What Will Happen In Kapolei In 2020?

Here’s what to look forward to over the next 12 months:

Foodland Farms at Ka Makana Aliʻi *Finally* Opens We Think

The new supermarket was announced in early 2018, and was supposed to open in 2019. With only a few hours to go, that’s not gonna happen. But! Construction has been going strong since the fall and the exterior signage is up, so seems like it’s only a matter of time. Foodland hasn’t announced an official grand opening yet, but we’ll let you know when they do!

A Full Year of Concerts at Moani and HI Finest

2019 saw the opening of Kapolei’s first two legit music venues. Between them, Moani Island Bistro and Bar and Hawaiʻi’s Finest, both at Ka Makana Aliʻi, have hosted The Green, Josh Tatofi, J. Boog, Kapena, and dozens of local acts. They’ve shown that West Oʻahu will show up for live music … can’t wait to see who comes in 2020!

The Rail Starts Running To Aloha Stadium

west side HART rail station
The Rail still says they’ll start service from Kapolei to Aloha Stadium in the fall of 2020. Maybe we’ll be taking trains to the swap meet and Rainbow Warriors football games by this time next year.

The 4th Annual Kapuʻuola Hula Festival

kapuʻuloa hula festival flyer
Kapolei’s best cultural festival returns on Saturday, April 4th with the top hālau hula on the islands — plus musical performances, food & craft vendors, and other cultural practices. The festival has been held in June in the past, this earlier date will mean cooler weather for performers and spectators alike.

East Kapolei Middle School Relieves Middle School Congestion

east kapolei middle school under construction
The much-needed new middle school is being built near Kroc Center, and is slated to open for the 2020-2021 school year. This should help reduce the overcrowding at Kapolei Middle School.

Lunch and Happy Hour at Mad Bene

The wildly-popular NYC-style Italian restaurant has been packed for dinner — they’ve promised to open for lunch and happy hour in early 2020.

Seniors Start Moving into the Kulana Hale Tower

kulana hale
The 13-story senior living tower rising above central Kapolei is nearly complete. Opening is planned for spring 2020.

Sakura Japanese Restaurant Opens at Ka Makana Aliʻi

sakura at ka makana alii
We actually have a date for this one! This new restaurant at Ka Makana Aliʻi, in The Grove next to Straub Medical Center, will celebrate a grand opening Fri., January 17-Mon., January 20. Sakura will feature 10 teppanyaki tables, indoor and outdoor seating, a sushi bar and a full bar.

Teriyaki Madness Opens at Kapolei Commons

spicy teriyaki chicken at teriyaki madness
The fast-casual teriyaki bowl spot has locations in 21 states — primarily in Nevada and California. Ko Olina resident Ohmar Villavicencio hoped to open in 2019, but has leased a space in Kapolei Commons to make Kapolei the first Hawaiʻi location in 2020.

New Construction in 2020

These new projects should start in 2020, though we can’t be sure if they’ll finish.

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers on Kapolei Parkway

raising cane's chicken fingers

The chicken chain, which has a very popular location on University Ave., has filed permits to build a $1.7 million restaurant, with seating, at the intersection of Kapolei Parkway and Ft. Barrette Road.

The New Longs Drugs on Kapolei Parkway

hoomaka marketplace
Permits have been filed for a new $2.5 million Longs Drugs building, part of the planned Hoʻomaka Marketplace on Kapolei Parkway.

Flagship Express Carwash near Wet and Wild

fastlane fastlube express

Work on the lot between H1 and Wet and Wild has been going on all year — site prep like access roads and utility connections. But in 2020, building should start on a new, 133-foot Flagship Express Carwash, plus an auto service center and a convenience store.

East Kapolei High School and East Kapolei Elementary School

According to the state school construction budget, $60M will be spent on the new East Kapolei Elementary School and $8M will be spent on the new East Kapolei High School in fiscal year 2020.

If you’ve read this long, you’re someone who really cares about what’s happening in Kapolei. I can promise much more information from Howzit Kapolei in 2020, including updates on all of these projects. If you haven’t already, sign up for our weekly newsletter below to get many updates that don’t make it to the website.

On a personal note, the big thing I’m excited about is that my wife and I are expecting to bring a new Kapolei resident into the world in April. It will be an exciting year!

Happy New Year!