Neighborhood Guide: Kalihi

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Jasmine Lombardi | Feb 13, 2017


Bustling Business

Kalihi is one of Honolulu’s most unique and diverse communities. Located in a convenient area west of downtown Honolulu and close to the airport, military bases and hospitals, the neighborhood is brimming with commercial and industrial businesses serving a community made up of both long-time and new residents.

Commercial businesses, factories and car dealerships account for much of the traffic in and out of Kalihi, as local stores and national chains are dotted along two of the main thoroughfares, Dillingham Boulevard and Nimitz Highway. There are a number of retail centers are scattered all over Kalihi.  Many people travel in and out of Kalihi to shop at big box retailers like Costco and Home Depot. Other shopping destinations include Kingsgate Plaza, Nimitz Center and Waiakamilo Shopping Center, each filled with specialty stores, services and eateries.

Community Culture

Kalihi has a great sense of community since it’s mostly comprised of hardworking families. The neighborhood’s convenient location and affordability has attracted locals and immigrants and serves as a unique microcosm of Honolulu’s mixed ethnic population. Many Honolulu residents congregate in Kalihi for school, church, community organizations and activities. One of the neighborhood’s hubs for fostering education and social responsibility is the Kalihi YMCA, which nurtures West Honolulu’s students from elementary to high school-age. The after school and outreach programs offered include the Club 21 Dance Leadership Program, The Stewart Green Teen Center, The Computer Learning Lab and late-night basketball. Another contribution to the thriving youth population in Kalihi is the prestigious Kamehameha Schools, which has education systems and campuses throughout the neighborhood and the surrounding areas.

Kalihi offers the convenience of an urban island setting close to all that Honolulu has to offer.

Diverse History

A must-do weekend activity is a trip to The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, the premier place to experience the history, arts and culture of native Hawaiians. Afterwards, head to one of the neighborhood parks. Just up the road from the museum is Kalihi Valley, and though it’s mostly residential, there’s plenty of places for enjoying the outdoors, such as Kaʻiulani playground or Kalihi Valley District Park. Another favorite spot for relaxing and basking in the sun is Sand Island State Recreation Area, a small sandy beach with a great picnic area.  Kalihi is a place with plenty of character. Its location, affordable housing, employment opportunities and educational centers make Kalihi one of Honolulu’s best mixed-use neighborhoods.

For residents and those passing through town, Kalihi offers the convenience of an urban island setting close to all that Honolulu has to offer.