A thriving neighborhood, Kapolei offers promise and opportunity to singles and families who wish to live in Oahu. Known as Oahu’s “Second City, Kapolei sits on the leeward coast, the drier side of the island. Spanning along the base of the Waianae Mountains, Kapolei features some of the island’s most beautiful scenery.
A Little about the History
Historically, Kapolei was once an area that featured pineapple and sugar cane plantations. It is named after Pu’u O Kapolei, a volcanic hill located in Kapolei Regional Park. The word “Kapo” refers to a fertility goddess while the word “lei” references a ring – a circular light that surrounds the hill during the winter solstice.
Exciting changes are happening in this Oahu neighborhood – changes that forecast the addition of 50,000 more homes and condos by 2035. Kapolei serves as a hub to shopping centers, parks, restaurants, and medical facilities. It plans to expand its rail transport system to make commutes easier and faster.
This Oahu neighborhood’s average resident is 32 years old, and married with one or two children. The median listing price for a home in Kapolei is around $615,000. At this writing, approximately 75% of the residents own real estate compared to 25% who rent.
Investors like Kapolei, as it attracts buyers with its array of shopping and dining venues, and outdoor activities, such as hiking, golf, and surfing. Moreover, the weather is more temperate and less rainy than the windward coast on Oahu’s east side. Kapolei receives about 25 inches of rain annually.
Driving to and from work, on average, takes around 40 minutes in Kapolei. About 9,000 people carpool and drive out of the 19,000 people who reside in the area. Another 600 people choose to take public transportation while a small percentage walk or bike.
Hawaiian Railway Society Train Rides
If you want to get introduced to the area, you might think about taking the Oahu railway that is operated by the Hawaiian Railway Society. Train rides of 90 minutes depart from Ewa Beach every Saturday and Sunday year-round, except on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Learn more about the development of Kapolei on the rail adventure and ride.
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