Primarily known for its townhomes, but you'll also find single-family homes and upscale properties

Welcome to Waipahu

A tight-knit community with lush green spaces and an abundance of outdoor activities
Waipahu is a small, historic city in south-central Oahu, just north of Pearl Harbor. It sits on the site of a former sugarcane plantation and mill that started in 1897 as Oahu Sugar Company. Amfac acquired Oahu Sugar Company in 1961 and shut down operations in 1995. Today, Waipahu is more of a residential and commercial area than a tourist attraction. The main part of town is filled with multi-generational homes full of people who grew up here. Waipahu is primarily known for its townhomes, but you'll also find single-family homes and upscale properties, especially in Royal Kunia. 

What to Love

  • Plenty of history
  • Lush green spaces and parks
  • Plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy

Local Lifestyle

Like much of Hawaii, Waipahu residents enjoy a laid-back lifestyle. The community is tight-knit, mainly because many families have lived here for generations. Various attractions, including parks and community centers, provide opportunities for families and residents to get together and mingle.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

For a delightful dining experience in Waipahu, you should stop by the Highway Inn Restaurant. The upbeat, casual restaurant serves traditional Hawaiian fare. Menu favorites include beef stew, kalua pork, loni salmon, poke bowls, and chicken long rice. 
Make a trip to Waipahu Town Center for a guilt-free shopping spree. The complex features a wide range of shops for people of all ages. Popular stores include Debbie's Jewelry and Jeans Warehouse. You'll also find Seafood City Waipahu here, which specializes in seafood, meat, and vegetables. 
Golden Coin Bake Shop & Restaurant is another eatery serving delicious staples, such as Asado Manapua, Chicken Mushroom Manapua, and Adobong Manu. The bakery section offers traditional bread, pastries, and treats. 
Max's Restaurant is an excellent stop after exploring Waipahu Shopping Plaza. The restaurant is popular for its fried chicken served with banana ketchup. Other items on the menu to look forward to include pinakbet, Ong Choi salad, shrimp fried rice, and different kinds of noodles.
Leeward Drive-Inn provides Hawaiian, Asian, and American fare. The local establishment has been an essential part of Waipahu for over 50 years. Stop by to sample their breakfast items, plate lunches, and soft-serve ice cream. You can also order Korean-style cuisine.

Things to Do

One of the must-try activities in Waipahu is learning about the island's history at Hawaii's Plantation Village. This popular museum immerses you in the world of sugar plantations, which were popular in the 1900s. You'll gain insights into what the Hawaiian landscape looked like back then.  
Hawaii Okinawa Center honors Okinawan pioneers and promotes ethnic culture and history. The ballrooms are also available for rent. Waipahu Festival Marketplace features dozens of stalls with vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, flowers, crafts, and more.
The Filipino Community Center aims to provide social, economic, and educational services while promoting Filipino customs and culture in Hawaii. It hosts regular community events, such as Zumba classes, Medicare workshops, cultural experiences, and more. It's an excellent place to volunteer or participate in some of the activities. 
Those looking to spend some time outdoors will appreciate the abundance of parks in Waipahu. Located along Kamehameha Highway, the Patsy T. Mink Central O’ahu Regional Park features an aquatic center, an archery range, a skateboard park, baseball diamonds, and sports fields. 

The Hans L'Orange Neighborhood Park is primarily used for baseball and is the home field of the Hawaii Pacific University men's baseball team. 
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Overview for Waipahu, HI

39,927 people live in Waipahu, where the median age is 38.3 and the average individual income is $26,237. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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38.3 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for Waipahu, HI

Waipahu has 8,651 households, with an average household size of 4.47. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Waipahu do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 39,927 people call Waipahu home. The population density is 14,909.22 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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48.5 / 51.5%

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Schools in Waipahu, HI

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The following schools are within or nearby Waipahu. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Honowai Elementary School
PreK - 6th
Waipahu Elementary School
PreK - 6th
Waipahu Intermediate School
7th - 8th
9th - 12th
Hawaii Technology Academy - PCS
K - 12th
August Ahrens Elementary School
PreK - 6th
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Around Waipahu, HI

There's plenty to do around Waipahu, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Aina Meals, RGK Specialties, and Angie's Pound Cakes.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Dining 0.61 miles 21 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $ 2.52 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.35 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 4.43 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.07 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 4.55 miles 50 reviews 5/5 stars
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