Hawaii Kai / Portlock

Welcome to Portlock, Hawaii Kai

Easy access to Downtown Honolulu with fine dining and boating
Portlock is tucked along the shores of Maunalua Bay, with a channel leading into Kauapa Pond, making it a fabulous neighborhood for boating, beaches, and water sports. Residents love the easy commute to Downtown Honolulu, a single 30-minute northbound trek along Highway 72. Portlock’s exclusive neighborhood boasts expansive, lavish beach homes with sprawling lawns, state-of-the-art pools, rooms with open-air designs, and modern architectural styles. Portlock residents live luxuriously in their beachfront homes.
Beloved to surfers, Portlock is only a five-minute drive from Portlock Beach to China Walls, a well-known surfer’s paradise. China Walls has an exposed reef break causing a persistent surf to exist. Koko Head District Park cozies up to Portlock’s residential area giving direct access to Koko Crater Railway Trailhead. Those trailheads connect to Koko Crater Stairs leading to a summit with panoramic views of the bay and Hawaii Kai. Residents love hiking, fishing, parasailing, jet skiing, canoeing, snorkeling- anything getting them outdoors or into the water. Though this community is marina-focused, it takes care to deliver practical necessities with centrally located shopping and dining establishments.

What to Love

  • Easy 30-minute drive to Downtown Honolulu
  • Centrally located shopping and dining establishments
  • Koko Head District Park
  • Stunning architectural residential homes
  • Water sport and fishing mecca
  • China Walls (surfing hotspot)

Local Lifestyle

Portlock and Hawaii Kai residents love taking it easy, preferring the joys of everything nature has to offer over stretches of commercial development. Being on the water and getting out for a nice walk or hike in the great outdoors takes precedence for these residents. If you enjoy fresh seafood, surfing, spending luxurious days with friends on a boat ride, or taking meditative solo trips out in your boat, Portlock and Hawaii Kai are places to call home.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

The Original Roy’s, an upscale Asian-fusion restaurant, is a delectable place to dine. Order a three-course meal or a selection of small bites to share, like their Spinach & Mushroom Ravioli bathed in a mixture of Kunia tomato marinara and pesto shimeji sauces. Liko’s Tap & Table serves outdoor seating with waterfront views and a brunch menu with savory dishes like their Eggs Benedict, prepared with your choice of Pono pork ham, Kalua pork, or crab cake. They also serve signature craft cocktails and locally brewed draft beer on tap. Koko Marina Center contains a theater, water sports facilities, fitness centers, a brewpub, eateries, boutique apparel shops, and a real estate office to explore marina front homes, condos, and local market listings.

Things to Do

Residents go all out lighting and decorating their boats for their annual Christmas and New Year’s Eve Boat Parade. Do not expect a few strings of lights strung up on the sails of the boat: expect a full-on theatrical performance with meticulously themed boats, complete with inflatable holiday yard decorations, Christmas tunes pumping flowing from stereos, and boat attendants entirely in character, dressed as Mr. and Mrs. Clauses. It is a sight to take in, sure to boost the holiday spirit. 
Oahu hosts many island-wide events, as well. Check them out on Oahu’s Events Calendar. When it comes to everyday fun, Portlock and Hawaii Kai are not just water sports and fishing hotspots but also gorgeous and accessible places to explore on foot. This neighborhood and town are littered with walking paths, wide sidewalks lining residential streets, and are a 10-minute drive or less to the Kuliouou Trailhead, a trail traversing the ridges of Kuliouou Forest Reserve.


Portlock, Hawaii Kai is served by the Hawai’i Department of Education.

Search All Homes

Work With Stacy

Stacy is dedicated to helping both buyers and sellers transform the look of their property with her keen eye for design and staging, negotiating the best terms, and helping her clients achieve a successful closing at top dollar.

Follow Stacy on Instagram