Nestled along the coastline in luxurious East Honolulu, Wailupe offers the best of upscale Island living. Wailupe includes two neighborhoods – Wailupe Peninsula and Wailupe Beach – with a total of nearly 140 executive-style residences, many of which directly front the ocean. Hidden from the road, protected by a wide coral reef and cooled by offshore tradewinds, this is indeed a tranquil paradise. And yet, Wailupe is only a short drive from everything urban Honolulu has to offer.
Hawaiians named this area Wailupe, or “water kite” long ago, possibly in reference to kite flying (Hawaiians were excellent kite makers) in the area’s playful breezes. Today Wailupe is a suburban landscape carpeted by coconut trees and expansive properties. Wailupe Beach’s swimming-pool-studded estates stretch out along the beachfront to Wailupe Beach Park, popular with kayakers, fishermen and surfers. Just beyond the park, the 41-acre Wailupe Peninsula unfolds with a circular drive and elegant waterfront homes marked by private docks. Constructed in the 1950s, the symmetrical peninsula boasts a fascinating history: It was originally an ancient Hawaiian fishpond framed by more than 2,500 feet of sea wall.
Key attractions near Wailupe include:
+ Aina Haina Shopping Center, with shops, cafés and services
+ Kahala Mall, one of Oahu’s premier shopping and social destinations
+ Waialae Country Club, Hawaii’s most prominent club and home of the Sony Open
+ Kahala Hotel & Resort, a landmark hotel hosting celebrities and political leaders
+ Aina Haina Elementary School, one of Hawaii’s top-five public elementary schools