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OAHU, "The Gathering Place," is the third largest Hawaiian Island and home to the majority of Hawaii's diverse population. Honolulu is the capitol of Hawaii and is a bustling area of professionals and tourists. Even though Oahu is only about 65 miles across and 111 miles around the perimeter, each section of the island has its own personality and quirks.

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A survey was taken of residents in 2014; their comments are below. Approximately 60% of 235 residents surveyed responded. Percentages below represent the portion of respondents living in that geographic area.

Metropolitan Oahu - 82%
Makiki - Manoa - Downtown - McCully - Kaimuki - Waikiki

A majority of the residents live in Metropolitan Oahu because of the convenience of amenities and proximity to multiple hospitals and rotation sites. The majority of the housing in this area are apartments, condominiums and single-family housing units.

RESIDENT COMMENTS:
Pros:
Close proximity to work and town, convenient location for needs, central location, most areas within walking distance to beach, abundance of restaurants

Cons:
Relatively expensive, hard to find good apartments, noisy, crowded, inadequate parking, homeless people, touristy, hard to find pet friendly, small size for price, lots of sirens, construction

AREA HOSPITALS:
Kaiser Honolulu, Kaiser Moanalua, Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, Kuakini Medical Center, Queen's Medical Center, Shriners Children's Hospital, Straub Hospital and Clinic, Tripler Army Center

POINTS OF INTERESTS
http://www.gohawaii.com/oahu/regions-neighborhoods/honolulu

  • Kuhio beach, Waikiki beach, Ala Moana Beach Park, Diamond Head, Ala Wai golf course, Convention Center, movie theaters, Bishop Museum, Iolani Palace, art museums
Windward Oahu - 6.4%
Kaneohe - Kahaluu - Kailua - Waimanalo

The Windward side of Oahu is exposed to the prevailing trade winds hence its name. It tends to be much cooler on the Windward Side and receives more precipitation than other parts of the island and is therefore the greenest. A short commute over the Koolau Mountains will get you to town in about 30 minutes.

RESIDENT COMMENTS:
Pros:
Beautiful countryside, family friendly, easy for shopping/errands, quiet, good public elementary schools, Kailua town has cool vibe, easy access to beach and golf courses, hiking, great restaurants, gorgeous beaches

Cons:
Expensive, long commute depending on traffic

AREA HOSPITALS:
Castle Medical Center, Hawaii State Hospital

POINTS OF INTERESTS:
http://www.gohawaii.com/oahu/regions-neighborhoods/windward-oahu

  • Waimanalo beach, Bellows beach, Kailua Beach Park, Sea Life Park, movie theaters, Valley of the Temples, Kualoa Ranch
Central Oahu - 5.0%
Mililani - Wahiawa - Pearl City - Aiea - Salt Lake - Waipahu

As the name states, Central Oahu is a valley located in the heart of the island in between the Waianae and Koolau Mountain Ranges. A majority of the area is housing communities with commute to town ranging from 20 -45 minutes.

RESIDENT COMMENTS:
Pros:
Central location (equidistant to the main hospitals), quiet, not crowded, residential clean streets, clean air, gated communities

Cons:
Distance is quite far from town, heavy traffic for daily commute, far from beaches

AREA HOSPITALS:
Wahiawa General Hospital, Pali Momi, The Physician Center at Mililani

POINTS OF INTERESTS:
http://www.gohawaii.com/oahu/regions-neighborhoods/central-oahu

  • Wahiawa Botanical Gardens, Pearl Harbor, Aloha Stadium, Dole Plantation, Hawaii Plantation Village
East Oahu - 4.3%
Hawaii Kai - Aina Haina - Kahala

Located about 12 miles from Downtown Honolulu, East Oahu has easy access to the H1 freeway. There are a number of residential subdivisions and a variety of beaches, golf courses, and other amenities. Ocean front homes, marina properties, homes built up the ridges and condos make up the majority of the housing. This is one of the more expensive areas of Oahu in which to live.

RESIDENT COMMENTS:
Pros:
Close to hospitals, clean, safe, quiet, good commute, close to beaches and shopping areas

Cons:
Expensive, long commute depending on traffic.

AREA HOSPITALS:
Island Urgent Care, Leahi Hospital

POINTS OF INTERESTS:
http://www.gohawaii.com/oahu/regions-neighborhoods/honolulu/hanauma-bay/

  • Hanauma Bay, Sandy Beach Park, Makapuu Beach and Lighthouse, Sea Life Park, movie theaters
Leeward Oahu- 2.1%
Kapolei - Waianae - Makakilo - Waikele - Ewa

Affordable housing for the middle class and about 45 minutes from town, the Leeward Coast is the driest of the climates of Oahu. It is also the most rural area of the island.

RESIDENT COMMENTS:
Pros:
Easy to get to south and north shore beaches, movie theater, quiet neighborhood

Cons:
Long commute, heavy traffic at times

AREA HOSPITALS:
Queens Medical Center West Oahu, Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center

POINTS OF INTERESTS:
http://www.gohawaii.com/oahu/regions-neighborhoods/leeward-coast/

  • Nanakuli Beach Park, Pokai Bay Beach Park, Makaha Beach Park, Yokohama Bay Beach Park, Barbers Point, White Plains Beach, Aulani Resort, Kaena Point, Wet 'n' Wild Hawaii Water Park
North Oahu - 0%
Laie - Haleiwa - Kahuku

The North Shore of Oahu is famous as the surfing mecca not just of the island, but of the world. The community here is more laid back than other parts of the island. The commute to town is at least one hour each way from the Metropolitan areas.

RESIDENT COMMENTS:
Pros:
Quiet, less crowded, community oriented

Cons:
Long commute

AREA HOSPITALS:
Kahuku Medical Center

POINTS OF INTERESTS:
http://www.gohawaii.com/oahu/regions-neighborhoods/north-shore/

  • Mokuleia Beach Park, Haleiwa Beach Park, Waimea Bay Beach Park, Sunset Beach Park, Turtle Bay, Malaekahana Beach and State Recreation Area, Laie Beach Park, Haleiwa Town, Polynesian Cultural Center
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