Kapolei Neighborhood Guide

Oahu’s thriving “Second City,” Kapolei, is located at the base of the Waianae Mountain Range on the leeward coast. After a plan to transform the former sugarcane and pineapple fields commenced in the 1980s, diverse developers have built an array of housing options. Along with the housing has come new shopping centers, parks, schools, medical centers, government buildings, universities, entertainment, eating options, and more. Today there are over 12,000 homes and condos in Kapolei, and the Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting expects there to be more than 50,000 residences by 2035. 

While Kapolei continues construction, adding even more amenities like Honolulu Rail stops, the plan for development ensures it retains a local community feel. The regional plan advocates for sustainable, pedestrian-friendly growth with gardens, community services, and a focus on technology – making Kapolei an exciting, spacious, westside neighborhood to call home. 

Interesting Facts

  • According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the median age of Kapolei residents is 31.9 years, and the average household size is 3.43 people. The median income is more than a third higher than Oahu’s as a whole.
  • The Hawaiian Railway Society operates the O‘ahu Railroad on restored tracks from the plantation era. 
  • In 2012, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) opened its Kalaeloa field office in Kapolei.
  • Various developers are investing in Kapolei - they say it'll be Oahu's 2nd Honolulu. One of the newest developments includes Hoopili.

Transportation

Commute Time. The average travel time to work is 38 minutes, according to the U.S. Census from 2012-2016. With minimal traffic, it takes 30 minutes to go to Honolulu. The Honolulu Rail has planned stops at East Kapolei and UH West Oahu.

Buses. TheBUS serves Kapolei with routes 40, 41, 413, 414, 415, and 416. 

History

Kapolei is named after a volcanic hill, Pu‘u O Kapolei, which is found today in Kapolei Regional Park. According to Hawaiian legends, Kapo was the goddess of fertility and the sister to Pele, the goddess of fire. The word “lei” in Kapolei refers to the ring or “lei” of light that is seen around the hill during the winter solstice.

In 1877, Irish businessman James Campbell bought 40,000 acres of land in the Ewa plains (now known as Ewa Beach), which included Kapolei. With the discovery of a water reserve and the building of a well, the dry barren land was transformed into thriving sugar and pineapple plantations. 

Due to the passing of Campbell in 1900 and the looming end of the plantation era, the Estate of James Campbell created an “Ewa Master Plan” in 1955, which proposed turning the agricultural land into residential communities. After several revisions of the original plan and the designation of Kapolei as Oahu’s second city, construction began in the late 1980s. Today, many of the original development objectives have been obtained: businesses, government offices, sidewalks, bike lanes, and energy efficient technologies. And with Kapolei’s ongoing growth, the transformation of the once barren land continues.

Real Estate Statistics

Kapolei Housing

Restaurants

Plantation Tavern. 590 Farrington Highway. Open from lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Sunday, Plantation Tavern serves local and Hawaiian food. Have an appetizer of poke nachos, the garlic chicken for an entrée, and top it off with pineapple upside-down cake for dessert. 

My Cafe. 563 Farrington Highway, Ste 101B. Serving Japanese-inspired brunch options like chocolate taro haupia pancakes and kalua pig hash, this place has delicious food with friendly service.

DB Grill. 4450 Kapolei Parkway.  The delicious dishes, tasty drinks, and clean venue make this restaurant and bar located in Kapolei Commons a great place to gather. 

Takumi Japanese Restaurant & Bar. 4850 Kapolei Parkway, Ste 401. A Japanese establishment with a large menu that includes their popular okonomiyaki options.

Hot Pot Heaven. 590 Farrington Highway, Ste 13. Select your broth, meats, and vegetables, and then enjoy tasty hot pot. They serve complimentary mochi ice cream and have happy hour special pricing from 2 to 5 p.m. daily.

Limon Rotisserie. 91-5431 Kapolei Parkway, Ste 501. A beautiful Peruvian restaurant serving stylish food and drinks that will surely satisfy. 

Sushi Bay. 590 Farrington Highway, Ste 130. Located in Kapolei Marketplace, locals love this conveyer-belt sushi joint that serves huge portions of fish at great prices. 

Tasty Shack. 4850 Kapolei Parkway, Ste 404. This Vietnamese restaurant lives up to its name – offering tasty spring rolls, bahn mi, pho, and more for takeout, delivery, or eating in the restaurant.

Ono Steak & Shrimp. 590 Farrington Highway. Grab a delicious lunch or dinner from their array of local plate options.

Thai Lao Restaurant. 563 Farrington Highway. A hole-in-the-wall gem serving Thai and Lao food in a clean, nicely decorated restaurant with great service.

Shopping and Entertainment

Ka Makana Ali‘i. 91-5431 Kapolei Parkway. A new, outdoor center that features more than 100 stores, restaurants, and a state-of-the-art Consolidated Theatres. Retailers include H&M, Macy’s, Old Navy, and Reyn Spooner. Every Wednesday and Sunday, the center hosts a farmers’ market.

Kapolei Commons. 4450 Kapolei Parkway. The expanding Kapolei Commons features a movie theater, unique eating options, and big-box stores like T.J. Maxx, Target, Petco, OfficeMax, and Ross.

Kapolei Shopping Center. 91-Farrington Highway. A bustling open-air center with shopping, dining, and entertainment. Enjoy the Fun Factory as a family. Fill a prescription at Long’s. Grocery shop at Safeway or get a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants.

Kapolei Village Center. 4850 Kapolei Parkway. Get your groceries at Foodland, your haircut at Great Clips, or your dinner at Teddy’s Bigger Burger. This center provides a plethora of convenient options.

Wet’n’Wild Hawaii. 400 Farrington Highway. A fun waterpark for the whole family. Attentive lifeguards and space for lounging or parties. They have special package deals.

The Salvation Army Kroc Center. 91-3257 Kualakai Parkway. With a mini water park, climbing wall, food court, basketball court, and more, the Kroc Center offers a fun escape for local families.

Ko‘Olina. 92-1480 Aliinui Drive. A large resort area with four man-made lagoons, hotels, spas, restaurants, a golf course, and more. Ko’Olina is a peaceful place to relax.

Coral Crater Adventure Park. 91-1780 Midway Road. A place for family fun and adventure! They have several zip lines, an aerial obstacle course, climbing wall, ATV tours, and more. 

Golfing

Ko Olina Golf Club. 92-1220 Aliinui Drive. This pristine course has hosted the PGA tour and features a driving range, pro shop, lessons, and an upscale restaurant, Roy’s.

Kapolei Golf Club. 91-701 Farrington Highway. A private club with a very green course. They also have a large putting green, driving range, pro shop, venue space, and plenty of parking.

Barbers Point Golf Course. 2249 Essex Road. Enjoy the long, uncrowded course or hit some balls at the driving range. 

Parks

Kapolei Regional Park. Manawai. A well-kept park with fun playground equipment, a huge open field, a skatepark, and clean restroom facilities.

Kapolei Community Park. 91-1049 Kamaaha Loop. Near the regional park, this community park has playground equipment, an open grassy area, and restroom facilities.

Kamokila Community Park. 91-015 Farrington Highway. A smaller park with a basketball court, volleyball courts, and clean restrooms. 

Kahe Point Beach Park. 92-301 Farrington Highway. Known as Electric Beach, this park attracts experienced divers and snorkelers along with families looking for leisure. 

Kokane Park at Hoopili. 9X27+P9 Ewa, Ewa Beach, HI. The modern park. Safe, secure, and the newest playground equipment around.

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Hiking

Ko Olina Beach Park Walking Trail. A paved path running several miles between the Ko‘Olina lagoons and resort areas. There are gorgeous views and several beaches along the way. Parking and restrooms are also available. 

Surfing

Barbers Point. Located at the end of Olai Street near Germaine’s Luau. This uncrowded reef break has long lefts during head-high south swells.

Biking

Hawaii Department of Transportation Bike Map Oahu
Oahu Bicycling League Bike Map

People

Kapolei People

Schools 

Kapolei High (Public)
91-5007 Kapolei Parkway
Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
808-692-8200
https://www.kapoleihigh.org/
 

“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.

Kapolei Middle (Public)
91-5335 Kapolei Parkway
Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
808-693-7025
http://www.kapoleimid.k12.hi.u...
  

“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 multi-track school and runs on a special calendar,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Barbers Point Elementary (Public)
3001 Boxer Road
Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
808-673-7400
http://barbers.k12.hi.us/
  

“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,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Kapolei Elementary (Public)
91-1119 Kamaaha Loop
Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
808-305-8700
http://kapoleielementary.org/
  

“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,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Hookele Elementary (Public)
511 Kunehi Street
Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
808-305-8500
http://hookele.hidoe.us
  

“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 our 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,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Hospitals and Health Centers

The Queen's Medical Center West O'ahu
91-2141 Fort Weaver Rd, Ewa Beach, HI 96706
Open 24 hours
808-691-3000

Kaiser Permanente Kapolei Clinic
599 Farrington Hwy, Kapolei, HI 96707
Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday
808-432-2000

Kapolei Health Care Center
599 Farrington Hwy, Kapolei, HI 96707
Open 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday
808-697-3800

Urgent Care Hawaii
890 Kamokila Blvd, Kapolei, HI 96707
Open 7:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
808-521-2273

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. 

Kapolei High
91-5007 Kapolei Parkway
Kapolei, Hawaii 96707

Kapolei Middle
91-5335 Kapolei Parkway
Kapolei, Hawaii 96707

Barbers Point Elementary 
3001 Boxer Road
Kapolei, Hawaii 96707

Kapolei Elementary 
91-1119 Kamaaha Loop
Kapolei, Hawaii 96707

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