Situated four miles north of family-friendly city Mililani (and 20 miles away from Honolulu), Wahiawa is a community that sits between the island’s two volcanic mountain ranges - Ko’olau and Waianae. It is uniquely surrounded by Lake Wilson (currently closed), a rarity since lakes are not commonplace in the state. This geographic feature lends itself to making parts of Wahiawa a naturally beautiful place to live.
Popular attractions in this area include the lovely Wahiawa Botanical Garden, which houses numerous native Hawaiian plants. This is a 27-acre oasis of island foliage, picture opportunities, and maximum natural relaxation. Another attraction is the famous Dole Plantation, which is just outside of the city. Here lies a historic pineapple plantation that draws in visitors with its world record-sized maze, a train ride, and its delicious Dole whip ice cream cones. The third most popular attraction of this city is the gorgeous Wahiawa State Freshwater State Park, a green open area surrounded by a golf course. Here, picnic grounds, as well as a boat dock and boat fishing opportunities, are available. It also offers several hiking trails leading to picturesque views.
An interesting feature to note about this city is that over the past few years, military folks have been increasingly opting to reside here given its convenient proximity to Wheeler Army Airfield, East Range, and Schofield Barracks. Whether civilian or military, the dominating home-style option is single-family homes with a median home range of 54 years. For a city with much-untouched beauty to be appreciated, Wahiawa is definitely a local gem that shines.