Kakaako Parks and Playgrounds | Honolulu Condo Living With Kids

Kakaako parks and playgrounds play a vital role in the revitalization of Honolulu’s urban core. With the explosion of condos in Kakaako, more people are moving into the area, where beautiful views and a convenient lifestyle are hallmarks of the area. While the lifestyle seems perfect for many, parents with younger kids may be wondering if living in the urban lifestyle is right for them. The good news is that Kakaako is a wonderful neighborhood for everyone, pets included. Parks and playgrounds are a part of the neighborhood and are also incorporated into the designs of many of the Kakaako condo buildings.

Kakaako Parks and Hidden Playgrounds

Kakaako’s landscape is quickly changing. With new buildings popping up, it’s easy to assume that green space is disappearing. It is actually increasing. Commercial garages and various shops have occupied Kakaako for years. The area was always fairly industrial in nature with narrow alleyways leading from one block of warehouses to another.  With the addition of condo buildings to the area, green spaces are also being incorporated into the neighborhood design. Residents love these parks!

Kakaako Park

Kolowalu Park in Kakaako is typically busy with daily activities, ruining around, and a lot of laughter.

Ward Village

Honolulu’s Ward Village in Kakaako is redefining the area with the 60 acre residential master plan. The entire development is going to bring more trees and green spaces to the area to make the space fun and beautiful. In not so distant future, Ward Village will add a 1 acre park that will be situated directly behind Gateway Towers. The park will be a gathering place to be enjoyed by all Kakaako and Ward Village residents.

Ward Village Condos

A model of Ward Village showing the location of current and future buildings, along with the 1 acre park projected to go in behind Gateway Towers.

Ala Moana Beach Park

The beautiful part of living in Kakaako is the close proximity to Ala Moana Beach Park. The park is a favorite of many people who are just looking to play on the grass, in the sand, or to have picnics with friends and family. We’re lucky in Honolulu to have so many beaches and parks close by, and to have one as close as across the street, is definitely a treat for Kakaako and Ala Moana residents.

Ala Moana Beach Park

No shortage of fun at Ala Moana Beach Park.

Playgrounds… They’re everywhere!

When driving through Kakaako, it is not possible to see all the amenity decks for all the condo buildings. For the most part, they are located high above the street level. However, that’s where many of the playgrounds are located. Play structures are incorporated into the designs of the buildings. While not all condos in Honolulu have these beautiful amenities, they are fairly standard in Kakaako. Residents and guests have full use of the fun areas, which in many instances include playgrounds with play structures for kids.

Hawaiki Tower Amenities

Hawaiki Tower amenities deck includes a pool, a playgound, a tennis court, BBQ areas, and open spaces to enjoy by residents.

Waiea Condos playground

The luxury Waiea condo building has a playground adjacent to the pool, the fitness area, dining area, and the owners lunge.

Kakaako… A Great Place To Call Home!

The number of Kakaako parks and playgrounds is growing. With each new building and an area being developed, new green spaces are being added. People love the natural beauty of Hawaii, and so much of that is being brought into the urban core of Honolulu. It is not all concrete as some may believe. Development happens naturally. We cannot prevent change. However, making the change from industrial warehouses into beautiful living areas filled with trees, plants, parks, is an idea many love. Kakaako is immensely popular, and that draw into the urban core of Honolulu is getting stronger and stronger for people. No matter the age of the residents, there are spaces and places for everyone to enjoy. Kakaako parks and playgrounds are definitely part of the landscape.

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Kinga Mills

Kinga Mills is a REALTOR Associate, Luxury Portfolio Affiliate, Military Relocation Professional with Hawai'i Life. I adore Hawaii, its people, and the natural beauty that surrounds me. I live on Oahu. It's a pretty incredible place to call home. There is a little bit of everything here. From pristine beaches and quiet neighborhoods to the trendiest of restaurants in the urban Honolulu. I simply love Oahu and the variety it offers. My real estate career allows me to enjoy the Island life, and to work with some amazing people. With over a decade of experience and hundreds of closed sales, I provide my clients with expert buying and selling advice. My goal for clients is to enjoy the process, while my team and I handle the details. As a member of the Hawaii Life Military Specialized Team, I regularly provide real estate assistance to active-duty military personnel who are PCSing to Hawaii, to the mainland, or overseas. For the Luxury Real Real Estate buyers and sellers, I am affiliated with Luxury Portfolio International and Forbes Global Properties. These exclusive affiliations extend an even greater reach, exposure, and effectiveness within the global luxury marketplace. In my time off, I love walking along the beach, enjoying meals out on the town, and taking family vacations. Sign up for my Oahu Hawaii Life blog updates and follow my journey. You can also find me on HGTV "Hawaii Life" Season 14. I look forward to helping in making your Hawaii Life real estate dreams happen! You can email me at or via phone at (808) 722-3985.

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