Aiea is a Census Designated Place (CDP) and community situated on the south shore of Oahu. It is located about 8 miles or 13 kilometers west of the center of Honolulu. The neighborhood boasts the largest indoor shopping center in the state, known as Pearlridge – a complex that features a monorail system that transports guests between the uptown and downtown sections of the mall. During the ride, passengers can catch views of the Arizona Memorial and Pearl Harbor.
The population of Aeia is around 9,400 people, with women slightly outnumbering men. The median age of residents is 42 years old. Compare that to Hawaii’s median age, which is 39 years old. The average household income for Aeia jumped from $71,155 in 2000 to a noticeable $111,410 in 2017. The median value for houses or condos in 2017 was about $844,000. This number leaped from the median value of $340,600 in 2000.
Therefore, this area is an ideal place to call home for younger people who wish to see their real estate appreciate over time. It is also, as indicated, a good place to shop, given that it is home to a massive shopping complex. A hospital is located at Pearlridge Mall as well - Pali Momi Medical Center. You can also find the Sumida Farm next to the mall, the largest watercress farm in Hawaii.
In addition, an ancient medicine shrine is located in Aiea, known as Keaiwa Heiau. For people who love to walk and explore, Aiea’s 4.5-mile or 7.2 km loop trail may be of interest. The trail features a plane that crashed during the Second World War about half way through the walk.
The Aiea Shopping Center
If you want to shop at a smaller shopping complex, visit the Aiea Shopping Center at 99-115 Aiea Heights Drive. A copy center, various restaurants, including Starbucks and McDonalds, and a supermarket are located at the site.
A Charming and Historic Place to Live
Aeia has not lost its small-town feel, mainly because it was settled during the post-war surge of the 1950’s and 60’s. When you walk down some of the streets, you can still see the wood houses, built during that time, exuding their mid-century style – modest yet appealing in terms of design.
The area, and its hill country, were developed during the 1950’s and 1960’s, with large-scale growth quickly cut off by the end of the 1960s. In turn, the traditional island neighborhood has preserved its island era warmth – one that is both irresistible and friendly.
If you want to find a place that has a small-town feel but is close to various amenities, you will like Aiea. The nearby military sites and attractions, and area’s agricultural past combine to give Aeia its own unique personality.
If you want to visit the local sights with the family, you can choose from a diverse range of choices. For example, you might want to visit the Kea’iwa Heiau State Recreation Area and get acquainted with the local flora and fauna. The USS Arizona Memorial is must-see historic site, as is World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. You will never get bored with the attractions and activities that make Aiea a travel destination and a place to call home. As soon as you land here, you will either want to settle here or make it your home away from home.
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