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The $2BL Atlantis Ko Olina Resort is expected to add about 800 hotel rooms and more than 500 residences. Still not determined when project will break ground.
China Oceanwide Holdings has purchased the 5 remaining undeveloped ocean & beach-front lots in Ko Olina:
1) 2 parcels (23 acres) for $200M where they plan to develop 2 luxury hotels and 1 luxury condo (construction expected to start year 2017) and
2) 3 parcels (26 acres) for $280M with a vision to bring a $2BL Atlantis Resort, which would make it the most expensive resort ever developed.
Four Seasons Hotel Ko Olina opened May 2016. A 15 story 150 unit Residential Tower is expected to come at a future date with units in the $5M to $10M price range (as of summer 2017 there appears to be great uncertainty Four Seasons residential units will come on the market any time soon). About Ko Olina
Ko Olina was in the 1980's mostly lava rock and now is a thriving resort in West Oahu, which is permitted for 4,000 hotel rooms and 5,000 condos / townhomes and with the plans to connect the resort to West Kapolei, Ko Olina is poised for a very bright future.
Ko Olina real estate is off the map for most people taking their first look at real estate on Oahu
. They overlook it, attracted by better known names like Waikiki
. They're missing a part of Oahu that's not only already a gorgeous ocean side community, it also has possibly the best weather zone on the entire Island. The opening of Disney's Aulani Resort
here wasn't the start of something in Ko Olina, it was actually confirmation that it had already arrived.
Ko Olina's properties are located just west of Kapolei
, another place that's famously experiencing growth. Ko Olina is one of just two resort zoned areas on Oahu outside of Waikiki, which means life here revolves around a vacation alike lifestyle with hotels, adding a leisure element to your days. It's a place where your means of local transportation is a golf cart. That means taking life a little easier and enjoying the best of the Island – beautiful beaches, crystal blue ocean and a calm more conducive to Hawaii living than other, busier Oahu vacation spots.
It also means the homes in Ko Olina is aimed at a homebuyer who is looking to buy something more substantial and luxurious. The real estate in Ko Olina is made up of just 1 high-rise condo and the rest of the residential properties are low-rise condos (townhouse stye) and a few single-family homes.
You can get the best sense for the highend level of Ko Olina by looking at the very attractive Ko Olina homes for sale in communities, of which some are gated and all part of the overall Ko Olina resort: Kai Lani
Built in 2003, Kai Lani features oceanfront 2 and 3 bedroom townhomes with some of the best views among homes in Ko Olina, including sunsets over the ocean. Buildings are modeled on the Old Hawaii homes that once lined the beaches back in the 1920's and 30's. Walk on the manicured green grounds a few steps and find yourself on the beach. That's living. Ko Olina Kai Golf Estates
These residences in Ko Olina have huge walk in closets, large living rooms and even a powder room. Not to mention the golf course that runs by the lagoon you'll definitely be visiting on a regular basis. Professional landscapers take care of the grounds for you. Coconut Plantation
Architecture is based on the Plantation Style of Old Hawaii, giving these Ko Olina townhomes a charm that doesn't exist anywhere else on this side of Oahu. 8 different floor plans give you a variety in choice and many have golf course views. Ko Olina Fairways
The most affordable of the communities, it was also the first one built in Ko Olina, getting its name from the fairways of the 2nd & 3rd holes that it overlooks. Residences here are 2 and 3 bedroom condos and townhomes. The only place in Ko Olina with enclosed 2 car garages, which come with the 3 Bedroom units. Ko Olina Hillside Villas
All these Ko Olina homes here are 2 bedroom townhomes, but with different floor plans to choose from. The living room, dining room and kitchen are open to each other to make the spaces actively involved. That makes perfect sense in Hawaii where food is a crucial part of social life. Plus large, open lanais for enjoying a perfect evening or a pleasing breakfast. Ko Olina Beach Villas
This is the only high-rise condo in Ko Olina and might be the best complex of an already impressive list. The 2 towers are right on the ocean in Ko Olina, by the Honu Lagoon so ocean views are a given. High ceilings, kitchens designed by famed Hawaii Chef Roy Yamaguchi, large lanais. This is the good life. Incredible variety of choice with 19 floor plans total. Many amenities including a lap pool, fitness room and, the deal maker, a beachside bar. Ko Olina Real Estate Brings the Whole Package
It's more than just the solitude, safety and quiet of gated communities that make this place stand out, though, even on an Island like Oahu. As we've said before, it's a place where Mother Nature reigns, but it does so with a little help from some admirers.
In addition to three natural lagoons, you can revel in four others that are all man-made. Those artificial white sand beach lagoons may have arose through the work of crews and machinery, but that won't diminish the joys of swimming in their refreshing waters one bit.
Ko Olina is also a boating community, made very obvious by the vast marina that dominates part of the shores. The bobbing of the vessels and the slow swaying of their masts has a pleasing charm that only adds to the vista along the two miles of ocean frontage this place claims.
Concerned that you might be just a little too far out from civilization? Not to worry. Kapolei is a short drive away where you'll find at least 4 shopping centers and big box stores like Costco and Walmart. You can use all of its resources and options, from the serenity of Ko Olina. In other words, it's within easy reach whenever needed.
Ultimately Ko Olina is for those who don't want, and don't need, to be in the middle of it all. It's where you go to be in touch with the best and yet, most basic, of life. Soothing calm. Nature's unequaled beauty. A nice walk that puts everything in perspective when you need it most. A place where you can hear yourself think, when you want to.
Of course, there's the incredible resorts and green golf courses, but they don't disturb like the loud street traffic and raucous nightlife found elsewhere. That's Ko Olina. Always inviting, never intruding. Other Oahu Resort Neighborhoods Waikiki
and Turtle Bay
are the only two other resort neighborhoods on Oahu where some condos allow for short-term vacation rentals. Ko Olina History
In the days of the Ali'i on Oahu, Ko Olina was reserved as a place for the chiefs and kings to perform important religious ceremonies. It wasn't all work here, though. Not by a long shot. The district was also the ruling class' place to relax and retreat from the stresses of ruling and running things.
King Kamehameha himself spent a lot of time here after completing his conquering of the Islands. Its very name says it all, translating from Hawaiian as 'Place of Joy'. The Ali'i loved bathing in the protected waters here and reveling in scenery that was outstanding even for Hawaii. In a sense, Ko Olina was an exclusive resort from the very beginning.
The story takes a familiar turn, though, as the latter half of the 1880's found the lands owned by businessman James Campbell. His holdings included much of the Ewa Plain, which included the entirety of Ko Olina in it. For over 60 years the eye could see almost nothing but sugar cane fields for miles on this side of Oahu.
Yet, the original purpose of this place couldn't remain unfulfilled for long. During World War II the Campbells allowed the area to be used for military R & R, giving the fighting men a place to enjoy and leave the battlefield behind for a time.
Following the war, the plantation era began its slow decline over the next two decades. Those years saw much of the fields turn into housing and brand new neighborhoods to serve the quickly growing Oahu population.
Still, some of the land kept producing its sweet crop until well into the 1980's. The Campbell family also lived here on a vast estate up until that time, something they had done for 50 years. With sugar well on its way out in Hawaii, they realized that times were changing and, as if on cue, they got an offer they couldn't refuse.
A Japanese investor, in those heady days of the 80's, bought the Ko Olina lands, intending to restore it fully to its role as an upscale tropical playground. 4 lagoons were built, along with a golf course and almost all the needed infrastructure. With one hotel completed, disaster hit when the Japanese economy crashed and work came to a sudden halt.
Finally, local developer Jeff Stone purchased it all in 1998 and not only completed the project, he added even more. What truly set the success of Ko Olina in stone, if it hadn't been already, was the opening of Disney's Aulani Resort. This signaled that it was now a world-class retreat.
It is fitting that these lands have returned to their roots, to the purpose that the Ancient Hawaiians used it for hundreds of years ago. Not all of it is the same, of course. The lagoons are now man-made and golf-carts roam not only the courses, but the streets as well. One vital truth still remains at the core through all of those changes – Ko Olina real estate isn't just a good investment, it's good for the soul.