Central O'ahu Snapshot
Lush Landscape Awaits in Central O’ahu
Situated in the middle of the two mountain ranges that make up the island of O’ahu, Central O’ahu lies nearly 1,000 feet above sea level in the midst of iron-rich soil that once supported many pineapple fields and plantations. The cities of Wahiawa and Mililani are the largest residential communities in the area and the 14,400 acre U.S. Army Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Army airfield produce a large investment in the local economy.
Cooler temperatures, more rainfall, and newer homes and schools are only a few of the reasons why Central O’ahu is a popular place to live. O’ahu’s famous North Shore is only a few minutes away and the commute into downtown Honolulu is easy in comparison to suburban commutes in other major U.S. cities.
The region is divided into three areas, Mililani, Pearl City, and Wahiawa, each with their own distinct features, history, and culture. Mililani is known as one of the wealthiest zip codes in Hawaii, while Pearl City boasts a retro 1960’s style of architecture, and Wahiawa, home to historic landmark Pearl Harbor, is rich with history.
Central O’ahu is Full of History
Besides its beautiful location, Central O’ahu is famous for its history. One popular site is the Dole Plantation, located in the historic town of Hale’iwa, which contains the 2008 Guinness Book of World Records Largest Maze (in the form of an extensive pineapple garden), and the Pineapple Express, which gives train-riders a glimpse into the agricultural development of the pineapple. The Tropic Lightning Museum contains the history of the US Army in Hawaii, and from the Leilehua Plateau, the sprawling fields of the historic sugar cane and pineapple plantations are visible.
The most famous attraction of Central O’ahu is perhaps Pearl Harbor, and its memorials to the USS Arizona and the USS Oklahoma. Both the USS Arizona Memorial and the USS Oklahoma Memorial are places to learn some history and pay respects to those fallen in the great WWII tragedy.
Also located at Pearl Harbor is the Battleship Missouri Memorial, a living museum offering exploration of the 60,000-ton battleship that was once the site of the Japanese surrender to the US in 1945, the USS Bowfin Submarine and Park, and the Pacific Aviation Museum.
Things to Do and Attractions
Beside historical landmarks, Central O’ahu has plenty of attractions and amenities. A few of the most popular spots include:
- Aloha Stadium: location of the NFL Pro Bowl
- Mililani Golf Club: nestled between the Wai’anae and Ko’olau mountain ranges for epically beautiful driving and putting
- Royal Kunia Country Club: best for golfing beginners
- Wahiawa Botanical Garden: collection of ferns, flowers, and trees from all the Hawaiian islands
- Central O’ahu Regional Park: 269-acre park including tennis courts, Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center, baseball diamonds, archery range, multi-purpose fields, and sporting events such as swimming, baseball, soccer, and football.
Great local shops and boutiques can be found in Mililani, as well as the Mililani Farmer’s Market. Other popular shopping sites are the Pearlridge Shopping Mall in Pearl City, the Waimalu Plaza, and the Salt Lake Shopping Center.
These excellent Hawaiian eateries shouldn’t be missed!
- Dixie Grill
- Maui Mike’s Fire-Roasted Chicken
- Elena’s Home of Finest Filipino Foods
- Mililani Restaurant
- Leonard’s Malasadamobile Wagon
- Teddy’s bigger Burgers
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