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Globally Connected: Locally Sustainable

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Connecting to Culture and Play

Hawaiian Culture and Recreation

After a while, superlatives become meaningless from overuse. But how else do you describe the bounty of Hawaii’s natural environment and the grace of a unique culture that enriches life in these islands? As the people who live here and visitors who come here know, experience is the best testimonial.

Kapolei has more than its share of both, which it generously offers to all who wish to experience them. 


In the Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Plan, one of its goals is to perpetuate our island culture and values: “No aloha, no sustainability.” It recognizes that Hawaii’s uniqueness lies in its native culture (Kanaka maoli), and the diverse ethnic cultures that have embraced the Hawaiian value of “aloha.” In Kapolei, Kanaka maoli is practiced and honored at Lanikuhonua, and showcased for the world at Disney’s Aulani Resort at Ko Olina.

Lanikuhonua is the gorgeous beachfront property at Ko Olina, which the James Campbell Company dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Hawaiian culture through the Lanikuhonua Cultural Institute. For over a decade, the Institute has sponsored Hawaiian studies classes for area elementary school students. In recent years, Lanikuhonua expanded its programs to include the Lei O Lanikuhonua Hula Festival and the Lauhoe O Lanikuhonua Canoe Festival, both annual events targeted at high school students. It also launched its first Mele & Hula at Lanikuhonua summer concert series this year, featuring island music and dance.

Photo: Wet ‘n Wild Hawaii in Kapolei is Hawaii’s only water park and was voted Hawaii’s #1 family attraction.



With miles of coastline along Kapolei’s southernmost border, there is no lack of beaches for ocean-related sports or just plain relaxation. This includes the protected lagoons at Ko Olina Resort where families love to bring their children, and White Plains Beach at Kalaeloa, where surfers can usually find reliable surf year round.

For those who prefer more controlled mayhem, Wet ‘n Wild Hawaii is the place to go. The only water park in Hawaii, the park appeals to all ages with varying levels of tolerance for excitement. For example, they can cruise an 800-foot long lazy river in an inner tube, or blast down the adrenaline pumping Cliffhanger’s six-story freefall body slides.

If putting a small white ball into a small hole is their idea of excitement, they will find plenty of challenges on any of ten golf courses in the Kapolei region — spread out from Ko Olina and Ewa Beach to Kapolei itself.

Of course, there’s also enjoying first run movies in air-conditioned comfort at the Consolidated Theatres Kapolei 16 at the Kapolei Entertainment Center. However you choose to entertain yourself, playtime in Kapolei will start the moment you open your front door.

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