Meaning “the ti root oven” in the Hawaiian language, Kaimuki was once known for its many ovens used to bake ti roots to form a sweet food that is similar to candy. One of the older neighborhoods in Oahu, Kaimuki is comprised primarily of residential and commercial properties that are over 100 years old.

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About Kaimuki

Conveniently located on the mountain side of Diamond Head Crater, the Kaimuki neighborhood is characterized by gently rolling hills and historic architecture. Despite being one of the oldest neighborhoods in Honolulu, Kaimuki is characterized by a mix of new trendy shops and restaurants sitting alongside established businesses. This eclectic mix gives the neighborhood its unique character that combines historical charm with new and exciting business growth. During the 19th century, the area that now forms the Kaimuki neighborhood served as the farm of King Kalakaua. At that time, ostriches roamed wild over the mountainside. The land later served as a carnation farm specializing in funeral flowers. In the early 1900s, the land was developed into a high-class residential neighborhood after the Chinatown fire of 1900. Finding themselves homeless following the fire, many Chinese moved to the area for a new start. The result was Honolulu’s first major subdivision. The extension of the streetcars to the area in the 1920s helped to further fuel development of the area. Today, much of the neighborhood’s history can still be seen in its historic buildings. Among these are the Kaimuki Fire Station, which was built in 1924 according to the Spanish Mission Style designed by G.R. Miller, and the Queen Theater. The Queen Theater, which was designed by Lyman Bigelow, opened in 1936 and was closed in 1985. The Kaimuki fire station, however, is still used as a fire station to this day

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Living in Kaimuki

Waialae Avenue serves as the main street of Kaimuki, with numerous shops and eateries lining the avenue. Kapahulu Avenue also serves as a main artery, while clusters of additional commercial businesses can be found at the Avenue Shops at Safeway Center, the Market City Shopping Center and Kaimuki District Park. Some of the neighborhood’s perimeter streets include Kapahulu Avenue between Waialae Avenue and Kaimuki Avenue as well as Kaimuki Avenue, 6th Avenue, Alohea Avenue and Kilauea Avenue up to Luawai Street. Luawai Street and Waialae Avenue between 21st Avenue back to Kapahulu Avenue complete the perimeter around the neighborhood.

Kaimuki Real Estate

Kaimuki features mostly charming older homes, several of which have been owned for generations by the same family and have never been sold. Most of the homes in the neighborhood were built prior to the 1940s, with some being built as early as the 1910s. Over time, some of the older homes have been slowly replaced by new construction, creating a mixture of older and newer homes in the neighborhood.

Around Kaimuki

Kaimuki is a mostly historic neighborhood boasting modern amenities and businesses. The neighborhood of Kapahulu is located to the west while the neighborhood of Kahala is to the east.


Kaimuki Sales Data

Kaimuki is comprised mostly of older homes, but many have been restored and expanded to offer modern amenities. The median price for a home in the neighborhood is around $1 million.

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Median Sale Price

Neighborhood Demographics & Stats

With a population of 48,000, Kaimuki still manages to offer a small-town feel despite its size. In addition to historic architecture and ample restaurants and other businesses in the area, the community is also home to Chaminade University and the Hawaii Japanese School – Rainbow Gakuen.

Population by Age Level. Median Age 47.07. Households: 6,280.

In Thousand of Dollars. (Median Income: $85,908 )

Population by Education Level

Fair Market Rents

Kaimuki Schools & Education

Public & Private Institutions Of Learning

Students residing in Kaimuki are served by Kaimuki and Kalani high schools. Middle school students attend Kaimuki Middle School, while the Waialae Elementary Public Charter School serves many of the neighborhood’s children. The private schools of Saint Louis School, Sacred Hearts Academy, St. Patrick’s School and Kaimuki Christian School are also located in the neighborhood.

Avg School Rating 4.3 / 5

Where To Drink, Dine, Shop, Relax & Recline

Many local businesses can be found on the main drag of Waialae Avenue, while other shopping centers can be found elsewhere in the neighborhood.

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