Aiea is a census -designated place (CDP ) in Honolulu County on the island of Oahu in the State of Hawaii with 9,019 inhabitants ( 2000).
Aieas geographical coordinates are 21 ° 23 ' N, 157 ° 56' W21.385833333333 - 157.93083333333. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.5 km ², of which 4.3 km ² of land and 0.3 km ² (5.71 % ) is attributable to water. The residents understand under the name Aiea generally not only attributable to the CDP area, but almost the entire area between the east of Pearl Harbor to the Aiea Bay, including the rising hill country north to the Koolau Mountains.
Aiea was originally the name of a ahupuaa, a Hawaiian land division. Aiea stretched from Aiea Bay ( part of Pearl Harbors ) to the mountains in the north. End of the 19th century was created here by the Honolulu Plantation Company, a sugar cane plantation.
Since Aiea shares several miles of coastline with Pearl Harbor, the Japanese attack on 7 December 1941 the city had a major impact. Thus, a damaged ship, the USS Vestal, for example, run at Aiea on beach to prevent a fall. So many photographers positioned during the attack in the hills above Aiea.
After the Second World War, the plantation was closed and the mill converted into a sugar refinery. Meanwhile, developers began to expand the city in the former regions. Since then, the city grew as an important suburb of Honolulu. The history of the sugar industry Aiea was completed in 1998. After 1996, the refinery was closed, tore the owners in 1998 under the protest of residents and government the 99 -year-old sugar mill from.