Located near the center of Oahu, Mililani is a planned community that sits on former red clay plantation fields. The land was originally owned by Castle & Cooke, one of the Big Five companies in Hawaii, and the goal of the community was to bring together a top-notch group of architects and planners who could design a community that would meet the needs of Oahu’s escalating housing demands.
The first homes in Mililani were built in 1968, with 112 offered for sale and a waiting list of 2,000. A true master-planned community, Mililani has no driveways or parking on the main streets to make it safer and to keep traffic flowing. When the Interstate H-2 opened in 1976, travel time from Honolulu to Mililani was cut in half, making the community a desirable bedroom community for Honolulu commuters. In 1986, Mililani was the first Hawaiian community to receive the distinction of All-America City.
Mililani’s location on a plateau between two volcanic mountains makes the town physically situated between the two large gulches of Waikele and Kīpapa. The older part of Mililani to the west of Interstate H-2 is known as Mililani Town. The newer portion, located to the east of Interstate H-2, is Mililani Mauka. A more secluded part of Mililani is called Launani Valley, which is a separate master-planned development that consists of town homes and single family communities.
The town boasts its own commercial shopping center, community centers, parks, and schools. The Mililani Town Association serves as the community’s homeowners association; it enforces design standards and manages recreational facilities, such as several pools. (These beaches mentioned are not close by to Mililani) Nearby recreational attractions include Pupukea Beach, Makaha Beach Park and the Mililani Golf Course.
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