Kaka'ako Condo & Lifestyle Guide

For the last decade, Kakaako has been burgeoning with real estate development and has quickly become the mecca of Oahu new homes. With as many as 20 new Kakaako condos either completed, under construction, or in the planning stages, the skyline you saw 5 years ago is unrecognizable today.  The draw of the neighborhood is underpinned by its premier "ocean-urban" location between Waikiki and Downtown Honolulu on it's east and west borders, but fronted by Oahu's ultimate playground in paradise;  Ala Moana Beach Park.

Ward Village is the acting "tip of the spear" of the neighborhood and was named Best Master Planned Community in 2017 by Architectural Digest.  The condos in Ward Village were planned to offer unmatched walkable convenience and alternate methods of commute. The vision continues to materialize through thoughtfully designed condo towers anchored by exciting dining and retail, as well as wide sidewalks and green spaces throughout the neighborhood that beg residents to leave the car at home and enjoy the Kaka'ako lifestyle by bike or foot. 

Kakaako breaks down into 3 major districts

Ward Village 

Ward Village, referenced in blue in the map search below, In 2013, developer Howard Hughes Corp kicked off what's shaping up to be at least a 15 year development boom of the Ward Village -- a 60-acre master plan with as many as 16 new condos in Kakaako.The first release, Waiea; is a front row, ultra luxury condo building with incredible Diamond Head and unobstructed ocean views. Waiea was the developer's flagship building, the first of 10 later released condo projects in Howard Hughes' globally acclaimed 60-acre Ward Village Master Plan.

where is ward village kakaako

Fast forward to Ward Village in 2022 and you'll find a thriving new Honolulu that buzzes with locals and visitors alike. Many park at South Shore Market and thread the wide sidewalked lined streets and green spaces to enjoy dozens of new dining and retail opportunities anchoring as many as 8 beautifully designed condos either completed or under construction.

Our Kaka'ako

Just west of Ward Village sits the Our Kakaako Master Plan(referenced in orange on the map search above) that adds an entirely different flavor the neighborhood. This is the trendier, artsier, and certainly less expensive version of Ward Village that's anchored around SALT at Kakaako; an open air shopping mall, food district, an all around good time. Our Kakaako features mural lined streets that thread dozens of unique boutique stores, cafes, and coffee shops to stimulate the rest of your life in the neighborhood. 

where is our kakaako

Ten years ago, Kakaako was merely an idea bounded by the geographical boundaries of Ala Moana Beach, Piikoi St, and Ward Avenue. Prospective buyers were forced to base multi-million dollar purchase decisions on mere proposals, artist renderings, and built to scale model kitchens and bathrooms in the developer's Sales Gallery at the IBM building. 


This is the east Kakaako region (referenced in green in the map search above) closest to and bordered by Ala Moana Shopping Center, right behind Ward Village. The original Kakaako condo towers are most easily identified by everything between Ward Avenue and Piikoi St. This sector consists of some of Kakaako's "legacy" condos that were built between 1999-2009, as well as a new master planned community named Ward Village developed by the Howard Hughes Corporation.

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Kaka'ako History

Kaka‘ako, nestled between Downtown Honolulu and the Ala Moana area is a mixture of retail and
commercial businesses, wholesalers, warehouses, and other industrial businesses – plus an ever-
growing residential component.

What does Kaka'ako mean in Hawaiian?

It’s unclear of the origins, but Kaka‘ako translates to “dull or slow” in the Hawaiian language, quite the
opposite of the hustle and bustle of this up-and-coming neighborhood.

What was Kaka'ako like in ancient times?