Oahu, Hawaii Regions and Neighborhood Breakdown

Real Estate Agent with Hawaii Military Realty, Inc.

Oahu, Hawaii Regions and Neighborhood Breakdown

By:  David Kucic, Hawaii Real Estate Agent

Hawaii Home Buying and Selling Team

Having grown up in Chicago, I was familiar with states, cities and counties.  It was very specific.  The city names and the neighborhood names were the same thing.  Names such as Calumet City, South Holland, Dolton, Lansing and Burnham were the names you used when you told your friends where you lived.  The way we described a specific part of a neighborhood was "Old Calumet City" versus "Calumet City".  The "old" meant that it was, well, in the older area.

After leaving home, I traveled extensively throughout the United States and overseas,  where I have had the pleasure of living in places such as Ft. Hood, Texas (Killeen), Ft. Carson, Colorado (Colorado Springs), Ft. Sill, Okalahoma (Lawton), Germany (Kirchgoens and Garlstedt), Kuwait (Camp Thunder Rock but now referred to as Camp Doha), Saudi Arabia (King Khalid Military City or KKMC) and the not so pleasurable Iraq (FOB Warrior and FOB Kalsu).

All of these places had their unique ways of describing the neighborhoods and regions just like we do in Hawaii.

My first time home buyers in Hawaii tend to get a bit confused when I send them properties from the Honolulu, Hawaii MLS Home Search or when they look at Hawaii Homes For Sale on the MLS Search Engine on my website.  As an example, they see the city name of Kapolei but the region is called Makakilo or the city name is Waipahu, the region is Waipahu but the neighborhood is called Royal Kunia

There are 12 regions that are recognized by the Tempo system of the Honolulu, Hawaii MLS Home Search.


•1.      Central Oahu

•2.      Diamond Head

•3.      Ewa Plain

•4.      Hawaii Kai

•5.      Kailua

•6.      Kaneohe

•7.      Leeward

•8.      Makakilo

•9.      Metro Oahu

•10.  Norshore

•11.  Pearl City

•12.  Waipahu

These are the neighborhoods listed by region.

        Neighborhoods that coincide with the above numbers

  1. Wahiawa and Mililani
  2. Diamond Head, Kapahulu, Kaimuki, Puupanini, Palolo, Wilhelmina, St. Louis, Manalani, Waialae, Kahala, Black Point, Aina Haina, Wailupe, Niu Valley, Hawaii Loa Ridge, Kuliouou, Paikoo, Waialae Nui, Waialae Iki
  3. Kapolei and Ewa Beach
  4. Hawaii Kai, Maunalua, Koko Kai, Portlock
  5. Kailua, Waimanalo, Maunawilli, Olomana, Enchanted Lake, Kailua Beach, Lanikai, Kaopa, Kalaheo, Kaimalino, Aikahi Park
  6. Kaneohe, Kokokahi, Pikoiloa, Kaneohe Town, Alii Shores, Haiku, Heeia, Clubview, Kahaluu, Waikane, Kualoa, Kaaawa, Punaluu, Hauula
  7. Makaha, Waianae, Lualualei, Maili, KoOlina
  8. Nanakai Gardens, Upper Makakilo, Lower Makakilo
  9. Salt Lake, Moanalua, Aliamanu, Kalihi, Kam Heights, Kapalama, Palama, Lililha, Alewa Heights, Puunui, Nuuana, Punchbowl, Pacific Heights, Makiki, Tantalus, Moilili, Punahou, Manoa
  10. Laie, Kahuku, Sunset, Pupukea, Kawailoa, Waimea, Haleiwa, Waialua, Mokuleia
  11. Pacific Palisades, Pearl City, Momilani, Waimalu, Waiau, Newtown, Wailuna, Pearlridge, Aiea, Halawa, Foster Village, Aiea Heights
  12. Village Park, Royal Kunia, Seaview, Crestview, Waikele, Waipio, Waipahu

That's a lot of breaking down for an island that is only about 1 million residents!



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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
Hey...that's kinda neat for others around the nation to see!  (half of those they won't be able to prounounce haha) We do have a great system as well as breaking down so it makes it easier to search as well as send.
Jun 15, 2007 04:56 AM #1
1SG (Ret.) David Kucic
Hawaii Military Realty, Inc. - Ewa Beach, HI
President and Owner
I thought it was interesting in real estate class when they talked about the "Great Maile" and the way that the land was broken down by King Kamehameha.  He gave the land away in strips from the mountain down to the ocean so that each land owner would have land for growing crops, a place to live and a place to get food from the ocean.  How cool was that?  I like the neighborhood name "Kaaawa".  Three of the same vowels all together!
Jun 15, 2007 05:44 AM #2
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