Things We Love: Exploring Windward O‘ahu
(Sponsored) Just a stone’s throw from the bustle of Honolulu, Windward O‘ahu packs all the perks of paradise in the quaintness of small-town living. From low-key surf towns to lush back-valley communities, people journey from all over to experience and taste what O‘ahu’s east side is all about.
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At Home on the Windward side
Windward O‘ahu features several idyllic neighborhoods for those looking to escape city life and set down some roots.
PHOTOs: LE JARDIN ACADEMY
LE JARDIN ACADEMY.
Island-style homes with cascading green-mountain backdrops, picturesque white-sand beaches, top-notch schools and one-of-a-kind shops are just a handful of the qualities drawing homebuyers here. From the mountains to the ocean, Windward O‘ahu features several idyllic neighborhoods for those looking to escape city life and set down some roots.
You don’t have to commute into town to find an outstanding and accredited school. Le Jardin Academy has grown from a small elementary school into an award-winning PreK–12 International Baccalaureate World School. On a 24-acre campus off Kapa‘a Quarry Road, Le Jardin is the largest independent school on the Windward Side, with an enrollment of 820 students. The school’s college preparatory program and extracurricular courses create curious, active learners and first-class athletes and artists. The challenging curriculum and ‘ohana-style atmosphere allows the students the freedom and comfort to develop their personal skills and talents, while acquiring a high-end education. “Our emphasis on critical thinking and community service creates independent learners who excel scholastically and develop a healthy and moral character,” says Cindy Herndon, director of marketing at Le Jardin Academy. “A recent survey showed that students chose to stay at Le Jardin due to caring, supportive teachers.”
Photo: Trinity Christian School
Windward O‘ahu’s other accredited school offers a Christian-based classical education. At Trinity Christian School, the small class sizes and classic curriculum, with a focus on both global and local communities, produce thoughtful, high-quality learners. With a cap of 18 students per class for grades PK through 6, and 15 students per class in grades 7 through 12, Trinity Christian School offers a personalized and attentive learning environment for its students. “Our school is small enough to provide a strong sense of community that can partner with a family from preschool through graduation,” explains Headmaster Stephen Sprague. “We provide a unique and effective method of education to help our students to become worldly citizens.” The school’s seniors receive a rare opportunity with the Grand Tour of Europe, a senior capstone program that takes students on a weeklong trip to historic European cities and sites.
Pali Women’s Health Center.
Windward O‘ahu tenders the convenience of a big city within the quaintness of small-town living. Residents of the Windward Side enjoy state-of-the-art healthcare resources, such as Pali Women’s Health Center, right in their own neighborhood. The center, founded in 1984, is the leader in women’s health on O‘ahu, providing compassionate care by an all-female staff. Its experienced board-certified physicians and midwives offer counseling and treatment in obstetrics: pre-pregnancy planning, prenatal care, high-risk pregnancy management and childbirth; and gynecological care for contraception, menopause, urinary problems, etc. Expanding its services, Pali Women’s Health Center now offers in-office laser procedures such as Smartlipo, a minimally invasive laser fat-removal procedure for body contouring; and MonaLisa Touch, a nonhormonal, painless laser procedure to relieve vaginal dryness and painful intercourse. With customized care plans and the latest technologies, Pali Women’s Health Center provides personal care for and by women just a few minutes from work and home in Windward O‘ahu.
Did you know? Every piece in BaliBoo’s 15,000 square-foot space is hand-picked and one-of-a-kind.
Whether big or small, locally owned businesses thrive on the east side. A unique selection of homegrown shops, boutique businesses and specialty stores pepper the neighborhoods of Kailua, Kāne‘ohe, Kahalu‘u and Waimānalo. For 15 years, BaliBoo has been Windward O‘ahu’s hidden gem, tucked away on Kapa‘a Quarry Road, providing shoppers with international home furnishings, eclectic artwork, global trinkets and one-of-a-kind pieces. The three-story treasure trove boasts hand-carved furniture and sculptures in a variety of woods—including teak, lychee, sono and petrified wood—as well as one the largest collections of koa pieces on the island.