Portlock is widely known for being one of the most sought after areas in East Oahu. With views from Diamond Head to the Koolau mountain range, it’s no wonder developer Henry Kaiser worked hard to create this neighborhood.
Portlock is widely known for being one of the most sought after areas in East Oahu. With views from Diamond Head to the Koolau mountain range, it’s no wonder developer Henry Kaiser worked hard to create this neighborhood. It is one of the only places on the island where as a resident you could experience such panoramic views without driving up a steep and long hill, which is the case in places like Hawaii Loa or Mariners Ridge.
There is also some historical significance to this area, Maunalua bay which Portlock is a part of. The tribe of Pacific Islanders who came on boats to Hawaii first landed in this very Bay. The name Portlock comes from the explorer Captain Nathaniel Portlcok who was on the same crew as the well known Captain Cook.
The majority of the original Portlock homes were constructed in the 1940s and 1950s. Henry Kaiser’s presence in Hawaii during the later stages of its growth, however, actually put it on the map. He not only built the Hawaiian Village, which is now the Hilton Hawaiian Village, but he also literally founded Hawaii Kai. The attractiveness of this area’s one-of-a-kind real estate hasn’t waned in the least. This tranquil area, about 30 minutes from downtown, with a community vibe and calm streets. With surf breaks including China Walls, Seconds, and Pillars, there are plenty of options to get your day started properly!
While the bulk of homes were built in the 1960s and 1970s, there has been a recent surge of activity in the last 2-3 years, with homeowners refurbishing their homes significantly. In this neighborhood, there are currently 16 renovations that have been finished or are in the process of being completed. This, along with the breathtaking vistas that allow for great sunsets, bodes well for the neighborhood’s future.
The price point in this area is commonly $1.5M to $3M, which is considered “affordable luxury”. Compared to the expensive and traffic ridden areas of Kakaako which have condos for the same price it is a really attractive area.