Waialae Iki is an area known as Honolulu’s heavenly heights due to its spectacular views and real estate. Development of Waialae Iki has progressed through five distinct phases ascending the ridge above Wailupe Beach and Waialae Golf Course. The first luxurious homes were built at the bottom of the ridge in the 1960s, and construction of the custom homes comprising the gated community of Waialae Iki V began in the 1980s. Throughout this steady development, Waialae Iki has retained its uncluttered feel and impeccable upscale appeal.
Beyond the security-guarded gates of Waialae Iki V, residents enjoy access to tennis courts and other private recreational amenities. Security teams also patrol neighborhoods lower on the ridge. Waialae Iki’s luxurious homes provide magnificent views over the ocean and neighboring valley. These exquisite views are preserved with strict controls on construction and tree growth.
What to Love
- 24-hour security
- Magnificent ocean and valley views
- Spectacular homes
- Access to excellent restaurants
People & Lifestyle
Neighborhood parks have been included in all stages of Waialae Iki, adding to its inviting sense of space and openness. Hiking trails run from the ridgetop to the peaks of the Koolau mountain range. Residents love Waialae Iki for its tranquility and convenient proximity to shopping centers, restaurants, golfing, and beaches.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Waialae Avenue at the base of the ridge is lined with a great selection of restaurants and cafes. is a stylish contemporary restaurant that puts an island twist on refined international brasserie cuisine. 12th Ave’s excellent drink selection includes over 100 varieties of whiskey and an impressive choice of wines and gins. Celebrity chef Lee Anne Wong’s is a great all-day brunch spot combining Hawaiian-style breakfast eats with global influences. serves Mexican classics alongside creative combinations such as crab enchiladas and chimichangas. has outstanding beers on draft and a menu of elevated gastropub eats. Other popular dining choices along Waialae Avenue include European and Asian fusion fine dining at , inventive Hawaiian small plates and cocktails at, and exquisite farm-to-table fare at.
More than 100 restaurants and retailers are located in the commercial hub of just east of Waialae Avenue. Popular businesses at Kahala Mall include Macy’s department store, Whole Foods Market, Ross Dress for Less, and Longs Drugs. Kahala Mall also has numerous fashion boutiques, diverse restaurants, health and beauty services, homeware stores, toy shops, and a state-of-the-art luxury movie theater. At Kahala Mall’s southeast corner, is a relaxed BYOB Mediterranean eatery with delicious Greek dishes.
Things to Do
is a verdant public hangout with courts and fields for playing baseball, football, soccer, and tennis. The park is located across the highway from—a cozy oceanfront stretch with grass lawns for picnicking. has a picturesque oceanview golf course that hosts the PGA Tour’s Sony Open in Hawaii. Club members also enjoy access to a state-of-the-art fitness facility with an outdoor swimming pool and relaxed outdoor dining at the Oceans Restaurant.
Public schools are organized by the Hawaii Department of Education. Highlights include:
- Aina Haina Elementary School, Public, PK-5
- Niu Valley Middle School, Public, 6-8
- Kalani High School, Public, 9-12
- Honolulu Waldorf School, Private, 9-12
- Holy Nativity School, Private (Episcopal), PK-7
- Mary, Star of the Sea School, Private (Roman Catholic), PK-8