Pearl City Neighborhood Guide

To the north of Pearl Harbor, the comfortable, closely-knit community of Pearl City is conveniently located and filled with beautiful parks, splendid shopping, and all the amenities to call this historic neighborhood home. 

Located between the neighborhoods of Waipahu to the west and Aiea to the east, Pearl City is an easy commute to both Honolulu and Oahu’s “second city,” Kapolei. Pearl City has a population around 50,000, with more than 50 percent of residents being civilians.

Interesting Facts

  • In the early 1880s, Pearl City was the final stop on the original Oahu Railway, which transported both pineapples and passengers and sugarcane and supplies to the military bases.
  • Pearl City Little League teams have been in the Little League World Series finals in 1988, 1998, 2007, and 2017. 
  • Brook Antoinette Mahealani Lee, born in Pearl City, was Miss Hawaii USA in 1997, and then went on to become Miss USA 1997 and finally Miss Universe 1997.

Transportation

Commute Time. The average travel time to work is 30 minutes, according to the U.S. Census from 2012-2016. With minimal traffic, it takes 25 minutes to go to Honolulu and 20 minutes to arrive in Kapolei.

Buses. TheBUS serves Pearl City with routes 53, 73, 43, 54, 11, 32, 20, 40, and 42.

History

The shallow waters of Pearl Harbor, known as Wai Momi (“Waters of Pearl”) to the Hawaiians, once bore oysters filled with magnificent pearls along with plentiful fish. In the 1880s, the mountainous areas of Pearl City were transformed to rice paddies – with cattle and water buffalos plowing the fields. After the construction of the Oahu Railway by businessman Benjamin Dillingham in the late 19th century, the sugar industry reached the then-developing neighborhood of Pearl City, providing jobs for residents in the sugar plantations and factories. In 1899, the United States Navy established the Pearl Harbor base, and in 2010, joined Hickam Air Force Base to create the now Joint Base Pearl-Harbor Hickam. 

Real Estate Statistics

Pearl City Housing

Restaurants

Matsuzaka-Tei. 1029 Makolu Street. Clean, affordable, Japanese fast food featuring bowls, udon noodles, and bentos. 

Button Up Cafe. 719 Kamehameha Highway. Serving beautiful breakfasts and brunch – from local loco moco to towering stuffed Oreo French toast. 

La Tour Cafe. 1140 Kuala Street. Fresh French, local fusion food open from brunch to dinner. Featuring fresh salads, freshly-baked bread, refreshing beverages, and a decadent display of macarons.

Sadie’s BBQ Inn. 850 Kamehameha Highway. Delicious Korean BBQ open from brunch to dinner. Try Sadie’s Special featuring BBQ chicken, fried mandoo, fried shrimp, meat jun, and king kalbi. They are located next to Long’s and Ben Franklin.

The Pearl. 96-045 Ala Ike Street. Located on the Leeward Community College campus, indulge in a fusion of cuisine created and cooked by culinary students. They are open Wednesday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters and offer vegan options upon request.

Thai Lao Restaurant. 803 Kamehameha Highway. Serving sit-down or take out Laotian and Thai lunches and dinners with five-star service. 

Spicy Ahi & BBQ. 98-1254 Kaahumanu Street. Japanese and BBQ, miso salmon and vegetable tempura, sushi and salad – Spicy Ahi & BBQ offers a variety of dishes for lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Saturday. Many dishes are vegan-friendly.

Palisades Drive Inn. 2321 Auhuhu Street. Tasty Hawaiian, Chinese fusion with inexpensive and big portions. Some popular plates are Chinese chicken salad, garlic pork chops, and chicken katsu. They also offer catering.

Daiichi Ramen Pearl City. 1029 Makolu Street. Warm, reasonably priced, and delicious ramen with excellent service. Tan tan ramen is the specialty, but they also serve katsu ramen and mouth-watering fried rice.

Miki’s. 1001 Lehua Avenue. Serving late-night, local Hawaiian eats (open from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. seven days a week), such as teri meatballs, beef stew, pasteles, and pinapaitan. 

Shopping and Entertainment

Pearl City Shopping Center. 850 Kamehameha Highway. With a bowling alley – Leeward Bowl, grocery stores – Foodland and Don Quijote, a place for keiki to play – Chuck E. Cheese, and more, Pearl City has a variety of stores and entertainment options.

Pearl City Gateway. 1150 Kuala Street. Across the street from Walmart, Pearl City Gateway features a Petco, Longs Drugs, McDonalds, T.J. Maxx, credit union, and a variety of eateries.

The Leeward Theatre. 96-045 Ala Ike. Located on the Leeward Community College campus, view a variety of groups perform plays, ballets, musicals, comedies, and pageants.

Parks

Oahu Urban Garden Center. 955 Kamehameha Highway. A unique and beautiful urban garden located in the heart of Pearl City. Explore the many gardens, including the rose, butterfly, labyrinth, and children’s gardens, learn more about the flora and fauna, or find a shady spot to relax. Free, keiki-friendly, and open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pacheco Neighborhood Park. 1062 Waimano Home Road. With tons of parking, an open grassy area, a recreational center, a softball field, and a basketball court, this park is great for parties and festivals or a daily dose of outdoor activity.

Manana Community Park. 1310 Waimano Home Road. This is a well-lit park with bathrooms, playgrounds, baseball fields, and basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts. There is also a skate park! Play on the courts or relax at the picnic tables with your take-out lunch. This park is bustling on the weekends with sporting events.

Pearl City District Park and Pool. 785 Ho‘oma‘ema‘e Street.  In the center of Pearl City with a view of Pearl Harbor, the Pearl City District Park has abundant parking with many facilities, including a public swimming pool, a gymnasium, basketball and tennis courts, and a baseball field.

Shigeo Ushiro Manana Neighborhood Park. 1550 Kuahaka Street. This comfortable park offers a swimming pool, basketball court, volleyball court, playground, and restrooms – a place for the entire family to enjoy.

Pacific Palisades Community Park. 2282 Auhuhu Street. Play on the playground, basketball court, baseball field, or enjoy the stunning view of Pearl City from this park in the mountains. Clean restrooms and parking also available. 

Waiau District Park. 98-1650 Kaahumanu Street. A well-kept and beautiful Honolulu City & County park with multi-use fields, a large pavilion, and big beautiful trees.

Hiking

Waimano Loop Trail. Waimano Home Road. Wander through the rainforests to discover pools, waterfalls, a ridge trail, and lava tubes. Bug spray and hiking boots suggested!

Manana Trail. Komo Mai Drive. With fantastic, tranquil views, the Manana Trail is a challenging trail with a section called “cardiac hill.” It is a five-mile hike ending at Ko‘olau Range Summit. Manana Trail connects to the Waimano Trail, so hikers can have a dip in the pools underneath the waterfalls.

Biking

Pearl Harbor Bike Path. Starting just past the USS Arizona Memorial and Pearl Harbor Marina, the Pearl Harbor Bike Path goes along the makai side of Pearl City and ends at Waipi‘o Point Access Road. This five-mile ride crosses wooden bridges and has some long straight stretches. Views include industrial areas, naval ships, and the stunning Hawaiian waters.  

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

Pearl City People

Schools 

Pearl City High (Public)
2100 Hookiekie Street
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782
808-307-5500
https://www.pchs.k12.hi.us/

“Pearl City offers many services to meet the needs of a diverse student population. The school uses small learning communities to increase personalization for students and improve student achievement. Co-curricular opportunities include Math Team, Science Olympiad, Future Farmers of America, Future Community and Career Leaders of America, Health Occupations Students of America, and the Spanish, Japanese, Red Cross, Polynesian, robotics, and drama clubs. The school encourages parent involvement through the School Community Council and the Parent Teacher Student Association. Parents support students through the band program, athletics and project graduation,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Highlands Intermediate (Public)
1460 Hoolaulea Street
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782
808-453-6480
http://www.highlands.k12.hi.us/

“With a stable staff, Highlands Intermediate offers a broad range of courses, from remedial to those for the gifted and talented. Teachers in core subjects are teamed and share common students to provide a nurturing environment with positive relationships. Highlands Intermediate has implemented standards-based instruction in all subject areas with a focus on reading, writing and math. Students are challenged with rigorous and relevant courses of study that prepare them for high school, post-secondary education and careers. Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills are emphasized through studies in robotics, 3D Computer Assisted Design, Microscopy and Global Leadership,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Lehua Elementary (Public)
791 Lehua Avenue
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782
808-307-3700
http://lehua.k12.hi.us/Lehua_Elementary_School/Home.html

“Lehua Elementary supports a college-going culture. Morning messages with college-and career-readiness goals have been produced by students and faculty. Every student uses a planner for homework and home-school communication. On Fridays, the faculty wears college shirts or colors and speak about college with the students. The school has implemented Advancement Via Individual Determination strategies to grade 6. A curriculum aligned with the Common Core State Standards is being implemented for all grades,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Manana Elementary (Public)
1147 Kumano Street
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782
808-307-5300
http://www.manana.k12.hi.us/Home.html

“Manana Elementary is a professional, positive and caring school where student needs are met. Standards-based instruction empowers students with opportunities to become respectful and responsible members of our increasingly global society. The school's beliefs include: Students learn at different rates and in various ways; Learning experiences should be meaningfully connected to oneself and applied to life; Personal accountability is important for success. Na Keiki O Manana, the school chorus, has performed for schools, hospitals and retirement centers on the islands of Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii, as well as on the mainland. Manana Elementary also has other programs, including enrichment classes, a math team, robotics, junior police officers, track team and student council. Strong community and family support are demonstrated through the School Community Council, an active Parent Teacher Organization, and numerous community volunteers,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Momilani Elementary (Public)
2130 Hookiekie Street
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782
808-307-5800
https://www.momilani.k12.hi.us/

“‘Quality education in a safe, caring environment’ reflects Momilani Elementary’s commitment to excellence in all aspects of teaching and learning. Staff strive to improve the instructional strategies and curriculum to challenge every child. The school enjoys strong parent, community and business support. Extracurricular activities include foreign language, art, music, dance, intramurals and drama. Collaboration, teamwork, shared vision and shared leadership are the driving forces behind Momilani Elementary's effective research-based school improvement process,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Palisades Elementary (Public)
2306 Auhuhu Street
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782
808-453-6550
https://sites.google.com/a/palisades.k12.hi.us/pes/

“Striving toward excellence, Palisades Elementary focuses on school improvement through increased student achievement of standards, parent and community involvement and professional development. In addition to the general curriculum, the school integrates computer technology and enrichment programs with a focus on math, physical education and Hawaiian studies. Teachers utilize technology to engage students with rigorous and relevant lessons. Students in need of additional instruction are tutored during and after school. Students can participate in afterschool activities such as LEGO building, robotics, crafts, mandarin, ukulele and hula. Palisades Elementary welcomes parents and has an active Parent Teacher Organization,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Pearl City Elementary (Public)
1090 Waimano Home Road
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782
808-453-6455
http://www.pearlcity-es.org/

“Pearl City Elementary's mission is to provide a safe, encouraging environment so our students will feel academically, socially, and emotionally connected to school. Students learn through project-based technology resources so they can integrate critical thinking with practical application in all core subjects. The school's academic and financial plan is aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Students have access to afterschool, intersession (fall, winter and spring) as well as summer reading and math tutorials. As a NASA Explorer Alumni School, the curriculum focuses on STEM-G (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Geography) instruction. Resource teachers in music, computer technology and gifted and talented program provide a wide array of enrichment lessons. Student organizations such as Book Club, Math League Club, Chorus, Student Council, Positive Action Club, Junior Police Officer, Library Club and Robotics Club provide enrichment instruction. Afterschool programs include violin, art media, music and reading,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Pearl City Highlands Elementary (Public)
1419 Waimano Home Road
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782
808-453-6470
http://www.pches.org/

“Pearl City Highlands Elementary is committed to excellence and its programs emphasize high academic standards, a positive learning environment and parental involvement. In addition to a standards-based core curriculum, the school provides the following supplemental programs to provide a comprehensive education: gifted and talented, music, physical education, Hawaiiana, art, music and multimedia. A Systemic Intervention Support program provides timely and targeted intervention for students and seeks to support all students in their learning. It also provides teacher intervention and support as they continue to implement research-based strategies to improve student achievement,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Waiau Elementary (Public)
98-450 Hookanike Street
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782
808-453-6530
https://www.waiauelementary.org/

“Waiau Elementary strives to develop positive relationships in a safe and nurturing environment and create a respectful and responsible community of individuals who love learning. The school offers a wide range of learning opportunities that include Hawaiian language immersion, literacy, primary school adjustment, special education, English language learner, pre-plus preschool and arts education. Technology is incorporated into the curriculum to enhance student learning. Students have the opportunity to learn through the visual and performing arts, including the Hui ‘Ukulele, Waiau Chorus, Waiau Sound Machine (percussion group) and the Waiau Violin Group. The balanced curriculum offered at Waiau Elementary meets the interests, strengths and needs of all students. The Parent Teacher Association, Na Mamo A Haloa, and School Community Council are major stakeholders in the community. Parental support is key to the success of the students,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

The Children’s House (Private, Preschool and Elementary)
1840 Komo Mai Dr
Pearl City, HI 96782
808-455-4131
www.childrenshousehawaii.org

“Since its establishment in 1965, The Children’s House has followed the Montessori approach to educating children. Fundamentally, we believe that each child has the ability to learn, given a well-prepared environment as well as the opportunity to move freely within that environment at his or her own pace. A full range of materials is offered for all children, so that they may work and advance at a rate that is comfortable for them. We believe this independence in the classroom helps children develop intrinsic motivation and an authentic desire to learn. Over the years, we have been able to integrate other materials into our program, especially at the elementary level, while still remaining true to our Montessori values. When evaluating curricula, we look for programs that allow for experiential and independent learning. All content areas and fields of study can be tied back to God’s Creation. We strive to guide children towards enthusiasm for learning and an appreciation of all that He has made,” according to childrenshousehawaii.org.

Hospitals and Health Centers

Pali Momi Medical Center
98-1079 Moanalua Rd, Aiea, HI 96701
Open 24 hours
808-486-4000

Urgent Care Hawaii
1245 Kuala Street, Pearl City, Hawaii 96782
Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
808-784-2273

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 Moanalua Medical Center
3288 Moanalua Rd, Honolulu, HI 96819
Open 24 hours
808- 432-0000

Emergency Hurricane Shelters

The following hurricane evacuation shelters are provided by the City and Country 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. 

Highlands Intermediate
1460 Hoolaulea Street
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782

Lehua Elementary 
791 Lehua Avenue
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782

Momilani Elementary 
2130 Hookiekie Street
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782

Palisades Elementary 
2306 Auhuhu Street
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782

Pearl City High
2100 Hookiekie Street
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782

Pearl City Highlands Elementary 
1419 Waimano Home Road
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782

Waiau Elementary 
98-450 Hookanike Street
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782

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