Communities for Commuters in Hawaii

Finding a way to balance work life with your personal life can be difficult at times, a process that is made worse when you find yourself stuck in traffic for hours as you commute back and forth to the city. If you have a fabulous job in the city, but you don’t want to waste precious time waiting in traffic jams every morning and evening, here are a few O’ahu communities that you might want to consider for your next home.


Boasting breathtaking mountain and ocean views, the quiet community of Aiea is characterized by its green landscaping and beautiful homes. Located a bit further away from Downtown than some of the other options, Aiea offers affordable homes and plenty of amenities. TheBus rapid transit service also serves this community

Hawaii Kai

Featuring higher-end homes in eastern Honolulu, the fast-growing community of Hawaii Kai is one of the most affluent communities on the island. Known for its stunning homes and breathtaking views, the community features older homes alongside newer developments. With a public school system that is among the best in the area, it offers both quality education and reduced commute times.


Offering breathtaking views in a quieter and more affordable neighborhood, Makiki is surrounded by lush, natural beauty while remaining just minutes from Honolulu dining and shopping opportunities. Featuring a combination of smaller, single-family home, mid-rise condos, and luxurious custom homes, the diverse neighborhood is just a 10 to 15-minute commute to town or Waikiki. In addition, TheBus offers service into town.

Palolo Valley

Once comprised of smaller and older single-family homes, the up-and-coming Palolo Valley has experienced a significant amount of revitalization in recent years. Tucked in the rolling foothills of the Ko’olau Mountains just four miles from Downtown and one mile from Diamond Head, the community offers scenic views, charming homes and easy access to town. In addition, TheBus offers service into town.


A well-established neighborhood nestled in the slopes of Punchbowl Crater, the Punchbowl community boasts cooler year-round temperatures and amazing views of Honolulu and the Atlantic. Just 10 to 15 minutes away from town and Waikiki, housing options include smaller single-family homes, mid-rise condos, and luxurious custom homes. TheBus also offers rapid transit into town.

Salt Lake

Consisting of suburban single-family homes, estates, townhomes, and urban condos, the Salt Lake community is situated near to the airport and military bases of O’ahu. Just minutes from Downtown, the community itself boasts a blend of residential living, community amenities and outdoor recreational opportunities in the form of green parks and other natural areas.

Pearl City

Drawing its name from the discovery of oysters in the Pearl River, the thriving community of Pearl City is located just minutes from Downtown Honolulu, Mililani, and several major military bases. While this community is located further away from Downtown than some of the others on this list, it is a far more affordable option offering single-family homes and plenty of amenities. In addition, TheBus provides transit from this community.

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