The 4 Fastest Growing Towns in Hawaii Everyone Is Talking About

Written by Alyssa Shea
Updated: October 18, 2023
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It’s not easy to guess why so many towns in Hawaii are growing so fast. The islands are a paradise and a dream come true for many when it comes to homeownership! The slower-paced lifestyle is a big draw for all types of people, both young and old. The beautiful scenery, welcoming community, and connection to the land that many people share here are extraordinary.

Many people head here for job opportunities or to head to college at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Besides that, you will find plenty of US military members heading here due to plenty of military bases located at several different locations across the islands. So, which towns are seeing the most growth? Find out more information below!

1. Puna

Homeowners looking for a rustic yet oasis-like escape tend to target Puna. Did you know that Puna is bigger than the entire island of Kauai? This city is one of the nine districts that make up the Big Island of Hawaii, is relatively quiet, and the housing prices are incredibly affordable. Construction companies have responded and have been churning out loads of single-family homes. The close location to Hilo for airport access is also a great selling point for this city. Many travelers head here to check out one of the major attractions, Lava Tree State Park.

Surf at Isaac Hale Park, Puna, Big Island, Hawaii

Puna is home to the active Kilauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes.

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2. Ewa Beach

Why is Ewa Beach such a hot market on Oahu? This flat, open space is excellent for business and home developments. The community of Ocean Pointe is the biggest draw for this city. It’s beautiful, well-kept, and has great schools. Ocean Pointe offers a very family-friendly environment as well as very convenient local amenities. Besides the beautiful beaches with beautiful local wildlife, the local golf courses are another reason to head to this area. Homes here can be expensive, but they’re well worth the cost!

Landscape view of Diamond Head, Honolulu and Waikiki from Ewa Beach, Oahu, HI

The Ewa Plantation Company was the highest-producing plantation in Hawaii at one time.

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3. Waikapū

Central Maui has always been a popular spot regarding living choices for Hawaiians. One of the most awaited projects in Waikapū is nearing completion. Located directly off of Honoapiilani Highway, the Waikapū Country Town is a much-awaited project for many locals. But why is the area so appealing? The area’s hiking options, watersports, and farms are popular spots for outdoor enthusiasts. The recently revamped Waikapū Sugar Plantation is also an excellent location for ziplining, tram tours, and gift shops!

Waikapu lake in the car mirror

Waikapū means “waters of the conch” in the native Hawaiian language.

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4. Kapolei

Situated on the southwestern corner of the island of Oahu, Kapolei has exploded in population over the years. The housing market has been hot for a long while and doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. It’s known as Oahu’s second urban center and continues to draw many new residents. The area is mainly known for the Ko Olina Resort Area, which drives a lot of tourism. The community is welcoming to families, and the local amenities continue to be good selling points for the city.

Kapolei, Hawaii on the west coast of Oahu, Hawaii, and its resorts and lagoons

Kapolei is known as Oahu’s “second city.”

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Summary of the 4 Fastest Growing Towns in Hawaii Everyone Is Talking About

RankTown
1Puna
2Ewa Beach
3Waikapu
4Kapolei

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I'm a 36-year-old mother of 2 and military wife. I have 2 dogs and a cat that I'm thoroughly obsessed with. When I'm not writing for work, I'm writing as a hobby. You can find me knee deep in a pile of books or way too invested in a video game.

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