Pearl City

Located just north of Pearl Harbor, Pearl City offers excellent shopping and lovely parks where you can admire rainforest scenery. This historic community sits between Aiea to the east and Waipahu to the west, and is a quick commute to Kapolei and Honolulu. Of its 50,000 residents, half are military personnel and half are civilians. In fact, Oahu has the fourth largest military workforce in the U.S., with the numbers still continuing to climb.

Some Notable Facts

-During the early part of the 1880s, Pearl City was the last stop on the Oahu Railway. The railway was used to transport sugarcane, pineapples, and passengers to area military bases.

-Little League play is also prominent here, as Pearl City Little Leaguers have been in the Little League World finals four times in recent years, the latest being in 2017.

-Pearl City and Hawaii are beautiful and so are its people. Brook Antoinette Mahealani Lee, who was born in Pearl City was crowned Miss Hawaii USA in 1997 and Miss USA the same year. She was also Miss Universe 1997.


The average commute time in Pearl City is about 30 minutes, according to U.S. Census data for 2012 to 2016. Outside of the daily rush, it takes about 25 minutes to get to Honolulu and a mere 20 minutes to reach Kapolei. Several bus routes also serve Pearl City residents.

A Bit about the History

-Pearl City is so named because the waters of Pearl Harbor, called “Waters of Pearl,” or Wai Momi in Hawaiian, contained an abundance of fish and oysters with pearls at one time.

-During the 1880s, the area was used to grow rice. Water buffalo and cattle were used to plow fields of rice paddies.

-After the Oahu Railway was built in 1888, the sugar industry provided jobs for locals in both factories and plantations.

-Before the turn of the 20th century, or in 1899, the U.S. Navy established Pearl Harbor, which later joined with the Hickam Air Force Base in 2010. The combination of bases is currently referred to as the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam or JBPHH.


The Pearl City Shopping Center at 850 Kamehameha Highway offers both grocery shopping and a bowling alley for local bowlers.

The Pearl City Gateway, located at 1150 Kuala Street, features a Longs Drugs, Petco, and various eateries. It is located across from Walmart.

Do You Like to Hike?

Situated on Waimano Home Road, the Waimano Loop Trail enables you to see Hawaii’s wonders up-close. See pools, cascades, and lava tubes along the scenic pathway.

The Manana Trail, on Komo Mai Drive, features a section called cardiac hill. So, if you want to be challenged, you will like this trek. The five-miles excursion ends at the Ko’olau Range Summit. The trail links to the Waimano Trail as well.

Biking Anyone?

If you like biking, be sure to take the Pearl Harbor Bike Path. It begins close to the USS Arizona Memorial and marina at Pearl Harbor. The path continues to Waipi’o Point Access Road, spanning straight stretches and crossing some wood bridges.

What Do You Think?

Are you ready to explore Pearl City? If you want to see the historic side of Honolulu, Pearl City is the go-to place for history buffs or anyone interested in military history.

Based on information from the Multiple Listing Service of Hicentral MLS, Ltd. Listings last updated on Dec 1, 2022 7:42:pm. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. Copyright: 2022 by HiCentral MLS, Ltd.

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