Waipahu Neighborhood Guide

Between Kapolei and Pearl City lies the former sugarcane plantation town of Waipahu. With easy access to the H1 freeway and soon-to-be rail stops – the West Loch Station and the Waipahu Transit Center Station – Waipahu is in an excellent central location and a short commute to Kapolei, Pearl Harbor, the windward side, or downtown Honolulu. A variety of living options – designer homes, townhouses, condominiums – with moderate prices are available.

The City and County of Honolulu designated Waipahu as the first community to have Transit-Oriented Development (TOD), meaning there are plans for affordable family housing, parks, open spaces, connected bike paths, and a modern Farrington Highway Boulevard. Families who move to Waipahu today will discover an aloha-filled community with great public schools and a rich cultural history.


In Hawaiian, Waipahu means water exploding up – a name derived from the cool and clear water that once gushed out of a natural spring in the rocky terrain. This spring was once enjoyed by early inhabitants on Oahu and even Hawaii ali‘i, or royalty.

In 1897 the Oahu Sugar Company established a plantation and mill, bringing workers from the around the world – Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Puerto Rican, Filipino, Korean – to toil the rocky soil. The plantation workers lived in villages, which also had stores, restaurants, medical facilities, and elementary schools. In 1995, the sugar mill shut down – after nearly 100 years of operation – yet the smokestack still remains as a reminder of the molasses that once wafted from the mill.

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Waipahu Housing


Honolulu Kitchen. 94-861 Farrington Highway.  Owner, Uncle Steve Wong, offers customers a variety of delicious local Chinese choices, including garlic chicken, char sui, adobo fried rice, orange chicken, and more.

Wat Get Kitchen. 94-752C Hikimoe Street. Get your pasteles at this Puerto Rican place that is great for eat-in or take-out.

Song’s Korean BBQ. 94-750 Hikimoe Street. This hole-in-the-wall behind Times Supermarket offers surprisingly delicious Korean food.

Highway Inn. 94-226 Leoku Street. This quaint restaurant serves ono Hawaiian grinds with excellent customer service. Favorites include lomi salmon, lau lau, squid luau, and kalua pig.

Waipahu Cafe. 94-300 Farrington Highway. A cozy local diner open for breakfast and lunch. Great food at excellent prices.

Restaurant Kuni & Lounge. 94-210 Leokane Street. A longtime local establishment serving simple, homemade Japanese food at reasonable prices. Popular dishes include the vegetarian tofu steak, makunouchi beef bento, and nabeyaki udon.

Elena’s Home of the Finest Filipino Foods. 94-866 Moloalo Street, Ste D4A. Elena’s is known for delicious Filipino food and their all-day all-you-can-eat $11.50 buffet.

Thelma’s Restaurant. 94-366 Pupupani Street, Ste 116. Reasonably-priced, delicious Filipino foods. Favorites include the mini fried rice, lechon kawali, pork adobo, and sari sari. They also have a buffet.

Pho Mai Han. 94-366 Pupupani Street, Ste 102. Delicious Vietnamese food that is great for dining-in or taking-out. 

Leeward Drive Inn. 94-209 Pupukahi Street. A popular pick-up-and-eat joint, this longtime local establishment serves plate lunches, breakfast all day, ice cream, and refreshing drinks.

Shopping and Entertainment

Waikele Premium Outlets. 94-790 Lumiaina Street. Favorite brands – like Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Kate Spade, Ralph Lauren – at incredibly discounted prices attract locals and tourists alike to this amazing shopping center.

Waikele Center. 94-849 Lumiaina Street. A Petco and Lowe’s Home Improvement along with a bank, a church, medical offices, restaurants, a salon, and more can be found in this center near Waikele Outlets.

Waipio Shopping Center. 94-1040 Waipio Uka Street. This neighborhood shopping center features a Foodland and many restaurants – like Big City Diner and Outback Steakhouse – as well as a bank, salon, medical clinic, and more.

Waipahu Shopping Plaza. 94-300 Farrington Highway. In the heart of Waipahu, you can find a Longs Drugs, Savers, Filipino food, a laundromat, barbers, dentists, a bank, and more.

Waipahu Town Center. 94-050 Farrington Highway. Conveniently located near the H1 Freeway, this shopping center has a little of everything: eateries, banks, retail stores, a gas station, and a church.

Hawaii’s Plantation Village. 94-695 Waipahu Street. Walk around this outdoor museum to discover the story of Hawaii’s sugar plantations. Walk into the workers’ houses to explore these immigrants’ ways of life. The museum also displays native plants and birds along with a number of unexcepted gems – a traditional Chuukese hale, a Shinto shrine, and more.


Waipahu District Park. 24-230 Paiwa Street. An active community park with organized activities for all ages along with a multi-purpose building, a gymnasium, outdoor tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, a swimming pool, boxing gym, and a field. 

Patsy T Mink Central Oahu Regional Park. 94 Kamehameha Highway. A huge park with walking paths and more. Park at one of the many available spots to enjoy a swimming pool, playground area, baseball/softball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis courts, and archery range, and more.

Kunia Neighborhood Park. 941111 Heahea Street. In a community, this park has a large open grassy field, clean restrooms, a basketball court, tennis courts, and a playground. Perfect for a nice family day!

Kunia Neighborhood Park. 941111 Heahea Street. In a community, this park has a large open grassy field, clean restrooms, a basketball court, tennis courts, and a playground. Perfect for a nice family day!

Waikele Community Park. 94 Lumiaina Street. This park has a public saltwater pool along with jungle gym, grassy area, and a lot of parking. On Sundays, there is a small farmers’ market in the morning.

Honowai Community Park. 94-660 Honowai Street. With an incredible view of Honolulu and Diamond Head crater, this park located next to the elementary school also has fields and restroom facilities.

Hoaeae Community Park. 94-709 Kaaholo Street. This clean park has lots of space for basketball, volleyball, football, and tennis. There is also a recreation center that offers activities for children and adults.

Hans L'Orange Neighborhood Park. 94-1024 Waipahu Street. Hawaii Pacific University’s Sea Warriors play on this field that was once used for athletic activities by plantation workers.

Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park. 93-061 Waipio Point Access Road. One of the nicest soccer complexes in the state with well-kept fields, water fountains, and clean bathrooms.


Waikele Country Club. 94-200 Paioa Place. Located behind Waikele Premium Outlets, this well-maintained golf course offers kama‘aina discounts. There is also a pro shop, driving range, restaurant, and event space.

Royal Kunia Country Club. 94-1509 Anonui Street. Enjoy a nice 18-hole course with some challenging holes along with friendly service and breathtaking views of Pearl Harbor and Diamond Head.

Ted Makalena Golf Course. 93-059 Waipio Point Access Road. A public course with great greens at a reasonable price. Bring your own snacks and enjoy!


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


Waipahu People


Waipahu High (Public)
94-1211 Farrington Highway
Waipahu, Hawaii 96797

“All efforts at Waipahu High revolve around the school's vision to prepare students for success in college and careers through challenging and relevant educational programs. The school's Early College High School Initiative, a partnership with the University of Hawaii, allows students to take college courses and earn credits in a number of subjects. Waipahu High has also launched several “Academies” to encourage students to identify their career interests and take relevant courses while in high school. They are Creative Media, Culinary Arts, Engineering, Finance, Hospitality and Tourism, Information Technology, Resource Management, Teacher Education, Law and Justice Administration,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Waipahu Intermediate (Public)
94-455 Farrington Highway
Waipahu, Hawaii 96797

“Waipahu Intermediate uses a Middle School reform model where core teachers keep the same students for two years. The school offers supplementary programs for students who are gifted and talented, have special needs, or are English language learners. Computer programs such as Achieve 3000, a non-fiction reading program, and Destination Math, support reading and math. Inclusion is implemented for special needs students through core classes in both grades. A variety of afterschool learning experiences are offered, including interschool athletics, robotics, junior engineering and homework assistance. The School Community Council and Parent Community Network Coordinator promote community involvement,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

August Ahrens Elementary (Public)
94-1170 Waipahu Street
Waipahu, Hawaii 96797

“Ahrens Elementary strives for excellence by aligning its programs to its vision and by supporting the state’s strategic plan. The school offers Advancement Via Individual Determination and College for Every Student -- programs that promote a college-going culture. Students in grade 6 are provided opportunities to visit local colleges, fill out college applications and participate in career day. Success for All is a school-wide reading program that incorporates cooperative learning strategies to help students in all grade levels achieve literacy. A Youth Leadership Academy addresses the needs of gifted and talented students. The school also offers robotics and physical education. Extracurricular activities include music ensemble, volleyball and basketball,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Honowai Elementary (Public)
94-600 Honowai Street
Waipahu, Hawaii 96797

“Honowai Elementary implements a balanced English language arts curriculum and the Everyday Mathematics program. Reading, writing and mathematics have been strengthened through strategies, training and programs including Singapore Math. The infusion of technology and a variety of diagnostic and tutorial supplemental online programs provide students with opportunities to strengthen and apply 21st-century skills using relevant multimedia equipment. Interactive whiteboards are used in every classroom and laptops, iPods and iPads are available in many classes. Student programs include: Junior Police Officer, intramural sports, gifted-talented/enrichment, robotics, English Language Learner Newcomer Center, student newspaper, supplemental afterschool tutoring, math club, visual media, and Read Aloud Program. Parents also participate in a Parent Math Club that meets twice a month and monthly Family Fun Nights coordinated by the Parent Community Networking Coordinator,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Kaleiopuu Elementary (Public)
94-665 Kaaholo Street
Waipahu, Hawaii 96797

“Kaleiopuu Elementary and its community have high expectations for students. The school has strong developmental reading and mathematics programs and offers targeted support to eligible students with special needs, from learning impaired to gifted and talented. Kaleiopuu Elementary integrates web-based and closed-site technology into various subject areas to prepare students for the technological world. Data is analyzed frequently to drive instruction and increase differentiation in the classroom. Parent participation in school activities is invited and welcomed. The Friends of Kaleiopuu Parent Teacher Organization and area businesses are active supporters of the school. Kaleiopuu Elementary's six-member School Community Council is comprised of parents, teachers, administration and community members who provide consistent guidance and encouragement,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Waikele Elementary (Public)
94-1035 Kukula Street
Waipahu, Hawaii 96797

“Waikele Elementary is committed to providing opportunities for all students to be prepared to live in a technological and global world. Its academic plan is designed to assure all students are college- and career-ready through the effective use of standards-based curriculum, instruction and assessment. The school strives to provide a relevant and rigorous education that embraces the fundamental beliefs that: All learners learn at different rates and in different ways; All learners need meaningful experiences in a safe, nurturing, intellectually challenging environment; All learners are valued as loving, caring stewards of our community; The optimal learning environment puts relationships at the heart of the curriculum,” according to hawaiipublicschools.org.

Waipahu Elementary (Public)
94-465 Waipahu Street
Waipahu, Hawaii 96797

“Waipahu Elementary utilizes data teams to make decisions and adjustments to curriculum and assessments through reviews of formative instruction. The school ensures students have multiple ways to demonstrate academic progress. All students in grades 4-6 utilize Advancement Via Individual Determination strategies to promote college and career readiness. An award-winning Tek Trekker program provides students with technical skills in multimedia production and communication. Enrichment clubs in sewing and music have helped students discover other talents and skills. Waipahu Elementary supports English language learners through a Newcomers Center equipped with computer technology. The school enjoys a number of partnerships with local organizations and businesses to improve educational opportunities for students, including a Fresh Fruit and Vegetables program to promote health and nutrition through the support of the Navy and Department of Health Public Health Nurses,” 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

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

Kunia Urgent Care
94-673 Kupuohi St Suite #C201, Waipahu, HI 96797, Located in Kunia Shopping Center
Open 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Everyday

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. 

Waipahu High 
94-1211 Farrington Highway
Waipahu, Hawaii 96797

Waipahu Intermediate 
94-455 Farrington Highway
Waipahu, Hawaii 96797

August Ahrens Elementary 
94-1170 Waipahu Street
Waipahu, Hawaii 96797

Honowai Elementary 
94-600 Honowai Street
Waipahu, Hawaii 96797

Kaleiopuu Elementary 
94-665 Kaaholo Street
Waipahu, Hawaii 96797

Waikele Elementary 
94-1035 Kukula Street
Waipahu, Hawaii 96797

Waipahu Elementary 
94-465 Waipahu Street
Waipahu, Hawaii 96797


Commute Time. The average travel time to work is 36 minutes, according to the U.S. Census from 2012-2016. With minimal traffic, it takes 16 minutes to arrive in Kapolei and 19 minutes to downtown Honolulu. 
TheBUS serves Waipahu with routes 40, 42, 43, 51, 52 432, 433, 434, A, C, E, 81, 91, 92, 93, 94, 97, 99, 101, 102, PH1, PH7, W1, and W2.

Interesting Facts

  • In season, baseball fans can visit L'Orange Park, the home field of Hawaii Pacific University's Sea Warriors. Hans L’Orange Park, named after a plantation manager, was built around 1924 for workers at the sugar plantation and was a center for community activities, featuring sporting events, concerts, and carnivals.
  • The 50,000 square feet Filipino Community Center was built in 2002 by the Old Oahu Sugar Mill and is the biggest Filipino center outside of the Philippines. While showcasing Filipino culture and traditions, the center hosts events and offers rental and catering services for all ethnicities.
  • During Halloween time, Plantation Village turns into a haunted plantation. Voted one of the most horrifying haunted houses in the U.S.A. multiple times, this scare attracts people from across the island.