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Exploring Kapolei


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Photos: Elyse Butler and Matt Mallams

Hawaiian Railway Society Train Rides

Did you know that  during the 19th century it took a day to travel from Honolulu to Ewa on foot or by horseback? (And you thought Ewa-bound traffic was bad.) In 1889, Benjamin Franklin Dillingham founded the Oahu Railway & Land Co. (OR&L) to transport sugar cane and pineapple from Ewa to town. During World War II, the Navy used the tracks to haul ammunition from Pearl Harbor. Part of the railroad’s tracks and cars are still in use today, thanks to the Hawaiian Railway Society. Since the mid-1970s, the society has offered Sunday rides from its Ewa station through Kapolei and Ko Olina into Nanakuli. “The society restored 6.5 miles of track and restores and maintains the cars and locomotives,” says society administrator Tom McCarthy. The 90-minute tours, in which the train moves at 15 mph, include the history of the OR&L as well as historical and current landmarks in the area. 91-1001 Renton Road, 681-5461, hawaiianrailway.com.

Strike! Casual bowlers or pros-in-training can get some lane time at the Barbers Point Bowling Center, which is now open to the public.

Photo: Elyse Butler and Matt Mallams


Barber's Point Bowling Center

To the local bowling community,  Bev Brennan and Linda Painter are heroes. The two women decided to buy the Barbers Point Bowling Center and reopen it to the general public in March after the Navy closed it. “There was a need for [the center] on the west side,” says Brennan. “There was no place for families to enjoy themselves for not a lot of money.” Painter adds that “a lot of TLC” was put into renovating the alley, including making the 16 lanes ADA accessible. This month the lanes will be resurfaced. The center also hosts local and Mainland bowling competitions and fundraisers. 91-1259 Saratoga Ave.; call 673-2695 for hours and prices.




Kapolei Yoga & Dance Studio

Whether you’re looking  to strengthen your core or practice your dance moves, Kapolei Yoga & Dance Studio has a class for you. Owners and instructors Tahia Lang and Anna Peahu offer classes in yoga, Pilates, hip-hop, kickboxing, ballet and more, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. “We’ve both been involved in yoga and fitness and wanted to do things our way,” says Lang. “The studio is a more personal and comfortable environment.” It’s easier on the wallet, too, with free hip-hop classes on Thursdays, free summer yoga sessions in Kapolei Park on Saturdays, and an all-ages b-boy program. “We also offer free ballet and fitness classes for children in foster care,” says Lang.  388 Kamokila Blvd., Suite 201, 674-9642, kapoleiyogaanddancestudio.com.

Places: Pacific Aerospace Training Center

Each semester, 50 to 60 Honolulu Community College students learn to fly single-and twin-engine planes at the Kalaeloa Airport to earn their Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) license. 682-6390, pacificaerospace.org.

Photo: Courtesy of Kapolei Archery Range

Puu o Kapolei Archery Range

Next door to the skate park  is the more than 20-year-old archery range, formerly Fort Barrette. The Puu O Kapolei Archery Range is maintained by the 100-member-strong Bushwacker Archery Club and is open on the weekends. The range features four areas: staggered bales, an Olympic-size range at 100 yards, an indoor range and, for those who feel like “hunting,” an 26-artificial-animal archery range with a replicated giraffe, rhino and deer. “We’re the only place on the island with an animal range,” says club representative Weyland Bailey. The club also hosts four to six competitions a year, from keiki tournaments to state championships. Look for the red arrow marking the archery range off Fort Barrette Road; da6pakbushwackers.com.          


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