Kāneʻohe Neighborhood Guide

Between the stunning Ko‘olau mountain range and glistening Kāneʻohe Bay, lies the peaceful, culturally-rich community of Kāneʻohe. Kāneʻohe is the largest town on the windward side of O‘ahu, but the enclave surrounded by mountains and sea emulates the intimate local Hawaiian lifestyle. Fish, snorkel, scuba dive, kayak to Coconut Island, or boat to the famous sandbar for a day of relaxation at Kāneʻohe Bay. Enjoy the natural beauty: hike in the mountains; golf along the water; watch waterfalls; or spot a rainbow after the rain.

With three highways transgressing the mountains – the H-3, the Pali, and the Likelike – Kāneʻohe is a quick commute to Honolulu or Kapolei. Marine Corps Base Hawaii is located on the Mokapu Peninsula, making Kāneʻohe a great neighborhood for military members as well. And with Windward Community College, Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Garden, a mall, parks, a variety of schools, and more, the picturesque Kāneʻohe community has all the amenities to live comfortably while enjoying the cool trade winds and lush landscapes.

History

Kāneʻohe means “bamboo man” in Hawaiian, accredited to the legend of a wife who compared her cruel husband to the sharp edge of a bamboo knife. The Kāneʻohe ahupua‘a, or district, produced an abundance of agriculture for early inhabitants. Taro, bananas, breadfruit, and more were farmed in the rich soils, and Hawaiians built innovative fishponds along Kāneʻohe Bay, bringing a variety of fish to their diets. 

After the unification of the islands and the release of the lands from Hawaiian ali‘i control, the Castle family acquired the rich soil. Harold Castle started Kaneohe Ranch in 1917, with cattle roaming the beautiful lands. Small plantations were established, growing pineapples and bananas and bringing workers from around the world. With the boom of commercial farming came houses, stores, and small community centers, and the deterioration of the historic fishponds.

In 1918, the U.S. Army began to develop a base on the eastern side of Mōkapu Peninsula, Fort Kuwaaohe. In 1938, the western side of the peninsula was utilized by the Navy. On December 7, 1941, seven minutes before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Naval Air Station in Kāneʻohe was attacked. In 1951 the Marines assumed control of the peninsula, renaming the base Marine Corps Base Hawaii in 1994. 

After the end of World War II, with the surge in demand for housing and the decline of the Castle family’s economic stability, the rich lands of Kāneʻohe began to transform into residential properties. When the Pali Highway opened in 1962, more people moved to the windward side, creating the cozy community of Kāneʻohe of today.

Real Estate Statistics

Kaneohe Housing

Restaurants

Haleiwa Joe’s. 46-336 Haiku Road. Tucked in a neighborhood community, surrounded by the lush landscapes of Kāneʻohe, and with views of the Ko‘olau mountains, this restaurant has a tranquil ambiance. Open for dinner, they serve decadent dishes and have a full bar. They have a popular Sunday brunch, which includes prime rib.

Fresh Catch. 45-1118 Kamehameha Highway. This fish is fresh! Try the delicious poke or plate lunches. With friendly workers and easy parking, Fresh Catch is a great place for a quick lunch or dinner. 

Dean’s Drive Inn. 45-270 William Henry Road. Grab a traditional local plate for lunch or dinner from Sunday to Thursday. Try the popular ahi cakes or chopped steak.

Kogi Aina. 46-138 Kahuhipa Street. Serving fresh ingredients and mouth-watering broths, this hot pot place with great service will surely satisfy.

Local Boy Sushi. 46-026 Kamehameha Highway. Literally a hole-in-the-wall, this place serves a variety of fresh sushi rolls and poke bowls. Save room for the bread pudding!

Chile Relleno. 47-388 Hui Iwa Street, Ste 18. Located in the Valley of the Temples at the Ko‘olau Shopping Center, this nicely-decorated Mexican restaurant has fresh and delicious traditional dishes along with vegan-friendly modifications. 

Kits n Koa. 45-1117 Kamehameha Highway. A Thai restaurant that is great for take-out or eating in a cute, clean space. 

Saigon Noodle House. 45-1151 Kamehameha Highway, Ste D. This local establishment serves delish Vietnamese food, including pho and an array of combination plates. The service is five stars.

Kikuya. 46-148 Kahuhipa Street. A long-time local Japanese restaurant located in the heart of Kāneʻohe. Favorite dishes include the fried akule and miso butterfish. 

Kim Chee Restaurant. 46-010 Kamehameha Highway. Open from breakfast to dinner, this Korean restaurant offers a variety of dishes and is great for take-out. They also have family platters available.

Shopping and Entertainment

Windward Mall. 46-056 Kamehameha Highway. An enclosed mall featuring a Macy’s, Sears, a movie theater and more. Park in one of the many spots and enjoy strolling through all the shops. The mall hosts a farmers’ market every Wednesday and Sunday along with other seasonal family-friendly events.

Kaneohe Bay Shopping Center. 46-047 Kamehameha Highway. With a Long’s Drugs, Safeway, Petco, a variety of restaurants, and more, this shopping center seems to have it all. 

Windward City Shopping Center. 45-480 Kaneohe Bay Drive. This center has a broad selection of merchants, including a Ross, Foodland, 24 Hour Fitness, and more. There is also a satellite Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), expediting car paperwork.

Golfing

Pali Golf Course. 45-050 Kamehameha Highway. An affordable public course with beautiful views.

Ko‘olau Golf Club. 45-550 Kionaole Road. Play a challenging round of golf through the rainforest while viewing mountain cliffs. They also have a pro shop and event venue space.

Bayview Golf Course. 45-285 Kaneohe Bay Drive. A short course on lush fairways. There is also a pro shop and driving range. 

Parks

Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Garden. 45-680 Luluku Road. A large botanical garden filled with lush plants, walking trails, benches, plenty of parking, a visitors’ center, and a pond, which has catch-and-release fishing sessions for the keiki on the weekends.

Valley of the Temples. 47-200 Kahekili Highway. A 240-acre private park and mortuary honoring many religious traditions. The beautiful lands have a Zen garden, wild peacocks, meditation pavilion, reflection pond, and more. 

He‘eia State Park. 46-465 Kamehameha Highway. With panoramic views of the bay, have a picnic in this cozy park that has well-maintained restroom facilities, a gift shop, and banquet halls.

Kapunahala Neighborhood Park. 45-828 Anoi Road. Next to Kapunahala Elementary, this park has basketball and volleyball courts, playground equipment, shaded seating areas, and restroom facilities.

Kaneohe District Park. 45-691 Keaahala Road. This park seems to have it all: outdoor tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts, a skate park, a free Olympic-sized pool, an indoor gymnasium, a playground, and restroom facilities. There is also gorgeous green grassy areas and various organized activities throughout the year.

Kaneohe Beach Park. 45-15 Waikalua Road. This waterfront park has tennis and basketball courts, a large level field, and restroom facilities. 

Hiking

Waihe‘e Falls Hike. Starts at the end of Waihe‘e Road. A relatively easy hike with a swimming pond about 20 minutes in. Continue along the trail for a while and you will arrive at Hamama Falls. Bug spray and sunscreen recommended.

Pu‘u Ma‘eli‘eli Digging Hill. Off Hui Iwa Street across from the Valley of the Temples. A steep hill with rewarding panoramic views of Kaneohe and the Bay. It is muddy after the rain.

Oneawa Hills. Start in the Friendship Garden on Kokokahi Place. A moderate to difficult three- to seven-mile loop hike with steep ascents. There are remarkable views of Kaneohe and the Kapa‘a Quarry.

Biking

Hawaii Department of Transportation Bike Map Oahu (Above): http://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/bike-map-oahu/

Oahu Bicycling League Bike Map: https://www.hbl.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/OahuBikeMap_COMPLETE_14x28in_04.02.17Reduced.pdf

People

Kaneohe People

Schools 

Castle High (Public)

45-386 Kaneohe Bay Drive

Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744 

808-233-5600

http://www.castlehs.k12.hi.us/ 

“Castle High School has a way of ‘keeping its people,’ as many alumni have returned to the school to teach, work or volunteer. Staff are committed to addressing schoolwide learner outcomes and transitioning students to successful post-secondary pursuits. At Castle High, every sophomore enters one of the six state-specified career pathways and prepares for and participates in a mock interview with industry members,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Governor Samuel Wilder King Intermediate (Public)

46-155 Kamehameha Highway

Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744 

808-233-5727

https://www.king.k12.hi.us/  

“King Intermediate provides students with a balance of academic and co-curricular choices to meet their needs. The school offers honors classes in core subjects and a myriad of electives. Co-curricular opportunities include cross country, volleyball, basketball and track. Each year, math students and teachers sponsor an elementary school Math Meet where students from area schools compete by solving challenging math problems. A partnership with After-School All-Stars to provide tutoring services and other activities has allowed students to gain leadership skills, helped increase achievement and reduce behavioral incidents,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Ahuimanu Elementary (Public)

47-470 Hui Aeko Place

Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744 

808-239-3125

https://www.ahuimanu.k12.hi.us...  

“Ahuimanu Elementary provides an integrated inquiry-based thematic curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking skills and behaviors. All students are supported through the Comprehensive Student Support System with an array of services such as instructional interventions, English language learners, special education, the Castle Complex 5Rs Character education program and language arts program for gifted and talented students,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Heeia Elementary (Public)
46-202 Haiku Road
Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744 
808-233-5677
https://www.heeiahawks.org/

“He'eia Elementary has in place a system to create articulation among teachers within each grade level. Teachers meet to collect and analyze data, and to review progress and plan for student achievement. Grade representatives meet in committees (math, science, and literacy) to generate a schoolwide standards-based curriculum. Committees drive the school’s curriculum to ensure educators meet students’ academic needs,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Kaneohe Elementary (Public)

45-495 Kamehameha Highway

Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744 

808-233-5633

http://kaneohe-el.com  

“A highly qualified teaching staff at Kāne‘ohe Elementary commits to providing students rigorous, integrated and relevant learning experiences that result in high student achievement. Educators set high expectations and provide all students with challenging curricula and effective instructional and assessment practices that enable them to become productive citizens and meet the global challenges of the 21st Century. The school offers a variety of curricular and enrichment activities, which include Castle Speech Festival, Castle Performing Arts Program, Literature Arts Café afterschool and summer programs, First Lego League Robotics, volleyball and basketball teams, student council and Junior Patrol Officer program, among many others. Kāne‘ohe Elementary values its active parent organization as well as the School Community Council to assist in school improvement initiatives,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Kapunahala Elementary (Public)

45-828 Anoi Road

Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744

808-233-5650

https://www.kapunahala.k12.hi.... 

“Kapunahala Elementary's staff, families and community members partner toward quality and continuous improvement with an emphasis on literacy and higher-level thinking skills. The school's educational programs provide equal access to a rigorous and enriching learning experience for every student. The faculty is engaged in data teams with discussions focused on increasing student achievement. Kapunahala Elementary offers a variety of curricular and extracurricular activities, including performing arts, green projects, Junior Patrol Officers, and science, technology, engineering and math programs. The student council is active and organizes events to support students’ healthy lifestyles. Kapunahala Elementary also hosts events to support smooth transitions for students. The school believes parent engagement is key to student success and strives to build relationships with its school community,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Reverend Benjamin Parker Elementary (Public)

45-259 Waikalua Road

Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744

808-233-5686

http://benjaminparkerschool.we...  

“Parker Elementary uses data to drive all instructional initiatives and school improvement efforts. Educators analyze and disaggregate school data to adjust teaching strategies and pacing maps. The school has a one-to-one laptop program. Students who have completed their work or need more practice in certain subjects work on laptops at their own pace, as the software corrects and informs the child of his or her progress. Computers also allow teachers to differentiate assignments for the class. Parker Elementary has utilized grant funds to provide research-based reading and mathematics programs, as well as an afterschool supplemental tutorial program in math and reading. A partnership with Kamehameha Schools’ Bishop Estate in the form of the Kamehameha Schools Literacy Instruction and Support provides services to K-3 students,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Puohala Elementary (Public)

45-233 Kulauli Street

Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744

808-305-5900

https://puohala.weebly.com/  

“Pū'ōhala Elementary focuses on standards-based teaching and learning with an emphasis on math, reading and science. A strong English program is complemented by a Hawaiian language immersion program where all subjects are standards-based and taught in the Hawaiian language for the entire school day. English is introduced into the immersion program at grade 5, allowing immersion students to be bilingual when they complete grade 6. Pū'ōhala El will add grade 7 Hawaiian immersion in 2018-19, and grade 8 Hawaiian immersion in 2019-20. English medium students will continue to be served by King Intermediate. Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate supports literacy through The Literacy Instruction and Support Division that focuses on developing writing skills for K-3 students through art, music and cultural awareness. A College for Every Student program available for students in grades 4-6 provides mentoring, goal setting and college visitations to raise college awareness,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Hospitals and Health Centers

Adventist Health Castle

640 Ulukahiki St, Kailua, HI 96734

Open 24 hours

808-263-5500

Kaiser Permanente Koolau Medical Clinic

45-602 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744

Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday

808-432-2000

Straub Kaneohe Family Health Center

46-056 Kamehameha Hwy #221, Kaneohe, HI 96744

Open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday

808-233-6200

Windward Urgent Care

45-1141 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744

Open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Sunday

808-234-1094

Emergency Hurricane Shelters

The following hurricane evacuation shelters are provided by the City and County of Honolulu Department of Emergency Management to offer some protection from high winds, flying debris, storm surges, and flooding. If possible, the Department of Emergency Management recommends the public to “Shelter-in-Place.” Note that more information about shelters will be broadcast over local media and official social media sites during an emergency. Also, you should bring a three-day supply of food, water, clothing, medication, personal hygiene items, and a mat or cot for sleeping, since the shelters are not stocked with supplies. 

Castle High 

45-386 Kaneohe Bay Drive

Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744 

Governor Samuel Wilder King Intermediate

46-155 Kamehameha Highway

Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744 

Ahuimanu Elementary 

47-470 Hui Aeko Place

Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744 

Heeia Elementary 

46-202 Haiku Road

Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744 

Kaneohe Elementary 

45-495 Kamehameha Highway

Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744 

Kapunahala Elementary 

45-828 Anoi Road

Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744

Reverend Benjamin Parker Elementary 

45-259 Waikalua Road

Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744

Puohala Elementary 

45-233 Kulauli Street

Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744

Transportation

Commute Time. The average travel time to work is 29 minutes, according to the U.S. Census from 2012-2016. With minimal traffic, it takes 20 minutes to go to Honolulu and 32 minutes to arrive in Kapolei. 

Buses. TheBUS serves Kaneohe with routes 55, 56, 57, 57A, 65, and 77. 

Interesting Facts

  • The annual Kaneohe Bay Air Show on the Marine Corps Base Hawaii showcases the breathtaking skills of the US Navy Blue Angels pilots.
  • The Byodo-In Temple in Valley of the Temples Memorial Park opened on June 7, 1968, commemorating 100 years after the first Japanese immigrants arrived in Hawaii.
  • The sandbar in Kāneʻohe Bay is a raised strip of land about a mile offshore, attracting many boaters on the weekends to relax in the shallow waters.


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