At nearly 1,000 feet above sea level, the town of Wahiawa is situated in the center of the island of Oahu, about 4 miles north of Mililani and some 20 miles north of traditional downtown Honolulu. It has a population of almost 18,000. Wahiawa, which means “place of noise”, sits on the plateau between Oahu’s two mountain ranges, the Waianae Mountain range, and the Koolau Mountain range. One unique characteristic about Wahiawa is that it is surrounded on three sides by Lake Wilson, also known as Kaukonahua, the Wahiawa reservoir.

Sunset from Wahiawa Heights
Sunset from Wahiawa Heights

Wahiawa is also surrounded by agricultural fields and military facilities. Wahiawa is home to Schofield Army Barracks, Wheeler Army Airfield, and East Range. The U.S. Navy’s Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Pacific are also in Wahiawa. In addition, Wahiawa is also now home to Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School.

Most people know Wahiawa as the town they drive through to get to the North Shore, However, there is much more to Wahiawa than just Kamehameha Highway.  Wahiawa is not really a tourist town, however, there are many interesting sites in the area. Kamehameha Highway is dotted with several great places to eat. In addition to your typical franchise burger joints, Wahiawa boasts their own Teddy’s Bigger Burgers, Maui Mikes Roasted Chicken, and Kiani’s Original Guava Chicken Just off Kamehameha Highway, you can also find delicious pies and breakfast at Sunnyside (currently closed for renovations) and yummy fudge brownies from Kilani Bakery. Dot’s in Wahiawa has been a mainstay for decades, along with their catering service, Marian’s Catering. Taqueria El Ranchero is arguably one of the best Mexican restaurants on the island. There’s also, JJ Spaghetti, Dong Yang Korean restaurant, Great Wall Chinese restaurant, and Shige Saimin, just to name a few. Of course, Wahiawa also has their very own Zippy’s, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Jack in the Box, Golden Coin, and more recently, Panda Express and Surfer’s Coffee Bar.

Wahiawa is also home to one of the largest populations of churches on the island. In Wahiawa Heights, you will find sprawling yards and beautiful homes. Wahiawa is home to Cherry Blossoms and lychee, fresh chicken eggs, banana pie, fudge brownies and great bbq.

Two hidden gems in Wahiawa are the Wahiawa Botanical Gardens and the Kukaniloko Birthing Stones, an ancient Hawaiian site. Another popular visitor attraction near Wahiawa is the Dole Plantation. Visitors to Dole can see how pineapples and other tropical fruit grow. There is a nice botanical garden that features many colorful native flowers. Visitors can also hop on the Pineapple Express, a small train that takes you on a narrated tour through the pineapple fields. Dole Plantation is also home to the largest permanent hedge maze, according to the Guinness Book of World Records 2007.

So you see, there is much more to Wahiawa than just an old plantation town. Next time you find yourself headed to the North Shore, make an extra stop and grab some mouthwatering ono food, fantastic coffee or lemonade, or just take in a historic site.


Wahiawa Real Estate Listings

Active Listings in Wahiawa

155 Plum Street Wahiawa, HI 96786
Photo of 155 Plum Street, Wahiawa, HI 96786 (MLS # 202018748)
3 beds 1 bath 1,958 sqft $598,000
1269 California Avenue, B Wahiawa, HI 96786
Photo of 1269 California Avenue, B, Wahiawa, HI 96786 (MLS # 202017704)
3 beds 3 baths 1,710 sqft $665,000
1715 & 1715A Nakula Street Wahiawa, HI 96786
Photo of 1715 & 1715A Nakula Street, Wahiawa, HI 96786 (MLS # 202015063)
6 beds 2 baths 2,122 sqft $749,000
302 N Circle Mauka Street Wahiawa, HI 96786
Photo of 302 N Circle Mauka Street, Wahiawa, HI 96786 (MLS # 202017620)
4 beds 3 baths 2,324 sqft $729,900
75 Karsten Drive Wahiawa, HI 96786
Photo of 75 Karsten Drive, Wahiawa, HI 96786 (MLS # 202017521)
3 beds 3 baths 1,000 sqft $655,000
69 Kaliko Drive Wahiawa, HI 96786
Photo of 69 Kaliko Drive, Wahiawa, HI 96786 (MLS # 202017471)
4 beds 3 baths 1,942 sqft $780,000
235 Kuahiwi Avenue Wahiawa, HI 96786
Photo of 235 Kuahiwi Avenue, Wahiawa, HI 96786 (MLS # 202017257)
5 beds 2 baths 4,161 sqft $1,250,000
1269 Loko Drive, B Wahiawa, HI 96786
Photo of 1269 Loko Drive, B, Wahiawa, HI 96786 (MLS # 202012891)
4 beds 2 baths 2,032 sqft $849,000
1908 Leimomi Place Wahiawa, HI 96786
Photo of 1908 Leimomi Place, Wahiawa, HI 96786 (MLS # 202014959)
3 beds 2 baths 1,360 sqft $599,000
1668 California Avenue Wahiawa, HI 96786
Photo of 1668 California Avenue, Wahiawa, HI 96786 (MLS # 202015358)
5 beds 2 baths 3,612 sqft $975,000
233 Walker Avenue, A Wahiawa, HI 96786
Photo of 233 Walker Avenue, A, Wahiawa, HI 96786 (MLS # 202005195)
4 beds 3 baths 1,807 sqft $739,000
220 Muliwai Avenue Wahiawa, HI 96786
Photo of 220 Muliwai Avenue, Wahiawa, HI 96786 (MLS # 202014176)
11 beds 6 baths 3,994 sqft $1,250,000
276 Kaliponi Street Wahiawa, HI 96786
Photo of 276 Kaliponi Street, Wahiawa, HI 96786 (MLS # 202011386)
3 beds 2 baths 1,572 sqft $975,000
134 Dole Road, A Wahiawa, HI 96786
Photo of 134 Dole Road, A, Wahiawa, HI 96786 (MLS # 202006547)
2 beds 1 bath 672 sqft $620,000
MLS # 202006300 Wahiawa, HI 96786
Photo of Wahiawa, HI 96786 (MLS # 202006300)
4 beds 2 baths 1,461 sqft $610,000

Walk Score for Wahiawa

Wahiawa School Data

Wahiawa School Districts

We’re sorry, we were unable to load the school district data. Please check back soon.

Wahiawa Schools

Leilehua High School
9-12, public
Major Sheldon Wheeler Middle School
6-8, public
Major Sheldon Wheeler Elementary School
PK-5, public
Wahiawa Middle School
6-8, public
Wahiawa Elementary School
PK-5, public
Sergeant Samuel K Solomon Elementary School
PK-5, public
Kaala Elementary School
PK-5, public
Iliahi Elementary School
PK-5, public
Helemano Elementary School
PK-5, public
Hale Kula Elementary School
PK-5, public
Our Lady of Sorrows School
K-8, private
Leeward Adventist Mission School
K-8, private
Trinity Lutheran School
PK-8, private
Maranatha Christian Church & Academy
PK-12, private
Ho’Ala School
K-11, private
Great Schools Logo

About the author

The Waikele Group

The Waikele Group

Your Trusted Real Estate Advisors

Your New Home In Hawaii® Looking for your first home, retirement home, or something in between, visit THE WAIKELE GROUP for more information on buying or selling your home. Lester A. Salazar, RA, GRI, MRP, e-PRO® Born and raised in Hawaii, Lester grew up in the shadows of Diamond Head, has lived in neighborhoods like Waipahu, Nuuanu, Salt Lake, Newtown, Mililani Mauka and now calls Wahiawa home. Trust, Leadership, and Organization A licensed Real Estate Agent in the State of Hawaii, specializing in Oahu residential properties, Lester has 30 years of experience in the IT industry, working for companies like Computerland, City Bank, The Queen's Medical Center, Xerox Business Services and others. IT is an extremely demanding field and has given Lester the skills to problem solve and negotiate in a variety of situations while maintaining a calm, cool, collected demeanor. The skills learned in the corporate world transfer nicely into Real Estate. Using Technology to Make Life Easier Establishing lasting business relationships and providing excellent client satisfaction are essential parts of his business. With over 90% of buyers now using the internet to begin their search, Lester specializes in social media and real estate websites to promote and attract business. Internet presence is very important to Lester, as he has nurtured his online presence for over a decade. Digital is the future, and Lester provides a seamless experience eliminating time-consuming documents. Contracts are created online, and signatures are secured online in real-time, allowing unparalleled flexibility and timely delivery of contracts. Buying or Selling, Lester is your trusted local Wahiawa and Central Oahu agent. Get your FREE home market valuation report. Visit Your Oahu Home Value. Lester is full time, full-service real estate agent and one of the top agents in his office. Lester is a technology trainer and provides classes for other agents. He is a graduate of the Realtor Institute (GRI), a Military Relocation Professional (MRP), and e-PRO® Specialist and is SmartHome certified. Lester is also a certified drone pilot and utilizes his skills as a remote pilot and photographer to provide professional photography services to his clients. Lester is also an accomplished real estate photographer, and certified drone pilot.

More posts