Years ago there was a bumper sticker that said “New York…London…Paris…Waimanalo”. It cracked me up. But it really made the point that Waimanalo is anything but a fashion capital of the world, or an exciting fast-paced city of restaurants and nightlife.
Instead, Waimanalo is a country town, home to Hawaiian homesteaders, farmers, and others who choose a more laid-back lifestyle. It isn’t that there is NOTHING going on in Waimanalo. It’s just that you might not notice some things if you always just pass through on your way to somewhere else.
The obvious attractions are beautiful Waimanalo Beach Park and Sea Life Park. Not so obvious is Waimanalo Bay, known to locals as Sherwood Forest, for the ironwood tree groves lining the beach. It’s a spectacularly beautiful spot.
You might know there’s a polo field and polo ponies.
But did you know the Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii organization is there? It’s an Accredited non-profit therapeutic riding center and they have mini-horses! You can ride, sponsor, volunteer and camp. Don’t use GPS to find them, though. Use the directions on their website at http://www.thhwaimanalo.org/index.php
Honolulu has its zoo, but Waimanalo has it’s Roadside Farm, whose mission of the is to educate visitors and the community on the best practices for responsible ownership of farm animals. They welcome visitors and survive on donations. Visit https://www.facebook.com/waimanaloroadsidefarm for more information.
As for the Waimanalo real estate market, the sales prices of (fee simple) single family homes sold in 2014 ranged from $399,000 for a tear-down, to an oceanfront estate that went for a hefty $3,850,000.