Local April 29, 2022

Kapolei – Oahu’s Second City

For nearly two decades, Kapolei has been touted as Oahu’s “second city.” The goal: Build houses and create jobs in West Oahu so people didn’t have to live or commute to Honolulu. For many, the Leeward city is the answer. A construction boom has resulted in several new subdivisions, government amenities and schools. And when it comes to shopping and dining, if you can think of it, chances are it’s in Kapolei. Although Kapolei mostly has big box stores and chain restaurants, there are still local boutiques and eateries dotted throughout. Ko Olina, too, has significantly expanded over the years. Once an area on the island where few tourists dared to wander, it’s now a visitor destination in and of itself. The 642-acre master-planned vacation and residential community features three resorts, the Marriott Ko Olina Beach Vacation Club Aulani, a Disney Resort and the newest addition, Four Seasons Ko Olina.

Wet ’n’ Wild Hawaii
The beach can wait for tomorrow when there’s a place like Wet ’n’ Wild Hawaii! The state’s only water park, Wet ’n’ Wild is located just off of the highway in Kapolei. There are more than 25 slides, pools and funnels at the 29-acre park, including the Tornado, a 45-foot funnel or the Shaka, a 36-foot U-shaped slide. For something more relaxing, jump on an intertube and float down the lazy river or swim in the 400,000-gallon wave pool. The kids will love the Water World playground with mini slides, ropes and water cannons. After you’ve worked up an appetite, visit the Windjammer Café.

Cori’s Tip: Avoid the lines, and save money by purchasing your tickets online! Visit wetnwildhawaii.com