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A neighborhood-first approach.

Most of us shop for homes by searching for homes, but what happens when you find the perfect home and its surroundings ain't so perfect. While there's no one-size-fits-all approach to finding a home, we recommend starting with neighborhoods.


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Live like your on vacationarrow

The feeling you get when you're on vacation feels like you're escaping "everyday" life. While many places in Hawaiʻi will make you feel this way, there are a few neighborhoods, mostly resort-zoned areas, that champion vacation living. These neighborhoods include Waikiki, Ko Olina, North Shore, Lahaina, Princeville, Poipu, Wailea and Kailua-Kona.

Hip and flourishingarrow

Urban, hip and flourishing neighborhoods are areas that attract crowds with trendy independent shops, modern eateries, and unique and artsy activities. Kaka'ako is exactly that. In fact, it's labeled as Hawaiʻi's hottest and hippest neighborhood. Other contenders include Chinatown in Honolulu and Kaimuki, which is making a comeback.

"I love surfing"arrow

No matter where you go in Hawaiʻi, you're surrounded by water, but every beach doesn't offer nice long rides and barrels. The neighborhoods closest to popular surf spots on Oʻahu include North Shore, Waikiki and Diamond Head, Kaka’ako, and Waiʻanae. On Maui - Kapalua, Haiku, & Lahaina. On Kauai - Poipu, Princeville, Hanalei, Kapa’a. On Big Island - Kailua-Kona and Hilo has what you need.

Suburban Livingarrow

Looking at population density alone, there are quite a few areas that qualify as "suburbs" in Hawaiʻi. Oftentimes, the suburbs are blended with rural areas as well. The neighborhoods that best fit this category with varying degrees of how "suburban" they feel, include Mililani, Kailua, Hawai’i Kai, Kāneʻohe, ‘Ewa Beach, Kapolei, Wailuku, Hilo, and Līhuʻe.

Prestige and Luxuryarrow

Below is a list of neighborhoods in Hawaiʻi with the highest median prices. We took into consideration how many homes are on the market and how many were sold in the last year.

Proximity matters more than ever.

Raising a family comes with a lot of stress, a lot of love, and very little time. If driving your kids to school is out of your way, it may not seem bad (at first), but after years of doing it, a 30 min. drive becomes a hassle.

With the steep increase in gas prices, we recommend planning years in advance. Shop for a neighborhood and school at the same time. Align your driving routes. Speak to an agent that lives in or knows the area.

District Exceptions.

You’ve considered private schools, but found the perfect public school for your child. The only problem is that you don’t live in that neighborhood and need a geographic exception. So what should you do?

I’ve seen this time and time again. And it really does depend on time. With a shorter timeline, families apply for a geographic exception. If denied, they often find a place to rent in the neighborhood. After that, buy.


Find your school, find your neighborhood

Schools on Oʻahuarrow

According to US News and World Report’s annual ranking report, below are Oʻahu’s top 3 public elementary schools and neighborhoods associated with them. Below that are Oʻahu’s top 3 private schools found on Niche.com.

Public Schools

  1. Momilani Elementary School - Pearl City
  2. Noelani Elementary School - Mānoa
  3. Waikiki Elementary School - Waikiki

Private Schools

  1. Punahou School - Mānoa
  2. 'Iolani School - Honolulu
  3. Le Jardin Academy - Kailua
Schools on Kauaʻiarrow

According to US News and World Report’s annual ranking report, below are Kauaʻi’s top 3 public elementary schools and neighborhoods associated with them. Below that are Kauaʻi’s top 2 private schools found on Niche.com.

Public Schools

  1. Koloa Elementary School - Kōloa
  2. Hanalei Elementary School - Hanalei
  3. King Kaumualii Elementary School - Līhuʻe

Private Schools

  1. Island School - Līhuʻe
  2. Kauai Christian Academy - Kīlauea
School on the Big Island of Hawaiʻiarrow

According to US News and World Report’s annual ranking report, below are Hawaiʻi’s top 3 public elementary schools and neighborhoods associated with them. Below that are Hawaiʻi’s top 3 private schools found on Niche.com.

Public Schools

  1. Ernest Bowen Desilva Elementary School - Hilo
  2. Keaukaha Elementary School - Hilo
  3. Waiakea Elementary School - Hilo

Private Schools

  1. Hawai'i Preparatory Academy - Kamuela
  2. Parker School - Kamuela
  3. Makua Lani Christian School - Kailua-Kona
Schools on Mauiarrow

According to US News and World Report’s annual ranking report, below are Maui’s top 3 public elementary schools and neighborhoods associated with them. Below that are Maui’s top 3 private schools found on Niche.com.

Public Schools

  1. Kamalii Elementary School - Kihei
  2. Kihei Elementary School - Kihei
  3. Makawao Elementary School - Makawao

Private Schools

  1. Seabury Hall - Makawao
  2. Maui Preparatory Academy - Lahaina
  3. St Anthony School - Wailuku

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