My Favorite Honolulu Neighborhoods: Portlock, in the Hawaii Kai Region
Without question Portlock is one of the most affluent neighborhoods found on Oahu. Located on a peninsula overlooking the ocean on the southwestern slopes of Koko head, Portlock offers some absolutely spectacular ocean, cliff and mountain views. As you drive to Hanauma Bay, this neighborhood would be located on your right, with beach front estates, ocean view mansions and more luxury homes on the slopes. The location is convenient to all that Hawaii Kai has to offer and is just minutes from Hawaii Kai Town Center, the Koko Marina Shopping Center and more.
Portlock is perhaps one of the most prestigious areas of Hawaii Kai, and with no future plans to develop any higher up on the slopes of Koko Head, the exclusiveness of this area is retained. In fact, Henry Kaiser himself, who developed and built Hawaii Kai, built his own huge estate there, overlooking Maunalua Bay and Diamond Head. Homes in this neighborhood were built on large lots, mostly 12,000 to 15,000 square feet in size where homes average roughly $4 million in price.
Portlock Road runs parallel to the beautiful blue waters of Maunalua Bay. Homes on the water side enjoy gorgeous views of the Bay and Diamond Head and many have white, sandy beaches. There is a decent surf break not far just offshore, and also a small public beach that is primarily used by local residents. With this neighborhood located just off Kalanianaole Highway, it’s an easy drive to the freeway (H1) and downtown Honolulu. Heading east, residents can enjoy Hanamua Bay, the Makapuu Lighthouse and even drive a short distance to the windward side of the island. Residents of Portlock can easily enjoy all that suburban Hawaii Kai has to offer, but yet be just fifteen minutes from busy Metropolitan Honolulu and Waikiki.