The Historical Wonders of Aiea

Aiea HI, a town within the peripheral county of Honolulu in Hawaii, is 6 miles NW of the said county. The town shares the Honolulu metropolitan area with other cities and towns wherein 9,019 people are inhabiting.


Aiea was an ahupua’a or a land ruled by a chief or king and managed by the members of the Ali’i, a class consisted of the high and lesser chiefs of the various realms in the islands. The coastal section of Aiea is a part of Keawalau-o-Pu’uloa which means “the many harboured-sea of Pu’uloa” or famously known as Pearl Harbor. Pu’uloa also means “long hill”.


At the end of the 19th century, the Honolulu Plantation Company opened a sugar cane plantation in Aiea. Before the Pearl Harbor attack in July 1941, Commander Thomas Latimore, from USS Dobbin; disappeared while walking in the hills above Aiea. The US navy believed that he was abducted and was killed by the local Hawaiian Japanese spy ring due to his Naval Intelligence expertise or when he stumbled upon their activities in the hills. By December 7th of 1941, the Japanese attack focused more on the military installations around town and ships were secured off shore. Many people thought the attack has taken place in the hills of Aiea.


During the post World War II, the plantation shut down and the mill was transformed into a sugar refinery whereas the developers began extending the area into the neighboring former sugar fields. Aiea’s sugar history came to a close in 1996 when the refinery was closed down by C&H Sugar. The 99-year-old sugar mill was destroyed by the owners amidst the protest from the residents and County government in 1998.


Today, the town of Aiea became an important suburb in Honolulu. It has a hub of attractions, namely: Aiea Shopping Center, Napuanani Park including the Arizona Memorial Museum Association, Ice Palace, Honolulu Academy of Arts and the Bishop Museum. Today, Aiea already has a lot of things to offer to the world. It’s a place flocked by thousands of tourists yearly not only because of its breathtaking views, but also because of its rich historical origin.

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