Kapolei real estate is perfect for buyers who are looking for a well-planned community with a suburban feel, plenty of shopping, and a gorgeous beach area. Kapolei is located on the southwest corner of the island, and is being developed as the second major urban center of Oahu.
Kapolei is known as “O’ahu’s Second City” due to its rapid growth in businesses and housing. The medical care around Kapolei is growing as there is Queen’s Medical Center-West O’ahu, Kaiser Permanente Kapolei Medical Clinic, and HMSA Kapolei all on the Leeward side. The University of Hawaii-West O’ahu campus also finds its home in Kapolei.
With three planned communities, Kapolei West, Makaiwa Hills, and Ho’opili, 18,000 new houses are projected for Kapolei in the future, according to Kapolei.com
Is Kapolei a nice place to live in? Well, Pacific Business News reported that Zip Code 96707 had the second highest income on Oahu, with a median income of $62,303. And nearly 1 household in 5 has income exceeding $100,000. As for buying property in Kapolei, how about this: Kapolei has a home ownership rate of 70%, which is way higher than the rest of Oahu and is a great sign for real estate investors!
Kapolei Lofts, near the heart of Kapolei, is one of the more recent residential communities. These new state-of-the-art loft apartments with pool and recreation center are within walking distance of restaurants and shops.
Many residential communities in Kapolei were built between 1980s to 2000s, with more developments planned for the near future. A lot of the homes in Kapolei provide spacious interiors, lanais, fenced-in yards, and a family-focused atmosphere with walking paths and community parks and centers. To the West, Ko Olina Resort also offers various neighborhoods with beautiful resort townhomes, villas, and condos on their stunning grounds.
Entertainment & Dining
Entertainment and dining are expanding rapidly within the Kapolei area. Kapolei Commons is home to many brand name stores, such as Target, TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, OfficeMax, Regal Cinemas, and some local favorites for dining. A few of the restaurants in Kapolei Commons include Gyu-Kaku, a Japanese BBQ grill where you can grill your own food at your table, DB Grill, an upscale, contemporary restaurant with Asian dishes, and Mad Bene, a highly-rated, new restaurant in Kapolei which features East Coast Italian.
Only 10 minutes down the road from Kapolei Commons is the newly constructed mall, Ka Makana Ali’i. Ka Makana Ali’i not only holds a variety of stores, including Forever 21, Macy’s, Old Navy, and local boutiques, but it has also become the epicenter of many local events in Kapolei. For instance, Ka Makana Ali’i holds a Farmers’ Market every Wednesday and Sunday with live music and entertainment and offers a monthly Concert Series, Makana Mele, on the second Saturday of each month. For more events at Ka Makana Ali’i, such as Keiki Yoga and Makana Kids Storytime, check out their website. Ka Makana Ali’i also offers an array of food choices for the whole family, from extensive food court options to The Cheesecake Factory, The California Pizza Kitchen, and a very popular Peruvian restaurant, Limon.
About a 15-minute drive in each direction, Kapolei offers beautiful beaches both locals and tourists enjoy. To the south, White Plains Beach is a quaint, popular beach for surfers, beach volleyball players, and anyone who enjoys a scenic view. Since White Plains Beach is on the south side of the island, it offers a gorgeous view of Waikiki and Diamond Head.
If you drive about 10 minutes west of Kapolei’s center, you can visit Ko Olina Resort, which is home to Disney's Aulani Resort, a Marriot Beach Club Resort, and a Four Seasons Resort. Ko Olina Resort has five gorgeous lagoons, perfect for keiki to swim safely or for wading in calm waters. All five lagoons are open to the public. Parking can fill up quickly but it is free to the public! Ko Olina also offers shops and some popular, delicious restaurants, including MonkeyPod, which is a great spot for happy hour and great live music on the patio.
On the drive out to Ko Olina, you can’t miss the Wet ‘n’ Wild Hawaii water park on the hillside, which has several water slides, a lazy river, wave pool, and concessions. If you are interested in checking it out, Kama’aina and Military can receive discounts for tickets and passes.
Only a short drive past Ko Olina, you will find the Waianae coast which is full of stunning beaches to enjoy, especially during sunset.
Public Schools in Kapolei:
Coming soon… East Kapolei Middle School (Currently being built on Maunakapu Street across from The Salvation Army Kroc Center Hawaii)
Charter School in Kapolei:
Private Schools in Kapolei:
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