Retirement Communities On Oahu

Posted Mar 1, 2012 at 12:53pm

This article is the second in a series on retirement hot-spots in Hawaii. In my last article, I talked about retirement communities within the city of Honolulu. This article will focus on the rest of the island of Oahu, outside of Honolulu. After all, there’s a whole lot more to the island than just “town”!

If you’re looking for subsidized, low-income senior housing, read this section on affordable housing for seniors from my previous article, Senior Benefits & Programs In Hawaii. Whereas those subsidized housing programs require that your income (and sometimes assets) not exceed a certain amount, the housing communities covered in this series of articles have no such eligiblity requirements.

NOTE: All purchase prices listed are fee-simple, unless otherwise stated.

Makaha

Ocean waves with a sandy beach and high-rise condo building in the background.

Prices for condos in the beachfront Makaha Beach Cabanas complex start in the $100,000s + a monthly maintenance fee in the $300s.

  • Location: Northernmost town on the Waianae Coast, on the leeward side of Oahu. See map.
  • What it has to offer: Affordable beachfront living (yes, you read that correctly), some of the best swimming/surfing beaches on the island, Makaha Valley Country Club, Makaha Resort & Spa (currently closed for renovation), and the company of other retired residents.
  • Condos/townhomes: Starting in the $60,000s + monthly maintenance fee in the $400s. See listings.
  • Single family homes: Starting in the $100,000s. See listings. If you have considerably more money to spend, Mauna Olu Estates is a luxury gated community.

Ko Olina

White plantation-style townhomes surrounded by green lawn and palm trees.

The Coconut Plantation, one of several gated residential communities within Ko Olina Resort.

Kapolei

Brand-new kitchen with granite countertops and white cupboards and appliances.

Ilima at Leihano, a new senior residence community opening in Kapolei in late 2013, will have condos with full kitchens on a resort-style campus.

  • Location: On the leeward side of Oahu. See map.
  • What it has to offer: Master-planned “Second City” in-the-making, lots of new construction, Kapolei Golf Course, news shops and restaurants, multi-plex movie theater, big-box stores, University of Hawaii’s West Oahu campus (opening August 2012).
  • Senior residence: Ilima at Leihano (opening late 2013) – Age 55 and older. Condos starting in the high $300,000s + monthly maintenance fee starting around $2,500, which includes: Flexible meal plan, housekeeping, basic cable, utilities, Internet access, an emergency response system, scheduled transportation, wellness & lifestyle programs, social & cultural enrichment events, and customized care. Amenities include: 20,000-square-foot clubhouse with a restaurant, treatment spa, beauty salon, library, arts & crafts room, game room, business center, outdoor pool, spa, barbecue area, private parks, dog park/run, garden areas, and a walking/fitness trail.
  • Condos/townhomes: Starting in the $200,000s + monthly maintenance fee in the $300s. See listings.
  • Single family homes: Starting in the $300,000s. See listings.
  • New home developments:
    • Kealakai at Kapolei – Starting in the $200,000s + monthly maintenance fee. 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom townhomes. Low-rise (2 stories high).
    • Pulewa at Mehana – Starting in the $300,000s + monthly maintenance fee. 2- and 3-bedroom townhomes. Low-rise (2 stories high).
    • La Hiki at Mehana – Starting in the $400,000s + monthly maintenance fee. 3- and 4-bedroom single family homes. Low-rise (1-2 stories high).
    • Kahiwelo at Makakilo – Starting in the $500,000s + monthly maintenance fee. 3-, 4-, and 5-bedroom single family homes. Low-rise (1-2 stories high).

Ewa Beach

Two golfers on a course with sand traps and a pond, with homes lining the course in the background.

The new Ka Makana at Hoakelei home development is part of a master-planned resort community being built around the new Hoakalei Country Club in Ewa Beach.

Waipahu & Pearl City

Flagstone patio with outdoor furniture looks out onto golf course.

The Fairway Village complex within the Waikele master-planned community in Waipahu includes golf course-frontage townhomes priced in the $400,000s + a monthly maintenance fee in the $500s.

Mililani

Community garden

Olaloa, a gated condo community in Mililani for residents age 55 and older, has its own community garden.

  • Location: Central Oahu. See map.
  • What it has to offer: Master-planned community, some new home construction, Mililani Golf Club, Town Center of Mililani (shops, restaurants, multi-plex movie theater), neighborhood parks and recreation centers, top-rated public schools.
  • Senior residences:
    • The Plaza at Mililani – Offers independent living and assisted living with limited nursing care (including memory care). Operates on a month-to-month lease + one-time nonrefundable “community fee” of $3,500. Monthly rent includes apartment housing, 3 meals/day, utilities, weekly housekeeping and linen service, laundry service, fitness and recreation programs, routine transportation, and access to 24-hour nursing staff. Onsite amenities include a coffee bistro, recreation room, and hair salon.
    • Olaloa Retirement Community in Mililani-Mauka – Age 55 and older. Independent living only. Gated community of low-rise condominums (2 stories w/elevators) starting in the $100,000s + monthly maintenance fee in the $200s. Amenities include: After-hours security, 24-hour emergency call system, exercise room, pool, library, community garden, monthly planned activities, shuttle service, recreational facilities, walking path, and community laundry plus washer/dryer hookups. Pet-friendly!
  • Condos/townhomes: Starting in the $100,000s + monthly maintenance fee in the $300s. See listings. Complexes adjacent to golf course: Fairway Village and Mililani Pinnacle.
  • Single family homes: Starting in the $400,000s. See listings.
  • New home developments: Sixty Parkside – Starting in the $300,000s + monthly maintenance fee. Gated community of 48 condos. Buildings are 3 stories high with elevators. Each condo unit has 3 bedrooms and is 1200 square feet.

Waimanalo

Secluded white-sand, aqua-water beach.

Prices for single family homes in the Waimanalo Beach Lot subdivision start in the $500,000s and are just 1 block away from one of the most beautiful beaches in the U.S.

  • Location: The southernmost town on Oahu’s windward coast. See map.
  • What it has to offer: Beachfront homes/homesites, farmland, small-town community, country living, Olomana Golf Links, two of the most beautiful stretches of beach on the island (Waimanalo Beach and Bellows Field Beach), gorgeous backdrop of the green Ko’olau mountains, lots of plant nurseries, horse stables, Circle C Equestrian Center, Honolulu Polo Club, ‘Nalo Farms.
  • Condos/townhomes: Starting in the $300,000s + monthly maintenance fee in the $300s. See listings.
  • Single family homes: Starting in the $400,000s. See listings.

Kailua

Aerial shot of home-dotted bluff rimmed with evergreen trees overlooking the deep-blue coast.

Bluestone, Kailua's only gated community, is located on more than 50 acres of land between Lanikai Beach and Mid-Pacific Country Club.

  • Location: North of Waimanalo, on Oahu’s windward coast . See map.
  • What it has to offer: Relaxed beach-town lifestyle, family-friendly Kailua Beach Park, gorgeous Lanikai Beach, developing town center (Whole Foods Market and Target opening soon), Castle Medical Center, locally owned eateries and shops, canoe-paddling clubs for all ages, Mid-Pacific Country Club (private), Royal Hawaiian Golf Club.
  • Condos/townhomes: Starting in the $200,000s + monthly maintenance fee in the $200s. See listings. Golf-course frontage complex: Bluestone, the only gated community in Kailua.
  • Single family homes: Starting in the $500,000s. See listings.
  • New home developments: Ka Malanai – Opening in 2014. Starting in the $400,000s + monthly maintenance fee. 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom condos. Mid-rise (4 stories high).

Kaneohe

Walking path winds through monkeypod trees, with the Ko'olau mountain range in the background.

The grounds of the Pohai Nani senior residence in Kaneohe has walking paths with magnificent views of the Ko'olau mountain range.

  • Location: North of Kailua, on Oahu’s windward coast. See map.
  • What it has to offer: Picturesque surroundings (Kaneohe Bay and the Ko’olau mountains), waterfront homes, several golf courses (Bay View Golf Park, Ko’olau Golf Club, Pali Golf Course), Windward Mall (including multi-plex movie theater), Kualoa Ranch, Kaneohe Yacht Club, He’eia Kea Small Boat Harbor, Kaneohe Sandbar, Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden, Byodo-In Temple, Windward Community College.
  • Senior residence: Pohai Nani – Offers the full continuum of care (independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care). Apartment and duplex residences on a 16-acre campus at the foot of the Ko’olau mountains, overlooking Kaneohe Bay. Amenities include: Pool/jacuzzi, fitness room, fitness/wellness classes, chaplain services, special events, organized outings, computer room w/Internet access, library, craft room, entertainment room, gardens and walking paths, pre-scheduled shuttle transportation, laundry facilities, beauty/barber shop, personal driving service, meal tray service, and guest rooms/meals.
  • Condos/townhomes: Starting in the $100,000s + monthly maintenance fee in the $200s. See listings. Gated residential yachting community: Makani Kai Marina.
  • Single family homes: Starting in the $400,000s. See listings. Golf course homes can be found in the Bayview Golf Course neighborhood.
  • New home developments: Bay View Estates – Starting in the $900,000s + no monthly maintenance fee. 3- and 4-bedroom single family homes (1-2 stories high) overlooking Kaneohe Bay.

Ka’a'awa & Punalu’u

This 1-bedroom oceanfront cottage in nearby Hau'ula sold last December for $365,000!

  • Location: About halfway between Kaneohe and the North Shore on Oahu’s windward coast. See map.
  • What it has to offer: Small-town country living, affordable oceanfront (or nearly oceanfront) homes, uncrowded beaches, state park land and forest reserve all around you.
  • Senior residence: Oceanside Hawaii – Offers the full continuum of care (independent living, assisted living, and skilled nursing care). Starting at $1,850/month, which includes: Studio apartment housing, meals and snacks, weekly housekeeping and linen service, scheduled transportation, recreation activities and excursions, and 24-hour access to care staff as needed.
  • Condos/townhomes: Starting in the $100,000s + monthly maintenance fee in the $400s. See listings.
  • Single family homes: Starting in the $300,000s. See listings.

Kahuku

Aerial view of residential resort with golf course, pools, and tennis court with ocean and hotel in background.

Starting in the $300,000s + a monthly maintenance fee in the $500s, condos in Kuilima Estates are within easy walking distance of golf courses, the beach, and Turtle Bay Resort. The gated complex also includes several pools and tennis courts.

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