Every time I drive by the new 7000 Hawaii Kai Drive building at the corner of Keahole Street and Hawaii Kai Drive, I'm struck by how large it appears.  Today, my curiosity got the better of me.  I looked up the largest residential complexes in Hawaii Kai to find out where the new building places in terms of housing units.  Here's what I found:


Year Completed
Condominium or Apartment Name TMK # Address Units
2 1974 MAUNA LUAN THE 139070004 511 HAHAIONE ST 433
3 1999 LALEA AT HAWAII KAI 139008042 7080 - 7200 HAWAII KAI D 293
4 2016 7000 HAWAII KAI DRIVE – NEW 139008043 7000 HAWAII KAI DR 269
5 1973 ESPLANADE THE 139008009 500 LUNALILO HOME RD 250
6 1969 KUAPA ISLE 139008001 156 OPIHIKAO WAY 234
7 1993 KALELE KAI 139008030 ONE KEAHOLE PL 219
8 1973 PLAZA HAWAII KAI THE 139070001 6770 HAWAII KAI DR 146
10 1972 MT TERRACE 139035013 250 KAWAIHAE ST 126

 The new building isn't included in the DCCA listing: it is 100 percent rental unit and not a condominium.  However, relative to the other complexes in Hawaii Kai, it places fourth with 269 units of its own reporting.  In addition to being surprised by its size, I was also surprised at how nearly all of the other large complexes are over 20 years old.  Many are even older than 40 years old.

By now, Oahu residents have received their real property valuations.  Hawaii real property valuations are calculated based on 100% of the home's value as of October 1.  Assessments are sent out on December 15.  That is, the information sent for the 2014-2015 year is based on October 1, 2014 and is effective with the next tax year beginning July 1, 2015. [Real Property Assessment - Important Dates

The Real Property Assessment Division of the Honolulu City and County puts out summary valuation reports for each year.  These data represent the fiscal year from July 1 to June 30 of the next year.  These data are useful for comparison purposes and to see where tax income is being produced over the years.  Using the 2013-14 and 2014-15 reports, it appears that on average, the real estate tax base for residential properties rose 10.5 percent.  Data for the next fiscal year (based on the amount shown on your current statement) should be available sometime around August 2015.

To explain the above table, in early 2014, the State Legislature passed a bill for a second type of residential tax rate.  The "Residential A" tax rate is for second homes valued at over 1 million dollars.  Instead of the usual $3.50 per $1,000 of net taxable property, "Residential A" properties are taxed at $6.00 per $1,000.  [2014-15 property tax rates] The sum of these two categories comprise the sum of the residential property tax base.

Homeowners disputing next fiscal year's valuation have until January 15, 2015 to submit an appeal.

Sometimes, after a grueling day of parenting, I need a break.  Once the kids are off to sleep I engage in . . .data mining.  It's a weird hobby, but I usually leave with nuggets of information, some of them gems.  Today's adventure took me to the Census Bureau's Interactive Population Search.  First, I selected household, then typed in the Hawaii Kai zip code 96825.  On the left hand side, I then clicked Census Tract and zoomed in.  Here's what displayed:

Portlock Census Statistics

I've often wondered how many Portlock homes were not only unoccupied, but also not either for rent or sale.  As it turns out, more than 15 percent of Portlock housing is  for occasional use, or simply unoccupied for reasons other than waiting for a tenant or sale.  In comparison, the Oahu (county level) percentage is much lower, at 7.1 percent.

Sometimes you find really great tools just by accident.  Today was one of those days.  Check out Zillow's amazing analysis tool for Oahu real estate.  

Zillow Interactive Analysis Chart

This chart is interactive and you'll find it right below the first graphic on the page.  Type Hawaii Kai in the right lower box, then submit.  Information shown in the graphic above is for the median sales price of all residential properties.  You can also select something different.  Options allow for selecting the number of bedrooms, type (Single Family Residence, Condo, Duplex/Multi), or tier.  

That's the question a number of Hawaii Kai residents are asking.  Work has begun at 7000 Hawaii Kai Drive, at the site formerly home to the planned Hale Alii, then Hale Ka Lae projects.

In a reprint from Hawaii News Now's Ben Gutierrez, it is noted that the new project intends to produce 269 rental units averaging $2,500 a month.  Additional information from the Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board's September 2014 minutes indicate that market units will range from $2,200 to $3,700 and that 54 affordable units (for those earning up to 80% of median income) will be available from $1,500 to $2,200. 

The Neighborhood Board meeting minutes also indicated that the current plan is for a 90-foot building with larger setback to compensate for the higher height.  The entry and exit point will be across from Ainahou Street and the developer plans to offer lessees two parking spaces per unit.

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