Aloha, A Virtual Escape to Paradise

Looking for an escape to paradise? With the Stay-At-Home restrictions still in place for many, now may not be the time to travel, but we’re here to whisk you away on a virtual escape. Explore the Hawaiian Islands with its rich culture, unique neighborhoods, and natural wonders unlike anywhere else in the world. Find your piece of paradise with us today!

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Irresistible Hawaii

List Sotheby’s International Realty represents the perfect marriage of local roots and global reach. Your home is more than just an address, it’s where you create lasting memories. As the leading luxury residential real estate brokerage on Oahu, Hawaii, we take great pride in leveraging our expertise, unparalleled resources, and global connections to perfectly unite extraordinary places with the extraordinary buyer. Whether you are thinking to move to Hawaii or already live in paradise, we are here to help. The options are endless– from the work, live, and play urban luxury lifestyle in Kaka'ako, or the relaxing, island lifestyle of Kailua with pristine white-sand beaches, we can find the perfect home for you. 

Neigbourhood of Kaka'ako

About Kaka'ako

Meaning: comes from its humble roots and has been translated to mean a place to “chop or prepare thatching,” a reference to the local salt marshes where the Hawaiian people once gathered the grass for their roofs

Kaka’ako is a city in flux, and is praised as one of the fastest evolving communities in all of Metro Oahu. With more than 20 new condominiums breaking ground in just a few years’ time, this modernized little city is unrecognizable to past residents. In the times of old Hawaii, Kaka’ako was an expansive agricultural community where many ali’i (Hawaiian royalty), including King Kamehameha I, made their homes. In the mid-19th century, the region evolved into a highly trafficked port site for international ships traveling to Hawaii. Resurgence took place once again a century later, when new zoning laws allowed for the introduction of new buildings, businesses, homes and, eventually, condominiums. Today, this urban mecca is a highly sought-after neighborhood ideal for families with young children, working professionals, and retirees alike. 

Neigbourhood of Kailua

About Kailua

Meaning: two seas, or two currents

Kailua has a prominent place in Hawaii’s history, with some of the island’s earliest settlers believed to have lived around the region’s Kawainui Marsh. These ancient Polynesians truly lived off of the land, subsisting off of crops and fish caught in east Oahu’s resplendent waters. As centuries passed, farming techniques advanced, with the region seeing a growth in sugar, rice, and taro plantations as well as the arrival of a budding cattle farm spearheaded by local businessman James Castle. Today, Kailua Town is one of Oahu’s most popular residential neighborhoods, complete with a rich variety of national retailers, mom-and-pop shops, gourmet eateries and enviable ocean and coastal views. 

Neigbourhood of Waikiki

About Waikiki

Meaning: sprouting water

Waikiki is Metro Oahu’s mecca for tourism, a vastly developed mini city catering to the wants and needs of both visitors and Hawaii residents alike. With sparkling lights, towering skyrises and urban amenities, what may surprise those who are familiar with Waikiki is that the region was actually one of Oahu’s vast swamplands beloved for its suitability to fishing and taro farming. It wasn’t until the construction of the Ala Wai Canal in 1928 and the growing need for housing following World War II that Waikiki emerged as a growing metropolis, where high rises, hotels and storefronts lent to the neighborhood’s new reputation as Oahu’s concrete jungle.

Neigbourhood of Kaneohe

Aerial view of Oahu coastline and mountains in Honolulu Hawaii from a helicopter

About Kaneohe

Meaning: bamboo man

Following a leisurely drive to the Windward side of Oahu, there’s no better sight to greet you than the friendly and charming neighborhood of Kaneohe. One of Oahu’s largest communities, Kaneohe once served as a crucial harvesting site for a variety of crops, including taro, breadfruit, sweet potatoes, rice and bananas. Fishponds throughout Kaneohe also made it easy and convenient for ancient Hawaiians to supplement their diets with fish and shellfish. The land was so lush that in fact even the great King Kamehameha made his home here for a period of time. Today, Kaneohe encompasses the larger neighborhoods of Kaaawa and Hauula, and its residents vary from large families to young couples to seniors aging in place—with everyone benefiting from its pristine ocean and mountain views, verdant landscape, and friendly atmosphere.

Neigbourhood of Nu'uanu

About Nu 'uanu

Meaning: cliff

Nestled in the heart of Honolulu and just on the edge of the Pali Highway is a verdant oasis called Nu’uanu. This suburban neighborhood is rich with history, and was once a prized locale covered by taro fields and an intricate series of irrigation channels to water the island’s beloved crop. In the summer seasons, Kamehameha III and his wife Queen Emma could also be found lounging in their Summer Palace, which still stands today. But what the suburb is most widely recognized for is its role in the pivotal 1795 Battle of Nu'uanu, which took place just days after Kamehameha’s troops arrived on Oahu to unify the Hawaiian Islands. The momentous battle occurred on the very edge of the Nu’uanu Pali Lookout, and it was here where Kamehameha I decisively conquered his foes and successfully unified the islands. This memorable account is still relayed today, making living in this historic neighborhood all the more special and unique. 

Neigborhood of Ko Olina

About Ko Olina

Meaning: place of joy

Neigbourhood of Kailua

Translated from Hawaiian as “place of joy,” Ko Olina is a luxurious paradise on Oahu’s west coast. In the days of old Hawaii, Ko Olina served as a retreat for some of Oahu’s most well-known monarchs and royal families, including King Kamehameha, Queen Kaahumanu, and Queen Liliuokalani. It wasn’t until the 1870s, when local businessman James Campbell purchased the land and built a sugar cane plantation, that a new Ko Olina began to take shape. Around a century later, Ko Olina transformed into the beautiful resort community we know today, complete with manicured grounds, luxury hotels and resorts, beautiful lagoons, and a host of big city amenities. 

Article originally appeared in List Sotheby's International Realty