Located on once-thriving sugar and pineapple fields, Kapolei is Oahu’s second largest community; its real estate divided into various master-planned communities. Almost 35,000 people call Kapolei home. If you’re thinking of joining them, and are interested in purchasing Kapolei real estate, here is a bit of information to get you oriented.
Kapolei is located at the base of the southern part of the Waiʻanae Range, about 25 miles from Honolulu. Nearby towns include Makakilo and Ewa Villages.
A thriving 20-year-old city, Kapolei expects more growth in the years to come. City officials expect to add 40,000 new jobs and 7.1 million square feet of commercial space within the next 20 years. This makes Kapolei the fastest growing community in the state of Hawaii.
Until those jobs become a reality, most residents commute to Honolulu for work. H-1 Freeway access makes it handy, although it does get congested during rush hours. The average commute time for a Kapolei resident is 38 minutes.
There’s no need to hop on the freeway to do your shopping when you live in Kapolei. Kapolei Marketplace offers financial services, beauty and health services, entertainment, restaurants and gift, clothing and specialty stores. The smaller Kapolei Shopping Center houses 30 businesses, anchored by Safeway and Longs Drugs.
Plans are in the works for a new shopping center -- Ka Makana Alii – to be built on 67 acres between Kapolei Parkway and Roosevelt Avenue. It is expected to take four years to complete and it will be the third largest shopping center on the island.
You also don’t need to travel for entertainment, as there’s plenty to do for everyone in the family right here in Kapolei. A local favorite is Wet'n'Wild Hawaii, a water park extravaganza. Wet'n'Wild has something for every type of water lover, including a wave pool, a playground in a pool for the kids, huge water slides and tubes and even a surfing simulation on a continuous 40-foot wave.
Island Adventure Golf, an 18-hole miniature golf facility, is located adjacent to Wet'n'Wild.
Golfers will love Kapolei for the plethora of courses in the area, both muni and private.
Kapolei’s keikis attend Kapolei, Barbers Point, Makakilo or Mauka Lani elementary schools. Bigger kids go to Kapolei Middle School and Kapolei High School.
Kapolei is also the future home of University of Hawaii-West Oahu campus that is relocating from Pearl City in late 2012.
If you’re ready to purchase Kapolei real estate you may be interested in knowing that the median age of a home in the area is 16 years and that the median home price is $414,100.
Kapolei residents love their community for its low crime rate, low unemployment rate and for the convenient lifestyle it offers.