Trulia, the mammoth real estate search website, recently named Kakaako one of the best neighborhoods in America. The study was completed by population size and demographics of a certain area, with the Kakaako - Ala Moana neighborhood topping the "neighborhoods with the best amenities" in a small city list. The ranking metrics were based on restaurants, beauty establishments, nightlife, trails, playgrounds, pediatricians, childcare, and percentage of quiet streets per square mile. Categorizing the Kakaako - Ala Moana area as a "small city" meant that it had to have fewer than one million people.
The Kakaako - Ala Moana neighborhood also ranked second for "neighborhoods with the best amenities for families" which used similar metrics for calculation.
If you've ever visited or driven by Kolowalu Park, the park at the corner of Queen street and Waimanu street behind Koolani, at anytime during the day, it's apparent there are a lot of families that already live in the Kakaako neighborhood. Families wanting the convenience and comfort of condo living are overlooking the suburbs and willingly settling in Oahu's urban core.
So what does this all mean? I think the article shows that Kakaako isn’t just going to be great when all these developers finish what they’re doing, or when all these amazing new restaurants open up shop, or when all of the new stores, boutiques, and coffee shops open in the area. What it shows is that Kakaako is great right now, even in the midst of all this construction, road closures, sewer rehabilitation and all, Kakaako is an amazing place to call home. Kakaako truly is one of the best neighborhoods in Honolulu and beyond.
Read more about Trulia's report here and see what other cities made the list!