The definition of Waialua is "two waters". This beautiful town located on O‘ahu's north shore is home to unique and timeless agricultural sites. Many of the current families living in Waialua are there as the result of a booming agricultural industry of sugar cane. The Old Waialua Sugar Mill, and Waialua Public Library are two of the many structures that still stand. According to the 2000 census over 3,860 people live in Waialua.
Not only, was Waialua an Incredible agricultural community but it continues to improve the lives of our Keiki through essential education. This past year Waialua High School competed alongside 352 other robotics teams and was awarded the program's most prestigious prize, the Chairman's Award. Waialua has a rich history and a diverse community. Along with remarkable schools Waialua produces incredible coffee, rich chocolates, and sweet soaps. This agriculturally friendly town invites tourists and residents alike to experience its many wonders and relish in precious Hawaiian treasures.
Mokulei‘ia is a North Shore community in the Waialua District on the island of O'ahu. Mokulei‘ia means "isle (of) abundance" in Hawaiian. As of the 2010 Census, there was a population of 1,811. Some of its features include Mokule'ia Beach, Mokule'ia Polo Field, and the Dillingham Airfield, which is rich in history. A communications station called Camp Kawaihapai was established in 1922. In the 1920s and 1930s, the railroad transported artillery to the site. By 1941, the Army leased additional land and established Mokule'ia Airstrip. It was used to store military aircraft during World War II which were used to save lives during the Japanese air strike. Mokulei‘ia provides marvelous hiking trails. The Kealia Trail and Mokule'ia trails offer incredible exercise and exploration of the North Shore.
The beautiful town of Mililani lies almost precisely in the center of O‘ahu, resting between the two volcanic mountains of O‘ahu, Ko‘olau and Wai‘anae, and between two large gulches of Waikele and Kipapa. Mililani literally means "Praise Heavenward" or "Divine thanksgiving" (Mili- caress/Lani-divine) named by John Papa Ii who's homestead was the beginnings of the development of the land. The major streets are given names after the stars (Hoku), inspired by the majestic nighttime view of the heavens that the countryside provided.
Wheeler Field is a National Historic Landmark for its role in the December 7 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor as well as the site of several major historic aviation events prior, including the first transpacific flight from California in 1927; the great Dole Air Race from California to Hawaii; the first transpacific flight from the U.S. to Australia in 1928, and the first Hawai‘i-to-Mainland solo flight in 1935 by Amelia Earhart.
Wheeler Army Airfield was a primary target and site of the first attack on 7 December 1941, leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Japanese attacked the airfield to prevent the numerous planes there from getting airborne and engaging them. Most of the planes were destroyed, but 12 pilots assigned to the 15th Pursuit Group at Wheeler (predecessor of the 15th Air Base Wing) succeeded in getting their P-36 Hawk and P-40 Warhawk aircraft off the ground, engaged the Japanese in furious dogfights, and scored some of the first American victories of World War II.
With the establishment of the U.S. Air Force as a separate service in 1947, Wheeler Army Air Base was re-designated Wheeler Air Force Base under the operational control of Pacific Air Forces (PACAF).
Waipi‘o literally means "bent water". While generally "waipi‘o" refers to a waterfall, but in the case of Waipi‘o acres the name is derived from the Waikakalaua stream that runs through the center. Waikakalaua features a series of tunnels used by the military during World War II for assembling aircraft. About a quarter mile long, the main tunnel stretches from one side of the hillside to the other. A short cross-tunnel bisects the main artery about mid-way through.
Named for former Commanding General of the U.S. Army General John M. Schofield who was the first to push for a military base on O‘ahu for a defense presence in the Pacific.
The Waianae-Uka military reservation was part of the former Hawaiian Crown Lands and consisted of 14,400 acres. These acres provided central access to both the North Shore of O‘ahu and the Pearl Harbor Naval base and City of Honolulu to the south. While the area’s strategic defense value was recognized, it was initially passed over as a site for a principal military post because of the lack of a readily available water source. The cantonment was informally known as Castner Village among military personnel. People in Honolulu referred to it as the Leilehua Barracks after the Leilehua Plain on which is located.
In April, 1909, the War Department chose instead to name the post after the late General John M. Schofield. In1872, in his confidential report to the Secretary of War, Schofield advocated securing the exclusive use of Pearl Harbor through a reciprocity treaty with the then Kingdom of Hawai‘i. In 1893 after the overthrow of the monarchy, it was Schofield who encouraged annexation of Hawai‘i. He said, “If we do not hold these islands ourselves we cannot expect the neutrals in war to prevent other belligerents from occupying them; nor can the inhabitants themselves prevent such occupation.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower toured Schofield in 1934 and declared Schofield “the most important single base the United States has in the world.”