Finding Apartments for Rent in Waipahu, HI
Before Hawaii was part of the United States it was a Kingdom and Waipahu was the royal capital of of Oahu. The name means “water gushing” and it refers to the underground springs in the area. Later the land became one big sugar plantation with its own mill. In 1995 the sugar mill closed for good, making way for one of Oahu’s up and coming towns to expand. Sitting on the northern edge of Pearl Harbor, Waipahu is close to Pearl Harbor, Honolulu and Waikiki but retains its country attitude. The Town Center and the U of Hawaii-West Oahu, Farrington Highway are two of the most desirable neighborhoods.
Top Neighborhoods in Waipahu, HI
Choosing your neighborhood in Waipahu pretty much comes down to personal taste. If you prefer an urban setting with a bit of old-fashioned charm perhaps the Town Center area would work. Properties from the 1940s share block space with newer structures built just before the turn of the 21st century. The U of Hawaii-West Oahu, Farrington Highway neighborhood has a youthful vibe. It usually has a large selection of rentals thanks to students attending nearby Leeward Community College, part of the University of Hawaii, and the Hawaii Medical Training Center.
Cultural Attractions in Waipahu, HI
Right in the heart of Waipahu is Hawaii’s Plantation Village. Restored plantation buildings, some of them dating back to 1850, are arranged in an open-air museum. Private homes, an infirmary, community bathhouse and the manager’s office are part of the display. Guides in period dress take you on a 1.5 hour tour through history, exploring Hawaii’s varied ethnic roots. Waipahu is only a 10 minute drive to the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument at Pearl Harbor and the USS Missouri on Ford Island. Add another 10 minutes and you are in downtown Honolulu, home to the Iolani Palace, the Bishop Museum and the Hawaii State Capitol Building, noted for its open-air center courtyard. Waikiki and Diamond Head Hawaii State Park are a few minutes farther east.
Shopping and Dining in Waipahu, HI
Waipahu is awash in shopping malls. Westgate Shopping Center is near the city core and has an old town feel. It’s mostly grocery stores, food outlets and styling salons. Waipahu Town Center is similar in size and community feel. It has a Longs Drugs and an Office Depot on site. A fairly new feature north of the Farrington Highway is the Waikele Premium Outlets, offering name brands at bargain prices. Participating stores include Calvin Klein, the Banana Republic Factory Store and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th. The food court is rather small but does offer Quick Thai, Alyssandra’s Lumpia Express and the Red House, specializing in hot dogs and burgers. The Waikele Center Mall is right across the street. Most of the restaurants are at the shopping malls, in the town core or along the Farrington Highway. One Hawaiian favorite is Zippy’s, found throughout Oahu and Maui. The Waipahu location is open 24-hrs and has an eclectic menu of Hawaiian, American and Asian foods.
Outdoor Activities in Waipahu, HI
Residents have a number of local parks and nature areas with hiking and biking opportunities. South of downtown Waipahu are the hiking trails through the Pouhala Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary. Though suitable for beginning hikers the area tends to be muddy in spots and is usually hot and humid. Find Japanese red and gold dragonflies and birds like the Hawaiian Stilt. Every once in a while a community clean-up of the marsh is held, good for the environment and a great way to get to know your neighbors. On the western edge of town is the West Loch Community Shoreline Park, a family friendly area featuring hiking and biking trails, a small fishing pier and a large grassy area for picnics or play. The park is also a hiding spot for geocachers. This sport combines treasure hunting with hiking, exercising the brain as well as the mind. The Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park on Waipahu’s northern end is home to the Veteran’s Memorial Aquatic Center and its community swimming pool. The Royal Kunia Country Club and the Waikele Country Club are the two closest golf courses, both north of town. Swimming and surfing at Ewa Beach is only seven miles away.
Transportation Options in Waipahu, HI
Oahu’s public transit system TheBus has several stops in Waipahu, making the smallish town accessible to Honolulu, Waikiki and Pearl Harbor without much effort. Most residential and business areas are within a few blocks of a bus stop. If you choose to drive Highway 1, also called the Farrington Highway, runs right through town. Keep in mind that the 20 to 25 minute drive into Honolulu can double or triple during the commute hours. The busiest times are Monday through Friday from 6 am to 9 am and again from 3 pm until 6 pm. Weekends and holidays are usually smooth sailing.View Apartments in Waipahu, Hawaii
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