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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The search for a rental in Kahala

Last week, I took a look at rentals in Hawaii Kai available on Craigslist. The parameters I included was, one, that the property needed to allow dogs and, two, it was for an executive, so price wasn’t a factor. Today, I thought I’d take the same look in Kahala.

Not surprisingly, the number of rentals drops dramatically once you add “allows dogs” to the search parameter. (The number went from 35 to seven.) Understandably, owners and property managers are reluctant to deal with the potential wear and tear a dog can wreak.

Winnowing down the number even further was the fact that the word Kahala seems to be thrown into descriptions to catch a potential renter’s eye. Only two were actually located in the tony neighborhood.

The first one is a two-bedroom, one-and-a-half bath home posted by realtor Aaron Honda of Innovative Realty Group. Built in 1957, the well maintained home still has some of its original flair, judging by the pink countertops in the kitchen and bathroom. It’s been equipped with a new refrigerator, stove and washer/dryer–you won’t have to worry about old appliances conking out. Plus, the carpeting is new, so you’d better make sure your pooch behaves. The price? $2,500 a month.

The other is decidedly more upscale and much bigger. Located on Kahala Avenue, the five-bedroom, four-bath house features multiple open lanais, a pool and Jacuzzi, a half-court basketball area, and even a recreation room with a pool table. And it’s just one block away from Hunakai Beach, a perfect spot for walking the dog. The price? $7,450 a month.

Oh, the latter description also lists the option “security system upon request,” which I’m betting is not a guard dog.

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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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