The Best of Hawaii: 4 Outstanding Communities in West O’ahu

Thinking of buying a home in the area of West O’ahu but not sure just which neighborhood to start searching for that perfect home? West O’ahu offers some really amazing cities, towns, and communities, but there are a few that really stand apart. Here are the four best places to live in West O’ahu.


laid back lifestyleTucked into lush green countryside and scenic open spaces just outside of Waianae, the quiet and laid-back community of Lualualei rises tranquilly into the foothills of the Waianae Mountains. Here, spacious yet affordable homes and a close-knit community anchored in the traditions of Old Hawaii provide the foundation to a truly wonderful lifestyle.

Though it’s located just minutes from top Waianae attractions and amenities like Waianae Mall Shopping Center and the Makaha Golf Course, Lualualei is a place where it’s not uncommon to find fresh home-grown vegetables or flowers, and residents still observe traditional native Hawaiian medicinal practices.


mountains and beachSun, sand, and surf await just 1 hour from Waikiki in the quiet beach community of Mahaka. Surrounded by acres of parkland, farmland, and small-town amenities, Makaha offers a true beach-town lifestyle of outdoor recreational bliss.

From the white-sand shores of the turquoise Pacific, the Waianae Mountains rise in a spectacular show of nature’s raw beauty, while beautiful parks, like Makaha Beach Park or the Maunalahilahi Botanical Gardens provide plenty of outdoor respites for residents. Nearby, the bustling Waianae Mall Shopping Center provides easy access to plenty of amenities, businesses, and restaurants.


view from the mountaintopPerched high in the foothills of the Waianae Mountains, the community of Makakilo is quiet and diverse living with a view. Located just outside of the thriving city of Kapolei, Makakilo is a stunning community that, thanks to its higher mountain elevation, enjoys cool summer temperatures—as well breathtaking views of Ewa and the ocean below.

Makakilo is also home to a few amenities, such as the Makakilo Shopping Center, which features delicious local restaurants and the Malama Market. Outstanding parks, like Makakilo Community Parks, provide plenty of opportunities for outdoor enjoyment, while nearby Kapolei offers endless attractions and entertainment, from the Kapolei Shopping Center to the Hawaiian Adventures Waterpark.

Soda Creek

golfing around soda creekThough one of the original home development projects in Ewa, Soda Creek is still bursting with new life and development, with new single-family and multifamily homes springing up throughout the popular community. Convenience to popular attractions and amenities, high affordability, and beautiful landscaping are just part of what make this neighborhood so desirable.

Located just outside of Ewa, Soda Creek is just a short drive from the attractions, amenities, and businesses of both Ewa and nearby Kapolei. From golf at one of four local courses to shopping and dining to movies and entertainment, Soda Creek is just minutes from it all!

Ready to Find Your Dream Home in West O’ahu?

If you’re ready to find that perfect place to call home on the beautiful island of O’ahu, then it’s time to contact RE/MAX Honolulu. As your real estate, lifestyle, and military experts for O’ahu and the Honolulu metro, we’re here to help you explore the area, discover its many cities, and find the perfect place to call home.


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