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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Inside Honolulu's 909 Kapiolani

Inside Honolulu's 909 Kapiolani

909 Kapiolani has 225 condos on 33 floors.

Kakaako is a sought-after neighborhood thanks to its central location—situated between downtown Honolulu, Ala Moana and Waikiki—and its many amenities, including Blaisdell Arena and Concert Hall and shops and restaurants at Ward Centers and the surrounding area. Built in 2007, 909 Kapiolani has 225 residential units spread across 33 floors. The majority of the condos have between 600 and 850 interior square feet and small lanai (think 42 square feet) with ocean, mountain and city views.

Each condo comes with a reserved, covered parking stall, though some owners have chosen to acquire second spaces. Guest parking is a little on the sparse side—there are about eight or nine designated guest stalls, which can be frustrating for owners looking to throw dinner parties or have friends over to watch the big game. The resident demographic is mostly a mix of retirees and young, professional couples, though it’s light on families, likely due to its city, not-necessarily-kid-friendly location.

The building is secure, with key fobs required to gain access to each individual floor, as well as the various community areas. Speaking of, 909 Kapiolani has several amenities that will appeal to buyers, including a decently equipped fitness center (several cardio machines, weight equipment), swimming pool and Jacuzzi and an outdoor barbecue/dining area. Plus, the building is pet-friendly. Monthly maintenance fees cost between $350 and $600 for one- and two-bedroom units.

Here’s a sampling of 909 Kapiolani listings currently on the market:

Unit 2301, a two-bedroom, two-bath unit with 978 square feet and wraparound city views.
Listing price: $650,000 fee simple.
Listing agent: Jonathan Kwon, Edifice Group, 722-6006,

Unit 2806, a one bed/one bath with 601 square feet on the 28th floor with mountain and city views.
Listing price: $418,000 fee simple.
Listing agent: Kumiko Burns, Prudential Locations, 371-0711,

Unit 706, a one bedroom, one bath with 601 square feet. The condo has stainless-steel appliances, granite countertops, customized blinds and crown molding. The unit’s parking stall is located across from the lobby on the second floor. Downside? The unsexy view of Blaisdell Arena.
Listing price: $388,000 fee simple.
Listing agent: Rachel Dowell, Island, Realtors. 230-4033,


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Honolulu Real Estate focuses on the Hawaii housing market, condos and homes for sale, Hawaii rentals and general news about real estate in Hawaii. It also includes stories on apartment living, home decor and profiles.

Melissa Chang graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in journalism and has been blogging since 2007, mostly on food and travel. She works primarily in social media, so you can find her online @Melissa808 on Twitter and Instagram.


Jaymes Song is a real estate agent at Prudential Advantage Realty in Kahala. Jaymes is in the top 7 percent of Prudential agents nationwide. Previously, Jaymes was at The Orange County Register, Honolulu Star-Bulletin and rose through the ranks to overseeing news and operations for AP in Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. Jaymes lives in the Portlock area and loves his real full-time job of being dad to two curious kids.

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