My Favorite Ocean Front Communities on East Oahu: Waimanalo
Waimanalo is a small, mixed residential community located on the coast of Oahu and near the Windward side of the island. Situated between Waimanalo Bay and the Ko’olau Mountain Range, the scenery and views here can be gorgeous. The beaches here with turquoise waters and white sand are some of the best to be found anywhere in Hawaii.
More remotely located than most other parts of east oahu, Waimanalo has a rural feel and perhaps more traditional Hawaiian culture. There are more Native Hawaiians living here than in just about any other part of the island. It is also the location for one of the largest Hawaiian Homestead land bases on Oahu, providing over 1,906 acres to the people.
Waimanalo is only four miles or so from Kailua Town and Hawaii Kai is only another 20 minutes further. Kaneohe is nearby as well. Local business include farms and plant nurseries raising orchids, ornamental plants and even organic produce. Horse stables are nearby as well as a few small shopping areas and even a golf course. You’ll also find many roadside fruit stands, “grind” trucks offering all sorts of tasty food and small stores and shops.
Waimanalo is technically its own “town,” separate from Kailua, although in our Oahu MLS it appears as part of the Kailua region. There are both expensive beachfront homes here, as well as some more affordable homes. Home prices, quality and size range all over the board in Waimanalo, although you’ll find affordable homes in the inland areas in addition to ocean front estates that are priced much, much higher. Many homes in this area have either magnficent mountain views of the Ko’olau Mountains or spectacular ocean views, or both. Most of the homes in the area are an easy walk to the beach as well.