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What You Might Not Know About Portlock, Oahu

Once the site of ancient Hawaiian fishing spots, which they kept secret and passed on through generations, Portlock is now an upscale neighborhood named for Nathaniel Portlock. A member of Captain Cook’s crew for his third, and final, voyage, Portlock returned to Hawaii as the captain of his own ship, becoming the first European to sail into Maunalua Bay.

Portlock has been prime real estate for some time due to the vista of both the bay and Diamond Head residents enjoy.

portlock sunset

Sunset over Maunalua Bay on Oahu, Hawaii

Most of the original Portlock houses weren’t built until the 1940s and ’50s. What put it truly on the map, though, was Henry Kaiser’s arrival in Hawaii during the later phase of this development.

Not only did he build the Hawaiian Village, now the Hilton Hawaiian Village, he also literally created what we know today as Hawaii Kai.

The allure of this area’s unique real estate hasn’t diminished one bit.

Only 30 minutes away from downtown, this serene neighborhood boasts a community feel and quiet streets. With surf breaks such as China Walls, Seconds and Pillars, the choices to start your day off right are plentiful!

downtown honolulu

Downtown Honolulu, Hawaii

Portlock Today

Whilst a large majority of houses were built in the 1960s and 1970s, there has been a recent push of activity over the last 2-3 years with owners extensively renovating their properties. The current count of completed or ongoing renovations in this neighborhood is 16. This, coupled with the stunning views that afford jaw-dropping sunsets, spells an exciting time for the neighborhood in the future.

About the Author

Alexander Fudge

Alexander Fudge is a REALTOR Associate with Hawai'i Life. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Hawaii has been my home for 5 years now. With my wonderful wife, 2 young kids, 3 dogs and a cat my feet are firmly set in Honolulu. Having lived in Sydney, London and New York, Hawaii is by far the most beautiful place to call home and it also has the kindest people!. Prior to moving to Hawaii I was involved in the Art World, both as an artist and as a gallerist buying and selling art for my clients. My understanding of their unique needs, not to mention desire for discretion and privacy have followed me into the real estate services I am able to provide here at Hawaii Life. It's important for me to get to know each client well so that I may best help them take their next step in buying, or selling property, and that the process in smooth and easy along the way. I enjoy triathlons, running, SUP, surfing and hiking, as well as walking our dogs on the beach. You can email me at or via phone at (808) 344-8240.

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