Kahala is one of Hawaii's most prestigious neighborhoods with a beautiful shoreline backed by upscale beachfront homes. Located in a tranquil and serene setting yet close to the excitement, great restaurants and shopping of Waikiki and downtown Honolulu, Kahala provides everything you need for a relaxing and luxurious Hawaii vacation.
Things To Do
Take a drive around Kahala to view the region's beautiful estates and immaculately landscaped yards. Enjoy a quiet picnic at the beach and then head over to nearby Waikiki to browse the shop, enjoy the beach, and dine along the shore. For amazing south shore views hike up the steps and paved path to the top of the iconic Diamond Head Crater. The walk is short but strenuous and rewards you with amazing views of the south shore. Head east to Hanauma Bay for fascinating snorkeling on a coral reef in a sunken volcanic crater. Explore the historical sites of downtown Honolulu including Iolani Palace, and visit Pearl Harbor to see the USS Arizona Memorial.
Waialae Beach Park is located at the east end of Kahala next to the Kahala Hotel and a nice place for a oceanside picnic with tables and a large grass area. The water is typically very calm with a shallow reef offshore. Surfers enjoy the waves when they are breaking at the spot offshore here called Razors. Nearby Waikiki Beach is a great place to enjoy water activities including taking a surfing lesson, a ride in an outrigger canoe or sailing offshore in a catamaran.
Dining options in the Kahala area are numerous including restaurants at the Kahala Mall where there is also a Whole Foods store for stocking up on groceries to take back to your rental. The mall also has an 8-screen movie theater. Nearby in Waikiki there are hundreds of choices from casual fare to fine dining. You'll also find some exceptional restaurants in downtown Honolulu and the Ala Moana Center. The Aloha Tower Marketplace has upscale shops and often features live entertainment with nice views of Honolulu Harbor.
The Kahala Mall has a large variety of stores including locally owned shops as well as an Apple Store, Macys, pharmacy and more. Nearby in Waikiki you will find hundreds of shops to browse, and many interesting shops in downtown Honolulu including the eclectic shops of the Chinatown district. The Ala Moana Shopping Center is Hawaii's largest with more than 290 shops and places to eat.
Renting a car is recommended when staying in a Kahala vacation rental so you can explore the area's beaches and attractions including Waikiki and downtown Honolulu as well as day trips to the north and windward shores. There are also trolleys running in the Waikiki area, and most major populated areas of Oahu can also be reached on the public transit system known as "TheBus."
Weather and Ocean Conditions
Kahala weather ranges from about 70 to 85 degrees F. throughout the year with rain and wind conditions varying in different areas throughout the Island. The south and west shores are generally a bit dryer and warmer than the north and eastern shores, and the winter months typically see more rain than summer though the south shore sees very little rain. Sunny skies, mild temperatures and warm trade winds make Kahala an excellent vacation destination all through the year.
Ocean conditions vary each day though typically the north shore will have the calmest waters during the summer months and the south shore will have the calmest waters during the winter. Some beaches provide more protection from the open ocean, and if the waves are too big at the beach you visit then you may be able to find a more sheltered beach where water activities are safe. For swimming and ocean activities visit Oahu's lifeguarded beaches, obey all posted warnings and ask about the conditions on that day for the activities you choose.
Our Kahala beach rentals provide the optimal way to enjoy your Hawaii vacation with all the luxuries of resort living and all the comforts of home. Browse through our Kahala vacation rental listings to get an understanding of the different amenities and property features we offer. Our goal is to provide you with a with an unforgettable Kahala accommodation for your dream Hawaii vacation. We take pride in having the largest selection of high-quality vacation rentals on Oahu and we stand behind our product, making sure only the best of the best Kahala properties are listed on our site. If you have questions about our Kahala rentals or which Oahu destination is best for your vacation needs, please give us a call and we will be happy to assist you.
Conrad Hilton opened the 10-story Kahala Hilton hotel in 1964 to provide luxurious accommodations away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki. Many Hollywood stars and world leaders have stayed at the hotel over the years including Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana and numerous US Presidents. The Waialae Shopping Center opened in 1954 and later was renamed Kahala Mall.