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Pearl City is an unincorporated community and census designated place in the Ewa District and city and county of Honolulu. It is located on the Island of Oahu set along the north shore of Pearl Harbor.
Just 11 short miles from downtown Honolulu, Pearl City acts as an ideal location for those wishing to enjoy a quiet, waterfront town without giving up access to major amenities, entertainment, and attractions.
According to the 2010 United States Census, Pearl City is home to roughly 47,698 residents which is a mix of military families and locals. Pearl City is one of Oahu’s largest communities and as such features a wide variety of shopping, dining, and amenities right within its boundaries.
Pearl City is a fairly affordably area of Oahu as it is set farther from Honolulu than other similar towns. The area offers a wide variety of real estate options that suit needs for buyers of all kinds.
The close knit community is made up of almost 75% homeowners vs. renters, which is evident in the pride of ownership and property care.
The area has seen substantial growth over the past decade, with a thriving economy and quality of living. Nevertheless, the area remains affordable and offers a variety of home options.
The median home value for properties in Pearl City falls around $595,200. Compared to larger cities the affordability makes Pearl City, Oahu an obvious choice for those looking to purchase real estate, especially first time home buyers.
Pearl City is jammed packed with amenities, parks, dining, shopping and services to ensure its residents have everything they need.
The area is known for its beautiful scenery and nature. Pearl City has a number of great parks and recreation areas to take advantage of. Manana Community Park and Shigeo Ushiro Manana Neighborhood Park are located within Pearl City and offer an area for children to play along with ample greenspace.
The Shigeo Ushiro Manana Park is a large, 4 acre park which offers use of the community pool as well as a baseball diamond. The Manana Neighborhood park is a 14 acre space with volleyball courts, basketball courts and a skate park to be enjoyed.
The Oahu Urban Garden Center is located in the heart of Pearl City and boasts an abundance of garden and flower varieties, complete with a children’s area. Escaping a busy day to spend time among the roses is a popular pastime for those living in the area.
The Pearl City Recreation Center is a hub of activities for all ages. Whether gathering for an event or class, or enjoying basketball on the lit courts, the Pearl City Recreation Center plays host to a wide range of activities. The recreation center is also home to Pearl City District Park and Pool, which is frequently enjoyed on hot days.
Biking enthusiasts will want to take advantage of the Pearl Harbour Bike path which runs along the water's edge. The bike path starts at the USS Arizona Memorial and Pearl Harbor Marina and ends at the Waipi‘o Point Access Road. This 5 mile path is a chance to view the stunning shoreline and surrounding scenery.
In neighboring Aiea, residents of Pearl City have access to Pearlridge Shopping Centre, Hawaii’s largest enclosed shopping mall and the second largest shopping center in the entire state. Divided into three different sections which are all accessible via the monorail system, patrons will find access to retail, dining and entertainment options.
For option within Pearl City, residents will find stores such as Walmart, Petco, T.J. Maxx and a large Sam’s Club. This collection of stores and services is known as the Pearl City Gateway.
The public schools located within Pearl City, as within the entire state, are served by the Hawaii Department of Education. This education system governs the Pearl City Complex of public schools.
Elementary Schools located within Pearl City include Manana Elementary School, Palisades Elementary School, and Pearl City Elementary School. Pearl City Highlands Elementary School is also located in Pearl City and is one of the highest rated schools on the island - receiving a score of 9 from Greatschools.org.
Momilani and Waiau elementary schools are in the neighboring area of Waimalu.
Pearl City is home to one intermediate school, Highlands Intermediate School. Despite its name, Pearl City High School is set just outside the perimeters of Pearl City in Waimalu.
There are a few post secondary institutions located in Pearl City. The University of Hawaii–Leeward Community College is a branch of the University of Hawaii which is located in Pearl City.
Pearl City is located in the middle of the island of Oahu, and as such makes it an ideal location for those who commute to neighboring towns and cities. Set right where H1 and H2 converge, the area does see traffic, however, it typically moves quickly.
Kamehameha Highway (Hawaii Route 99) runs directly through the commercial district of Pearl City, and carries travellers to areas such as Aiea and Halawa, down east directly to Honolulu.
According to the 2016 United States census the average commute time for workers in Pearl City is around 30 minutes. With light traffic, one can find themselves in Honolulu in 25 minutes and Oahu’s “second city,” Kapolei in roughly 20 minutes.
There is a public transit bus system that services Pearl City with 7 routes available.
Dining options are plentiful in Pearl City with a variety of restaurants, bistro’s, cafes and bars to choose from.
Some restaurant options in Pearl City, Oahu:
Sadie’s BBQ Inn - Enjoy traditional Korean BBQ with a cozy and inviting atmosphere.
Spicy Ahi & BBQ - A wide range of Japenese and BBQ dishes with vegan friendly options open Wednesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner.
Button Up Cafe - Go to spot for breakfast and brunch featuring the popular stuffed french toast.
La Tour Cafe - Open for brunch and dinner, La Tour Cafe offers local dishes with a french twist.
Miki’s - In the mood for a late night bite? Miki’s serves comfort food daily from 9 pm to 3 am.
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