Niu Valley is one of East Honolulu’s favorite neighborhoods. With a prime setting in the exclusive 96821 zip code, Niu Valley offers a prominent address – yet its affordable mid-century homes, settled families and serene atmosphere keep it Hawaii-style humble.
Niu (“Coconut”) Valley was part of a rural dairy farm until it was developed into a Honolulu suburb in the 1950s and 1960s. Even in the 1970s, cowbells could still be heard in the foothills. The neighborhood begins along the shoreline, once traced with ancient Hawaiian fishponds and today fronting elegant executive residences. As it stretches back into the valley, an almost imperceptible slope affords many of the 500 or so homes peek-a-boo ocean views. Although each is quite unique in stylistic detail and landscaping, most originate from just a few architectural models. Pink-petal shower trees line almost every street.
Some of Hawaii’s most prominent residents were raised in this tightly knit community, including politicians, broadcasters, professional surfers and well-known artists. Even former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos briefly called Niu Valley home. Mainly residential, Niu Valley also features a Waldorf School, the exceptional Niu Valley Middle School, public tennis courts and one of Honolulu’s best restaurants, Le Bistro.
Key attractions within easy reach from Niu Valley include:
+ Kahala Mall, one of Oahu’s premier shopping and social destinations
+ Hawaii Kai, a bustling neighborhood with restaurants, shops and services
+ Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, with a white-sand beach and excellent snorkeling
+ Aina Haina Elementary School, one of Hawaii’s top public elementary schools