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View of East Kapolei from thy sky.

There are lots of nice neighborhoods in Oahu.  Depending on what part of the Oahu that you move to will determine the price of housing and the job market.  Those neighborhoods closest to Honolulu and Waikiki are bound to be more expensive but have more jobs.  Those that are further away from the city will be cheaper but have less jobs and longer commutes to jobs that you do have.

But what about Oahu’s second city of Kapolei?  Is that a good place to move?  Kapolei has been in the midst of a large build-up for quite a while.  It is planned to be as big as Waikiki from what I’m hearing around the Island.  Will it ever be as popular, though?

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One thing is for certain:  Waikiki is crowded as hell and Oahu could use a second cluster of resorts, hotels and other stuff that Waikiki offers.  Asides from that, the build-up on the West Side of Oahu in Kapolei will keep the North Shore residents and Hawaii land purists happy as the North Shore seems protected (for now) from being the other city on the Island.

A Closer Look at Kapolei from a Future Residence Point of View

Since 2000, Kapolei has seen a residence growth of 57%, with an average household size being around 3.37 and 48% of those households having children.  So, it is a family area.

Below is the fair market rent values of the Kapolei:

Studio:  

$1,276

One Bedroom:    

$1,392

Two Bedroom:

$1,833

Three Bedroom: 

$2,701

Four Bedroom:

$3,100

Crime in Kapolei, Oahu Hawaii is FAR BELOW the national average.

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Below is a look at Home Sales Summary in recent years.

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 Kapolei Education and School Information:

Kapolei School Information

And here is a look at the establishments in the area of Kapolei.  It is based upon the proximity to zip code 96707 (Kapolei).

So, is Kapolei worth moving to on Oahu?

Pros: 

  • On the drier, west side of the Island.
  • Developing economy means jobs now and in the future.
  • Nicer area, lower crime and friendlier to outsiders than the center of the Island.

Cons:

  • Close to Honolulu but still a 45 minute or longer drive due to traffic.
  • Not as established in the job market as Honolulu and Waikiki.  (It’s not the second city yet.)
  • Long commute to the North Shore

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