29. August 2016 · Comments Off on 1742 Bertram Street, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii · Categories: Hawaii Real Estate, New Listing · Tags:

Enjoy fabulous Diamond Head, ocean, and city views from this highly desirable St. Louis Heights home. Newer construction ideally designed for extended or multi-family living. Two large bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths with kitchen downstairs. Three large bedrooms, two baths with wet bar upstairs. Open spacious living areas and designed with ADA accessibility in mind. Split air conditioning, 24 panel PV system, and solar hot water are just some of the added features. Perfectly situated on rim lot fronting preservation land for maximum privacy. Two car carport and long driveway with lots of parking and even room for a boat!

1742 Bertram Street Honolulu Hawaii 96816
5 bedrooms, 3 baths

To learn more about this property, contact:

Brandon E. Kim
HI License RB-18878
List Sotheby’s International Realty

 

4211 Waialae Avenue, Suite 100
Honolulu Hawaii United States 96816
28. August 2016 · Comments Off on The Origins of Kapiolani Park · Categories: Oahu History · Tags:

King David Kalakaua and Queen Esther Kapiolani built Kapiolani Park in 1877. The Star-Bulletin said “the land became a park specifically because it wasn’t considered suitable for anything else, and because of it’s peculiar climate — it’s one of the few places on Oahu where rain almost never falls. And because King Kalakaua loved the ponies.”
View in Kapiolani Park about 1900

The winter of 1876 was wet, and a many Honolulu horse races were canceled because of muddy tracks that year. “Racing enthusiasts asked the king for a permanent, dry course. Many ali’i lived in Waikiki, so Kalakaua chose the flat plain at the foot of Diamond Head because it was handy, unoccupied and dry. The government condemned the land and Kalakaua decided to make its dedication memorable.”

Kapiolani Park Horse Race AdOn June 11, 1877, Kapiolani Park was dedicated in spectacular fashion, with food, entertainment, horse races, barrel races, and even sack races. The park was the first Hawaiian public space, and is run by the Kapiolani Park Association.

Scotsman Archibald Cleghorn, father of Princess Kaiulani, planned the park’s landscaping, including the majestic ironwood trees along Kalakaua Avenue. Money was raised by selling $50 shares in the association. Shareholders had the right to lease a beachfront lot skirting the park, and many of the best-known names in Honolulu had cottages there by the 1880s.

During the 1893 revolution, most of these valuable properties became privately owned, and most were later given back to the city or condemned and seized.

Baseball followed as a natural successor to horse-racing, and became a regular Saturday attraction. The two main teams were the Athletes and the Whangdoodles.

Grounds were manicured and lily ponds were created. Wild peacocks – a favorite of Princess Kaiulani – became a park fixture. Picnicking took place on the banks of streams that meandered through the park, and no two footbridges were built alike. The area was a playground for all the citizens of Hawaii.

The first military base in the islands was temporarily built at Kapiolani Park in 1898. Soldiers on their way to the Philippines for the Spanish-American War founded Camp McKinley at the park.

The Ala Wai Canal was built in 1928. It was the idea of future governor Lucien Pinkham. The original proposal called for it to continue through Kapiolani Park and exit at the ocean near the Natatorium.

Without the complete loop and the tidal flushing it would bring, the canal filled with silt. The Ala Wai Canal lowered Waikiki’s water table so drastically that Kapiolani Park’s pleasant waterways turned into sludge. By the late ‘30s, the park was largely abandoned to rotting vegetation, trash dumps and muddy trails. Restoration began after World War II.


 

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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23. August 2016 · Comments Off on 1837 Kalakaua Avenue #3504, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii · Categories: New Listing · Tags:

Preferred “04” Allure Waikiki corner Penthouse unit. Quintessential Diamond Head, ocean and Waikiki views from your large wrap around lanai. Floor to ceiling windows, gourmet appliances, granite counter, luxury amenities, newly contracted luxury building. Large master suite with finely appointed master bathroom; walk-in soaking tub with marble surround granite counter top with double vanity. Luxury living in Waikiki.

1837 Kalakaua Avenue #3504 Honolulu Hawaii 96815
Neighborhood: Waikiki
2 bedrooms, 2 baths

To learn more about this property, contact:

Yukiko Yang
HI License RS-69876
List Sotheby’s International Realty

 

4211 Waialae Avenue, Suite 100
Honolulu Hawaii United States 96816
21. August 2016 · Comments Off on The Springs of Waialae · Categories: Oahu History · Tags:

Kamehameha III, retouched photo by J. J. Williams (PP-97-7-011)

King Kamehameha III

Waialae was a dry and dusty part of O’ahu. Water was scarce and greatly appreciated. Legend has it that the ancient Hawai’ian ali’i reserved an artesian spring for themselves, posting guards to restrict access and keep the waters flowing.

The responsibility was a special honor that was passed down the family lineage from one generation to the next, said Carol Silva in a 2006 Downtown Planet article.
“By the reign of Kamehameha III in the 1830s and 1940s, a hard-working old couple was responsible for the spring. Word came one day that they king and a small riding party were touring Oahu and were due to pass through Waialae.

“The sun’s heat was blistering, yet all of the loyal subjects were present to greet their sovereign. Quite unexpectedly, the royal entourage halted before those gathered. The king was thirsty and had asked for a sip of water.

“Without a moment’s delay the old couple hurried to the now-hidden spring, stripped off the morning glory vines and the stone slab that concealed it and humbly presented the king with cool, refreshing water.

“Kamehameha III was very grateful, and his kind words of appreciation to the couple were the best rewards for their long and faithful service and preparedness.”

The location of the original spring is unknown, but some evidence points to the mauka part of today’s country club golf course.


 

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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18. August 2016 · Comments Off on 5614 Poola Street, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii · Categories: Hawaii Real Estate, Luxury Living, New Listing, Oahu Luxury Real Estate

Discover the unexpected secret garden revealed as you enter this sophisticated contemporary home. Set around lush tropical landscaping, every room draws you to Hawaii’s natural beauty. High ceilings, clean architectural lines and a profusion of windows create an elegant yet understated retreat. While the main house has four bedrooms and three-and-one-half baths, the separate guest house features two bedrooms and a full bath. Situated on a quiet cul-de-sac in the gated community of Kahala Kua, this home offers a world of privacy. Kahala Mall, restaurants, and shopping are conveniently near.

5614 Poola Street Honolulu Hawaii 96821
6 bedrooms, 4 baths

To learn more about this property, contact:

Jeffrey M. Fox
HI License RB-17230
List Sotheby’s International Realty

 

4211 Waialae Avenue, Suite 100
Honolulu Hawaii United States 96816
17. August 2016 · Comments Off on 59-369 Ke Nui Road, Haleiwa, Oahu, Hawaii · Categories: New Listing

Property being sold together with TMK: 1-5-09-020-035, neighboring property at 59-367 Ke Nui Road; or can be purchased separately for $10 million. Located on the idyllic North Shore of Oahu, this beachfront property features a three bedroom, two bath house overlooking one of the most famous surf breaks in the world, Pipeline. Enjoy your own front row seat and witness yearly surfing events. Abundant opportunities for water and outdoor enthusiasts include swimming, snorkeling, and surfing. The town of Haleiwa is located close by with a variety of quaint shops, art galleries, restaurants and farmers’ markets. Immerse yourself in the leisurely island lifestyle that is unique to this special part of the world.

59-369 Ke Nui Road Haleiwa Hawaii 96712
4 bedrooms, 2 baths

To learn more about this property, contact:

Renee Hampton
HI License RS-61227
List Sotheby’s International Realty

 

4211 Waialae Avenue, Suite 100
Honolulu Hawaii United States 96816
17. August 2016 · Comments Off on 67-290 Farrington Highway #5, Waialua, Oahu, Hawaii · Categories: New Listing

Spectacular location and opportunity to build a custom estate with ultimate privacy in the peaceful country town of Waialua. Oahu’s North Shore is the perfect place to escape and get away from it all. Surround yourself with mountain views, lush greenery, open spaces, and a spectacular ocean view. Build an idyllic country home where friends and family can gather. Experience a place reminiscent of the outer islands yet in a convenient location less than an hour from downtown Honolulu. Embrace a lifestyle like no other.

67-290 Farrington Highway #5 Waialua Hawaii 96791
-1 bedroom, -1 bath

To learn more about this property, contact:

Jeffrey A. Hughes
HI License RS-61227
List Sotheby’s International Realty

 

4211 Waialae Avenue, Suite 100
Honolulu Hawaii United States 96816
14. August 2016 · Comments Off on How Diamond Head Got Its Name · Categories: Oahu History · Tags:

'Diamond Hill as seen from Honolulu' by Edward Bailey, c. 1850's, copper plate engraving

The name Diamond Head is of English origin. Hawaiians called it Lēʻahi.

Lēʻahi is thought to mean the brow of the ahi, or yellow fin tuna, which the crater was said to resemble. But other possible meanings are wreath of fire, or fire point. Hawaiians were thought to maintain fires to guide canoe fleets.

Which one is it? Probably all of the above.

Westerners usually focus on one particular definition of a word. Hawaiians typically gave words multiple meanings. They admired the cleverness of those who added secondary, and even secret meanings.

The first English name given to Lēʻahi was Point Rose, by Captain Nathaniel Portlock in 1786. He was honoring a British Chancellor of the Exchequer.

British seamen thought they saw diamonds glittering in the sunlight and named it Diamond Hill, Diamond Point and then Diamond Head. “Head” referred to the headlands such craters formed, Allan Seiden in “Diamond Head: Hawaii’s Icon” explains.

The diamonds turned out to be worthless volcanic calcite crystals and are long gone. Hawaiians called them “Pele’s Tears.”


 

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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08. August 2016 · Comments Off on 95-1088 Inana Street, Mililani, Oahu, Hawaii · Categories: New Listing · Tags:

Spectacular “American Classic Three” style home located in a private cul-de-sac with long driveway with enough room to park up to 14 cars. Features central air conditioning, new interior and exterior paint, beautiful waterfall feature in the expansive yard, new carpet, spacious closet system, and much more. Potential multi-generational home with full bed and bath downstairs. Soothing, tranquil water feature and professionally landscaped yard create the perfect sanctuary to come home to after a long day of work. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity. First Open House August 7th from 2:00 pm -5:00 pm.

95-1088 Inana Street Mililani Hawaii 96789
4 bedrooms, 3 baths

To learn more about this property, contact:

Yukiko S. Takenaka
HI License RS-62305
List Sotheby’s International Realty

 

4211 Waialae Avenue, Suite 100
Honolulu Hawaii United States 96816
08. August 2016 · Comments Off on 2485 East Manoa Road, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii · Categories: New Listing · Tags:

This six bedroom three bath home is in a prime location towards the front of Manoa Valley, close to Punahou School, Mid-Pacific School, University of Hawaii, and the Noelani elementary school district. Convenient access in and out of the valley from University Avenue and Punahou Street. With your finishing touches, this home could be ideal for a large family or multi-generation living. Great investment opportunity as well.

2485 East Manoa Road Honolulu Hawaii 96822
Neighborhood: Manoa
6 bedrooms, 3 baths

To learn more about this property, contact:

Scott K. Startsman
HI License RS-62384
List Sotheby’s International Realty

 

4211 Waialae Avenue, Suite 100
Honolulu Hawaii United States 96816