Globally Connected: Locally Sustainable
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Kapolei’s Appealing Multi-Cultural Lifestyle
Hawaii has the largest per capital multi-lingual workforce in the U.S. Many are fluent in languages such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Tagalog. Against this backdrop, Kapolei’s population is ethnically diverse — 46 percent Asian; 18 percent Caucasian; and 7.5 percent Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders, with the rest accounting for other races. This mix of cultures gives Kapolei’s residents a particular perspective and cross-cultural sensitivity that bridges East and West.
Kapolei is also a young community with a median age of 31.2 years. Its residents are well educated — approximately 40 percent of Kapolei’s working age residents have a college degree and 33 percent of those who work in Kapolei hold high-paying jobs.
Photo: Makaiwa Hills overlooking the Ko Olina Resort.
IT’S THE LIFESTYLE
What could be more appealing than Hawaii’s world-renowned and much envied island lifestyle — most of it enjoyed outdoors in an unparalleled natural environment? In Kapolei, there’s an abundance of parks, beaches, mountains and open space to support this love of the outdoors — whatever the activity. Kapolei residents are an especially active bunch, and know the best places to do things like hiking, jogging, biking, surfing, golfing, sailing, and diving. They also know how to be with nature and enjoy its spectacular displays of rainbows and sunsets against the backdrop of a stunning natural environment.
FINDING A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE
More and more families are making their home in Kapolei—drawn by the opportunity to live, work and play all in one place. Kapolei offers a wide range of housing choices — from affordable and market townhomes, apartments and single family homes in safe, attractive master planned communities like the Villages of Kapolei; live/work homes in Mehana in the city’s urban core for professionals who want to work where they live; and executive homes fronting lush golf courses, or enjoying stunning views from the mountains overlooking the City of Kapolei and the coastline beyond. If resort living appeals, there are the residential communities at the Ko Olina Resort & Marina.
MAKAIWA HILLS AND KAPOLEI WEST
Kapolei’s housing choices continue to grow to meet demand with a number of planned residential communities, including Kapolei West and Makaiwa Hills which will have spectacular views of Ko Olina Resort and the ocean beyond. Makaiwa Hills, a planned hillside residential development by Makaiwa Hills LLC, will have 4,200 homes that will include affordable rentals, affordable homes and market homes. Luxury executive homes will be located 1,300 feet above sea level and offer panoramic coastline views. Kapolei West, a planned residential community by Aina Nui Corporation will offer golf course and ocean views at its 2,500-unit development.
FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE TO SHOP
That’s virtually everyone. Kapolei’s retail landscape has seen incredible growth over the last several years — hard to imagine that just 18 years ago, Safeway Stores was the first business open in the new Kapolei Shopping Center. Today, Kapolei Shopping Center has a full array of retail services and other retail centers have sprung up, with the most recent arrivals, Costco and Kapolei Commons, making a considerable splash with record numbers descending in droves for their grand openings — even though the economy was in the midst of a recession.
Since its 2009 opening, Kapolei Commons has become a shopping destination not only for Kapolei but for the rest of the island as well — with 20 tenants including national companies like Target, Petco and Ross Dress for Less. National outlet retailers are now showing strong interest in the center’s next expansion phase that includes an outlet mall featuring local and national brands. The expansion also includes an entertainment/restaurant center along a pedestrian main street that will be the mall’s signature gathering place.
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