Waipahu, Hawaii

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Waipahu, Hawaii

Introduction to Waipahu, Hawaii

Waipahu, Hawaii, in Honolulu county, is 11 miles NW of Honolulu, Hawaii. The town is in the Honolulu area. There are 33,108 residents in Waipahu.

Waipahu History

The word 'waipahu' is derived from the Hawaiian words 'wai' and 'pahu' which means bursting water. It is a census designated place. It was formerly a sugar plantation town. The Oahu Sugar Company was incorporated in 1897. Waipahu was named by the company's directors as the site for sugar mill. In 1923, an athletic field was built in the town. It is now known as Hans L'Orange park.

Waipahu and nearby Attractions

  • Bishop Museum
  • Hawaii Maritime Center
  • Honolulu Academy of Arts
  • Iolani Palace
  • Honolulu Zoo

Things To Do In Waipahu

Tourists can visit the Contemporary Museum, U.S. Army Museum, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, and Hawaii's Plantation Village. Theater lovers can enjoy the Hawaii Theater. Those interested in golf can visit the Waikele Golf Club, Ted Makalena Golf Course, or Pali Municipal Golf Course. There are many churches in the city at which one can have a look at like the Waipahu Free Will Baptist Church, Waipahu Samoan Assembly of God Church, and the Waipahu Seventh Day Adventist Church. The Waipahu Shopping Plaza, West gate Shopping Center and a couple of other shopping centers are often visited by tourists.

Waipahu Transportation

Honolulu International Airport is nearby.

Waipahu Higher Education

Leeward Community College, Honolulu Community College, Kapiolani Community College, and Brigham Young University - Hawaii Campus are some of the institutes from where the residents can avail higher education.

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High Points

Waipahu strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Hawaii):

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Waipahu Public Transportation Use
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. Peers)
Top 9% Waipahu Affordability of Property Taxes

Comparative Profile of Waipahu, Hawaii

Comparing Waipahu to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Hawaii (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 8 8
Male Share of the Population 8 3
Age of the Population 6 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 6
Racial Diversity 4 2
Female Share of the Population 3 8
Well-Paid Single Men 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 10 10
Portion of People Married 8 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 5 6
People Above Poverty 4 4
People in Middle Class or Better 4 4
College Educated Adults 1 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Working at Home 4 3
Walking and Biking to Work 4 5
Short Commute Times 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Property Taxes 10 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 7 8
Housing Recently Built 5 3
Affordability of Rents 5 7
People Living Alone 1 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 1

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Waipahu Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 11 miles NW of Honolulu, Hawaii
County Honolulu
Metro Area Honolulu
Standard Zip Codes 96797
Phone Area Codes 808
Time Zone Hawaii (-10 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city does not observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 21.386
Longitude -158.009

Waipahu Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 4.9 miles
Jan Temp 63 to 80 F
Apr Temp 66 to 83 F
Jul Temp 71 to 88 F
Oct Temp 69 to 87 F
Annual Precip 18.1 inches
Distance 6.9 miles
Jan Temp 66 to 80 F
Apr Temp 68 to 83 F
Jul Temp 74 to 88 F
Oct Temp 73 to 87 F
Annual Precip 18.2 inches
Distance 12.6 miles
Jan Temp 66 to 77 F
Apr Temp 68 to 78 F
Jul Temp 72 to 82 F
Oct Temp 72 to 82 F
Annual Precip 74.7 inches
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Waipahu Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 33,108 100%
Male 16,352 49.4%
Female 16,756 50.6%
Under 18 8,754 26.4%
18+ 24,354 73.6%
65+ 5,243 15.8%
Median Age 35.5
Average Family Size 4.37
White 1,566 4.7%
African-American 308 0.9%
Asian 21,774 65.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 46 0.1%
Other 285 0.9%
Mixed Race 5,052 15.3%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 2,016 6.1%

Waipahu Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 95.8%
Portuguese 1.7%
US/American 0.8%
German 0.4%
French (except Basque) 0.3%
Italian 0.2%
Irish 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Waipahu 33,108 $51,855
Aiea 9,019 $75,992
Ewa Beach 14,650 $58,104
Honolulu 371,657 $56,311
Pearl City 30,976 $67,246
Schofield Barracks 14,428 $32,970
Wahiawa 16,151 $46,524

Starbucks in Waipahu

(As of 2005)
94-799 Lumiaina St

Wal-mart in Waipahu

(As of 2006)
94-595 Kupuohi St
(808) 688-0066
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Waipahu High Schools (2004)

A Title I School.
Serves 2,338 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.7

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