Welcome to Kahala

Luxury and tranquility coalesce in this exclusive Oahu enclave
Situated on Oahu’s splendid south side rests Kahala, an upscale community renowned around the islands and beyond for its sprawling, extravagant estates, wide, verdant avenues, lofty palm trees, and proximity to postcard-perfect beaches. Simultaneously refined and laidback, Kahala offers visitors and its well-heeled residences a host of fabulous amenities, from an impeccable shopping plaza to a slew of excellent eateries.
Oahu’s signature natural beauty is the primary ingredient behind Kahala’s magic. Outdoor enthusiasts have ample opportunities to savor time in Hawaii’s sublime weather, with stand-up paddling, surfing, swimming, snorkeling, windsurfing, and hiking within reach. Spectacular sunsets and superb schools magnify Kahala’s allure and explain why it is one of the most desirable hamlets in the Aloha State.

What to Love

  • Within minutes of Waikiki and Honolulu’s leading venues and attractions
  • Characterized by its understated elegance and tight-knit community vibes
  • Abounding with terrific breakfast and lunch cafes
  • Near Oahu’s best beaches, including the surf spot Browns

Local Lifestyle

Kahala is the ideal marriage between urban sophistication and suburban serenity. It is a natural draw for professionals and their young families, retirees who want to be near a cosmopolitan center but live in a quiet atmosphere, and high-profile Hawaii residents who desire privacy and seclusion. While Kahala is technically part of Honolulu — the largest city in the Hawaiian Islands and one of the biggest in the country — it maintains a small-town, neighborly ambiance.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
Honolulu is the culinary heart of Hawaii, a foodie’s paradise defined by its culturally-dynamic assortment of restaurants, food trucks, and pop-ups. Kahala adds to its status with a collection of both chill and swank restaurants.
The renowned Kahala Hotel & Resort, for one, boasts two of the most outstanding venues on the island: Hoku’s Kahala, a high-end Pacific Rim waterfront restaurant, and Plumeria Beach House, a more relaxed affair where you can dine on dishes ranging from a seafood tower overflowing with sashimi and lobster to Misoyaki butterfish crowned with Hamakua mushrooms.
Kahala residents also flock to Olive Tree Cafe, a buzzy spot that specializes in classic Greek fare such as lamb souvlaki and flaky, delightfully-sweetened baklava. et al. is another perennial favorite, and for a good reason, too. The luminous neighborhood cafe capitalizes on seasonal ingredients and locally-sourced proteins to deliver succulent plates of Maui beets with Sweet Land Farm chevre, grilled Kona Kampachi with pak choy, and Big Island bone marrow with spicy greens and grilled sourdough.
Residents of this coveted region are also big on entertaining and have the chef’s kitchens, lanais, and lush yards to accommodate it. To stock up for their fetes, they have their own Whole Foods Market in their community, where they can find an assortment of fresh, organic produce, artisan wines, and scrumptious pastries.

Things to Do

Hawaii may be the most isolated archipelago on the planet, but that certainly doesn’t mean its #luckywelivehawaii residents are ever at a loss for things to do — quite the opposite, in fact, because of Kahala’s perfect location. 
Golfing is a primary pastime in Kahala and throughout the islands. Locals always look forward to the annual Sony Open at the Wai’alae Country Club, which possesses unrivaled-in-beauty fairways. Indeed, the country club often brims with Kahala residents, who relish the grounds, championship golf courses, and endless views of the Pacific Ocean.
The lovely and pristine Kahala Community Park is the optimal spot to take your children to play or your dog for a walk, while the ever-peaceful Kahala Beach features warm, translucent water, a gorgeous stretch of sand, and the leggy palm trees that make Hawaii famous. Pair all of this with proximity to Waikiki Beach’s gentle, rolling waves and Honolulu’s panoply of historical sites, and you can understand why life in Kahala is considered idyllic.


School-aged children who reside in Kahala are served under the Hawaii Department of Education School District. A few of the best schools nearby include:

Overview for Kahala, HI

9,272 people live in Kahala, where the median age is 54 and the average individual income is $73,899. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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Around Kahala, HI

There's plenty to do around Kahala, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Nui Mono Hawaii, Indige Design, and Fitness HI.

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Shopping 2.92 miles 13 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 1.85 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.3 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.77 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.99 miles 14 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.55 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Kahala, HI

Kahala has 3,666 households, with an average household size of 3. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Kahala do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 9,272 people call Kahala home. The population density is 6,442.273 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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50.58 / 49.42%

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Schools in Kahala, HI

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The following schools are within or nearby Kahala. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Mary Star Of The Sea School
1st - 8th
No rating available
9th - 12th
Kahala Elementary School
PreK - 5th
Mayor John H Wilson Elementary School
PreK - 5th
Mary Star Of The Sea Early Learning Center
PreK - K
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Work With Elise

Elise brings a fresh, creative international perspective to her Luxury Real Estate, Concierge & Interior Design career. She chairs the Honolulu Board of Realtors® City Affairs Committee, is on the Board of Directors for the Hawaii Economic Association, an Officer in the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Hawaii Bailliage.