Neighborhood Guide: ʻAiea

7-Eleven Neighborhood Guide


Jasmine Lombardi | Feb 13, 2017


A Favorite Destination

About 10 miles outside of Honolulu, just across Kamehameha Highway from Pearl Harbor is the town of ʻAiea. The neighborhood is probably best known for its historical landmarks—including two of the top tourist destinations in Hawaiʻi—Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial, which see more than 1,500,000 people annually! However, much of ʻAiea’s charm lies in its tight-knit community feel.

Shop Till You Drop

ʻAiea provides Central Oʻahu residents with many of the conveniences of a larger city, especially when it comes to shopping. Pearlridge Center—one of the largest shopping centers in the state, second only to Ala Moana Center—attracts people from all over the island with nearly 200 shops, dining options and services, a miniature golf course, two arcades, a movie theater, an emergency clinic and more. Pearlridge also features the island's only monorail as well as Hawaiʻi’s largest distributor of watercress, Sumida Farm. Other shopping and dining options can be found at ʻAiea Shopping Center (home to ʻAiea Bowl, a hot spot for keiki and adults), as well as ʻAiea Town Square, Waimalu Plaza and Westridge Shopping Center, each filled with a variety of specialty stores and restaurants.

Another shoppers’ paradise is the Kam Swap Meet, which has been offering clothes, home decor, music, appliances, sporting goods, antiques and more to kama‘aina and visitors for almost 40 years. On Wednesdays and weekends, shoppers head to the Aloha Stadium swap meet and marketplace, to peruse more than 400 vendors in an open-air setting. The stadium is also home to the University of Hawaiʻi’s football team. 

ʻAiea has a unique mix of city-like conveniences, small-town comforts and historic appeal.

A World of Activities

ʻAiea also has a variety of places to enjoy outdoor activities, such as ʻAiea Bay State Recreation Area, the six-acre park on the east shore of Pearl Harbor. The park is a popular picnic and cycling spot, with stunning views of the harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. Just a few miles away is Neil S. Blaisdell Park, another great spot for group gatherings with picnic tables and grassy areas along the waterfront. For team sports, head to the basketball and tennis courts at Halawa District Park. This park provides a comprehensive recreational program for the community, including activities for the whole ‘ohana —classes in arts and crafts, Hawaiiana and music, to name just a few.

For golf enthusiasts, the Pearl Country Club is one of the premier courses on Oʻahu. The Club has been in operation since 1967 and boasts views of Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Missouri and the Wai‘anae Mountain Range. At the top of the residential community of ʻAiea Heights are the ruins of an ancient temple, known as Keaʻiwa Heiau. Many people also head towards the neighborhood’s summit to the state recreation area to hike the loop trail, where you can see remnants from a World War II plane crash.

ʻAiea has a unique mix of city-like conveniences, small-town comforts and historic appeal. Whether you’re traveling the H-1, H-3 or H-201 looking for a place to picnic, a trip down memory lane or a shopping fix, all roads lead to ʻAiea.