Wahiawa, translated that means the "noisy place" ... it's said that long before motor vehicles took to the streets of Wahiawa, one could hear the waves breaking at the northshores of O'ahu ten miles away! Now, as common as air, traffic noises fill Wahiawa town. A wonderful thing about Wahiawa is that you can hear birds all day long, and if you're really lucky (not) you can hear roosters at all hours of the day too!
Fondest memory: My favorite memories of Wahiawa are the fantastic brilliant rainbows over Whitmore Village, especially the ones that seem to hug the mountains or blanket the village roof tops.
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Just hop on a bus or get in your automobile and follow your handy guide maps. The best little guide to carry around is pictured to the left and described in depth on my HONOLULU page. You may wish to review the details shown there. If you want thoroughly detailed maps, you can find them as part of the Yellow Pages section of the Telephone Directory. We always carry them around in the car with us. They show every street on Oahu. Don't tear them out of the book!
It is worth your while to go there for a visit. Unfortunately, you won't get a chance to do the kind of tour which was available when the factory was still in full operation. It was awesome and yours truly was one of the main stops on the tour, operating a machine and dispensing the most succulent and choice slices of pineapples to the hundreds of tourists who visited the plant for a full tour, that was in the early 50's. The demonstration machine was set up at the end of the tour. All of the other 50 machines faced the opposite direction. The 'tourist' was situated such that it faced away from the rest, thus the operation of that machine was 'backwards' and I guess that is why it was my job to be the principal operator.
In those bygone years, as it happens, I actually was a 'poster boy' for the HAWAII VISITORS BUREAU.
In 1953, as part of a large contingent of Explorer Scouts from all over Hawaii, other West Coast States as well, we joined with the Civilian Air Patrol who also came from all of the Islands and the West Coast. There were many hundreds of us there. It was my good fortune to jointly share the honour of being the leader of the Explorer contingent with a lovely young lady from the Island of LANAI who was the leader of the Civil Air Patrol group.
Our joint group was hosted by the United States Army at SCHOFIELD as we spent 5 days living in barracks like real soldiers. One might say that this was one of the first occasions that the fairer sex experience real time 'basic training' as the CAP had a large female membership in Hawaii. Though there was a friendly rivalry between the Scouts and CAP, there was no rivalry amongst the leaders of each group. Call it 'puppy love' but did we ever get close, shamefully so for that day and age.
So you think we didn't know how to have fun back in the dark ages, in the dark places, on a moonlit night?
When you don't have Nintendo, PlayStation or a Computer to play with, gee, you have to come up with other ways to occupy your time. Let me assure you, we knew how to do that. You have Noooooo idea!
You can see from this map just how large the military bases are that surround Wahiawa. This little city on Oahu gains the usual benefits, and problems, ordinarily associated with being adjacent to military bases.
Just below Wahiawa is the area known as MILILANI and these areas are all good spots for off base housing. There are many military children who attend school in both of these towns.
Favorite thing: You will always know you're in the Wahiawa area if you look out the window and see PINEAPPLE FIELDS! These pineapple fields extend beyond Wahiawa, but you'll find the majority of them right here.