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

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