Kaneohe is located on the island of Oahu in the county of Honolulu. In Hawaii’s native language Kaneohe means “bamboo man”, which supposedly resonated from a woman comparing her husband’s cruelty to the sharp edge of cutting bamboo. The town is one of the largest on the Kaneohe Bay and one of the largest residential areas on the windward side of Oahu. 

In the 1900s the town became one of the largest sugar plantations in the state. Many people from foreign lands moved to Kaneohe to seek out life as a farmer. Today the many different races and cultures are proof of the many diverse groups of people who moved to the area long ago.  While it used to be an agriculture area, now it is mostly reserved for residential life. The only commercial product that is worth any mention is the banana.

Living in Kaneohe

The population in Kaneohe is 33,856. The average home costs $536,200. The unemployment rate is 5.10 percent with job outlook generally being on the positive side. The climate is neither too hot nor too cold thanks to the local trade winds. 

Student life flourishes in Kaneohe due to Windward Community College and Hawaii Pacific University both being located here. Many people who work at the schools also call Kaneohe home.

Kaneohe offers the comfortable town life as well as the seclusion of country life for those who like to be away from it all. No matter where a home is located it is hard to not have a place that overlooks the Pacific or even sits on the mountainside.


There are several things in Kaneohe to keep anyone living here busy. The Koolua Golf Course is a good start.  It has been named in Golf magazines “Top 100 Courses to Play”. Two other golf courses to use are the Pali Golf Course and Bayview Golf Park. For the putt-putt lover in everyone, there is Glow-Putt Indoor Mini Golf.

The Byodo-In Temple is a great place to go to seek out Hawaiian history and to understand the peace a Buddhist temple can offer. Take a walk through the Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens.  This lush rainforest is also a great place to make a camping trip. 

Choosing Kaneohe

People live in Kaneohe to experience the beautiful scenery of low-key life, but to also be a direct drive away from Honolulu and the larger cities on Oahu. Kaneohe real estate is for those that want to live in a residential area with amazing views and year-long pleasantly warm weather.