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Globally Connected: Locally Sustainable

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Connecting Kapolei

Strategic Location Linking East and West

Kapolei is connected by land, sea and air. Telecommunications technology, ocean shipping, air travel, and ground transportation systems create a local and global network that links East and West, with Kapolei at the connecting point.


Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor is the state’s second busiest commercial harbor, handling 3.36 million tons of bulk cargo in 2010. It’s a stone’s throw away from Campbell Industrial Park, the light industrial Kapolei Business Park, and the City of Kapolei. To put into perspective Kalaeloa’s role in supporting Hawaii’s daily life, the majority of petroleum products needed for electrical power and automobiles comes through Kalaeloa. The harbor will become even more important to the economy when the state expands Kalaeloa and adds services to relieve overcrowding at Honolulu Harbor.


Kalaeloa Harbor will give businesses who locate at Kapolei Harborside an important competitive advantage as the harbor is immediately adjacent to  the planned 351-acre Kapolei Harborside industrial park. The park is the last significant industrial site on Oahu. As the economy improves and demand for industrial space grows, Kapolei Harborside will be the premier site for business. It is estimated that the park will generate 3,800 high-paying jobs. This will place Kapolei in the forefront of the state’s future industrial development.


The city itself has a built-in telecommunications infrastructure that facilitates business communication and commerce between Hawaii, North America, Asia and the Pacific, and the rest of the world.

Kapolei is wired to link to a combination of undersea trans-Pacific fiber optic cable systems that connect Hawaii to the U.S. mainland and the Pacific, and domestic and international satellite dishes at the Kapolei Teleport that are uniquely situated to see Asian and North American satellites that reach as far west as India and Mongolia. Companies such as Emerging Markets Communications, Inc., Hawaii Pacific Teleport, LLC., and On Call Hawaii are taking advantage of the Teleport’s strategic mid-Pacific location to connect the U.S. and Asia. ViaSat, Inc. will link the Teleport to its network of gateways to provide high speed, broadband Internet services to customers across North America and Hawaii.


Kapolei is just 20 minutes away from the Honolulu International Airport, which is a major hub for air travel in the Pacific region. The airport is one of the busiest in the U.S., with traffic exceeding more than 18 million passengers, and over 369,000 tons of cargo in 2010. Both national and international carriers have direct routes to Hawaii from North America, Pacific Rim countries, and Asia, including cities in China, Japan and Korea.


When the 20-mile Honolulu rail transit project connects Kapolei to Honolulu, including a station at the Honolulu International Airport, it will transform the way people now travel between these two major economic centers. For Kapolei, the system, which broke ground in early 2011, will greatly ease traffic congestion along this heavily traveled corridor and at the same time stimulate sustainable development around three stations planned for East Kapolei, including one at the University of Hawaii-West Oahu campus. Rail transit will complement a vastly improved regional network of roads and highways that now connect Kapolei to the rest of the island.

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