31. July 2016 · Comments Off on Diamond Head’s First Sighting · Categories: Oahu History · Tags:

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Historian George Kanahele believed the first Polynesians to come to Hawaii arrived about 300 AD. They would have been the first to see Diamond Head.

Kanahele concluded they first inhabited the windward parts of Oahu because of its abundant water supplies. As the population grew over the next several hundred years, Hawaiians spread to the Honolulu side of Oahu. The first dating of human habitation in Waikiki and Diamond Head goes back to about 1000 AD.

Hawaiians called the ancient volcano Le`ahi. Le`ahi was sacred to the Hawaiians, who built five temples or heiau around it. Religious ceremonies and human sacrifice took place there. The most scared of them was Papa`ena`ena.

Hawaiians inhabited all the major islands, with family leaders giving way to an alii or chiefly class as the population grew. By the 1500s, kings ruled each island.

In 1795, Kamehameha the Great brought 10,000 war canoes to Oahu. They landed along the coasts of Kahala and Waikiki, and marched to Nuuanu where three battles were won. In 1810, Kuamualii surrendered Kauai and the islands were united for the first time.

When Kamehameha II broke with the kahuna, or religious leaders in 1819, the heiau at Diamond Head and across the kingdom were destroyed. The stones were taken away, most being used to erect other buildings or roads. Nothing of the ancient heiau remains today.


 

O’ahu Art & Home explores our island’s history with Bob Sigall, Honolulu Star Advertiser Rearview Mirror columnist and author of The Companies We Keep 1, 2, 3, & 4 books – Amazing stories about Hawaii’s people, places and companies. Available at www.CompaniesWeKeep.com.
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30. July 2016 · Comments Off on 1 Keahole Street #3202, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii · Categories: Hawaii Real Estate, Luxury Living, New Listing

Luxury living at its best in this large three bedroom, two-and-a-half bath corner apartment with Brazilian cherry wood floors and expansive, wrap around lanai on the cool side of the building. The formal dining area is adjacent to kitchen, with ample room for additional dining on the lanai. Gourmet lovers’ kitchen features a breakfast bar and walk in pantry. There’s a powder room and a large utility room with full size laundry and storage. The Master Suite has a spacious double dressing room and large master bathroom. Two assigned parking in the covered garage and ample guest parking. Kalele Kai is a pet-friendly condominium with resort-quality amenities and has a marina-front walking path surrounded by lovely tropical landscaping.

1 Keahole Street #3202 Honolulu Hawaii 96825
3 bedrooms, 2 baths

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Jacqueline Collins Buck
HI License RS-32894
List Sotheby’s International Realty

 

4211 Waialae Avenue, Suite 100
Honolulu Hawaii United States 96816
27. July 2016 · Comments Off on 1580 Kamole Street, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii · Categories: New Listing, Oahu Luxury Real Estate

Designed for quality living, fantastic street appeal and beautifully landscaped. This is a rare must see Waialae Iki rim lot of over 16,000 sf with gorgeous views of the ocean and Diamond Head and cool, refreshing breezes every day. The heart of this home is in the open designed living/dining areas and family room that flows seamlessly to a lanai overlooking picturesque valleys. Spacious gourmet kitchen includes a granite counter and custom cabinets. Master suite opens up to a generous office, private gym or extra bedroom. Upstairs living area features two bedrooms with breathtaking ocean views and a kitchenette—travertine marble, hardwood floors, decorator paint and wainscoting. Bonus four car garage and workshop, 987 sf. garage and more. There is also room for a pool.

1580 Kamole Street Honolulu Hawaii 96821
4 bedrooms, 4 baths

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Myra Brandt
HI License RB-10898
List Sotheby’s International Realty

 

4211 Waialae Avenue, Suite 100
Honolulu Hawaii United States 96816
24. July 2016 · Comments Off on Waialae or Kahala? · Categories: Oahu History · Tags:

Lionel Walden - 'Kahala Moonlight', oil on canvas, 1929, HAA

Lionel Walden- ‘Kahala Moonlight’, oil on canvas, 1929, via Wikimedia Commons

As is the case with many Hawaii locales, there is no clear demarkation of the area sometimes known as “Kahala” and sometimes referred to as “Waialae”. Indeed, the Waialae Shopping Center, built in 1954 was renamed the Kahala Mall after its 1969 renovation. In another example, developers Conrad Hilton and Charley Pietsch debated whether to call their new resort the Waialae Hilton or the Kahala Hilton, currently known as The Kahala Hotel & Resort.

In ancient times, there were two Waialae ahupua’a – land divisions. Waialae Nui (small) and Waialae Iki (large). Waialae Nui bordered the ahupua’a of Palolo and Waialae Iki bordered Wailupe. Iki was more narrow near the Koolau ridge, but broadened substantially near what is now Kalanianaole Hwy.

The ahupua’a extended to the ocean and to the back of Diamond Head. Both ahupua’a are named for the springs of fresh water (wai), and the mudhens (alae) who thrived in them. No rivers flow into the area, making the spring water precious.

The term Kahala was not used until fairly recently. A hundred years ago, Kahala, which means “amberjack fish” in Hawaiian, referred to the beach-lined coast of Waialae. Kahala can also refer to the hala or pandamus tree.

In modern times, Kahala seems to be used to refer to the developed parts of the area makai of Kalanianaole Hwy. One rarely hears someone who lives in the area, refer to it as Waialae. They live in Kahala.

Kahala Hilton Hotel in 1988

Kahala is often used to refer to the subdivisions mauka of Diamond Head, from the beach to approximately Hunakai Street, or a few streets Ewa of that. The post office calls itself Waialae-Kahala.

The country club is called Waialae. The park next door is called Waialae Beach Park, but the park between it and the mall is called Kahala Community Park.

The ridges are still called Waialae Nui and Iki. Some maps show the areas mauka of the freeway to be Waialae-Kahala, the area along the water to be Kahala, and the area just makai of the highway to be called Waialae.

At one time, Waialae Iki was called Wiliwili Nui. Waialae Nui Ridge was originally known as Waialae Uplands.

REALTORS generally define Kahala as makai of the shopping mall and Kalanianaole Highway.

The golf course community (across Kalani High School) is known to be the Waialae Golf Course neighborhood, and everything mauka as Waialae-Kahala (including Waialae Nui, Waialae Iki, Kalaniiki).

It’s confusing. But this is the case for many island locales. For instance, where does Nuuanu begin and end? We typically refer to it as the valley part of Nuuanu, but ancients had it extending from the ridges to the ocean.


 

O’ahu Art & Home explores our island’s history with Bob Sigall, Honolulu Star Advertiser Rearview Mirror columnist and author of The Companies We Keep 1, 2, 3, & 4 books – Amazing stories about Hawaii’s people, places and companies. Available at www.CompaniesWeKeep.com.
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17. July 2016 · Comments Off on Hawaii’s Greatest Landmark · Categories: Oahu History · Tags:

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Diamond Head is Hawaii’s greatest landmark. It was formed fairly recently in geological history. Ancient Hawaiians called it Lēʻahi.. Whalers thought crystals glinting in the sun were diamonds, and the name Diamond Head is a result. Diamond Head Crater rises 761 feet above sea level on its makai side and 400 feet on its mauka peak. It comprises 350 acres, making it three times the size of Punchbowl.

The geographic area we call Diamond Head is bounded by Waikiki on the west, the ocean on the south, Kapahulu and Kaimuki on the north and west and Kahala on the east. It is one of the most historic areas in Hawaii. We’ll look at Diamond Head as an active volcano, it’s discovery by Hawaiians and foreigners, and how it got its name. In upcoming posts, we’ll explore how its role evolved from Hawaii’s royal era, into a territorial defense site, and into the modern era.

When we look around Oahu, we see several volcanic craters: Punchbowl, Koko Head, Hanauma Bay, Salt Lake, and many more. The most prominent is Diamond Head. Some believe those craters are the ones that formed the island. They’re wrong. Diamond Head and the other craters erupted over a million years after the main volcanic activity on Oahu. The two, huge, main volcanoes that formed Oahu were the Waianae and Koolau ranges. They are so old, they no longer look like volcanoes. All the Hawaiian Islands were formed by one vent in the earth, called a hot spot. The Pacific Plate drifts to the northwest away from the volcanic hot spot at about 1-3 inches a year.

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Of the major islands, Kauai formed first, 4-6 million years ago. By the time the hot spot erupted again approximately 3.9 million years ago, Kauai had drifted 100 miles away. The Waianae range erupted from the sea 3.9 – 2.5 million years ago, followed by the Koolau Range between 2.5 to 1.7 million years ago. Then the volcanoes were dormant for over 1 million years.

The best estimates are that Diamond Head and the other minor craters we see around the island erupted 100,000 to 300,000 years ago. It is thought that Diamond Head was formed by a single, brief eruption that lasted less than a week. Because the trade winds blow to the southwest, that side of the crater has the highest walls as more ash and particles fell there.

If the eruption happened when sea levels were high and coastal areas that today are dry were under water, Diamond Head would have appeared as an island off the coast of Oahu, before lava flows joined them. If sea levels were low, such as during an ice age, Diamond Head would have risen from the southern tip of Oahu.


 

O’ahu Art & Home explores our island’s history with Bob Sigall, Honolulu Star Advertiser Rearview Mirror columnist and author of The Companies We Keep 1, 2, 3, & 4 books – Amazing stories about Hawaii’s people, places and companies. Available at www.CompaniesWeKeep.com

15. July 2016 · Comments Off on 1199 Bishop Street #31, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii · Categories: Luxury Living, New Listing, Oahu Luxury Real Estate

Come home to an entire floor of luxury living at the Pinnacle Honolulu. Relax and enjoy the incredible ocean, Diamond Head, city, mountain, and sunrise/sunset views from the 31st floor. This beautifully appointed approximately 2,857 sq. ft. condo includes a lanai, four parking stalls and storage unit. The kitchen was completely remodeled in 2015/2016, which included a new Sub-Zero refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, cabinets in dining area and built in pantry.The laundry room has been enlarged and washer/dryer upgraded to new full-size machines, new tankless hot water system and paint throughout. Conveniently located in vibrant downtown, the financial district, Chinatown, diverse restaurants and shopping. This is a wonderful opportunity to live, work and play in a prime location.

1199 Bishop Street #31 Honolulu Hawaii 96813
Neighborhood: Downtown
2 bedrooms, 2 baths

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Myra Brandt
HI License RS-67769
List Sotheby’s International Realty

 

4211 Waialae Avenue, Suite 100
Honolulu Hawaii United States 96816
14. July 2016 · Comments Off on 1288 Ala Moana Boulevard #19F, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii · Categories: Hawaii Real Estate, Luxury Living, New Listing, Oahu Luxury Real Estate · Tags:

Experience the ultimate in luxury at the prestigious Hokua. This impeccable unit has unobstructed Diamond Head, Magic Island, and ocean views from all bedrooms and the living room. Entertain your guests from the open kitchen with a generous island. Resort-like amenities include pool, pavilions, deck overlooking the beach, gym, 24-hour concierge, dog park, and professional staff. Two assigned parking spaces. Location second to none with world-class shopping, dining, and entertainment in the vibrant, upscale neighbourhood of Ward and Kakaako.

1288 Ala Moana Boulevard #19F Honolulu Hawaii 96814
Neighborhood: Kakaako
2 bedrooms, 2 baths

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Esther Park
HI License RB-21002
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4211 Waialae Avenue, Suite 100
Honolulu Hawaii United States 96816
13. July 2016 · Comments Off on 47-170 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii · Categories: Hawaii Real Estate, New Listing · Tags:

Located in Kaneohe’s Lulani Ocean, this property is a water enthusiast’s dream. Single family home at 47-170 Kamehameha Highway and approximately 31,973 SF waterfront parcel (47-155 Kamehameha Highway) guaranteeing stunning views of Kaneohe Bay, Sand Bar, Koolau Mountain Range, and Chinaman’s Hat. The completely remodeled two story, four bed/four bath home features an open concept kitchen with all new soft close cabinets, granite countertops, tiled backsplashes and stainless steel appliances. The entire home features open beam ceilings, new double pane Pella windows, and hardwood floors. With a separate entrance, the downstairs makes the perfect space for guests, multigenerational living or rental income. Don’t miss the gated backyard with two kinds of mango, three kinds of avocado, papaya, and a cherry tree.

47-170 Kamehameha Highway Kaneohe Hawaii 96744
4 bedrooms, 4 baths

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Heather D. Selvitelle
HI License RS-69505
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4211 Waialae Avenue, Suite 100
Honolulu Hawaii United States 96816
13. July 2016 · Comments Off on 46-446 Makena Street, Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii · Categories: New Listing

Welcome home to cool and quiet Kaneohe with gorgeous Koolau Mountain views. Extensively renovated in 2015, this contemporary island home combines style and comfort for a truly exceptional living experience. The lushly landscaped backyard offers a perfectly private setting for entertaining guests or relaxing by the pool. The spacious living room and kitchen feature a unique open concept layout with striking architecture and angles, undoubtedly making this property one of a kind. Additional features include brand new owned PV, new windows, skylights, and split AC. This home is a must see and a rarely available offering in Haiku Village.

46-446 Makena Street Kaneohe Hawaii 96744
3 bedrooms, 2 baths

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Dylan Peckenpaugh
HI License RS-74695
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4211 Waialae Avenue, Suite 100
Honolulu Hawaii United States 96816
13. July 2016 · Comments Off on 1777 Ala Moana Boulevard #2426, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii · Categories: New Listing

Beautifully remodeled unit with two bedrooms, two baths (one with tub) and two lanais. Located at the world famous Ilikai, this condo is fully furnished and features beautiful ocean views from every room. Sit back and relax while you watch the Hilton Hawaiian Village fireworks show every Friday night. This unit is currently in the hotel rental program with a fixed income of $5,200 per month. It’s the perfect place for a second/vacation rental property. Move right in and enjoy a leisurely Waikiki hotel-condo lifestyle now.

1777 Ala Moana Boulevard #2426 Honolulu Hawaii 96815
Neighborhood: Waikiki
2 bedrooms, 2 baths

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Yukiko Yang
HI License RS-69876
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4211 Waialae Avenue, Suite 100
Honolulu Hawaii United States 96816