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Snag These Affordable Ala Wai Apartments That Used to Be Military Housing

The Commodore Waikīkī condo conversion has been a great success—and only a handful of units remain available.


Ala Wai apartments

Photos: Courtesy of Brandon Smith Photography


In 1947, the Army Corps of Engineers built new bachelor officers quarters, better known as BOQs, just outside of Waikīkī. The building, located makai of the Hawai‘i Convention Center and directly fronting the Ala Wai, isn’t where you’d picture military housing, but we bet those officers enjoyed blowing off steam on Kalākaua Avenue when they had the opportunity. It was built to last, and now it’s a place many O‘ahu residents love for the convenience and quiet oasis it provides right in the heart of the Ala Moana area.


Ala Wai apartments


Ala Wai apartments


In 2015, the building was converted into condominiums, with 43 one- and two-bedroom units coming onto the market. When sales launched, they were priced from $280,500 to $549,000. Most have sold, including two this year, and now only a handful remain available. Three are currently listed on the MLS, and all are one-bedroom units just larger than 400 square feet; they’re listed at $285,000–$290,000 each. The building is gated and pet-friendly; parking stalls aren’t included but are available for an additional fee. Maintenance fees are some of the lowest in town, at $256 per month.


Ala Wai apartments


To buy a little piece of history, contact Christina Davis at christina.davis@locationshawaii.com.




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