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Where You Live: KaimukiUPDATED 10:01 PM HST Nov 14, 2013Video Transcript
Today, few consider Kaimuki to be a suburb... more of an extension of the city. A neighborhood of Honolulu. Still, as KITV4's Justin Fujioka explains in our latest "Where You Live" segment... ...it's a neighborhood that still managed to keep it's identity. One look at this stretch of Waialae Avenue and for many, this is Kaimuki. But those who live here say, there's so much more to this neighborhood. Mailman: "EVERYONE SEEMS TO WATCH OUT FOR EACH OTHER." Woman: "IT'S JUST THE MOST WONDERFUL SMALL-TOWN FEELING. IT'S JUST, IT'S HARD TO DESCRIBE. BUT IT'S A FEELING." A feeling that residents say extends Koko Head to near Kahala Mall... Makai to around Kilauea Avenue... Mauka to Kaimuki's business corridor of Waialae Avenue... And Ewa to either 6th Avenue... Or Kapahulu Avenue, depending on who you talk to. Woman: "I BELIEVE PEOPLE MAKE THEIR OWN BOUNDARIES OF WHERE KAIMUKI STARTS AND WHERE IT ENDS." Maybe it's because so many want to be a part of a population that makes this neighborhood so special... to both young and old. Girl: "THERE'S A LOT OF NICE PEOPLE HERE AND GOOD HOSPITALITY." Boy: "I JUST THINK THAT THE NEIGHBORHOOD IN GENERAL IS REALLY GOOD AND THE PEOPLE HERE." Man: "THEY'RE JUST REALLY FRIENDLY. THEY CARE ABOUT THIS PLACE. MANY PEOPLE HAVE LIVED HERE FOR A LONG TIME." Like Catherine Hughes, who has lived in Kaimuki all 85 years of her life. Catherine Hughes: "PEOPLE HAVE LIVED IN THE AREA FOR GENERATIONS. Justin Fujioka: "HOW HAS THIS PLACE CHANGED?" Catherine Hughes: "DRASTICALLY." Justin Fujioka: "THIS HILL, KNOWN AS PU'U O KAIMUKI IS A PROMINENT FEATURE OF THE AREA AND HELPED SHAPE THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. THERE'S A LOT OF HISTORY HERE." The hill, behind the Kaimuki Fire Station, was once home to a telegraph... As well as this observatory, along with a reservoir that supplied water... To the dry, dusty and developing suburb of Honolulu around the start of the 20th Century. That's when people and homes, many prefabricated and shipped from the Mainland... started moving in... And moving in quickly once the Waialae Avenue Electric Streetcar was built from Kapahulu to Koko Head Avenues in 1903. Catherine Hughes: "ENDED RIGHT HERE AND THE ROADS ENDED AT 22ND AVENUE. FROM THERE ON WAS ALL AGRICULTURE." But not for long. As more and more automobiles took to the roads and more suburbs were built out toward Hawaii Kai, the streetcar was shut down. Still, Waialae Avenue continued to grow as the neighborhood's business district. Catherine Hughes: "I THINK THAT WE HAVE TO TRY AND WELCOME THE CHANGE AND MAKE IT AS NICE AS POSSIBLE. TRY AND DESIGN IT SO IT'S COMFORTABLE FOR EVERYONE." Something residents of Kaimuki have been doing for generations. By keeping that "small-town feeling" throughout all the growth and change. Justin Fujioka, KITV4 News. We hope you'll share YOUR memories of Kaimuki... LIKE us on Facebook and leave a comment when the story shows up in your news feed...