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Kapolei Real Estate

Millions of people visit Hawaii each year. A little over 10.4 million in 2019, in fact. Many of them go to famous sites like Waikiki or Pearl Harbor, or just go exploring along the coast to posh communities like Hawaii Kai where they can snorkel in the famous Hanauma Bay.

Add that to Oahu’s 950,000 residents and you’ve got a lot of people in a small space. That’s not a bad thing if you love the hustle and bustle of city life, but if you prefer to live in a little bit more wide-open space, you might want to set your sights outside of Honolulu and its surrounding communities.

For example, Kapolei. Though locals on Oahu view Kapolei as some kind of vague, outlying, not–very–Hawaiian community, the area actually has a surprising amount of things to offer (and is totally Hawaiian).

Over 100,000 people live in Kapolei so they definitely think it’s worth it. Let’s take a closer look.

Living in Kapolei

There’s a lot happening in Kapolei! Located about 21 miles from downtown Honolulu, in theory it should only take about half an hour to commute. However, because of the traffic as you near the city the commute is much longer, hence why many people view it as too far from civilization.

However, Kapolei is becoming its own prominent civilization as evidenced by its proud status as “the second city of O’ahu.” By Hawaiian standards, homes are quite affordable in Kapolei, adding to the area’s appeal. Though some would love living in a tiny condo right on Waikiki, others prefer a roomier house with a yard that costs less.

If you’re in the latter group, Kapolei is for you.

Neighborhoods in Kapolei

What do you have to choose from?

There is a lot of residential building happening as many people are moving to Kapolei. Though most houses are newer, they have been built to line up with local tastes and reflect Hawaii’s traditions.

Some communities, such as Kumu Iki are full of homes that have been heavily influenced by the plantation-style homes of Kapolei’s history. Others are more modern, but still reflect the tastes of local homebuyers.

If you’re looking for a lot of space, a community like Kapolei Malanai offers lot sizes between 4,000 and 6,000 square feet. If you’re on the other end of the spectrum you can enjoy the cute little townhouses in Malanai Iki.

To meet the needs of modern business owners and the growing number of people who work from home, developers built the innovative community of Awakea. Here, the homes are designed to allow their owners to work out of them. We’re not just talking home offices here. We mean you can actually receive clients! Three parking spots offer your customers a place to park and most residences have fenced-in back yards for an extra bit of privacy.


If you have kids, you want good schools and Kapolei has it covered. Elementary, middle, and high schools are dotted throughout the area for convenient access. As far as the instruction goes, Kapolei School District is counted among the best public school districts in Hawaii!

For higher education, the University of Hawaii’s West Oahu campus is just 3 miles from downtown.

Families are very much welcome in Kapolei, as evidenced by the easy access to quality schools and kid-oriented recreational activities. Additionally, most communities feature wide sidewalks that are perfect for evening strolls with your kids.


Don’t worry about heading to Honolulu for medical care. You can find a Queen’s medical center, HMSA, and Kaiser Permanente facilities right in town.


You won’t have to be running to Honolulu for shopping either, as Kapolei has plenty of options. A large shopping center on the west side of town offers a Costco, Target, Ross, the Home Depot, and OfficeMax — along with a smattering of smaller stores and eateries.

There’s also a movie theater there so you can unwind after a day of shopping or take your kids or significant other out for a fun movie night.

On the other side of town, you can find a smaller shopping center with a Walmart and a few other handy stores.


So, we got the basics out of the way. There are plenty of amenities in Kapolei that life is comfortable. But, what is there to do? Part of the appeal of moving to Hawaii is spending your days on the beach and enjoying the great outdoors, and unfortunately, Kapolei isn’t on the beach.

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a boatload of things to do.

Parks and recreation centers are dotted all over the area providing plenty of activities for folks of all ages. The oh-so-Hawaiian luaus are happening all the time around the area. Get out and enjoy the fresh air and the breathtaking Hawaiian landscapes by taking a hike or bicycling.

By the shopping center we mentioned earlier, there’s a huge Wet and Wild where your kids will love to go crazy. You can also race go-karts, take exercise classes like Zumba and Jazzercise, or go bowling.

Several gorgeous golf courses and clubs are in close proximity so you can work on your stroke and enjoy the mild weather virtually any day of the year.

Plus, if you do have a hankering for a beach day, there are several beaches within 5 miles of Kapolei. You can certainly satisfy your craving for surfing swimming, sailing, boogie boarding, and whatever other waterports you enjoy.

Seriously, if you can’t find something fun to do in Kapolei, it’s because you aren’t looking hard enough.

Settle Down in Kapolei

Intrigued by the relatively wide-open spaces of Kapolei? Moving to Oahu doesn’t have to mean diving into the hubbub of Honolulu. Come for a visit and see what you think!

As always, if you’re planning to buy (or sell) in Kapolei, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’re more than happy to help you with all your real estate needs.