In the 19th century the area was a farm of King Kalākaua, where ostriches roamed wild over the mountain side. It later became the site of a carnation farm for funeral flowers. Now a mix of residential area with a small business district (mainly restaurants and service industries), it is located in the urbanized Honolulu region near Kahala and Diamond Head.
Kaimukī is an ancient Hawaiian name. Its name comes from Ka imu kī meaning "The ti root oven" in the Hawaiian language. The area was known for the many ovens used to bake kī Cordyline fruticosa, or ti roots, into a sweet food similar to candy.
Kaimukī's main street is Waialae Avenue, pronounced Wai-ah-lai. Several restaurants and stores are located on this street, as well as Kaimukī District Park.
Colleges and universities
Chaminade University is located in Kaimuki.
Hawaii Department of Education operates public schools. Waialae Elementary Public Charter School is located in Kaimuki, between 19th Avenue and 20th Avenue. Kaimuki High School is located in Kaimuki and serves much of the area considered to be Kaimukī. Kalani High School serves some students from Kaimukī. Coordinates:
- "About Kaimuki, Hawaii". community web site. Retrieved 2010-04-24.
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