Where You Live: Hawaii Kai

Published On: May 01 2014 07:24:18 PM HST   Updated On: May 01 2014 10:29:01 PM HST

Hawaii Kai boasts a six-figure median income and the state's highest per capita education.  But, it also has a deep history more and more people are trying to preserve.

Click here to watch Kenny Choi's report.

Hawaii Kai is heavily residential with homes dotting the ridges, lining the waterfront and towering above the east side of Oahu featuring a scenic drive along the Kaiwi coastline that's second to none.

But, before all of this came into place, Maunalua, as the area has been called for more than 1,000 years by Native Hawaiians, looked dramatically different.

With a vision to provide new jobs and marine-lifestyle housing, entrepreneur Henry J. Kaiser began to develop thousands of acres owned by Bishop Estate.  His business philosophy, based on his words -- "Find a human need and fill it."

And "fill it" he did.  First, dredging a 523-acre fishpond called Kuapa in the 1960s, taking out the mud and silt.  The result of hundreds of years of erosion from the Koolau Mountains and turning it into prime real estate.

But, new development meant an abrupt goodbye for the people who once called this place home.

"It was the first time I saw father get emotional.  He had put so much into it," said Malia Elliott. 


PHOTOS: Where You Live - Hawaii Kai

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