Mililani Town in Central Oahu, I was there at its beginning.

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While visiting some friends today in Mililani Town at the Mililani Golf Course, I came upon this bird feeder. The doves were literally on top of each other trying to get at the seeds. A lot of the seeds went to the ground, but the birds didn't care. They wanted THAT seed that was in the dish.

Did you know that I once helped "stage" the first home models at Mililani Town in Hawaii way back when, when they first went on the market? In fact, my daughter and I were in some print advertising, looking like happy homeowners.

There was a long waiting list of people who wanted to purchase a home in this new development. Because I worked for the company, I was put at the top of the list and I ended up purchasing a townhouse and lived there for well over a year. I then moved us into town when my daughter started First Grade at Punahou. In those days they were just building the freeway system that would eventually shorten the drive time considerably between Mililiani and town. 

In those early days there was a lot of dust, because the development was built on pineapple and sugarcane fields owned by Castle & Cooke.  There was a great pent-up demand for housing on Oahu in those days, and Mililani Town was designed as a satellite city complete with schools, shopping center, community centers, golf course, and lots of open space. Several parks were included that have playgrounds for kids and tennis courts for those who can swing a racket.

C&C hired architect and developer Al Boeke to design the community. Boeke later created the planned community of Sea Ranch on the California coast.

Here's a fun story: the playgrounds initially included sandboxes for little kids, but these were quickly eliminated. Seems that quite a few cats lived around those parts who also loved those sandboxes!

The first homes in Mililani went on sale on June 3, 1968. I remember it well. I was there.

Now? Mililani Town, the first/older development, has 27,639 residents. Mililani Mauka, the second newer development, has 21,039 residents (according to a 2010 Census).

For more information on the Mililani Town Association, its member activities and services, please go to their website at

Mililani Townhouse on the Golf Course

Doves on birdfeeder in Mililani Town HI


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Joe Petrowsky
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Looks like all the other birds will have to wait of pick up the scraps until the bigger one have had their fill.

Thank you for the history lesson as well.

Jun 08, 2013 07:11 PM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Hella.... you do have some history with Hawaii.... I don't think I'll ever forget the sandbox story!!!

Jun 08, 2013 08:55 PM #2
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Great story of the first homes in the area Hella.

I can't take my eyes off the birds, great shot!

Jun 08, 2013 11:48 PM #3
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Joe: Mililani is very family oriented and medium priced, affordable by Hawaii's standards.

Barbara: As you can imagine, there are many stories. The start-up was very interesting.

Tom: That was so unusual, I had to take a photo. They weren't aggressive, they just all wanted their heads down into bowl. The bodies just didn't quite fit.

Jun 09, 2013 01:39 AM #4
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Haha, great pics Hella! Looks like a first come-first served situation to me! Of course, a smart bird would be at the bottom to catch all the seeds that dropped from the frenzy above without fighting for position. Great information on Millilani Town!

Jun 09, 2013 10:26 AM #5
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Wanda: That was quite a feeding frenzy, yet no aggression. Reminds me a bit of the real estate market right now.

Jun 09, 2013 04:24 PM #6
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