In the 1950s, visionary developer Henry J. Kaiser saw a grand future for the expanse of land that lay below Koko Head, a somewhat barren stretch of land punctuated by duck ponds and pig farms. By the early 1960s, massive dredging and canal construction had transformed the area into the beginnings of Kaiser’s dream, a suburban retreat with all the modern amenities of fine dining and entertainment.
A half-century later, Hawaii Kai and neighboring Portlock are a vibrant community of marina homes, condominiums, shopping centers and suburban living built around a network of waterways that lead out to sunny Maunalua Bay. With Kalanianaole Highway joining the H-1 Freeway, Waikiki and Honolulu are quickly accessible. Portlock’s luxury homes have grand vistas across the bay, with views that stretch to Diamond Head.
Among the foremost attractions are:
+ Hanauma Bay Nature Park, one of the most spectacular water resources in the Hawaiian Islands and the first marine life conservation district in the state.
+ Sandy Beach, a popular bodysurfing beach for expert swimmers only.
+ Hawaii Kai Golf Course, with a 6,500-yard championship course and a par-three executive course.
+ Hawaii Kai Marina, with facilities for boating members, as well as special events such as the annual “Festival of Lights” Christmas Boat Parade.
+ Queen’s Gate, a gated golf community.