Open House Picks of The Week: Waikiki and Ewa Beach

Unique choices in town and country.

Sometimes, there are so many great listings it’s hard to choose just one to feature for the open house pick. This week, there are two nice properties—one in town, one in the country—both of them interesting and beautiful.

2233 Ala Wai

Typically, a penthouse unit is just the highest floor in the building, right? This one is actually built on the rooftop of the building, which is something you rarely, if ever, see in Honolulu. Obviously, it’s very private, with panoramic views of the Ala Wai canal, golf course, mountains, and city, including the Friday firework displays at the Hilton. It also has two separate, very large patio spaces totaling 590 sq. ft. that make you feel like you’re in a yard … without the yard.

The 1,020-sq.ft. unit itself is a large one-bedroom unit with high-quality upgrades including hardwood floors, a surround-sound theater with a motorized 92-inch screen and projector for movies and TV, remote-control lighting, motorized, blackout bedroom drapes, and more. The one bathroom features a 6-foot Jacuzzi tub.

The building is a well maintained, pet-friendly and secured high-rise in the heart of Waikiki. Click here for details.

Money talk: $998,000 fee simple
MLS# 201405139
Contact: Mathew Ngo, Century 21 All Islands, 808-222-7183,

91-1016 Waiemi Street

A few years ago, I visited some models at Ka Makana at Hoakalei for this blog and was stunned at the luxury available in a planned community so far from the usual high-end-neighborhood suspects. I think I described it as “Kahala luxury at a fraction of the price,” which is what you get with this model open this Sunday.

It’s an actual Milo Series 40.30 model home with three beds, a loft (previously a fourth bedroom), and 2.5 baths. For someone who doesn’t have the time or patience to think about decorating, it’s fully furnished with the original furniture and has upgrades including crown mouldings, wall-to-wall ceramic tile on the first floor, custom drapes, custom backyard landscaping, detailed tile work throughout, a closet system and more. The standard features, which are pretty sweet, include steel-frame construction, central air conditioning, double-pane windows throughout, and a detached garage.

The home is 2,288 sq. ft. on a 5,512-sq. ft. lot. You also get access to the exclusive Ka Makana Swim Club with pool, jacuzzi, tennis court, and workout room.

First open house is this Sunday. Click here for details.

Money talk: $840,000 fee simple
MLS # 201412302
Contact: Dennis Noah, Distinctive Homes Hawaii, 808-256-7011,