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A Little About Kaneohe

Kaneohe is the second of two large communities on the Windward side of Oahu. Along with Kailua, Kaneohe forms the core of a population center on the opposite side of the Ko’olau Mountain Range from downtown Honolulu. Kaneohe has an estimated population of about thirty five thousand residents, although that figure may have fluctuated somewhat since the latest census was conducted. Kaneohe has a more diverse mix of properties than neighboring Kailua, and includes a fairly large proportion of commercial and light industrial sectors. There are also a few small agricultural lots growing bananas, in addition to Marine Corps Base Hawaii in the midst of Kaneohe Bay. Kaneohe covers about eight and a half square miles, and is located along the eastern coast of Oahu between Kailua and He’eia. For more than a millennium before the arrival of Captain James Cook, Kaneohe was a part of the ancient kingdom of Oahu, and was central to the agricultural economy of the region. Modern growth in the Kaneohe area can be largely attributed to the arrival of military spending and a demand for more housing capacity outside of Honolulu’s urban core. Kaneohe is about a half hour drive from downtown Honolulu, and roughly the same distance from Waikiki and Ala Moana.

 

Kaneohe is home to most of the educational opportunities on the Windward Side of the island. Public schools in Kaneohe include Heeia, Benjamin Parker, and Puohala Elementary Schools, as well as James B. Castle High School. There are also a number of private and parochial schools in Kaneohe, such as the Windward Nazarene Academy, Saint Ann’s School, the Koolau Baptist Academy, and Saint Mark Lutheran School. Kaneohe boasts two post secondary educational institutions as well – the Windward Community College and the Windward Hawaii Loa campus of Hawaii Pacific University. Golfers can enjoy three beautiful courses in Kaneohe, set against the dramatic backgrounds of the Pacific Ocean and Ko’olau Mountain Range. All three courses – the Pali Golf Course, the Bayview Golf Park, and the Ko’olau Golf Club – are open to the public, although the latter two are privately owned. Kaneohe is a diverse community in both ethnic and socioeconomic terms, largely thanks to a large military population. Marine Corps Base Hawaii is also home to Bayfest, an annual music festival and carnival that often features national performing artists. Some facilities on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, such as the water training complex, are rented out for private parties and events.

 

Kaneohe is home to two major cemeteries – the Hawaii National Veterans Cemetery and the Valley of the Temples. The Valley of the Temples is home to the Byody-In Temple, which includes a large statue of Buddha and an impressive sampling of Japanese architecture in honor of the hundredth anniversary of the first Japanese immigration to Oahu. The largest shopping center east of Honolulu, the Windward Mall, is found in Kaneohe. Windward Mall is anchored by Sears and Macys, and also has a theater, several restaurants, and a number of local stores. Kaneohe is also home to the Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden, which is both a beautiful scenic destination and a popular fishing spot. One of Kaneohe’s best known natural attractions is Kaneohe Bay, which is popular among both tourists and professional photographers. Kaneohe Bay has some great spots for swimming and surfing, as well as sandbars which are frequented by individuals looking to barbecue and just hang out. There are also several other beach parks just a short drive away from downtown Kaneohe. Many condos and homes in Kaneohe have an excellent view of the ocean, the offshore islands, and the mountain range between Kaneohe and Honolulu.

Information provided by Jeff Manson a Kaneohe real estate broker.

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