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Aerial view of Diamond Head with Kahala to the upper right

Kāhala, is a neighborhood in Honolulu, Hawaii. Kahala contains a large concentration of expensive real estate and beachfront properties, which include some of the most expensive in the entire state. Kahala consists of approximately 1,200 homes. The neighborhood is considered a “cinderella story” because it went from farmland to one of the nicest neighborhoods on Oahu.

Kahala is also home to the Kahala Hotel & Resort, formerly known as the Kahala Mandarin Oriental, and prior to the Kahala Hilton. Also located along the borders are Kahala Mall, and Diamond Head crater.

There are a variety of residents of many ages, the newer arrivals to the island generally own the more modern and spacious homes, though many of the older homes are beautiful and finely aged. Many celebrities and Business persons have also bought vacation homes in the area. Kahala is a favored spot for investors to purchase and renovate homes to sell. In 2006, typical prices for a house in Kahala ranged from $1.4 million to $1.7 million, with beachfront land going for substantially more.

Kahala is a flat area of Honolulu, within a 5 – 15 minutes drive of Waikiki and downtown.


  • Hawaii Department of Education operates Kahala's public schools.
  • Kahala Elementary School is located in the neighborhood.
  • Kalani High School serves high school students in Kahala [1].
  • Star of the Sea is a Catholic K-8 private school.
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