Aiea – the closest Central Oahu neighborhood to Honolulu and the International Airport. Situated directly above Pearl Harbor, Aiea includes five residential areas that occupy ridges and boast some of Central Oahu’s best views. It’s also extremely diverse with high-rise condos, townhomes and single-family properties mixed with Central Oahu’s largest urban core.
- Aiea and Pearl City are very similar as the lines between the two are often blurred. In fact the Wailuna neighborhood is split, with some of the properties having a Pearl City address and some with Aiea.
- Aiea has neighborhoods with and without associations.
Around the Neighborhood
For Central Oahu, Aiea is as close to Honolulu as you can get without being considered “town”.
Its location is ideal for a number of reasons; close to the airport, Aloha Stadium, ease of access to the Windward side of the island, the list can go on and on. But in my opinion, the best features of Aiea’s location are the ridgelines homes are built on. These ridgelines offer amazing views and cooler, natural climates. Take a drive up to Aiea Heights, Royal Summit, Newtown and Pearlridge and you’ll find yourself in quiet neighborhoods with beautiful views of Pearl Harbor and the Waianae Mountain range.
The main draw for shopping is Pearlridge Mall, the state’s largest indoor mall with mainstream retailers, local boutiques and specialty stores. There’s a handful of smaller shopping centers surrounding the mall that provide service-oriented business and a few grocery stores including Times and Down to Earth. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Target which is a short drive away in the Aliamanu area.
Aiea’s dining scene is a pretty diverse one. There’s only one national chain restaurant that I know of, California Pizza Kitchen. The rest of the scene is made up of local restaurants that skew towards Asian and fusion foods. The Alley Restaurant at Aiea Bowl is especially popular and their Lemon Crunch Cake is a must. Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant is another popular spot for just about any occasion. If you’re looking for live music and a cold one, Restaurant 604 is your best bet.
The Aiea school district leaves a lot to be desired for elementary grade levels but is very strong from middle to high school. The rankings below are done by Honolulu Magazine and are for 2019 statewide. For a more detailed breakdown and explanation of the rankings, please visit HonoluluMagazine.com
- Waimalu Elementary #132 of 170
- Pearl Ridge Elementary #102 of 170
- Alvah Scott Elementary #138 of 170
- Aiea Elementary #159 of 170
- Webling Elementary #35 of 170
- Aiea Intermediate #1 of 51
- Aiea High #13 of 49
Due to lack of inventory, low-interest rates, and high demand Aiea is currently a HOT market.
Date of Builds
Build dates vary dramatically in Aiea depending on the neighborhood. The majority of homes were built in the 1960’s and 70’s with a few “newer” builds spread throughout the Aiea area.
Days on the Market
Aiea and Pearl City have very similar traffic patterns in that the majority is in and around the main shopping areas around Kamehameha Hwy. On and off-freeway ramps also add to Aiea traffic, especially during prime traffic hours. Once you get past the Aiea town area, the residential areas are pretty easy to drive through. Most of the Aiea residential areas are on ridge lines, which add a level of difficulty to walking/rolling. And last but not least, Aiea boasts the quickest commute to Honolulu, the airport, and Pearl Harbor.
YesCar Dependent ➔
NoBicycle Friendly ➔
2 to 5 drivers in the areaUber ➔
YesCity Bus ➔
Common Commutes by Car:
- Downtown Honolulu – 10 minutes without traffic; 30 minutes with traffic
- Schofield Barracks – 25 minutes without traffic; 40 minutes with traffic
- Honolulu Inter. Airport – 10 minutes or less without traffic; 20 minutes with traffic
- Grocery Store – 5 minutes
- Costco – 15 minutes