Commentary - Kukui Plaza: Building and Site Features
In the early 70ís, the city of Honolulu recognized a need for revitalization in the urban core and adopted housing friendly zoning as a solution. Developed in 1976 by Oceanside Properties, Kukui Plaza was the one of the first residential developments in the business center of Honolulu. The development includes a modest shopping mall at the street level and a pair 33 story residential towers with 938 apartments.
The location is very pedestrian friendly because it is across the street from the north end of the Fort Street pedestrian mall which runs all the way down to Ala Moana Boulevard.
Common Areas for Residents
The Diamond Head and Ewa towers are connected by a large four level parking structure topped with a Garden Deck. Each tower has separate entrances secured with security patrol, enterphone, video and key card. The parking entrance is also secured. There are no guest parking stalls, however there are plenty of paid public parking stalls for the shopping mall on the street level.
The private Garden Deck features grassy areas, mature trees and rock formation with waterfall. It is quite expansive as it takes up an entire city block. The amenities include barbeque area, a swimming pool, fish pond, walking path and an open pergola structure that can be rented for large parties up to 50 people.
A meeting room which can accommodate up to 67 people is available to residents. Storage lockers are available to owners to rent on a first come, first served basis.
The condo association is self-managed and is very efficient. They are able to keep the monthly maintenance fees relatively low.
Lender Statistics - Kukui Plaza
Management Co: AOAO 524-1255
Typical Loan Options and
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Private Condo Features
Kukui Plaza is a high density development and most the apartments are relatively small. However, the corner 2 and 3 bedroom units are good sized and have lanais.
The original units did not come with modern appliances such as central air conditioning, dishwashers, or laundry. There are cutouts in the walls for window air conditioners and dishwashers are now common. Each floor has a community laundry facility with coin operated machines. Washers and Dryers are allowed, but space is limited and there are no dryer vents.
The Bottom Line
Positives: Large Garden Deck with great amenities; A good value; low maintenance fees; very convenient downtown location.
Negatives: Original units could use updating; no guest parking; lack of modern appliances.
Paul C. Ford Realtor (R) Honolulu Condo Sales Buyer's Agent
Jonathan Ford Realtor (R) Honolulu Property Finds Buyer's Agent
Pond on Garden Deck
Pool on Garden Deck
Shopping Mall entry
Condominium Configurations - Kukui Plaza
609 - 613 SF
Found in units: 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13
886 - 979 SF
The "01 units are the largest 2 bedroom units at 979 sf. The "12" and "13" units are 886. Some of the 979 sf units come with 159 sf lanais.
Found in units: 01, 12, 13
1,201 - 1,310 SF
All the 3 bedrooms units are in the "02" stack and increase from 1201 sf to 1310 sf above the 24th floor.
Found in units: 02
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