Waipahu has undergone many changes over the years. Starting out in ancient times as the capital of Oahu, this community based around an artesian spring became part of the Oahu Sugar Company during the plantation era. These days Waipahu is a vibrant, diverse community of individuals and families who have migrated from overcrowded Honolulu to this much roomier community.
Reminders of old Waipahu are still evident in the Hawaiian Plantation Village, a “living history” museum, built on former plantation land. Baseball is an important part of the Waipahu community. It is also home to L’Orange Park, a baseball park built in 1924, which is still in use today, and the 2008 Little League World Series Champions hail from Waipahu. Golfers will love the easily accessible Waikele Golf Club, and shoppers will be happy to visit the Wailkele Outlet Shops in next door Wailkele. The diverse community is also a remanent of the plantation days, as workers from as far as Norway and Puerto Rico put down roots.
Waipahu real estate is generally affordable. Single family homes average approximately $500K, while Waipahu condominiums and townhomes are priced in the $260K range. As with the rest of Oahu, real estate prices are heavily location and amenity dependent, and some unique and well placed homes are priced into the 800Ks. On the other hand, some older properties and forclosures can be had for very attractive prices. Waipahu will only continue to grow as middle class families look for good affordable neighborhoods outside of Honolulu.