This military-friendly community has a tight housing market. Therefore, the current home inventory, as of this writing is in short supply. However, new construction dominates Makakilo Lower which slowly is making up for lack of single residential homes (SRHs).

A Foothills Community

In Hawaiian, Makakilo means “observing eyes.” Indeed, you do feel you are watched over, as this census designated place (CDP) sits at the foothills of the Waianae Mountain range, just above next-door neighbor Kapolei. Located on the more rainy and green side of Oahu, Makakilo is 30 minutes away from Honolulu, past the Ewa community.

Makakilo Upper and Makakilo Lower

When you live in Makakilo, you are rewarded with panoramic hillside views and pleasant temperatures throughout much of the year, as this Honolulu suburb reaches as high as 1,000 feet at its peak. Steeped in ancient history, Puu Makakilo or Mount Makakilo was once a gathering place for astronomers. Presently, Makakilo is a peaceful enclave that is comprised of Makakilo Upper with its newer homes, and Makakilo Lower, made up of customized older houses.

Cool breezes at night are enjoyed by Makakilo Upper residents, who live at higher elevations, while many residents in Makakilo Lower have bigger yards. Locals in Makakilo Lower, also do not have to pay costly maintenance fees, like some Hawaiian homeowners, as they are not part of a master planned community.

Because Kapolei sits next door, Makakilo locals are just minutes away from Kaopolei’s major restaurants, retailers, and attractions – an added perk of being situated in this location. Many of the residents admit that this is a hard place to leave, given its friendly atmosphere, temperate climate, and beautiful views. Other than going to work or running errands, many residents prefer to stay at home. In fact, some refer to Makakilo as the best place to enjoy a “staycation.”

Median Home Listing Price

The median list price for homes in Makakilo is $695,000, with an average time on the market of 175 days. Therefore, once you list your real estate in Makakilo, you really do not have too wait to long for it to sell. Military families migrate here, so you have an immediate interest from this sector.

The Wet ‘N’ Wild Waterpark

One of the most popular area family attractions is the Wet ‘N’ Wild Hawaii waterpark, spanning over 29 acres of a lush and tropical green landscape. This waterpark is the ideal place to take the family, as it features 25 rides for thrill-seekers. The park receives a lot of positive reviews from locals, so, even if you are visiting, it is well worth seeing.

One of the popular area restaurants is the Plantation Tavern. The restaurant’s menu features local cuisine and the freshest ingredients, prepared by automatons. Located next to the Safeway grocery at 590 Farrington Highway, the tavern currently offers takeout. People love the poke nachos. You might also stop by the Safeway deli to check out local cuisine.

Do You Like to Snorkel?

Many people on this part of the island enjoy snorkeling. If you are an underwater adventurer, you won’t be disappointed by the offerings. Local cruise and tour packages are featured that allow you to plan events for visiting friends and family.

The Kahe Point Beach Park

Another place to go snorkeling or just spend the day walking is the Kahe Point Beach Park. You can frequently spot dolphins when swimming or snorkeling offshore. If you love to view marine life up-close, you will want to add this park to your list of leisure attractions.

Based on information from the Multiple Listing Service of Hicentral MLS, Ltd. Listings last updated on Jan 29, 2023 5:14:pm. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Copyright: 2023 by HiCentral MLS, Ltd.

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