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New Construction Condos in Honolulu (Updated 2023)

If you're just starting to explore the Honolulu condo scene you'll soon realize there is a plethora of options to choose from. Within minutes of Oahu's South Shore you'll find everything from ultra-luxury high-rises featuring every amenity under the sun to smaller affordable housing projects dedicated to locals currently living in the state. We're seeing a lot more people that want to be living in Oahu's urban core, to escape traffic, but also to enjoy the walkability and proximity to everything that Honolulu has to offer. 

Below are a mix of condo projects that are either launching sales very soon or have started sales recently. Prices and availability will vary. All of these projects are roughly two to five years out from completion. 

What's the timeline from start of sales to completion for a new project?

Take a look at our guide to buying a new construction condo for a detailed look at the steps from start to finish. If this is the first time you're looking to purchase a project that hasn't been completed yet, it's a great guide to set your expectations for what's to come. 

To get a general understand of the timeline of sales to start of construction for these projects, each developer has to hit a certain threshold of units sold in order to start construction. Typically that magic number is 70% of the building sold. Projects that feature a lot of affordable housing will hit that 70% mark a lot quicker, with luxury projects it could take almost a year. 

Projects Launching in 2023

With new project launches, we can't be certain a project will go to sale until the proejct is officially announced by the developer. We can however, get an idea if a particular project is launching soon because marketing material will slowly disseminate into the brokerage community. Here are the projects that I've been staying on top of and that I think we'll see in 2023, Kahuina, Alia, and Kuilei Place. 

IMPORTANT FOR SERIOUS BUYERS: If you're stronly considering a purchase in a new construction condo project, and you're not already working with a realtor, please reach out to me or another experienced agent as early as possible (if you'd like representation, which I would 100% reccomend). Projects like Kalae & Victoria Place and this will likely be the case with Alia, are pre-sold to "friends and family" before they are released to the public. It's very difficult to get in during this phase if you don't know someone on the inside or if you are not working with a trusted broker that has worked with that developer in the past.  For example, at Kalae, they pre-sold 50% of the building before announcing to the public that they were starting sales. They had way more buyers than they had units to sell, especially for the prime Diamond Head view units. If they only have 15 units to sell in a specific stack and they have 40 interested parties, the developer will always go with the trusted broker partners and their clients because they know that we vet our clients well and we advocate for them to get these "special" units.

Kahuina Kakaako

Kahuina is a project coming to the west side of Kakaako with close walking proximity to SALT. The developer behind Kahuina is Standford Carr who has a long history of building here in Hawaii. He has recently completed Keauhou Place also in Kakaako and a large masterplan in Hawaii Kai called The Peninsula. Kahuina will target the middle of the market with reasonably priced units along with a large offering of affordable housing units. If you're looking to purchase in the Kakaako neighborhood under the affordable housing program, Kahuina will be one to watch.

Alia

Alia is officially on the market! The building orientation takes full advantage of the beautiful ocean and Diamond Head views. Alia will be developed by The Kobyashi Group who is one of the most successful developers in the state having recently completed Park Lane Ala Moana, One Ala Moana, and Hokua, just to name a few. Alia will target the high luxury end of the market with larger units, luxury finishes and curated amenities. If you're looking to purchase into a luxury project definitely reach out to me as soon as possible to discuss floor plans, pricing, and whether or not Alia is the right fit for you. 

Kuilei Place

Kuilei Place is a really interesting project not because of the concept, which I think is really cool, but because of it's location, outside of the Ala Moana and Kakaako area. Coming up adjacent to Kapiolani Blvd. in the Moiliili neighborhood, Kuilei Place is also being developed by The Kobayashi Group and will feature 60% of the total units as affordable housing units under the HHFDC program. Because of the location, the east facing side of the building will enjoy beautiful unobstructed Diamond Head views over the Ala Wai Golf Course.

Get on our list, here.

Sky Ala Moana

Sky Ala Moana is a new project in the Midtown Ala Moana Neighborhood a very short walk from the future Ala Moana Rail Station. Sky will feature two towers with one entirely residential and the other a condo-hotel. Click here to learn more about this exciting project. Sales are starting in the Spring of 2019. 

Status: Sales are underway for the market units. Affordable Housing sales is TBD. Condo-hotel units are not available. 

Pros: This project like the rest of the projects on the list is in the heart of Honolulu and the walkability in this area is great. If you're the type that loves to entertain there will be a lot of amenities to choose from. 

Our Thoughts:  The density in this part of the neighborhood will certainly affect views. There is an adjacent building on all sides of this project except the mountain facing side of the building. I would not consider this project a "view" building but I do love the location so close to the future rail station and Ala Moana Shopping Center. 

Completion Date: 2022/2023

Prices: $$550,000 - $1,000,000+

Availability: 1 bedroom | 2 bedroom

Affordable Housing: Yes, sales starting soon!

Ililani in Kakaako

Ililani is a new mixed-use condo project featuring 328 total units. 165 of those units will be reserved for affordable housing buyers and 163 for market rate buyers. This project will be located within short walking distance to Keauhou Lane and the future Civic Rail Station. 

Pros: A lot of affordable housing units to choose from in a great neighborhood. Walking distance to Keauhou Lane where there are a lot of great restaurants and bars along with Down to Earth grocery store. The market units should be reasonably priced as well. Lower maintenance fees are expected.  

Our Thoughts: The lack of amenities can be a good or bad thing depending on your feelings towards amenities. I would not describe Ililani as a "view" building as the location would suggest that views could be blocked by future development. The location is really great just across the street from the future Civic Rail Station and Keauhou Lane. 

Completion Date: 2022

Prices: TBD

Availability: 1 bedroom | 2 bedroom

Affordable Housing: Yes, sales starting soon!

'A'ali'i at Ward Village

'A'ali'i started market unit sales at the end of 2017 with a strong push into Spring of 2018. They have currently sold 80% of the building with reserved housing sales completely sold out. Three full model units were recently opened with a studio, one- and two-bedroom floor plans available to see.

Pros: This project initially offered units with pricing never before seen in Ward Village. The location is great, adjacent to Whole Foods Market and Victoria Ward Park. 'A'ali'i features a ton of amenities including a PH level fitness center and recreation rooms.  

Our Thoughts: 'A'ali'i has 751 which makes it one of the most dense condos in Honolulu. The floor plans are on the smaller side but if you're just looking for a cozy place to call home in the heart of Honolulu 'A'ali'i could be a great option for you. 

Completion Date: 2021

Prices: $650,000 - $1,400,000

Availability: Project is 80% sold out. Studio, one- and two-bedroom units available. 

Affordable Housing: No, sorry all sold out!

Ko'ula at Ward Village

Ko'ula Howard Hughes' 6th tower in Ward Village. Sales for this new luxury project are ongoing with a healthy supply of inventory available. Ko'ula will be the first project built adjacent to Victoria Ward Park providing amazing park and city views for lower floor residences. 

For more information regarding Ko'ula click here. 

Pros: World renowned Architect and Designers behind Ko'ula. Jeanie Gang from Chicago, recently voted into TIME Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in world, is the architect and Yabu Pushelberg is the designer who has done many Four Seasons Hotels around the world. 

Our Thoughts: Ko'ula is a luxury project and if it's anything like Anaha, Howard Hughes' last 2nd row luxury project, buyers will love it. Maintenance fees are $1.11 per square foot which is really great for a project with this many amenities. 

Completion Date: 2022

Prices: $800,000 - $2,400,000

Availability: The project is roughly 60% sold out. Something in every floor plan is available ranging from various floor heights. 

Affordable Housing: No, reserved housing was NOT available in this building. 

Azure Ala Moana

Azure Ala Moana will be built on the corner of Keaumoku street and Makaloa street in the Midtown Ala Moana neighborhood. The project will consist of affordable rentals and market units. 330 total units in the building.

Pros: The project is located just around the corner from The Central Ala Moana and Sky Ala Moana in a slightly less dense area which makes this building a better building in terms of city views. Located very close to the future Ala Moana Rail Station and Ala Moana Shopping Center. 

Our Thoughts: If you're looking in the Midtown Ala Moana neighborhood this is my pick. Floor plans are spacious and well thought out. 

Completion Date: 2022

Prices: $700,000 to $2,200,000

Availability: The project is over 70% sold out with one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans to choose from. 

Affordable Housing: No, the developer will have affordable rentals instead. 

Looking for Affordable Housing or Reserved Housing?

If you're in the market for an affordable housing or reserved market unit then you're in luck! There are two projects coming up that will have affordable housing units available. Ililani and Sky Ala Moana will have a fairly large offering of affordable housing units. Not sure if you qualify for affordable housing? Take a look at our Guide to Affordable Housing. 

Projects Completed in 2018

Ae'o opened it's doors to new owners at the end of 2018. The project completely sold out from the developer with resales currently available. 'A'ali'i is a similar project located adjacent to Ae'o that currently has inventory available and started construction at the end of 2018.

To learn more about Ae'o and view the current resale listings click here.

Kapiolani Residence Sam Koo's first project in Hawaii was a huge success. The building sold out in just a few months. Pricing was very reasonable and Buyers responded well. The project had fairly large floor plans with few amenities to keep the maintenance fees low. The Central at Ala Moana is Sam Koo's second tower here in Honolulu and sales started at the end of 2018 with a mix of market and affordable housing units. The market units sold out very quickly with a handful of affordable housing studio units available. 

Click here for resales at Kapiolani Residence.

Luxury Condo Projects 

There are a few really great luxury condo projects on the market right now that were built in the last two or three years. These projects all feature some of the best views in the city combined with top of the line amenities and world-class service. The price point in almost every one of these buildings range from $1M and quickly climb up from there. Take a look at some of the buildings we recommend below. 

Park Lane

Park Lane Ala Moana is one of the most unique projects on this list. Instead of shooting skyward like a regular condo tower, the developer at Park Lane had to work with a relatively low building envelope. So they took a regular condo tower and turned it on its side creating a beautiful low-rise project with amenities that are spread out throughout the grounds. 

Park Lane features one-, two- and three-bedroom residences with some penthouse units featuring four-bedrooms. Sizes range from 842 sf for the one-bed units to more than 4,000 sf for some penthouse units. In 2018 the two Grand Penthouse units at Park Lane sold for $22M and $23.5M, both to Japanese buyers. 

Status: The project is almost sold out with resales available. 

Pros: The amenities and service at Park Lane are some of the most luxurious in Honolulu. Want to do a beach day with family or friends? The staff at Park Lane will setup beach chairs and umbrellas for you and your family so all you need to do is show up in your swimsuit, now that is service!

Our Thoughts:  Park Lane is the essence of Island luxury living. 

Completion Date: Completed in 2017 

Prices: $1,800,000 - $23,000,000

Availability: 1 Bedroom | 2 Bedroom | 3 Bedroom | 4 Bedroom 

Waiea

Waiea is the pinnacle of luxury in the Kakaako area with unobstructed oceanfront views. This project feels more like a resort than a condo with very few residents occupying their unit full-time. Expect very high-end finishes and appliances. 

Pros: You'll often find yourself along on the amenity deck or fitness room as not many residents live in the building full-time. If you're looking for privacy in paradise Waiea will be perfect for you. 

Our Thoughts: The finishes in the project are the highest level and the staff is amazing. You're located directly above Nobu Restaurant and Bar so world-class dining is literally steps away. Whole Foods Market is a block away or a two to three minute walk. 

Completion Date: 2016

Prices: $2,000,000 - $32,000,000

Availability: 1 Bedroom | 2 Bedroom | 3 Bedroom | 4 Bedroom 

Anaha is Howard Hughes' 2nd condo tower in Ward Village and is one of my favorite projects to show in Kakaako. The lobby features a large living wall that really brings the space to life. The amenity deck is one of the largest in Kakaako and features a beach volleyball court, a tennis court, kid's play area, a putting green and so much more. If you're looking in Kakaako and want luxury you should strongly consider Anaha. 

Pros: A lot of amenities available, some of the best in Kakaako. The staff is really friendly and always willing to do what it takes so you feel at home. Floor plans are all relatively large, views are great, across the street from Whole Foods Market.  

Our Thoughts: If we had a "Staff Favorite" building in Honolulu this would be it. This project has great amenities, large floor plans, and warm finishes. The large living wall in the lobby makes it one of my favorite buildings to show clients in. 

Completion Date: Completed in 2017

Prices: $800,000 - $18,000,000

Availability: Studio | 1 Bedroom | 2 Bedroom | 3 Bedroom | 4 Bedroom

Ko'ula

Ko'ula Howard Hughes' 6th tower in Ward Village. Sales for this new luxury project are ongoing with a healthy supply of inventory available. Ko'ula will be the first project built adjacent to Victoria Ward Park providing amazing park and city views for lower floor residences. 

For more information regarding Ko'ula click here. 

Pros: World renowned Architect and Designers behind Ko'ula. Jeanie Gang from Chicago, recently voted into TIME Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in world, is the architect and Yabu Pushelberg is the designer who has done many Four Seasons Hotels around the world. 

Our Thoughts: Ko'ula is a luxury project and if it's anything like Anaha, Howard Hughes' last 2nd row luxury project, buyers will love it. Maintenance fees are $1.11 per square foot which is really great for a project with this many amenities. 

Completion Date: 2022

Prices: $800,000 - $2,400,000

Availability: The project is roughly 65% sold out. Something in every floor plan is available ranging from various floor heights. 

Need Help Navigating all of these New Condos?

Let our team here at Kakaako.com help you determine which is the perfect project for you. Whether it's a luxury condo or an affordable housing condo, our experts have got you covered. We've represented buyers in almost every single new condo project in the last five years and have conducted hundreds of private showings. Tell us what you you're looking for and we'll show you the perfect condo.

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