Wahiawa, Oahu

Wahiawa is located in the center of Oahu, 4 miles (6.4 km) north of Mililani and about 20 miles (32 km) north of downtown Honolulu. It is situated in the island's central valley between the two mountain ranges that make up the island (Wai'anae Mountains and Ko'olau Mountains). What's unique about Wahiawa is that it is surrounded on three sides by Lake Wilson, also known as the Wahiawa Reservoir or Kaukonahua. Lakes and reservoirs are rare in Hawaii. To reach Wahiawa, one must drive over one of two bridges on Kamehameha Highway.

Wahiawa is surrounded by agricultural fields and military bases, including Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Army Airfield and East Range. Located in Wahiawa is also the U.S. Navy's Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Pacific. The southern portion of Wahiawa is increasingly becoming more urbanized as more and more houses are being developed. "Downtown" Wahiawa is not really a tourist town. Mostly people affiliated with the military live here, and Wahiawa also has a large Filipino population. The main road that runs through town is lined with burger joints, cheap bars, used car dealers and tattoo parlors.

One popular visitor attraction just outside of Wahiawa is the Dole Plantation. Here visitors can see how pineapples grow and other tropical fruits, such as papaya, mango and lychee. They have a nice botanical garden that also features many colorful flowers. Visitors can also hop on the Pineapple Express, a small train that takes people on a narrated ride through the pineapple fields. They also have a huge maze where people can walk through. In fact, it is the world's largest, according to the Guinness Book or World Records 2001. Two other places that warrant a visit in and around Wahiawa are the Wahiawa Botanical Garden featuring many native and naturalized Hawaiian plants and the Kukaniloko Birthing Stones, an ancient Hawaiian site.

In the Hawaiian language, "wahi a wa" means "place of noise." The name may refer to the heavy surf on the distant coast that could be heard here in the past, when the island wasn't developed yet.

Wahiawa Overview

  • Popular attraction just outside of Wahiawa is the Dole Plantation
  • Wahiawa Botanical Garden features many native and naturalized Hawaiian plants
  • Town is surrounded by agricultural fields and military bases
  • Surrounded on three sides by Lake Wilson, also known as the Wahiawa Reservoir
  • Population: 17,821 (2010 Census)
  • Zip code: 96786

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Reviews and Comments:
Someone should clean-up that TRASH next to the”Welcome to Wahiawa” sign. What a disgrace!
Wahiawa Native, Fri Jan 11, 2019
Born (like Obama) in Kapiolani Hospital in 1943. Grew up in Wahiawa. My dad worked for CPC (Del Monte). We left in 1953 when he died. It is the happiest, most beautiful place I have ever lived. I loved playing in the gulch, going to a great elementary school. Seeing rainbows, eating guavas, being part of a beautiful mix of races and cultures. It formed me. I will love you forever, Wahiawa.
Donna Denslow Schoenkopf, Sat Mar 10, 2018
As a Wahiawa native, although born at Kapiolani in 12 of '76... There is no place like home, especially living up the heights and back in the days riding the circle island bus to north shore and all around the island.... You take the girl off the island....but never take her Aloha and very much Wahiawa joy away from the very inner of her heart and soul!!!! Xoxo Aloha and Mahalo and Hapoy Aloha Friday...FYI both sides of my family were in the Army, Airforce, Civil Servants, etc... I very much respect our Vets, active duty, and reserves, as well as the HPD and FPD, EMTs, etc...Born and raised and quite proud to be born in the USA...even though the 49 and 50th states were supposed to be left as SOVERIGN nations!!!
Anna Marie Upano, Sat Dec 10, 2016
same bad attitude in the '60's Only time they 'liked' the military was on pay day
former army wife, Mon Dec 07, 2015
These people have a bad attitude against anyone in the military.
Wayne, Mon Apr 28, 2014