Neighborhoods on Oahu November 14, 2023

What it’s like living in Ewa, Oahu

Welcome to Ewa, a quiet yet vibrant community on the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii! Known for its rich history, stunning landscapes, and ideal location, Ewa is a top choice for military families relocating to Hawaii. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll dive into what makes Ewa an exceptional place to call home.

Overview of Ewa:

Ewa, located on the leeward side of Oahu, boasts a unique blend of historical charm and modern amenities. Once a significant sugar plantation area, Ewa has transformed into a thriving residential community. Its proximity to military bases like Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and Schofield Barracks makes it an ideal location for service members and their families.

Ewa, Oahu

Attractions and Amenities:

Ewa’s white sandy beaches are perfect for ocean enthusiasts. Ewa beaches are not as crowded compared to other locations like Waikiki or Kailua.  White Plains Beach which used to be part of Naval Base and One’ula Beach Park offer stunning ocean views, ideal for picnics and water activities. The neighborhood also features top-rated golf courses, there are seven major golf courses including the Ewa Beach Golf Club and Hoakalei Country Club.

Whiteplains Beach, Ewa, Oahu

For shopping and dining, the Laulani Village Shopping Center and the new Ka Makana Ali’I shopping complex provide a variety of options including great restaurants and movie theater. The community is also home to excellent schools, making it a great choice for families with children.

Wai Kai, is a year-round nine-acre waterfront recreation and lifestyle venue offering one of the world’s largest deep-water standing surf wave pool, lagoon for water sports or lounging, great restaurants, and shopping.

Wai Kai, Stand in Wave Pool, Ewa Beach, Oahu

Additionally, Ewa is located within a short distance to Ko Olina Resort area providing you with another adventurous location to explore or relax at.  Further north of Ko Oline Resort is my personal favorite diving destination known as “electric beach” which is a perfect place to snorkel and take in the beauty the ocean has to offer.

Housing Market Trends:

The real estate market in Ewa is dynamic and promising. The area offers a range of housing options, from modern condos to single-family homes. While property values have been on the rise, Ewa still presents more affordable options compared to other parts of Oahu. It’s a wise investment for those seeking a blend of island lifestyle and suburban comfort.  Median sales price for single family homes were $857,000 and for condos $707,000 as of October 2023.  Click here to see properties in Ewa for sale.

Ewa Plains Market Report Oct 2023


Ewa, with its stunning landscapes, vibrant community, and proximity to military bases, offers an unparalleled living experience for military families. Whether you’re seeking adventure, tranquility, or a close-knit community, Ewa is a place where memories are made and traditions are cherished. Book a real estate consultation here with Daniel Lee Kim who is a military veteran turned real estate agent.

Neighborhoods on Oahu August 28, 2023

What It’s Like Living in Kaka’ako

What it’s Like Living in Kaka’ako, Oahu: An Urban Oasis for Young Professionals by Military Friendly Realtor Daniel Lee Kim

Wondering what it’s like to live in Kaka’ako? Imagine a fusion of a rich cultural past with the energy of urban living, all backed by breathtaking ocean views. As your go-to Kaka’ako real estate agent, let me provide you the insider perspective!



Kaka‘ako, rooted deeply in Native Hawaiian heritage, has witnessed a dynamic evolution from fishing villages and salt flats to a bustling urban center with entrepreneurship, industry, and cultural diversity.  The 1800s saw the area’s transformation with residential constructions, birth of immigrant camps, and foundational industrial initiatives like the Honolulu Iron Works.  A significant shift occurred in the mid-1900s when zoning laws transitioned Kaka‘ako from a residential hub to a commercial district, fostering entrepreneurial spirit and establishing its modern-day urban identity.

Location vibes

While Kaka’ako is a heartbeat away from the buzzing Honolulu downtown, it offers a unique urban island vibe, making it a distinct and vibrant locale. Located between Downtown Honolulu and Waikiki, Kaka’ako’s prime position means you have a blend of beach life and urban sophistication at your fingertips.

Thanks to its central location, the Ala Moana Center, one of the world’s largest open-air shopping centers, is just around the corner. And for the military families among us, the location is unbeatable, being in close proximity to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Camp Smith, and Tripler Army Medical Center while providing you easy access to various other bases on island such as Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Wheeler Army Airfield, and Schofield Barracks, ensuring a convenient commute.

Location of Kakaako in reference to Downtown Honolulu and Waikiki

Kaka’ako is located between Downtown Honolulu and Waikiki

Neighborhood Amenities

Kaka’ako is the perfect canvas for young professionals.  Beyond its stunning shoreline, this neighborhood bursts with activities:

Exercise enthusiasts will find solace in numerous gyms and fitness centers scattered throughout the area like UFC Gym or Orange Theory Fitness. Plus, for dog lovers, Kaka’ako Waterfront Park offers a lovely space for evening walks with your furry friends.

Water aficionados can take advantage of the nearby Ala Moana Beach Park ideal for surfing, paddleboarding, and soaking in the sun while watching the sunset.

Entrance to SALT at Kaka’ako.

Local Eats & Treats

The culinary landscape of Kaka’ako is diverse and thriving. For breakfast, think fresh pastries and artisanal coffees at a well known local cafes like ARVO Cafe and 9Bar HNL. By lunchtime, indulge in modern Hawaiian cuisine at spots like The Scratch Kitchen or Moku Kitchen.

1. Morning Brew. 2. World famous ARVO. 3. 9BAR HNL great coffee shop. 4. Off the Wall craft beer and wine tap place at South Shore Market.

Dinner brings even more choices. From the upscale Merriman’s to 53 By the Sea, where they serve a blend of traditional and contemporary dishes, to more casual and trendy spots like 1938 Indochine or Highway Inn.

And for those who enjoy nightlife, there are tons of options ranging from various breweries like Waikiki Brewing Company to Aloha Beer Company, Bevy for craft cocktails, and Work Play for a get together with friends and family while enjoying live music.


Kaka’ako’s shopping scene marries local artisan shops with trendy boutiques. Visit SALT at Kaka’ako and South Shore Market where they offer a mix of local crafts and apparel.  They also have a farmer’s market with lots of small businesses with unique finds.

Kahala Clothing store in Kakaako.

Real Estate

Kaka’ako’s real estate landscape is vast, with luxurious high-rises, offering ocean views and top-notch amenities. As of July 2023, the median sale price for condominiums in Kaka’ako was $732,000, showcasing the demand and premium nature of this locale.  Click here to see condos that are currently available in Kaka’ako.

Hidden Gems

No introduction to Kaka’ako would be complete without mentioning some of my favorites: the vibrant street art, take a portion of the day to enjoy various murals around Kaka’ako!

Eateries above H-Mart.  H-Mart is a Korean market with various Asian products, but the best part is on the second floor where you can find various authentic Asian cuisine and even Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck.

If you are in the mood for some Karaoke, make your way to Duck Butt.  They serve drinks and pupus so you stay hydrated and full while you let your inner Beyonce out!  Make sure to reserve your Karaoke room, they book fast!

Lastly, Off The Wall Craft Beer & Wine is a great place for a pau hana or an afternoon hangout with your friends.  It’s a tap place where you are given a card and you get to try various craft beers, ciders, and even wines.  They also serve Argentinian – Spanish – American fusion cuisine, I personally love their empanadas.

1. Food court at HMart. 2. Off the Wall craft beer and wine. 3. & 4. Mural arts in Kaka’ako.

In Closing

Kaka’ako offers an urban retreat for those who want to experience the best of both worlds in Hawaii. A blend of the ancient and modern, it promises an unparalleled experience.  If you are thinking about making Kaka’ako your home or have any questions, feel free to reach out!

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Neighborhoods on Oahu August 28, 2023

What It’s Like Living in Kaneohe

What it’s like living in Kaneohe: A neighborhood guide by a military friendly realtor Daniel Lee Kim.

Aloha, finding your next home is not an easy task so let me guide you as you embark on this new chapter of your life.  Kaneohe is the perfect balance between natural beauty, cultural experiences, and family friendly amenities.  I’m Daniel Lee Kim, former U.S. Marine Officer turned real estate agent, and I’m here to guide you through the unique lifestyle Kaneohe has to offer.  Let’s dive into it!



Kaneohe is located on the Windward side of the island, and it is surrounded by the magnificent Ko’olau mountains and Kaneohe Bay.  Location is ideal for military families as the H-3 Highway provides easy access to Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, and Honolulu International Airport.  Not to mention, the short drives through Likelike and Pali Highway conveniently placing you in the heart of Waikiki, Ala Moana, and Kaka’ako.

Charm of Kaneohe:

Kaneohe used to be mecca of finishing ponds, and you can still see the remanence of it to this day.  Nowadays Kaneohe is known as a quiet town providing tranquil lifestyle where you have all the amenities ranging from convenient grocery stores to a mall, various restaurants, gyms, hikes, botanical gardens, to Kaneohe Sandbar. Whether you enjoy mountainous activities or water activities Kaneohe has everything you need.

Water Activities and the Kaneohe Sandbar

When living in Kaneohe, you’ll have the luxury of the breathtaking Kaneohe Bay in your backyard. Not just a pretty sight, the bay is your gateway to a myriad of water activities. Canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing are local favorites.

And then there’s the Kaneohe Sandbar – a slice of paradise.  This natural wonder is the perfect spot for a day of relaxation. The aqua blue waters and the stunning Ko’olau Mountain range in the backdrop make it a picture-perfect location.

He’eia Kea Boat Harbor is one stop shop for all water activities in Kaneohe Bay.  They provide fishing charters, scenic cruises, snorkel and scuba diving excursions and many more.  It is also a public boat ramp so you can easily launch your boat from He’eia Boat Harbor and get to Kaneohe Sandbar.

Kaneohe Bay Sandbar

Embracing the Outdoors

If you’re someone who finds solace in nature, Kaneohe will not disappoint you. The neighborhood boasts a variety of hiking trails suitable for all ages. From family-friendly hikes to more challenging terrains, there’s a trail for everyone.

My personal favorite is the Ho’omaluhia Botanical Gardens a tranquil spot to uncover native flora, relish the lagoon’s serenity, or bask in panoramic mountain valley views.  Or if you are in the mood more a bit more challenge then I recommend the Pu’u Ma’eli’eli Trail in the Valley of the Temples.  This trail takes you to a pillbox with a magnificent view of the Kaneohe Bay.

For the golf enthusiasts, the Ko’olau Golf Club and Bayview Golf Course offer impeccable views and challenges.

Famous Ho’omaluhia Botanical Gardens Entrance

Local Eateries and Shopping

Kaneohe promises culinary adventures, be it traditional Hawaiian delectable or global flavors. Recommendations include Fresh Catch for pristine poke, the unique Hawaiian-Asian-Italian fusion dishes at Adela’s Country Eatery, and the unbeatable prime steak at the scenically-located Haleiwa Joe’s Haiku.

Kaneohe also has a shopping mall providing you with a diverse option of boutique local shops to major franchise brands.  Target recently opened their Kaneohe location next to the mall providing an additional comfort level for Kaneohe and neighboring residents.

Haleiwa Joe’s Haiku and Adela’s Country Eatery


Kaneohe is home to quality educational institutions, from public to reputed private schools like St. Ann School, Koolau Baptist Academy, and the nearby Le Jardin Academy in Kailua. For more information regarding schools and school districts on Kaneohe, click here.

Real Estate

Kaneohe is in high demand due to its convenient location but affordable prices compared to neighboring towns.  Single Family Homes had an average sale price of $1,200,000 and condominiums averaged $650,000 in July of 2023.  Click here to see homes for sale in Kaneohe.

A blend of serenity and vibrancy, Kaneohe is the perfect neighborhood for military families seeking a harmonious lifestyle. It’s a place where you’re not just buying a house but investing in a lifestyle, an experience, a community.

If living in Kaneohe sounds like your ideal neighborhood, reach out to us. Our commitment is to help military families like yours find the perfect home. Let’s embark on this journey together. Welcome to your new paradise in Oahu!

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Neighborhoods on Oahu August 25, 2023

What It’s Like Living in Kailua

What it’s like living in Kailua: A military-friendly neighborhood guide by Daniel Lee Kim

Picture a mix of beach vibes with plenty of activities to keep you busy with a dash of urban amenities for comfort. If you are moving to Oahu, Hawaii and are considering living in Kailua, this blog will give you an idea of what it’s like living in Kailua, one of the most beautiful places on earth! I’m Daniel Lee Kim, former U.S. Marine Officer turned real estate agent, and I’m here to guide you through the unique lifestyle Kailua has to offer. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the heart of Kailua, exploring its rich culture, breathtaking scenery, and top-notch amenities. As you read on, you’ll discover why Kailua is the perfect place to call home.

Location Vibes in Kailua

Google Maps Location of Kailua

Location of Kailua, Hawaii

Although its only a short distance away from downtown Honolulu Kailua is a world away from the hustle and bustle you will find in town. Kailua is located on the Windward side of the island surrounded by the Ko’olau mountains and white sandy beaches.  Kailua gives you a relaxing beach town vibe while providing you with all the amenities you need such as outdoor lifestyle, diverse cuisine, shopping, etc.

The H-3 highway connects you directly into Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and the Honolulu International Airport.  Additionally, you can access Marine Corps Base Hawaii through back gate right from Kailua.

Kailua Neighborhood Amenities

Kailua is a vibrant town that has something for everyone. Whether you’re a foodie, a beach lover, or an adventure seeker, Kailua has you covered.

If you’re a fan of fresh, local produce, then you’ll love the Kailua Town Farmers Market, while grocery stores like Whole Foods and Down to Earth provide a wide range of healthy foods with local options.

If you love to be active and exercise, there’s also an abundant number of options from UFC Gym to Core Power Yoga, and even local companies like Gracie Jiujitsu Kailua and CrossFit Kailua.

UFC Corepower Beaches

1. UFC Gym in Kailua Town offers an immaculate facility for you to get your workout in. 2. Corepower Yoga located near Wholefoods in Kailua is perfect for a morning Yoga and a recovery green drink from Whole Foods. 3. Kailua Beach Park looking towards MCBH. 4. Picture of Mokulua Islands (Mokes) in Lanikai Beach.

Kailua’s biggest attraction is its stunning white sandy beaches. Castle Beach, Kalama Beach, Kailua Beach Park, and my personal favorite Lanikai Beach are all coastal treasures to enjoy various water sports like snorkeling, surfing, windsurfing, paddle boarding, and canoeing in the crystal-clear waters of Kailua.

For those looking for a little adventure, the Lanikai Pillbox Hike is a must-do activity, offering breathtaking sunrises and views of Lanikai Beach and the Mokulua Islands or you can hike the Maunawili Falls and enjoy the green tropical lush.

Lanikai Pillbox Hike

Lanikai Pillbox Hike with the views of the Mokulua Islands.

If you’re an avid golfer, you can check out Royal Hawaiian Golf Course which is well known for its beautiful scenery which was featured in Jurassic Park movie, and you can also tee off at Mid Pacific Country Club, a hidden gem located in Lanikai.

Mid Pacific Country Club

Mid Pacific Country Club located in Lanikai, Kailua Hawaii

Local Eats & Treats

No matter what you’re in the mood for, Kailua’s food scene promises to have something that will satisfy your cravings. Whether it’s casual beachside grab and go’s or a fine culinary excellence.

For breakfast: Cinnamons and Over Easy are the popular choices for a sit-down, and for a quick grab and go try Morning Brew or The Sunrise Shack. My favorite thing to do is to grab an avocado toast and a bullet coffee from The Sunrise Shack and go watch the sunrise from the beach, you should try it!

The Sunrise Shack Paia Nalu Konos

1. The Sunrise Shack located near Kailua Beach Park. 2. Paia fish market in Kailua. 3. Nalu, one of local and tourists’ favorite. 4. Konos provides you a local fusion breakfast burrito option.

For Lunch: Try Paia Fish market which offers large portions of fish with your choice of preparation and sides. Also, Maui Brewing Company and California Pizza Kitchen are good options for a sit-down meal. The Hibachi Kitchen, Nalu Health Bar, Paniolos, and Konos are all good grab and go options which include fresh poke, healthy salads/sandwiches, and burrito bowls.

For Dinner: For an unforgettable dining experience, Goen and 22 Kailua are my personal favorites. Goen delights with Japanese-Hawaiian fusion cuisine, combining traditional Japanese dishes with locally sourced island ingredients, you have to try the Miso Butterfish!  At 22 Kailua, prepare for a unique Japanese Omakase experience, where a cozy atmosphere and exceptional dishes come together to create a culinary adventure in the heart of Kailua.

Cocktails: If you are feeling like having a few cocktails with your friends and family, I recommend The Boardroom with a relaxing outdoor seating area and live music on certain days. They are known for their unique craft cocktails, my personal favorite is the Melon Margarita.

The Boardroom

1. The Boardroom is perfect for craft cocktails and live music. 2. They also have a coffee shop outside where you can relax and enjoy the warmth.


Kailua’s shopping scene offers a plethora of unique local boutiques and art galleries mixed with some big-name favorites as well! If you’re looking for a shopping adventure that combines beachy style with island flair, boutiques and stores here are some recommendations:

Coco Trading Post specializes in handmade jewelry, clothing, and home décor items that are sourced from around the world but give an island feel. If you love the Rattan and bamboo inspired furniture, you should check this place out.

Soha Living is a home décor store that offers a range of products inspired by island living. From Hawaiian-print throw pillows to elegant glassware, this shop has everything you need to add a touch of aloha to your home.

Fighting Eel is a local favorite for contemporary women’s clothing that is both stylish and comfortable. Their signature “Fighting Eel” dress is a must-try.

Woven By Shaolin is a newer interior design store where you can get inspiration for decorating your new home.

Schools in Kailua

Kailua is known to have one of the best education districts on the island of Oahu from private schools to public school. Public options include Ka’elepulu Elementary , Maunawili Elementary, and Kalaheo Highschool, while Le Jardin Academy and St. Anthony are couple of private school options.  For public school districts and school information, click here.

What is the Real Estate Market Like?

Although Kailua is relatively small neighborhood, it has many sub neighborhoods with their own sub market. However, as of July 2023 median sale price for Single Family Homes was $1,560,000 whereas the median sale price for condominiums was $750,500. Kailua is a popular neighborhood and high on every future home owners’ list to include international buyers. Click here to look at homes for sale in Kailua.

Kailua Waimanalo Market Report Jul 2023

Kailua Waimanalo Market Report Jul 2023

Hidden Gems

This Kailua guide wouldn’t be complete without an insider scoop on all the hidden gems in the area. First up is Salvation Army. Unlike others, this thrift store gets donations from brands like Jimmy Choo, Sax Fifth, billabong, and many other high-end brands. It is also the perfect place to get gently used beach furniture for a fraction of the cost.

Another hidden gem is for all of you who don’t like to wash and fold your clothes. Foldy’s laundry service offers dry cleaning and folding services. They wash your clothes, fold them up, and wrap them in a bow for you to pick up when it’s ready.

Finally, Grace and Growlers is another favorite. Located behind Empty Elle Bagels, they offer craft beer tastings via beer wall. With a very inviting and warm atmosphere, you can grab a glass, pour as much or as little as you want and pay by the ounce.

Whether you’re planning a move to Hawaii or simply curious about island living, Kailua is where beach town meets modern comforts. If you are considering moving to Kailua and have additional questions, feel free to contact me.

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