Aiea, on the western edge of Honolulu, is a neighborhood bordering Pearl Harbor Naval Base. The area has been occupied since the 15th century, and was originally farmland for the native population. Some ruins remain, such as the temple in Kea'iwa Heiau State Park. The area was a sugar plantation from the 19th century until WWII, after which it was torn down to make way for residential development.
The area is geographically divided, with Aiea Heights, sitting on the ridgeline, overlooking Aiea and the water below. Aiea is a great residential neighborhood and is popular among families. Aside from the view of the harbor, it’s also home to Pearlridge Center, the largest indoor shopping center in Hawaii. Pearlridge, contains many upscale boutiques and restaurants, as well has the only hospital in the country located within a shopping center. Kea'iwa Heiau Park, has over 4 miles of hiking trails around the temple and ancient foliage. The museums of Pearl Harbor and the U.S.S Arizona Memorial are right around the corner, and downtown Honolulu and Waikiki Beach are only a 15 minute ride away.
As with most of Hawaii, view commands a high price here. Homes in Aiea Heights, with their higher location and uninterrupted vistas, can command prices in the low seven figures. Condos are also more expensive, with prices starting close to $400K. Down at sea level, the area closest to Pearlridge Center consists of mostly condominiums, with prices averaging at a much lower $200K. Single family homes tend to be located a few blocks out from Pearlridge Center, and can be priced around $300K.