Situated in the valleys that extend into the Ko’olau Mountains north of Downtown Honolulu, Makiki rests against the backdrop of the scenic Tantalus area and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. An older and well-established neighborhood, Makiki consists of two distinct areas: Makiki and Makiki Heights.
The childhood home of Barack Obama, Makiki gained recognition on July 11, 1842 when Punahou School opened its doors to educate missionary children. Located near the site of the Kapunahou water spring, the school was made possible by a 200-acre land grant provided by Governor Boki. Barack Obama is an alumni of the school, as are several members of the Hawaiian royal family. Located northwest of Downtown Honolulu, Makiki stretches east to west from Punahou Street to Pensacola Street and north to south from Round Top Drive/Makiki Heights Drive to Lunalilo Freeway. While the neighborhood consists mostly of older homes, smaller apartment buildings and side streets, major roadways include Pensacola Street, Punahou Street, Nehoa Street, Pi’ikoi Street and Wilder Avenue. With the extinct tuff cone that is Punchbowl crater looming over the neighborhood, Makiki offers a combination of natural beauty and modern city amenities. The diverse and densely populated Makiki consists mostly of small to medium homes and condos built during the 1960s and 1970s. The hillside community of Makiki Heights, which is bordered by the rain forest neighborhood of Tantalus, is located in the lush green foothills above Makiki. These luxurious estate properties offer spectacular views of the city and the ocean. Makiki is home to a number of cultural attractions, including The Contemporary Museum and The Honolulu Academy of Arts, as well as recreational sites such as Manoa Falls and Pu’u Ualaka’a Park. Lyon Arboretum and Nu’uana Pali Lookout are also located nearby
Makiki properties are located in both Makiki and Makiki Heights, with Makiki featuring a mix of condos and older homes on smaller lots and Makiki Heights being a hillside community boasting luxury homes on larger lots.
Together with the neighborhoods of Manoa and Nu’uanu, the community of Makiki is part of the Manoa-Makiki area of Downtown Honolulu.
Single family homes in Makiki range in price from around $998,000 to $18 million, with the median price being $1.87 million. The median interior size is 2,881 square feet while the median land size is 10,037 square feet.
Makiki features a community center, a market place, several churches of various denominations, a library and parks. Through community partnerships among nonprofit organizations within the neighborhood, Makiki offers a variety of recreational, cultural, educational and social service events to its residents.
Population by Age Level. Median Age 44.5. Households: 15,798.
In Thousand of Dollars. (Median Income: $55,932 )
Population by Education Level
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The Makiki area is served by 8 primary and secondary schools, including Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School. The community is also home to the private, co-educational, college preparatory school of Punahou School. Also known as Oahu College, the school serves students from kindergarten through twelfth grade.
Makiki is home to a number of restaurants and shops, while area parks offer a variety of recreational opportunities. Among these are the hiking trails within valley heights, which are available for public use.
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