The main town in Oahu’s leeward coast, Waianae includes Makaha, Nanakuli and Maili. Known mostly for its largest Native Hawaiian population, Waianae is a dryer and warmer part of the island when compared to the windward side. Often considered to be one of the island’s best kept secrets, Waianae boasts some of the best beaches that Hawaii has to offer.
Often referred to as the Waianae Coast, the Waianae area is largely undeveloped. This does not mean that modern conveniences are sacrificed, however, as the area is home to a mall with a drugstore, a bank, food and clothing stores, and fast food eateries. The region also has a post office, a public library and a high school. With its pristine beaches and ample wildlife, Waianae offers abundant opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. At the Waianae Small Boat Harbor, a number of tour operators offer opportunities to take people out to snorkel with the wild dolphins or to cruise along the coastline. Fishing boats and small yachts can also be seen frequenting the harbor. Meanwhile, swimming opportunities can be found in the area’s many beaches, with Poka’i Bay being the most popular choice for swimming. Resting at the foot of the Waianae mountain range, Waianae offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki. With its picturesque towns, off-the-beaten path beaches and rural landscapes, the leeward side of the island is a nature-lovers paradise. Yet, while Waianae may feel worlds away from the busy city life, it is only 25 miles away from Waikiki. Boasting a total area of just 7 square miles, only 5.4 square miles of Waianae is land. The other 1.6 miles consists of beautiful waters that serve as home to dolphins, a variety of whale species, coral reefs, turtles and tropical fish
As of 2017, the price range for homes in Waianae is $135,000 to $3 million, while the median interior is 1,336 square feet and the median land size is 5,287 square feet. A wide variety of styles and sizes are available at various price points.
The median price of a home in Waianae is around $550,000, with both condos, detached houses, townhouses, two-unit structures, 3-to-4-unit structures, 5-or-more-unit structures and mobile homes all being available in the community.
Waianae boasts a population of around 13,000 that is far more racially diverse than the other side of the island. In fact, over 40 percent of the population identifies as being from two or more races.
Population by Age Level. Median Age 32.64. Households: 12,374.
In Thousand of Dollars. (Median Income: $57,603 )
Population by Education Level
Fair Market Rents
Waianae is served by Leihoku and Waianae elementary schools as well as Waianae Intermediate School and Waianae High School. The charter school of Ka Waihona O Ka Na’auao – New Century Pcs is also located within the community.
Waianae is home to a mall, a library and several restaurants for residents to enjoy. The area also boasts numerous beaches and ample opportunity to enjoy outdoor recreation and wildlife viewing.
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