Neighborhoods in Honolulu & Oahu

Neighborhoods in Honolulu & Oahu

Central Oahu Mililani Mauka

Homes in Central Oahu / Mililani / Mauka

Central Oahu Mililani Mauka

Gateway to O’ahu’s North Shore…cooler temperatures and higher rainfall are a few characteristics of the Central Oahu area. Featuring the cities of Mililani, Wahiawa, Waialua and Hale’iwa.

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Homes in Leeward Oahu / Ewa / Kapolei

Leeward Oahu / Ewa / Kapolei

Many of O’ahu’s newest home communities are located in the Ewa and Kapolei areas. Many former agricultural-zoned lands there have been redeveloped into residential communities over the last 40 years. Kapolei, also known as the “Second City” on O’ahu, has more than doubled in population since 1990, and is expected to grow another 50% in the next 15 years.
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Homes in Metro Honolulu

Metro Honolulu

The largest city in Hawai’i, and 47th largest metropolitan area by population in the United States, Honolulu is the center of industry and has served as capital of the territory, and later, State of Hawai’i since 1845.

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Homes in Windward Oahu / Kailua / Kaneohe

Windward Oahu / Kailua / Kaneohe

Lush mountains, represented by the steep and majestic Koolau range, meet verdant valleys and beautiful coastline on O’ahu’s Windward side. World-famous Kailua beach draws many visitors and residents alike – sailors and watercraft enthusiasts enjoy Kane’ohe Bay and several offshore islands that make an indyllic backdrop at sunrise.

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Honolulu & Oahu Neighborhoods

The island of O’ahu was originally visited and discovered by Polynesian voyagers over 1,000 years ago. Land was ultimately settled in sections known as ‘ahupua’a (land areas spanning from the mountains to the sea, that encompass all of the resource zones necessary for subsistence). Valley areas were used to plant staple crops such as taro, while the coastline was reserved for fishing and the creation of fishponds. 
When initial contact was made with British and other foreign countries in the late 18th Century, neighborhoods began to develop surrounding harbors and port of Honolulu.

Downtown Honolulu, and the valley of Nuuanu above it (mauka, towards the mountains), became one of the first vibrant commercial and residential neighborhoods that featured large amounts of foreign trade and industrial production. Prior to 1848, all land was Crown land and thus owned by the ruling ali’i (chiefs) and/or mo’i (King) of the island nation.

That year, The Great Mahele allowed mostly chiefs, but later Hawaiian commoners and foreign individuals, the ability to own real property throughout the Hawaiian kingdom. 
The island of O’ahu was, in a sense, further developed and settled in concentric circles that emanated from the original Downtown area, with the exception of the coastline surrounding the island, where many Hawaiian chiefs and later, Western settlers, had already built summer homes and/or vacation properties.

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