Hawaii Construction Boom: New Developments Coming to Honolulu, North Shore, Central, West and Windward Oahu

New developments are changing the face of Honolulu—find out what’s coming.


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A mix of sprawling new communities and small expansions of existing neighborhoods will beef up the stock of single-family homes and duplexes.

Ewa Plain


A major game changer

Developer D.R. Horton hopes to break ground on its massive and much contested development next year, kicking off a construction project that could be underway for the next 20 years. Eighty percent of Hoopili’s homes will be mid-rises, townhomes and other multi-family dwellings, while 20 percent will be single-family homes, with 3 million square feet devoted to commercial and industrial uses. This makes the development more of a small city than a simple subdivision. The main objections of the project’s many opponents include the loss of 1,375 acres of prime farmland, and the logjam traffic that building this many homes upstream of the H-1/H-2 freeway merge is sure to exacerbate.

$300K–$600K, 11,750 homes, construction begins 2015


Koa Ridge

Koa Ridge

Food v. shelter

After more than a decade of protests and legal challenges, Castle & Cooke’s long-in-coming Koa Ridge housing development has yet another obstacle to overcome: the Sierra Club’s appeal of the State Land Use Commission’s rezoning of the land from agricultural to residential and commercial use. If Castle & Cooke prevails, it expects to begin building in late 2015, with the first homes available for occupancy in 2016. Construction is expected to last 10 to 15 years. The development is slated for 576 acres of former pineapple fields between Mililani, Waipio Gentry and the H-2 freeway. Opponents object to the loss of the last bit of farmland between Pearlridge and Wahiawa, the impact on drinking water downslope from the development, and the worsening of the region’s already hellish traffic.

3,500 single- and multi-family homes, first homes 2016



Awakea at Mehana

Townhomes in the Second City

The latest installment of developer D.R. Horton’s fast-growing Mehana subdivision features two solid blocks of two- and three-bedroom townhomes mixed with spaces for small businesses. Under a novel “flex home” option, buyers can add a bonus room to use either as a business or as extended living space. Thirty of the units are designated as “affordable” and are reserved for those earning 80 percent of Oahu’s median income or less.

$300K–$500K, 115 townhomes, 2016


Ewa Beach


Home on the greens

This is one of two small housing developments happening between the edges of the Ewa Villages Golf Course and the existing homes of the Ewa Villages neighborhood. Construction of these one- and two-story homes by developer Castle & Cooke is well underway.

$500K–$700K, 62 single-family homes, now selling


Golf Villas at Lokahi Greens

Build to suit

When the City and County of Honolulu put 57 lots along the Ewa Villages Golf Course up for auction last March, developer D.R. Horton snapped up 54 of them. Sales of the one- and two-story, build-to-suit homes that will fill those lots began in February. Construction is set to start soon.

$400K–$700K, 43 stories, 2016



Kahiwelo at Makakilo

Grazing optional

This subdivision has been crawling up the foothills above Kapolei since 2007, and it’s about halfway complete. Developer D.R. Horton’s three- to five-bedroom homes come with the option of “edible landscaping,” which can include fruit trees, vegetable beds and aquaponics systems. The neighborhood features some of Oahu’s best sunsets, and some of its most challenging commutes.

$600K and up, 472 homes, 2016


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