On Sale: Hawaii Kai’s Upscale Hale Ka Lae Condos

A small-scale model of the Hale Ka Lae community.

After several setbacks and a name change, Hale Ka Lae (formerly Hale Alii), a luxury high-rise condominium community in Hawaii Kai, recently held its sales gallery grand opening.

Here’s a backgrounder: The drama surrounding the development, which is located at 7000 Hawaii Kai Dr., pitted the former developer, Mike Klein, against local cultural-preservation groups, including Livable Hawaii Kai Hui. Klein had originally planned to develop a mix of affordable-housing and luxury condos on three of the eight acres, with the remaining five acres, which are zoned for preservation use, set aside for a private park with water features. Local preservationists were concerned that the development would harm the documented ancient Hawaiian archaeological features, including a heiau complex, petroglyphs and agricultural terraces, contained in the preservation lands.

But, as the Star Advertiser reported back in November, this story has a happy ending. Livable Hawaii Kai Hui and its nonprofit partner, the Trust for Public Land, are in the process of purchasing the five acres for $650,000 from the project’s new developer, Hanwha Engineering & Construction, a South Korean company. The remaining three acres will be home to the redesigned Hale Ka Lae.

The development will now have approximately 240 high-end condos (the original design called for closer to 300), with prices starting around $685,000. As you’d expect at this price point, the community is big on amenities, including a private stadium-seating movie theater, fitness center, indoor golf simulator, lagoon-style pools, outdoor lounges, controlled-access gated community and three visitor guest suites. A myriad of residential concierge services will also be available, which includes absentee-owner maintenance assistance, auto wash/detailing services, dining reservations, dry cleaning arrangements, fresh flower service, golf tee times, spa reservations and even stock quote information. And while the numbers haven’t yet been made available, with services and amenities like these, you can count on the monthly maintenance fees being substantial.

One-, two- and three-bedroom floorplans are available, and all three are big on space. The one-bedroom units have either one-and-a-half or two baths and 1,008 to 1,385 square feet with lanai in the 100- to 444-sq.-ft. range. The two-bedroom/two-bedroom-plus-den layouts cover between 1,414 and 1,740 square feet and have two-and-a-half baths as well as spacious lanai. The three-bedroom/three-bedroom-plus-den models have three-and-a-half baths and start at just over 2,000 square feet.

The condos will have nicely outfitted kitchens, with custom cabinetry, granite counters with glass tile backsplashes, Miele and other high-end appliances as well as hardwood floors. Bedrooms will have “premium-grade” carpets, walk-in closets in the master bedrooms and “select secondary masters,” while master baths will come with custom marble and tile walls and deep soaking tubs with stone surrounds and frameless showers, custom cabinetry with honed-stone countertops and natural stone floors. Other interior details include central air conditioning; in-unit, full-size washers and dryers; high ceilings in living rooms and bedrooms; hardwood entry foyers, great rooms and libraries; and sliding glass doors to access lanai.

The development is set to break ground this summer.

Contact: Hale Ka Lae Sales Gallery, 6700 Kalanianaole Hwy., Ste. 122. 395-7712. salesteam@halekalae.com.

Susanne Pridoehl Photography