Oahu Real Estate News & Market Trends 

You’ll find our blog to be a wealth of information, covering everything from local market statistics and home values to community happenings and new project construction. That’s because we care about the community and want to help you find your place in it. Our blog posts are straight forward and we won't sugar coat anything as we feel you ought to hear what you need to know and not what you want to hear. As always, please reach out if you have any questions at all. We would love to talk with you!

Oct. 31, 2019

Ililani Lottery Results - Affordable Housing

480 Lucky Applicants for Ililani's Affordable Housing

Ililani Affordable Lottery

Below is the lottery results from Ililani's Affordable Housing Lottery. There were 480 applicants that made it through HHFDC's Affordable Housing requirements. To find your public drawing number, please search by your application number which was mailed to you from HHFDC. If you cannot find it, please contact your agent. If you got an acceptance letter from the State, you will be receiving a digital copy of the results as well.

Keep in mind this is not the order of which you will choose your unit. This list will be further sorted by each individual's AMI group and there is a chance that certain applications may be removed (due to HHFDC not approving the application as some were still under conditional approval). Stay tuned for the exact unit selection appointments and times coming up soon!

Ililani Affordable Lottery Results

Ililani Affordable Lottery Results

Ililani Affordable Lottery Results

Ililani Affordable Lottery Results

Oct. 30, 2019

Halloween In Hawaii - The Best Areas To Trick-Or-Treat

Halloween In Hawaii - The Best Areas To Trick-Or-Treat

Halloween In HawaiiHalloween in Hawaii is always a fun time for keiki (children) across the island. It is that one special night where they can dress up as whatever or whoever they want! However, the big question is always the same - Where is the best areas to trick-or-treat?

Luckily for you, we have done the hard work for you and here are our top picks:

Ala Moana - At the world's largest open air mall, Ala Moana Shopping Center will feature a variety of stores participating in trick-or-treat from 5-7pm. 

Hawaii Kai - is a residential neighborhood with many areas to check out. Parking can fill up so it's always encouraged to stop by area. Some of the more popular areas are Koko Head Terrace (near the Hawaii Kai Library), Lalea Townhomes, The Peninsula Community, Anchorage, Mariner's Cove, Hahaione, and Spinnaker Isle just to name a few. 

Kaneohe - The most popular area would definitely be Windward Mall. The keiki can go store-to-store rather than door-to-door in a very safe and well lit environment from 5:30-7:30. But note that masks are not allowed for children 12 years old or older. Another area outside of the mall is the Ahuimanu neighborhood which is also known as "Christmas Lane" during December. 

Pineapple Jack-o-lantern

 

Kahala - One of the most well known neighborhoods on the island for trick-or-treaters as the residents often give full sized candy bars. Also Kahala Mall is always a popular spot. 

Kapolei - At Kapolei Shopping Center they will offer trick-or-treating, a pumpkin patch with free mini pumpkins to decorate, make-and-takes, photo ops, and more! From 5-7pm. Also be sure to check out Ka Makana Alii as they will have trick-or-treating in the mall from 5:30-7:30pm. 

Manoa - Another popular residential neighborhood known across the island is Manoa. With it's history of spooky stories from the ghost banyan trees and night marchers, this area can definitely feel like Halloween with some very elaborate decorated homes. 

Mililani Mauka - At the end of Meheula Parkway and the left turn on Kapanoe Street you will see a very crowded neighborhood of trick-or-treaters. Some residents recall giving out over 300 bags of goodies! There's also the Mililani Shopping Center in Mililani Town that will have a costume contest and mall wide trick-or-treating from 5-7pm.

 

Halloween In HawaiiNorth Shore - Kukea Circle is a local favorite for North Shore residents as plenty of homes participate in handing out candy.

Nuuanu - Many residents have their go-to-spots as some homeowners go all out with decorations and great candy. If you're lucky some will even have live music and pupus! Just be sure to have comfortable shoes as you may have to walk a little extra from house to house.

Waikiki - This is the meca of Halloween and gets very busy during the evening especially on the main strip. For the little ones Royal Hawaiian Center will start their festivities from 2-7pm and the International Market Place will be from 5-7pm. 

Ward Village - in the heart of Kakaako you can find a ton of activities at Ward Village's South Shore Market and Ward Center. From trick-or-treating, photo booths, make and takes, and halloween tattoos. After you can head to Ala Moana which is just a few minutes away.

Halloween in Oahu

Posted in Good To Know
Oct. 3, 2019

Scenic Towers in Mo'ili'ili Honolulu Hawaii

When it comes to homes, it is always about Location, Location, Location!

Scenic Towers in Mo'ili'ili

Hawaii City PlazaScenic Towers is one of those buildings in Metro Oahu that can literally boast that it is centrally located and close to virtually everything. Located at 796 Isenberg Street, Scenic Towers is a residential condominium that features 127 residential units (1 and 2 bedrooms) and has a pool, recreation area, grassy lawn, and secured garage and building access. 

I just listed a brand new 11th floor Diamond Head facing 1 bedroom unit (MLS#201927337) and it is perfect for someone looking for a condo in town. 

Rarely does a Diamond Head facing 1-bedroom pop up as there isn't much turnover for the building. The building has 9 units per floor and there are only 2 units that have bedrooms and lanais that face Diamond Head; and this is one of them! If you are interested in learning more click on the link below or contact me to set up a private showing.

Learn More About Scenic Towers Here and Don't Forget To Watch The Video Below

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Sept. 6, 2019

Ililani Market Units - Just Announced

Ililani Market Priced Units - Starting Soon - Register Here

Ililani

After a very successful launch of the affordable units at Ililani in Kakaako, Ililani just announced their market unit release for 163 two bedroom units. Prices will range from $700,500 to $905,500 and it will be open to owner occupants and investors within the coming month via lottery. All owner occupants who are interested need to submit a notarized owner occupant affidavit by 5pm on October 5, 2019. All units will have higher end appliances and features compared to the affordable units but will have the same counter tops, flooring, cabinets, and carpet. 

If you are interested in getting an affidavit, learning more about the project, or are interested in viewing the showroom, be sure to register using the button below. Owner Occupant Units will be offered via lottery. Units that don't sell during the first 30 days will then be opened to investors. 

Ililani Market Unit Price Sheet

Posted in New Projects
Aug. 24, 2019

Ililani Affordable Housing Final Application Count

Today marked the last day to turn in applications for Ililani's Affordable Housing

Ililani in KakaakoIlilani officially launched their project on July 26, 2019. This new Kakaako project set aside 165 out of 328 to go towards affordable housing with 1 bedrooms ranging from $312K-$583K and 2 bedrooms ranging from $372K - $657K.

The application submission for affordable housing went by very fast. This project only accepted applications for a 30 day period (July 26 - August 24). 

In total, there were 566 Applications submitted to the sales center.

These applications will now be reviewed by HHFDC over the next several weeks and those applicants will be issued an approval or rejection letter. Then there will be a lottery followed by unit selection. Stay up to date for updates on Ililani as well as the market units which will be released very soon. 

Learn More About Ililani

If you are interested in registering to be a backup for the affordable housing register here to be kept up to date on Ililani and all new projects.

Ililani Affordable Housing Price Sheet

Official Ililani Affordable Housing Price Sheet
Posted in New Projects
July 26, 2019

Ililani Affordable Housing

Just Announced - Ililani Condo (Hawaii's Newest Affordable Housing Project)

Ililani

With the strong demand for affordable housing, I am pleased to announce that my company will be the exclusive broker for the Ililani Condominium that will feature 165 Affordable Housing units comprising of (131 1-bedrooms and 34 2-bedroom units). The rest will be market units and will all be 2 bedrooms (163 market 2 bedrooms). With this project, there will be no market priced 1 bedrooms. This project will be an HHFDC affordable housing project and will be subject to a 10 year occupancy term and Shared Appreciation Equity (SAE). Click Here for more information on the affordable requirements.

Starting Prices will start at $312,600 for a 1 bedroom and $372,500 for a 2 bedroom. On the high end the top affordable 1 bedroom price will be $583,800 and the top affordable 2 bedroom will be $657,100. You may view the official Ililani Price Sheet Here

If you are interested be sure to register using the button below. Affordable applications will be taken for 1 month and will be due on August 24 by 5pm

Posted in New Projects
July 23, 2019

Victoria Place - Ward Village's Seventh Tower

Ward Village's Victoria Place Just Announced (7/23/2019)

Victoria Place

Victoria Place is Ward Village’s newest front-row Ultra Luxury condo tower. It will be located right next to Waiea and the Victory Ward Park on Ala Moana Blvd.

This 400 foot tower will have 350 units and be comprised of 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units. This tower will be replacing the once slated Gateway Towers (a twin tower building that would have had 236 and 125 units in each tower) designed by architect Richard Meyer. By replacing the twin tower building, Victoria Place allows for a smaller foot print making more room for the Victoria Ward Park which will be part of the Central Plaza Park across of Auahi Street.

Ward Village Map

According to Todd Apo from the Howard Hughes Corportion, Victoria Place will not have any commercial retail space like their past 6 towers. Victoria Place is designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz who also designed Anaha and Aalii. Sales have not yet started and the official release is yet to be announced. We are expecting sales to start at the end of 2019/early 2020.

July 9, 2019

Koula Ward Village - Ground Breaking Ceremony

Koula Officially Breaks Ground - 7/9/2019

Koula Ground Breaking Ceremony

Today marks the official ground breaking ceremony for the sixth tower at Ward Village - Koula. City council members, Howard Hughes officials, and key state figures are shown above for the Hawaiian blessing and ground breaking for Ward Village's newest tower. Units are still being sold. If you are interested REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE.

 

Posted in New Projects
June 19, 2019

Sales Starting for Hawaii City Plaza

Hawaii City Plaza Owner Occupant Sales - Lottery begins on July 18, 2019

Hawaii City Plaza

Hawaii City PlazaHawaii City Plaza has just announced that their owner occupant release of 74 units will take place on July 18, 2019 at 10am. Applications are now available and are due on July 17 at 5pm. 

There will be 74 out of 184 units available and will consist of 1 or 2 bedroom units. There will be 9 different floor plans and different kitchen and flooring choices to choose from at no extra charge. 

There will also be certain incentives and discounts given during this release. Any 2 parking unit that opts for a tandem stall will receive a $20,000 discount applied towards closing costs. For more specs, floor plans, and information, please visit the link below:

Learn More About Hawaii City Plaza

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Posted in New Projects
June 13, 2019

Koula at Ward Village Groundbreaking on July 9, 2019

Koula at Ward Village Groundbreaking - July 9, 2019

Ward Village KoulaHoward Hughes' Ward Village in Kaka'ako has definitely been a booming area when it comes to new construction. Today it was just announced that they will officially break ground for their 6th high-rise tower on June 9, 2019. The tower is expected to be completed sometime in 2022.

The building is still currently selling pre-sale construction units and has a decent mix of studios, 1 bedrooms, 2 bedrooms, and 3 bedroom units. Should you be interested in learning more or would like to get a unit, be sure to register on the button below. 

Register My Interest For Koula

The developer has also just released three brand new renderings of Koula's amenity area. Shown below is Koula's swimming pool and pool cabana area, Koula's exterior gathering areas, and Koula's state of the art fitness center. Koula Pool


Koula Amenity Deck


Koula Gym