By: David Kucic, Hawaii Home Buying and Selling Team
Oahu, Hawaii is VERY crowded in certain places on the island. The Ko'olau Mountain Range on the Windward side of the island and the Waianae Mountain Range on the Leeward side of the island account for a large part of the island. There are homes scattered in various places around the base of the Ko'olau mountain range, partially on the slope and even some towards the top. The Waianae Mountain Range have much less homes on any part of it.
Honolulu is the "hub" to a lot of what goes on here in Oahu. There are high rise office buildings, high rise condominiums and a whole lot of traffic in Honolulu.
On several occasions, I have had the pleasure to hear our Mayor speak about the future of the island. His name is Mufi Hanneman and he has vision. Regardless of my political affiliation, I will always listen to someone that makes sense.
Mayor Hanneman envisions Kapolei, Hawaii as our "Second City". He wants Oahu residents to be able to live, work and play in the same place rather than live in one place and have drive to another place (in congested traffic) to go to work. Kapolei is the perfect place to do that on Oahu. There is room there for expansion and the Leeward side of the island is where many workers that normally drive to Honolulu each day are coming from.
There has already been plenty of growth in Kapolei and in Ewa Beach which is also on Leeward Oahu.
Recently, TARGET, announced that they would be building a store in Kapolei, Hawaii near the Home Depot home improvement store. Here is a brief list of some of the larger businesses that are in the Kapolei area:
•1) Home Depot
•3) Safeway Grocery Store
•4) Ace Hardware Store
•5) Chilis Restaurant
•7) Burger King
•8) Jack in the Box
•9) Starbucks x2
•10) Outback Steakhouse
•11) Longs Drugstore
•12) Movie Theatres
•13) Government Offices
•14) Police Department Headquarters
•15) Post Office
There are many, many small restaurants and satellite stores as well. The city continues to grow and will eventually be the Second City of Oahu.
Are you in the hotel business or know someone that is? We need a mid range hotel/motel equivalent to a Holiday Inn, Quality Inn, Hampton Inn or something similar. It is expensive enough to come to Hawaii on vacation and there should be some more affordable accommodations for the average person to be able to come and enjoy. There is a resort in Kapolei but it is very expensive even by Hawaii standards. We do not have a medium priced hotel on this side of the island. If you know an investor that has vision, point him towards building a hotel in Kapolei.
Aloha and when on Oahu, come visit Kapolei!