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Kapolei is known as Oahu’s “Second City” (after Honolulu), and this thriving community offers beauty, affordability and convenience. Kapolei is situated at the bottom of the majestic Waianae Mountain Range on Oahu’s Leeward side. Once sugarcane and pineapple fields, development of Kapolei began in the 1980s. A range of housing options, as well as new shopping centers, schools, parks, medical centers, universities, government buildings, restaurants, theaters and more can now be found in Kapolei. More than 12,000 homes have been constructed in Kapolei, and the Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting expects 40,000 more homes to be completed by 2035.
While development continues – including planned Honolulu Rail stops – Kapolei retains its laid-back Hawaii vibe. The master plan for Kapolei includes pedestrian-friendly growth with gardens, sidewalks, wide streets, community events and a focus on technology. Kapolei is a spacious, convenient and beautiful westside neighborhood to call home.
Kapolei has a range of housing options. Most homes in Kapolei are newer, with the vast majority of homes constructed in the 2000s. New homes are still being added to Kapolei, too. Kapolei's housing options include condos, townhouses and single-family homes. Kapolei has large, family-friendly, Mainland-style housing on large lots, as well as plantation-style homes on smaller lots. Kapolei’s vast housing options make it a suitable neighborhood for many types of homebuyers, including military families, first-time homebuyers, downsizing empty-nesters, expanding families, single professionals and more.
With the construction of the Honolulu Rail and more development planned for the Ewa side of Oahu, like Hoopili, Kapolei is a popular Oahu neighborhood to call home. Like all Hawaii neighborhoods, there is limited for-sale inventory in Kapolei, and the real estate market is hot. When a house is listed for sale, it typically has multiple offers within a short time. Real estate in Kapolei is often more economical than some other parts of Oahu, such as Hawaii Kai or Kailua. However, the median sales price for Kapolei homes is consistent with the overall Oahu median sales price.
Kapolei’s history begins with its name, which originates from the name of a hill--Pu‘u O Kapolei--that can be found today in Kapolei Regional Park. According to ancient Hawaiian stories, Kapo was the goddess of fertility, and the “lei” in Kapolei is said to refer to the ring of light that surrounds the hill when the winter solstice occurs.
Development of Kapolei began in 1877, when Irish businessman James Campbell bought 40,000 acres in Ewa, including what is now Kapolei. A water reserve was discovered, and a well was quickly built, which led to the ability to use the dry land for pineapple and sugar cultivation. As Hawaii's plantation era started to decline, the Estate of James Campbell created the “Ewa Master Plan” in 1955, which outlined how the former agricultural land could be transformed into residential communities. Development of Oahu’s “Second City” finally commenced in the late 1980s.
Today, many of the plan’s original development goals have been achieved: roads, residential communities, government buildings, businesses, sidewalks, parks, bike lanes and energy-efficient technology. Kapolei continues to make history today, as the once-barren land now is one of the fastest-growing neighborhoods on Oahu.
Kapolei is driving distance to downtown Honolulu via the H-1 freeway. Kapolei’s West Oahu location makes it easily accessible to Honolulu and all its amenities, like the Honolulu International Airport; however it is far enough away that it lives up to its reputation as Oahu's "Second City."
Without traffic, the trip from Kapolei to downtown Honolulu might take a little more than 30 minutes; however, traffic on the freeway can double or triple that time. Kapolei is a popular neighborhood for military families to call home due to its proximity to a number of Oahu’s military installations. Kapolei is 15 miles (about 25 minutes) to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, 30 miles (40 minutes) to Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe, 16 miles (25 minutes) to Camp H. M. Smith, 18 miles (30 minutes) to Fort Shafter, and 15 miles (30 minutes) to Schofield Barracks. Barbers Point, located in Kapolei, also has military bases and federal offices.
How far is Kapolei from Waikiki? With minimal traffic, it takes 45 minutes to get to Waikiki and downtown Honolulu from Kapolei. TheBUS, Honolulu City & County’s public bus service, has these Kapolei routes: 40, 41, 413, 414, 415, and 416.
Kapolei has some of the best shopping centers on Oahu. These newly constructed centers offer many shops, movie theaters and all the big box retailers that make life in Kapolei convenient and entertaining.
Kapolei parks have almost anything a park-goer could want – fields, courts, restroom facilities, event spaces, BBQ areas and more. Wherever you choose to call home in Kapolei, most likely there is an outstanding park nearby, thanks to the planned development of the area.
In addition to shopping centers, parks, and breathtaking hikes and beaches, Kapolei has a number of attractions to enjoy.
There are several hikes in the Kapolei area to satisfy your urge to exercise and explore.
While Kapolei doesn’t get monstrous waves like the North Shore or nearby Makaha, there are some beginner-friendly surf breaks in Kapolei.
Kapolei has an array of restaurants for all types of food cravings and occasions.
Kapolei has several public schools.
91-5007 Kapolei Parkway
Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
“At Kapolei High, personalized learning takes place in small communities of teachers and students where there is a shared sense of purpose and opportunities to explore individual interests. The school uses project-based learning as the foundation of an academically rigorous curriculum that integrates complex real-world issues relevant to students and the community. The school prepares students for multiple post-secondary options, including education at universities, community colleges, and trade schools, and success in the workforce. The curriculum builds community through partnerships that support learning, parent engagement and service learning. Volunteers from local businesses and organizations serve as mentors and advisors for students and teachers. The school provides extracurricular activities ranging from culture and nationally-affiliated clubs, drama/music and athletic participation in teams. The athletic department is a member of the Oahu Interscholastic Association. The school also has a Marine Corps JROTC program,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.
91-5335 Kapolei Parkway
Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
“Kapolei Middle's mission is to assure the social and academic growth of all students, so they may succeed in high school and beyond. Students are grouped into teacher teams in language arts, math, science, social studies, special education and elective courses to promote stronger relationships. Core team teachers and their special education teacher share a common planning period to coordinate a rigorous standards-based instructional program. Counselors and vice-principals follow their students as they progress through the grade levels. The school's exploratory classes provide students with experiences in life skills and career paths. A wide range of elective classes such as language, physical education, fine arts, performing arts, engineering, and technology are offered to all students. Kapolei Middle is a multitrack school and runs on a special calendar,” as written on hawaiipublicschools.org.
511 Kunehi Street
Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
“Ho‘okele Elementary School opened in July of 2015. Ho‘okele means Navigator. The name of this “high-tech” elementary school was selected for its meaning in relation to the 21st century; the students of Ho‘okele must learn to successfully navigate in an ever-changing world. The 21st century skills our students will need to excel in are collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking/ problem solving. Through Project Based Learning (PBL) and our Science STEM Program, Project Lead the Way (PLTW), our students have opportunities to authentically work on these skills while focusing on real world challenging problems or questions. In our first year of opening the school, Thinking Maps were implemented followed by the initial implementation of the Thinking Maps Writing Program, Write From the Beginning and Beyond. Ho‘okele students create visual maps to display their thought process when developing concepts across the content areas to support their writing. To build a cohesive collaborative community and positive culture, the Tribes process was selected to assist the school in attaining this goal. The Tribes process will help our students flourish in a safe, caring environment to gain the knowledge, skills and resiliency to be successful in an ever-changing world,” as written on hawaiipublicschools.org.
3001 Boxer Road
Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
“Barbers Point Elementary promotes academic excellence, physical education and fine arts. Students are given opportunities to participate in many enriching schoolwide activities such as Math Day, President’s Day Parade, Art Day and May Day. Barbers Point Elementary has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1987,” as written on hawaiipublicschools.org.
91-1119 Kamaaha Loop
Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
“Kapolei Elementary is committed to equal opportunity for all children in an environment in which staff, parents, students and the community share responsibility and collaborate to shape the school's direction. The school focuses on data analysis to assess student progress and plan classroom and schoolwide initiatives. Students participate in a Character Counts education program to learn lessons on trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. A number of professional development sessions are provided to educators to promote teaching effectiveness and high student achievement,” as written on hawaiipublicschools.org.
In addition to the public schools, Kapolei has private schools with a variety of educational programs.
909 Haumea Street
Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
91-1219 Renton Road
Ewa Beach, Hawaii 96706
91-1130 Renton Road
Ewa Beach, Hawaii 96706
300 Franklin Avenue
Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
Kapolei has a number of health centers nearby for health emergencies and routine care.
The weather in Kapolei is known to be hotter and drier than other neighborhoods on Oahu. Air conditioning is considered a must if you live in Kapolei. While Kapolei and other Westside neighborhoods are considered warmer by Hawaii standards, the average temperature ranges from the low 70s to the high 80s, and the ocean breeze and mountain escapes are nearby.
Kapolei can be muggy and humid, and it experiences less rain than other Oahu neighborhoods. The dry season is from March to October, and the wet season spans the other part of the year. A “wet day” is considered to have at least 0.05 inches of rain. With many sunny and dry days, along with the need for air conditioning, solar panels in Kapolei are a popular option among homeowners. The warm weather also makes outdoor activities, likes surfing, swimming and golf an option almost any day of the year.
More than 18,000 homes are planned for the Kapolei area over the next few decades. New developments offer modern homes, sometimes with more space. The following are some of the newer residential developments in Kapolei, compiled by Locations agents who live and work in the area.
Former sugarcane fields in East Kapolei will soon be home to nearly 12,000 residential homes, with an array of housing options from large, single-family homes to modern condos. In Hawaiian, Ho‘opili means "to come together," and many families and individuals will soon come together in this new Kapolei neighborhood, which will one day have its own ZIP code.
Developed by DR Horton, plans for Hoopili include a range of residential homes, playgrounds, parks, shopping, restaurants, public schools, communal farming areas, gardens, walking paths and more. Seven recreation centers are also planned for Hoopili, similar to the recreation centers found in Mililani. Hoopili will have its own Honolulu Rail Transit stop, which will be the third stop heading toward Honolulu from Kapolei, making a trip to the Honolulu International Airport or a commute to Pearl Harbor Base easy.
Set to become one of Oahu’s most desirable new neighborhoods, Hoopili will feature a variety of housing options in several phases:
Alakai Development is the visionary behind The Element, 318 residential homes located near the entrance to Ho‘opili, a Honolulu Rail Transit stop and the University of Hawaii, West Oahu. Each condo at The Element will have nine-foot ceilings and air conditioning, with a modern design inspired by the four elements. Amenities include: solar panels, a resort-style pool and a clubhouse lounge area.
Makaiwa Hills will feature 4,100 residential homes on 1,856 acres in Kapolei. Located above the flat plains of Kapolei, in the Waianae foothills, Makaiwa Hills will offer a variety of housing options, including apartments, single-family homes, mixed-use areas, schools and a new shopping center. First planned in the 1970s, James Campbell Company LLC continues to make steps toward completing its construction.
Locations agents are the experts in the Kapolei real estate market.With years of experience living and working in Kapolei, Locations agents are always available to help you learn more about the area and find the right home to fit your needs
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