Waikiki is a dense urban environment that encompasses just 3.3 square miles and is where many permanent residents share space with visitors seeking sun, sand and luxury shopping. Apartment buildings and hotels abound in the area and many were built during a building boom in the 60’s and 70’s.
Many of us who make our homes in suburbs rarely make the trek to Waikiki because of human congestion and parking woes. I admit that I am one of those people, but when I get the chance to go I tend to wander away from the glitz and glamour of Kalakaua Avenue. Heading just a few blocks mauka (towards the Koolau Mountains) you will find two and three story walk-ups along with a few single family homes nestled between those high rise apartments and hotels. The mix of urban dwellings is quite fascinating, old and new, tiny and sprawling, and they coexist beautifully.
While walking in the area the Kealani caught my eye…this image is the latest addition to my Where We Live portfolio.