Welcome to Go Kapolei
Migration has been with us for as long as we have drawn breath. Our earliest ancestors followed the herd for sustenance; the Hebrews fled Egypt for freedom from their captors; and the Polynesians sailed into the great unknown looking for new homes.
The great migration of O‘ahu began in 1977 as Kapolei was designated as the Secondary Urban Core. Many scoﬀed at first at the idea of living so far from Honolulu, but with its skyrocketing real estate and throttled roadways many young families began looking toward the setting sun.
Once just populated by cane spiders and mongooses, the idea has grown to the point that if the Kapolei region were to tear loose of its terrestrial connection to the rest of O‘ahu, it would be the fourth most populated island in our chain having just topped the six-figure mark.
The dreams of James Campbell have begun to come true. The courthouse, the resort and after nearly four decades of waiting, our own college campus have become reality. New homes—now numbering more than 30,000—have been built, giving fledgling families a little piece of paradise to call their own.
Finally, the 20-mile span that so many claim makes Kapolei too far from the capital to make it worth while is being shrunk as the rail line is sprouting on the plain one concrete pillar at a time, creating a way for our residents to commute above the traffic rather than in it.
Here at Go Kapolei, we look to capture the people who made the move, the early pioneers, to turn these cane fields into a metropolis. We will visit the schools our kids attend, the businesses that help us grow and that land that makes us who we are.
Our mission is to not just chronicle our journey here, but to help shed light on the way forward as we explore what makes Kapolei not just our new residence, but our home.