Aiea Travel Guide

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Aiea Overview

Aiea (or Hawaiian ʻAiea), Hawaii is a small town on the Island of Oahu between Pearl City on the west and Hālawa on the east with a population of just over 9,000 as of the year 2000. ʻAiea's claim to fame is it contains the largest concentration of people of Japanese heritage in the United States and is the only town name in the United States made up of all vowels.

Kamehameha Highway (HWY 90) and the H-1 freeway futher divide the small town. The town extends up the Mauka (Mountains) into ʻAiea Heights where a sugar cane plantation was built in the late 1800's. ʻAiea has a commanding view of Pearl Harbor and most of the photographs of the Japanese attack on 7 December 1941 came from the sugar cane covered hills of ʻAiea. The C&H (Califonia and Hawaii) sugar cane refinery was closed in 1996.

ʻAiea is also the location of Pearlridge Mall, Hawaiʻi's largest enclosed shopping center and second largest shopping center in the state. The mall is separated into two sections, known as Uptown and Downtown, and Hawaiʻi's only monorail runs between the two sections.

ʻAiea has some fine restaurants and small wetland taro fields used to make poi, a traditional Hawaiian food paste.

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