Neighborhood Guide: Kapolei

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Jasmine Lombardi | Feb 13, 2017


Second City

Kapolei is a bustling neighborhood on the Leeward Coast of Oʻahu. The area at the base of the Wai‘anae mountain range is home to several rural towns, uncrowded beaches, a luxurious resort and much more. Though the neighborhood has seen major expansion since the 1980s, the long-term plan is to develop Kapolei into the second urban center of the island. Much of the land in Kapolei is owned by The Estate of James Campbell, one of the largest and wealthiest landowners. Campbell invested his money from his sugar processing plant, Pioneer Mill Company. Today’s Kapolei has seen an abundance of growth — and the area continues to expand. Though rapid growth is part of the master plan, Kapolei is built to have a small-town feel, centered around a town square.

Island Activities

Already, Kapolei attracts many visitors and residents from all over O‘ahu for business and leisure. A trip to Ko Olina Resort, the 642-acre, master-planned vacation and residential community is a must. Pack some lunch and snacks and head out west, nice and early, to snag a coveted spot at one of the pristine lagoons. The man-made crescent-shaped swimming coves are especially great for keiki, as the rock levies protect the pools from turbulent waves. Another family favorite spot is Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaiʻi, the state’s first water park, which opened in 1999. Paradise Cove Lū‘au is a popular tourist attraction and many locals also bring family and friends who are visiting from out of state.

Kapolei Regional Park is a great community park to relax with a book, gather with friends or take the kids to play. With plenty of grassy area, public bathrooms and ample parking, the park is a popular spot for Kapolei residents. Community sports games, such as soccer and flag football, are often held on both weekdays and weekends. The park is conveniently located across from the Kapolei Public Library, the Kapolei Marketplace and the local movie theater. Just down the street is Kapolei Commons, where residents go for national retailers such as T.J. Maxx, Target and more.

It’s becoming increasingly evident why Kapolei is one of Oʻahu’s most sought-after neighborhoods.

Education and Recreation

Kapolei is known for its exceptional public school districts on the island.  Therefore, many families have migrated to the area. Also, The University of Hawai‘i’s West O‘ahu campus is located in Kapolei, so many residents from across the island drive in and out of the area on a daily basis. Another big draw to the neighborhood is Kroc Center Hawaiʻi, the 200,000 square-foot recreational center built on 15 acres of land. Members of the community and surrounding areas are encouraged to use the facility’s several pools, gym, banquet hall and participate in exercise and educational programs.

It’s becoming increasingly evident why Kapolei is one of Oʻahu’s most sought-after neighborhoods. Vibrant commercial and residential options have created — and will continue to create — an area for people to make a living and live an even better life.