Neighborhood Spotlight: Makakilo

In Hawaiian, Makakilo means “observing eye”. It is a reference to a time in ancient days when the area was used for training priests who would look to the skies for messages from the gods. Today, Makakilo is a thriving community with a wonderfully relaxed feel and unbelievable views, making it one of Oahu’s most family-friendly and exceptional communities.

Makakilo at a glance

Located on the west side of Oahu approximately 30 minutes from Honolulu, Makakilo is a growing community directly above Kapolei. Since it is right next door to Oahu’s “Second City” of Kapolei, there are many amenities to enjoy including top-of-the-line restaurants, major retailers, and plenty of attractions. The neighborhood reaches 1,000 feet in elevation, making it one of the coolest areas on the Leeward Side of Oahu and one of the best places to catch a Hawaiian sunset. As of 2020, the community has a population of just under 20,000 and is a popular choice for families, particularly those in the military. 

Makakilo real estate and neighborhoods

Most of the homes in Makakilo are up the hillsides, giving many of them exceptional views all the way to Diamond Head on the east, Barber’s Point on the west, and even the Pacific Ocean. With their location on the hillsides, it’s extremely unlikely that those views will ever be blocked by future high-rise buildings. Makakilo is comprised of two main neighborhoods. Makakilo Lower began construction in the 1960s at the bottom of the hill and offers older custom homes on larger lots. These homes are not part of a master-planned community so no maintenance fees are charged. Makakilo Upper is the newer part of the neighborhood at higher elevations with newer homes. In Makakilo, you’ll find a mix of housing styles from large estates to townhouses, but you’ll find no high-rises to block your view. The current median sales price of homes in Makakilo is approximately $535,000.

Makakilo amenities

With its enviable location just above Kapolei, residents of Makakilo have every amenity available to them. You’ll find all the major retailers such as Costco, Home Depot, and Target, making shopping a breeze.

Outdoor amenities are also plentiful in Makakilo. There are many uncrowded beaches close to the neighborhood where you can catch some waves or take a leisurely stroll. There are also several world-class golf courses in the area where you can perfect your swing. If you have kids in tow, be sure to spend a day at Wet N’ Wild Hawaii. In addition, there are four wonderful parks located in Makakilo where you can take advantage of tennis courts, basketball courts, playgrounds, and grassy fields. A neighborhood favorite is Makakilo Neighborhood Park where you can take in spectacular views, especially at night. 

Makakilo schools

Students living in Makakilo are served by the Hawaii Department of Education. There are two elementary schools located in Makakilo – Makakilo Elementary School and Mauka Lani Elementary School.

Explore Makakilo today

Are you ready to live the Makakilo life of beauty and serenity? Then explore available properties and contact Keller Williams Honolulu at 808-596-2888 or [email protected] today to schedule your private showing!

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