New Kapolei and Ewa Beach Developments
Drive – or take the new Honolulu rail – to the Leeward side of Oahu and you will notice a bustling community. A state-of-the-art hospital, numerous golf courses, splendid shopping, and wide roadways surround new residential developments. Planned developments are expected to bring in more than 18,000 future homes in Kapolei and Ewa Beach over the next decades.
This means moving to the ‘Ewa side of the island could offer an option to live in a newer, larger, more affordable home in communities with a lot to do and convenient transportation.
1,550 acres of land in East Kapolei, which was formerly sugarcane fields, will soon be home to 11,750 new residential homes over the next 20 to 30 years. The plan includes parks, playgrounds, restaurants, shops, five public schools, farms, gardens, and more to create a cozy, walkable community. The Honolulu rail will enable an easy commute to Honolulu with three planned rail stops in the Ho‘opili community: East Kapolei, UH West Oahu, and Ho‘opili. Ho‘opili, which means “to come together”, will eventually be its own city and zip code.
Now Selling: Kohina is the first of two condo/townhome phases in Ho‘opili. Affordable and market-priced housing options in this “Gateway to Ho‘opili” offer close proximity to UH West Oahu and the Ho‘opili Rail Station. With 7 different building types ranging from one- to three- bedrooms, lofts to FLEX homes, Kohina offers many Hawaii housing options. The first lottery was released in January 2020 with prices between $405,000 to $525,000 and a move-in date of July 2020.
Now Selling: Ilima is the second of two condo/townhome phases in the Ho‘opili development project. With fenced yard spaces, these split-level townhomes are ideal for furry friend owners with outdoor entertainment aspirations. The living areas range from 935 to 1400 square feet with one car garage options. The Ilima at Ho‘opili townhomes were first released for sale via lottery in February 2019.
Now Selling: A‘ulu features duplexes and single-family homes with accessory dwelling unit (ADU) options and two-car garages. The open concept floor plans, slab on grade construction, and smart home features make these more expensive homes in Ho‘opili more spacious and sturdier. Sales for these homes began in January 2020.
Now Selling: Olena features multi-generation homes with contemporary rooflines and modern exteriors. Floor plans range from 1750 to 2130 square feet with two-car garage and in-law suite options. These spacious, striking homes offer a different look than previous Ho‘opili homes. Lottery application and sales began in February 2020.
Now Selling: Ho‘oulu these smaller 2- and 3- bedroom single-family homes with carports are being offered at a starting price of $500,000 – far below historical prices for new homes in Kapolei and Ewa. 900 to 1150 square feet showcase some smart home features as well as yard spaces and no maintenance fees. The post and pier foundation and open carport are reminiscent of the vintage Hawaiian plantation home charm. The last round of lottery sales was released in January 2020.
Resale: I‘liahi has duplex and single-family homes with 7 different floor plans, stainless steel appliances, and two-car garages. Some models include permitted ADUs. The final release of new homes at Iliahi was made in April 2019, and this phase is now sold out.
Resale: Haakea has single-family homes ranging from 1200 to 1800 square feet with six different floor plans on 3500 to 4200 square foot lots. Features include landscaped gardens, gas water heaters, split air conditioning, and access to the Kroc Center for fitness. These homes sold out quickly in August of 2017.
Resale: Haloa features market-prices and affordable townhomes, flats, and flex homes. Flex homes offer the use of downstairs for a home office, ‘ohana housing, or extra space. These homes also sold out by Fall 2017.
Resale: Akoko offers affordable and market-priced townhomes and condos with two- and three-bedroom options. Floor plans range from single levels or split-levels with anywhere from 750 to 1500 square feet. Garage and upgrades were offered in some units. These homes were constructed in 2018.
Resale: Lehua is a neighborhood of single-family homes with three to four-bedroom options. They feature spacious floor plans with stainless steel appliances and many upgradable options are similar to the current A‘ulu phase of the Ho‘opili development. Many of these desirable homes have gone for resale lately, with most being on the market for less than 10 days.
Neighborhood: Ewa Beach / East Kapolei
Developer: D.R. Horton
Residences: single-family homes, townhomes, and condos
Pricing: 70% market-priced properties and 30% properties for low to moderate-income
Amenities: 7 recreation centers, green spaces, playgrounds, sidewalks, community gardens, 5 new public schools, grocery stores, restaurants, and entertainment
In February 2020, ground was broken to construct a 318-unit project in Kapolei. Located near the entrance of the Ho‘opili master-planned community, the Element is conveniently located near the Honolulu rail stations and UH West Oahu. The units will have 9-foot ceilings, granite countertops, central air condition, and natural materials to evoke the four elements. The Element promises to be comfortable, sleek, and modern in this new family-oriented community in Kapolei. Leasing applications are expected to be available in the summer of 2020.
Address: Kualakai Parkway and H-1 freeway
Developer: Alakai Development
Residences: 318 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments
Pricing: 80% market-priced and 20% priced for families making 80% area median income
Amenities: clubhouse lounge, solar panels, package locker system, resort-style pool
On 1856 acres in the Wai‘anae foothills of Kapolei, a 4100-unit residential community is planned. With low and medium density residential apartments, single-family homes, mixed-use areas, and educational facilities as well as a retail Town Center, Makaiwa Hills will create a new community in Kapolei. Natural features are expected to be preserved, keeping the existing beauty. This project was first envisioned in the 1970s.
Developer: James Campbell Company LLC
Residences: 4100 units
Amenities: parks, green spaces, cultural areas, elementary and middle school